Run Oregon Test Kitchen: Good Grains StaySteady & Love Grown Cereal

I can’t remember the actual statistics now, but I read an article in a health magazine a few years back that said most cereals, even those that claim to be “healthy,” are no better for you than eating a donut. By and large, they are loaded with sugar and there is not nearly enough fiber to do you any good. A lot of the cereals that are actually healthy don’t really taste all that good either. If I wanted to eat cardboard for breakfast, I probably wouldn’t buy it at a grocery store.

Good Grains is a company that wants to change how we feel about getting a healthy breakfast that still actually tastes good. It’s torture trying to get my 5 year old to eat anything in the morning (unless it’s one of those sugary cereals) and I need quick and easy options for my kids and also for their on-the-go mommy. Good Grains has all of us covered!!

Run Oregon was fortunate enough to try a good selection of the Good Grains products. The first one I tried was the StaySteady brand of cereal. I got to try all 3 flavors offered, which were original, vanilla almond, and maple-pecan. All were delicious, even the original, which is usually the “boring” flavor option for many.

StaySteady only has 1-2 grams of sugar, which is amazing considering it does not, in fact, taste like tree bark. This cereal is made to help stabilize blood sugar levels. I immediately recommended this cereal to my stepfather, who suffers from diabetes and weight issues. He, and anyone else, can eat this cereal without any guilt. The cereal also has 21 to 22 grams of protein, a low-carb count, and 9-10 grams of fiber. There are no artificial ingredients or trans fat and it’s only 180 to 190 calories per serving. Take a look at most cereals on the shelves out there and tell me how they compare. This cereal is far superior.

You can try all 3 flavors of the StaySteady Cereal in a sample pack for $5.95 or you can get a 3-pack of the 12 oz boxes for $14.95. You can also get a 6-pack for $29.95 (free shipping!) or buy individual boxes for $5.25 each.

Up next to try was the Love Grown brand. The first thing that this mom blogger wanted to mention is that they have some very kid-friendly cereal options, like “Chocolate Comet Crispies”  and “Fruity Sea Stars.” I didn’t try those, but I know that I wouldn’t have any trouble getting my kids to try them. I sampled the Power O’s in original, chocolate, and strawberry flavors. These were all totally delicious and my kids tried them too. They liked them a lot. They had no clue that these cereals were better for them than others out there.

The Love Grown Power O’s are made with beans, and yes you read that correctly. The blend is navy beans, lentils and garbanzo beans. There’s also brown rice in them and they have no artificial ingredients. A serving is only around 120-130 calories.

Power O’s can be bought in a 3-pack for $12.75 or a 6-pack for $25.50. Individually they sell for $4.45.

If you are craving something with good crunchability, the Love Grown Mighty Munch will likely fit the bill. Is it breakfast? Is it a snack? Is it both? Yes to all of those questions. Pour some milk over it, put it on your yogurt, or eat it right out of the bag. It has 8g of fiber, 11g of protein, 170 calories a serving, and it tastes great! The Might Munch is low carb and gluten-free. It’s also non-GMO with no artificial flavors and only $3.95 for an 11 oz bag.

Overall, I’d say it’s hard to eat healthy with our busy lives sometimes but there are short cuts that make it a little more manageable. All of the cereals I tried were good and filled me up until lunch time. These would all be good options to have on hand if you were trying to maintain a healthy weight and/or if you had diabetic considerations. They would also be a great choice if you just happened to be a cereal lover, and you might even be able to get your kids to eat them too.


Company: Good Grains – Find them on Facebook here

Product: Stay Steady Cereal, $5.25 for a 12 oz box / Sampler Pack of 3 Servings for $5.95 / 3-Pack for $14.95 / 6-Pack for $29.95

Specs (from website):

  • diabetic-friendly (12-14 net carbs)
  • 21-22 grams of protein
  • 9-10 grams of fiber
  • 1-2 gram of sugar
  • 0 artificial ingredients
  • vegan

Product: Love Grown Power O’s, $4.45 for 8 oz box / 3-Pack for $12.75 / 6-Pack for $25.50

Specs (from website):

  • non-GMO
  • gluten-free
  • vegan
  • 0 artificial ingredients

Product: Super Duper Mighty Munch, $3.95 for 11 oz bag

Specs (from website):

  • non-GMO
  • 11 grams of protein
  • 8 grams of fiber

More about Good Grains:

At Good Grains, we’ve made it our mission to deliver only the best products around, that help you start your day better.

For us, that means nothing artificial, great macros, and organic, vegan, gluten-free, and diabetic-friendly options.

Every item we carry passes the taste and use tests, too. If we (or our kids) wouldn’t eat/use it at home, we won’t offer it.

Simply put, Good Grains is the best around.

Thank you to Good Grains for providing us with a sample pack. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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