Thursday, February 10, 2011

General Mills Gluten Free Chex Cereal

MyGetTogetherTo be honest with you, I’m particular when it comes to my breakfast cereals. For the LONGEST time, as in years, I only ate Basic4. Then for some reason I started eating Raisin Bran Crunch. I’ve probably eaten that cereal now day after day for about 5 yrs. Happy as a clam. Happy enough that I never even glanced at other cereals as I walked down the aisle.

Then General Mills, via their Pssst… program, sent me a full size box of Corn Chex Gluten Free Cereal. I kinda grimaced when I saw it because I thought it sounded a bit “healthy” to me. I ran out of my Raisin Bran Crunch a couple days later so I figured what could it hurt to try it.

Well, I have to tell you, I ate that cereal every single day until the box was gone. I was surprised at how good the cereal was. I had just never given it a chance before. So now I have a new cereal in my breakfast repertoire. Here’s some great information about General Mills Gluten Free Chex Cereals.ChexFrom celebrity wedding cakes and bakery delicacies to countless blogs and articles, it’s clear that the number of households looking for gluten free foods is on the rise. In fact, according to one dietary report, 25 percent of consumers expressed interest in gluten free foods and that number continues to grow.

Without sacrificing quality or taste, Chex® has taken the requisite steps to ensure products labeled as “gluten free” do not contain wheat, rye, barley, oats or crossbred hybrid of these grains. They also do not contain ingredients derived from these grains. Production locations assure that no cross-contact can occur during manufacturing and/or packaging. Gluten free products are also routinely analyzed to assure ongoing compliance with the FDA proposed regulation for “gluten free.”

With gluten-free Chex available in Honey Nut, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Corn and Rice varieties, the options are more readily available than ever before. The five gluten free Chex cereals have an approximate retail price of $2.99 to $3.29.

To verify that the cereal is gluten free, consumers are strongly encouraged to look for “GLUTEN FREE” on Chex cereal packaging. This label will appear near the ingredient declaration on the package side panel and on the front panel. It’s also important to note that Wheat Chex and Multi-Bran Chex are NOT gluten free cereals.

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Healthy Tips from Keri Glassman and Chex® Gluten Free Cereals

Glassman is a nationally recognized nutrition expert, published author, and has been featured on several television programs including The View, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, and Good Morning America.

Five crunchy Chex cereals with all-family appeal are gluten free: Honey Nut Chex, Chocolate Chex, Cinnamon Chex, Rice Chex and Corn Chex. Two Chex cereals – Wheat Chex and Multi-Bran Chex – are NOT gluten free.

From breakfast staple to midday snack or used in a gluten free recipe, Chex is a versatile pick for families on the go. Glassman and Chex offer healthy tips for anyone following a gluten free diet:

  • Start the Day Right—Eating breakfast lays a good foundation for the day. A nutritious breakfast should contain whole grain, low-fat dairy, lean protein such as egg whites or peanut butter and a serving of fruit. Chex cereals offer at least 8 grams of whole grain in every serving and pair perfectly with fruit such as bananas and blueberries, not to mention milk.
  • Stock Up—Keep the kitchen stocked with delicious options that are naturally gluten free, such as fruits, vegetables, cheese, and most yogurts.
  • Simple Snacking— Nutrient-rich snacks can be part of a complete and healthy diet while helping to keep cravings at bay. Keep single servings of raw or dry-roasted nuts and crunchy cereal, such as Chex gluten free cereals, in your bag for an on-the-go option.
  • Keep a Food Journal—Glassman recommends keeping a food journal to track meals and snacks throughout the day to ensure you’re meeting your daily nutritional needs, including recommended servings of grains, fruits, vegetables and protein. Jot down what works well and what doesn’t so you have a point of reference.
  • Recipe Round-Up—Mix up your mealtime by testing delicious gluten free recipes the whole family will appreciate. An array of gluten free recipes are available at www.Chex.com/glutenfree and www.LiveGlutenFreely.com.

Chex Glassman For more great information on Keri and healthy living, check out www.nutritiouslife.com.

Try All 5 delicious gluten free Chex® varieties:
  • Honey Nut Chex – Sweetened with a bit of honey, flavored with a touch of almond and ta-da! Breakfast is served—sans gluten.
  • Chocolate Chex – Chocolate lovers, fix your eyes—and taste buds—on a bowl of morning merriment, complete with delicious cocoa.
  • Cinnamon Chex – A perfect balance of real cinnamon gives gluten free-seeking early birds another reason to celebrate.
  • Rice Chex – Lightly oven toasted with an enthusiastic crunch, Rice Chex is simply delicious on its own or dressed up with berries or sliced bananas for a wholesome breakfast pick.
  • Corn Chex – Offers a wholesome crunch at the breakfast table and plays nice with a variety of flavors, working well in many gluten free recipes.
Nutrition profile of 5 gluten free Chex® cereals:
  • 100–130 calories per serving
  • 0g–2.5g of fat per serving
  • 2g–9g of sugar per serving
  • 12 essential vitamins & minerals
  • A good source of calcium and vitamin D
  • At least 8g of whole grains per serving*
    *At least 48g recommended daily

I’d like to thank General Mills for my sample box of Gluten Free Corn Chex. The opinions expressed are my own and never influenced by the company.

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