This giveaway is closed, but the opinions are still the same.
Fiber One‘s PR group reached out to me a few weeks ago, asking if I’d like to review their new Fiber One 80-Calorie Chocolate Cereal. Not wanting to seem over-eager, I fixed a hangnail, checked the mailbox, and started a load of laundry before zipping off a YES! (Despite that, I must have sounded needy or desperate, because they FedEx’d the boxes to me. I had them on my porch the next day!)
This was a bit of a happy coincidence, since just TWO DAYS before I had been holding a box of said cereal in my chocolate-loving hands, wondering if I’d like it as much as I did the Honey Squares. And also wondering if I would be able to enjoy this one with the same moderation. After much deliberation, I put the cereal back on the shelf and opted for a Fiber One Protein Bar instead. (I was on a work assignment and early reconnaissance had shown absolutely NO healthy(ish) restaurants where I might enjoy a healthy(ish) lunch nearby.)
When I mentioned all this to the PR rep, she immediately asked if I’d like to review the protein bars as well, and of course I said YES! (FTC? Here’s your disclosure) Bars and cereal were supplied without charge, with both the understanding and expectation that the review would express my authentic opinion.
Fiber One 80-Calorie Chocolate Cereal
Click the image to visit the product page for full nutritional information. Here are the highlights:
♥ 35% RDA of fiber
♥ 9g fiber per serving
♥ 5g sugar per serving (more fiber than sugar)
♥ 80 calories per 3/4-cup serving
♥ It’s chocolate
Taste Test Results
I like the Chocolate Cereal even MORE than the Honey Squares. Is it the same as biting into a decadent piece of Neuhaus? Hardly, but it scratches the chocolate itch, it’s filling, and it doesn’t decimate my calorie budget. Plus, it has fiber, and as delicious as Neuhaus is, it doesn’t contribute much to my digestive health. Or my financial health, for that matter.
Here are some photos of the taste drives from the past week:
First I had it au natural. I poured out a 3/4-cup serving and grazed on it throughout the day. It’s chocolate-y enough that a few pieces (3-5) are satisfying. Since I work in the back of the house and the cereal is in the kitchen, I figure I burned the 80 calories going back and forth.
This is my #1 favorite way to have cereal–as a snack. I got to thinking, though, that it might be nice to taste drive it like a normal person who likes cereal with milk. But I had two problems: 1) I’m not normal, and 2) I didn’t have any milk. Oh well…
And then I remembered that I did have milk!
Oh yes I did! One half cup of Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk with 1/2 cup of Fiber One 80-Calorie Chocolate Cereal and a sprinkle of sliced strawberries, a.k.a. Double Chocolate Breakfast for Dessert. As you might expect, it’s delicious! Even better, it’s a very filling 125 (or so) calories.
Today I crushed a few pieces (about 5?) on top of some yogurt to add a nice little chocolate crunch to a post-workout snack.
One of my goals is to avoid eating any processed food in abundance, but this is definitely a cereal I’ll buy in the future for those times when I’m feeling particularly chocolate-y. Despite it’s tastiness, it’s one of those foods that hits my satiety button in small (and delicious) portions.
Fiber One Protein Bars
As before, click on the images for the full nutritional info. In a nutshell, these bars have 20% RDA of fiber, 130-140 calories, and 6-7 grams of protein.
Taste Test Results
I liked both bars, with a preference for the Coconut Almond. With the chocolate coating, my first thought was Oooh, a candy bar!, and the first bite almost tastes like one, but then it becomes apparent that it’s a fiber bar. It doesn’t taste bad–far from it–but the fibery texture does change the candy bar illusion. Which, now that I think about it, might not be such a bad thing.
As I said, I like the Fiber One Protein Bars. Being relatively lighter in calories and protein than the types of protein bars I usually eat, they don’t work well as a meal replacement. To be fair, I don’t think that’s their intended purpose. For me, they’re more likely to be a candy bar replacement and will be a nice treat on a road trip. A treat with a nice bit of protein and fiber.
Super Duper Fiber One Prize Pack Giveaway
The kind folks at Fiber One have offered to send THREE lucky U.S. readers a Fiber One Prize Pack just like the Uncompensated Evaluation Pack I received, that is:
♥ One box Fiber One 80 Calorie Chocolate Cereal
♥ One box Fiber One Caramel Nut Protein Bars
♥ One box Fiber One Coconut Almond Protein Bars
And YOU don’t even have to write a post about it!
If you are a US resident and would like to be entered in a random drawing to occur this Saturday (02/16) at noon (Memphis time), just let me know in the comments!
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