Monday, July 25, 2011

WIN THIS: A Fiber One Prize Pack

A couple of days ago, I signed up to be a guinea pig for General Mills. They're rolling out a new Fiber One 80 Calories cereal and (through MyBlogSpark) they sent some my way—along with a pedometer and iPod armband. Take a look:


Now, as you know, I don't promote anything and everything on my blog. And I always...always give you my honest opinion. So we'll start with the following: 1) I love cereal. 2) I'm very picky about the cereal I eat. 3) I can't always digest fiber. 4) No, really...digesting fiber is sometimes not fun for me.

I was a little nervous about trying a cereal that boasts an ability to provide 40% of my dietary fiber requirements in one fell swoop. Egads, my poor stomach. But, I know that fiber is good for me. There are two types: Soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibers absorb water and essentially swell up inside of you. Insoluble fibers pass right through. Both, for lack of better description, scrape your stomach and intestines ever so gently to aid the digestive process. And they take longer to digest. Yes, this is a good thing, mostly because it means we'll stay full for longer. And the better we digest our foods, even if it's a slow process, the less issues we have inside us and the more we benefit from said foods. And if we're eating healthy, all the better our workouts will be. (For an excellent article from WebMD that details all there is to know about fiber, click here.)

Back to the cereal. It had me at "honey" so I poured myself a box for lunch today, and promptly added half a banana because half a banana in my cereal makes me oh-so happy. See:

First impression? Tasty. Sweet enough that even your kids might eat it, which actually had me very curious about the ingredients. Tons of sugar, right? Not really, and no high fructose corn syrup. Just sugar and honey and some added sucralose, which also makes me nervous when it comes to my digestive track. I have a hard time with sweeteners other than sugar and honey. But, so far...so good. It's been about an hour. Usually any problems kick in right away.

On top of the flavor, it was pretty crunchy, too.

So with the added skim milk, it comes out to 120 calories per bowl. Add the bananas and you'll up it even more, which is acceptable because bananas are good for you. And let's face it, an 80-calorie meal is not so much a meal at all. So don't be afraid to add that fruit to bump it up a notch.

Do I recommend this cereal? Yes. Fiber One, you impress me with your 80-calorie cereal. But, I do note: I almost always prefer oats when I'm headed for cereal, but sometimes life gets the best of you and you just don't have time to pull a bowl of it together. And that's where boxed cereals come into play. If you pick the right box, you'll be fine.

But you have to pick the right box. If there's marshmallows in it...probably not the right box at all. But you already knew that. Right? Right!

So here's the good news: You, too can test out this tasty creation. Leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite way to get more fiber into your diet. Please include your email address. In the event that you win, I'll need to get in touch with you for your mailing address. If I can't get in touch with you, you can't win!

Oh, and here's a few more ways to win:
1) Like Fiber One on Facebook.
2) Like A Daily Dose of Fit on Facebook.
3) Subscribe to A Daily Dose of Fit emails.

Best of luck! Contest ends at midnight EST on Friday, July 29, 2011. I will announce the winner on Sunday, July 31, 2011. Looking forward to your entries, as always. Until then, I'm going to take my pregnant belly to the beach. Yep, still sportin' the two-piece. Watch out, beach! Here comes the bump!

20 comments:

Marija said...

I love eating fiber bars -- so yummy!

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suburban prep said...

In our family we try to eat a lot of raw veggies and fruit. They usually have great amount of fiber.

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Erica said...

The best sneaky way to get more fiber in your diet? Putting fresh fruit on your ice cream!

slzz said...

I like eating cereal and breakfast foods with fiber, best way for me to get my fiber in the AM! lol

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Courtney said...

Hi! I am loving the various fiber bars from fibrone...bring them to work for a snack on my break!!!

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Courtney said...

like a daily dose of fit on facebook!

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Courtney said...

like fiber one on facebook!

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Anonymous said...

My favorite way to get more fiber is already with FiberOne cereal--I love their Caramel Delight but haven't seen the new 80 calorie in my store yet. Would love to check it out!

Thanks for the chance to win!

--Liza

ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

Candy said...

I try to add in extra vegetables whenever I can, whether it's chopping them up and adding them to sauces, or raw as a snack.
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ninjabunnyz said...

I get fiber into my diet by eating FiberOne bars after I exercise!

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ninjabunnyz said...

Liked fiberone on FB (Mimi Avila)

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ninjabunnyz said...

liked a daily dose of fit on fb (Mimi Avila)

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sandyandcosmo said...

We eat lots of raw veggies and fruit.

Anonymous said...

through breakfast
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gmk said...

Cereal is definitely my favorite way to add fiber, so this giveaway is perfect for me!

Connie said...

Hi! I eat the Fiber One cereal Caramel Delight because it tastes so good. I also try to eat more 100% wheat bread as well. Thank you for this giveaway! :)

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meg said...

I eat at least quadruple the recommended fruit and veggies per day and i love ending my day with a big plate of fiber one pancakes!! topped with apples and apple butter...more fiber!

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Jacqueline said...

i like eating fresh veggies! jmmccarr@gmail.com

Rita said...

I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables including green smoothies in the mornings...usually 10 servings of produce per day. Best way to get fiber. ;)

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Michelle said...

I always top my cereal with Fiber One - seriously, I'm not just saying that. ;) It adds the extra fiber, not to mention extra crunch.

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