Kimberly Holland Kimberly Holland
February 03, 2015

Whole grains at breakfast aren't a new idea. We routinely recommend it if you're trying to up your intake of fiber, protein, and plant-based nutrients. Oatmeal, quinoa, grano—they're all great ways to get a filling, wholesome breakfast. Now Pereg now has another fun way: Quinoa Pops cereal.

Like popcorn, quinoa seeds pop when just a little pressure and heat are applied. Once popped, the quinoa has the texture of puffed rice cereal--crispy and airy. Pereg took the process one step further and added natural flavorings and colorings to make their quinoa pops more suitable for breakfast diners.

We recently tried all four flavors—original, vanilla, strawberry, and cocoa. We all came away with one impression: Yum! Our favorite was the cocoa cereal, and the ingredients couldn't be simpler: popped quinoa, sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla. The taste resembles cocoa puffs, which may be a welcome comparison for moms and dads who are trying to limit sugary cereal while pleasing their child's appetite.

A 25g serving is quite large (one-fourth of the box) and has 100 calories, 0g fat, 23g carbohydrates, and 8g sugar. Unfortunately, the fiber is quite low, less than 1 gram, so pair the pops with a filling, protein-rich food like Greek yogurt. In fact, we recommend that the pops be used as a topper or snack stir-in instead of with milk. The grains become soggy pretty quickly (there aren't any preservatives or sugar coatings to slow down the saturation), so it's much better dry or with yogurt.

The original might be a great addition to a chocolate bar or snack mix, but on its own, it's very plain. The strawberry boasts a bright pink color (great for a girl's birthday party) and a rather artificial strawberry flavor, unfortunately. One tester commented that the vanilla, the runner-up in our taste test, "tastes like Lucky Charms (in a good way, of course)."

Have you tried the Quinoa Pops yet? What did you think?

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