I love “make your own” type stuff. I was all about the “Choose your own Adventure” books as a kid-anybody else remember those?
Custom Choice Cereal is a company headquarted in North Carolina. Hajo, one of the owner/creators is from Germany, and was inspired to create Custom Choice from a similar business in Germany based on creating your own muesli. From the Custom Choice website:
“The result of this work is Custom Choice Cereal, a company that allows celiacs and other consumers enjoying a gluten-free or wheat-free lifestyle to customize their own cereal mixes from a variety of entirely gluten-free ingredients. The idea was implemented successfully in Germany in 2007 and is very simple: through an intuitive online platform, you can choose a base mix and add any combination of your favorite dried fruits, nuts, and seeds to your cereal. Because we believe that your cereal should be as individual as you are, you can even name your mix. Custom Choice Cereal then mixes your cereal and ships it conveniently to your doorstep.
Contamination with Gluten
To ensure that all cereal mixes are entirely gluten-free and safe to consume, we carefully selected only naturally gluten-free ingredients from a broad range of suppliers. In addition, all incoming ingredients are tested for gluten and stored in our dedicated gluten- and wheat-free facility. It is our goal to completely eliminate the risk of any contamination with even traces of wheat, rye, or barley – for your safety and your well-being.”
Sounds good to me! I tend to be a creature of habit with my morning meal-I love my gluten free oatmeal, which I have with some berries and eggs cooked with spinach. But, this sounded like a great concept. When Hajo contacted me offering a sample to try, I was happy to accept.
I created a simple mix on the site, using the Good Morning flakes, dried blueberries, and sliced almonds. The site itself
is very intuitive and easy to navigate. A feature that I was very happy with is the interactive “Nutritional Facts” label on the right side of the screen. As you add/subtract ingredients, the label changes to reflect the current nutritional
breakdown of the cereal. Good stuff there-anything that allows people to be more in control and aware of what they are putting into their bodies I am all in favor for.
Custom Choice is also an advocate for awareness of celiac disease and the gluten free lifestyle. They have an active blog, on which they post current events in the gluten free world as well as informative articles and links. Oh-and the ongoing “Quest for the Hoff” is absolutely hysterical and made me almost fall of my chair and spit my coffee onto my keyboard. I love the humor. Points for that!
So let’s get down to the nitty gritty of the cereal.
As I mentioned, I made a simple mix to test it out. There are many options for add ins, as well as 3 choices of bases for your cereal. As always, I am looking for the most “nutritional bang for the caloric buck.” You can choose to add as much or as little of the “add-ons” as you like.
The Good Morning flakes that I chose as my base are very similar to Mesa Sunrise cereal, if you have tried that. They are corn flakes woth buckwheat, amaranth, flax and quinoa. The blueberries and almonds are self explanatory. The cereal tasted wonderful-the blueberries gave plenty of sweetness without a bunch of unnecessary sugar. The almonds give a nice crunch and a bit of healthy fat to slow digestion a bit. The blueberries also were really plump and moist for being dried-not the hard little berries I’ve had in the past.
The cereal comes in a resealable plastic sack, which is sturdy. It also stands up in the cabinet like a box would.
The nutritional facts for my “Gluten Free Fitness” mix were as follows:
per 30 gram serving (11 servings per bag)
Protein: 3 grams
Carbohydrate: 23 grams 3 of which are fiber, 5 of which are sugar (from the berries)
Fat: 2.5 grams
I would definitely recommend adding some protein to make this a complete meal-you could mix it with greek yogurt (yum!) or have it along with some eggs/egg whites, or some cottage cheese, or whatever protein source you choose.
All in all, a great product along with a great company. Many thanks to Hajo and the gang for their work. To order your cereal, click here.
For more information on setting up a nutritious gluten free eating plan, click here. And if you missed the Gluten Free and Fit 101 “class”, check it out here. Stay tuned for more information on specialized GFF “classes.”
What’s your favorite cereal? Have you tried Custom Choice? More importantly, have you read the Choose Your Own Adventure books? (I keed, I keed.
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