As a reviewer, I get to try a lot of new and unusual products, but one of the most delicious appeared before Valentine’s Day. I received a package that contained a new cereal (just launched in January) from Kelloggs that is a delightful take on the traditional: Rice Krispies with Real Strawberries. The Rice Krispies are the same as ever, low fat and crunchy (and they “sing” to you when you add milk, be it regular or soy), but the new version has dried strawberries..YES! THE REAL ITEM! These add a naturally sweet taste and a beautiful color in your breakfast bowl (and they taste great, too). *there is also a new, Chocolately Delight version with chocolate bits that is also a way to work something good into your diet.
Fruit is a good thing, of course, but if you’re like most time-pressed people, breakfast tends to become a fattening bagel or donut on the run. One cup of Rice Krispies with Real Strawberries is just 110 calories dry and 150 with a half cup of fat free milk (and who needs more than that in cereal, anyway)? There are 9 grams of sugar, but the other stuff you’re chowing down on probably has a lot more than that. Even better, it’s fat free and has less than 220 mg of sodium (important to know if you have a medical condition, or if you’re just feeling a bit on the bloated side and don’t want to make it worse).
I’m not a mom, but I guess it’s also good to note that kids like this cereal as well as adults, and it has Vitamins A, C, D and iron, plus other “essential vitamins and nutrients.” This means you might get the kids to forgoe to sugary cereals and snacks, and save room on your pantry shelf but getting just one cereal everyone likes.
I also got a recipe for “Rice Krispies Treats.” If you live in America, and have ever been a girl scout or attended a children’s cooking class, or just love the taste of these classic treats, you’ve probably made a batch at some time. I meant to include this in my latest Advice Sisters Enews which (if you’re a subscriber) you just got last week in your Email. (You can be a subscriber too, if you wish, just fill out the form at: http://www.advicesisters.net/thankyou.html ) but alas, there wasn’t room in the Enews for it, so I’m including it here for anyone who has forgotten how much fun these are to make (if a bit sticky) and how yummy there are, or who might have lost the recipe. Try them for Mother’s Day or for a bridal shower (cut into heart shapes) with the new, Rice Krispies with Real Strawberries. They make a feminine version that is a showstopper!
If you DO make these, please send a digital photo to the advice sisters (advicesisters at advicesisters dot net) and we’ll post your photo on this blog (your 15 minutes of fame is waiting)!
Kellogg’s ® Rice Krispies Treats ® with Real Strawberries
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10 oz. about 40) regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Ready-To-Eat Cereal Rice Krispies ® With Real Strawberries
1. Melt butter in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add Kellogg’s ® Rice Krispies ® with Real Strawberries cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula or waxed paper, press mixture evenly into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cut into 2-inch squares when cool. Best if served the same day.
MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS In a microwave-safe bowl, heat butter and marshmallows at HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above.
Microwave cooking times may vary.
Note For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crÃƒ ¨me can be substituted for marshmallows.
Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
Store no more than two days in airtight container (but it’s doubtful you’ll have leftovers!). *This recipe has been tested and endorsed by Kellogg and Rice Krispies® and The Advice Sisters®