Organic Junk Food for Breakfast?

Those first few months with a new baby are exhausting, and sometimes it’s difficult to scrounge up a piece of toast, let alone a complete wholesome breakfast.  While homemade oatmeal is a cheap, nutritious standby, sometimes you might want to indulge in something even easier.

Now, as a whole foods purist, I was not seduced by the organic packaged foods at Grocery Outlet–but my husband, Andy, was.  Here are his reviews of some of the products he tried.

Nature’s Path Organic Toaster Pastries, brown sugar maple cinnamon. ($2.00, $.33 each)

6 per package

210 calories

16 g sugar, 3 g protein

All natural, organic ingredients-but the second ingredient is sugar.

Andy: “They weren’t sweet enough.  They’re a little bit dry–maybe because I’m used to Pop Tarts, which are too sweet.  They were good, though, because they’re filling because they’re whole wheat, so they’re pretty hearty.  Admittedly, they’re probably better if they’re toasted.”

Weil by Nature’s Path organic Veri-Berry hot oatmeal. ($3, 37.5 cents each)

8 packages

150 calories

10 g sugar, 4 g protein

Second ingredient sugar

Andy: “The first time I made it I didn’t make it right. [He just added hot water but didn’t cook it further, so the berries didn’t hydrate enough.]  The second time I made it the right way, so the berries expanded.  I don’t think one packet is enough for a meal.  I had to have two.”

Weil by Nature’s Path organic Chocolada Almost hot oatmeal. ($3.00, 37.5 cents each)

8 packages

160 calories

8 g sugar, 4 g protein

Second ingredient sugar!

Andy: That surprised me because I didn’t think I’d like chocolate oatmeal, but it was pretty good.  It seemed richer than the berry one.  It was cocoa-y and good.”

Health Valley organic toaster tarts (raspberry). ($1.50, 25 cents each)

Six tarts

First ingredient raspberry filling, second sugar.

150 calories

16 g sugar, 2 g protein–but many vitamins including folate (good for pregnant women!)

Andy: “Those were good.  I ate them all really quickly.  They were small, so just one bar is not a meal.  Once I ate one of those in the afternoon–violating my breakfast rule–because they were so good.  They are kind of like Fig Newtons.  But they’re small, and there’s a lot of packaging to them, which is the unfortunate part.  One of those coupled with an oatmeal was the perfect breakfast.”

Balance pure “made with simple ingredients” fruit and nut energy bar. ($3.00, 33 cents each)

Gluten free

Evaporated cane juice invert syrup, cashews, soynuts, dates, cocoa, soy protein, peanut oil, salt

170 calories

16 g sugar, 9 g protein

First ingredient is sugar

Andy: “Those are like a little brownie; they’re pretty good.  They’re rich.  I could imagine eating just one of those for a light breakfast.  They’re kind of filling, more like a traditional energy bar.  Calorie to dollar those are probably one of the better deals.”

Yes, I will be the first to admit that packaged breakfast foods are not actually “green, ” although the fact that they’re natural and organic makes them a little better than some of the other offerings in the freezer aisle.  They work for Andy, and they may save the sanity of a sleep-deprived new parent out there, too.  For more Works for Me Wednesday tips, head on over to Rocks in My Dryer.


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