Gluten-Free Sunrise

Two gluten-free sunrises, actually! I’m sure most of you are familiar with Nature’s Path. Not only are they an exclusively organic company, but, as far as I’m concerned, they have yet to make a bad cereal – well, I’ve only tried the vegan ones, but I’d guess that 90% of their cereals are vegan anyways, the main non-vegan offender being the occasional inclusion of honey. I lurrrve their Peanut Butter Granola and my family adores their Flax Plus, especially my dad. He has a bowl of Flax Plus with raisins and bananas every single morning of his life unless I happen to be whipping up some pancakes or muffins, in which case he can usually be prevailed on to leave the Flax Plus in the pantry. He even uses 1/2 soy milk in it! Someday I’ll get him to 100% soy milk – funny story: when I was little, my dad had read that soy is especially beneficial for young girls in early stages of development, so he started diluting my cow’s milk with soy milk, gradually upping the concentration until my little five-year-old self eventually caught on and called him out on it!

Anyways, Nature’s Path makes an insane amount of gluten-free cereals. I tried my first one – Mesa Sunrise – this summer when, with my stomach problems, I was afraid I might have a gluten-sensitivity. It turned out not to be a gluten-allergy (I still don’t know what it was!), but the “scare” got me more interested in gluten-free, or at least wheat-free, alternatives because I, like most of you, eat a lot of wheat, and too much of anything isn’t a good thing. A large percentage of wheat is genetically-modified too. Finally, even if wheat isn’t unhealthy per se, it’s not as nutrient-packed as other grains like quinoa.

So, you can imagine how excited I was when, at work at the Weil Lifestyle office this summer, one of my coworkers announced a shipment of Nature’s Path cereal samples had arrived. The chance to sample unreleased cereal from one of my favorite health food companies in the world? And gluten-free cereal? And one of them is MAPLE flavored? Um, hello!

I present to you Crunchy Maple Sunrise and Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise, Nature’s Path’s two new gluten-free options. Maple Sunrise:

As you can see, it has a great texture. Although I enjoyed the Mesa Sunrise I tried over the summer, the flakes were a little monotonous. These new cereals have flakes and various sizes of puffs. Yummy, and keeps you on your toes!

Here’s the Vanilla Sunrise, served with Trader Joe’s new Whole Grain Milk (which is also really good – have any of you guys tried it?):

I really liked both cereals, but as I’m a bit of a maple fanatic, it was obviously my favorite of the two. And yes, they are sweeter than something like Flax Plus, but sometimes that’s okay! I’d say they’re on the sweeter side of healthy. That’s a nice way to put it, isn’t it?

According to this article, they should be on sale next week (September 13th!), so go get ’em!

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13 responses to “Gluten-Free Sunrise

  1. Awesome, I'll be on the lookout for those. I like Nature's Path cereals. My favorite is the Flax Plus multibran flakes.

  2. i adore natures path cereals!!

  3. The Voracious Vegan

    YAY! I love Nature's Path cereals, we even get them here in Saudi which I consider a miracle! Lovely photos and great review. Now I'm craving a big bowl of crunchy cereal in icy cold soy milk….YUM!

  4. I LOVE cereal! =)

  5. Great review! I'll keep an eye out. I adore breakfast cereal.

  6. vegan.in.brighton

    Oh yum, I hope the maple one gets over here soon. I've been trying to eat less wheat recently and have been eating a mix of the the quinoa flakes & crispy brown rice cereals for breakfast.

  7. Those cereals sound fantastic!

  8. i've been looking for a new cereal lately, and those all look really good…i don't think i've tried natures path yet! i'll need to pick some up! :)

  9. My MIL had the TJ's whole grain milk when I went to visit this weekend. She bakes a lot of GF stuff for my SIL, and she finds that non-dairy milks usually work better in those recipes. I'm doing a little GF detox for the next two weeks, I saw those cereals but weren't sure if they were any good. Love the pics, btw!!

  10. i don't eat a lot of cereals, but those close ups might convince me otherwise. sounds good!

  11. I haven't tried any of these cereals – I'll have to check them out next time I'm at the store. Thanks for the review! :-)

  12. Melisser; the Urban Housewife

    Mmm, I love Nature's Path. I am obsessed with their Flax Plus cereal.

  13. Oh boy! I'm also a big Nature's Path fan, and I like the ones best that have a combination of shapes and textures. These both look right up my alley. The whole grain milk sounds really interesting too, I haven't seen that yet. Thanks for the reviews!

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