When was the last time you had a bowl of cereal? Treated yourself to some Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Fruity Pebbles? If you’re like me (living with diabetes and trying to stay low carb), those kinds of breakfast club memories are long gone.
As you may have heard by now, those sugary cereals do anything but keep us full or focused. All those carbs and all that sugar can lead to blood sugar spikes (even in people who don’t have diabetes), which can cause hunger and fatigue.
So many of us have learned to cut carbs, especially those found in cereals (yes, even the "healthy" ones) because it’s such an easy carb source to eliminate.
But what happens when you get that hankering for a great, big bowl of crunchy, sugar- and honey-coated flakes, pops, or puffs?
Enter: Magic Spoon Cereal
Pour yourself a great big bowl of Magic Spoon cereal.
Magic Spoon calls itself "cereal for grownups." But it’s also cereal for people with diabetes, young and old, who are cognizant of their carb intake.
It’s a high-protein, low-carb, low-sugar cereal that contains coconut oil, tapioca, chicory root fiber, allulose, and monk fruit! It has 12 grams of protein and 8 grams of carbs per serving.
Magic Spoon thought of everything. They didn’t come out with just one tasty, low-carb cereal; they came out with eight, all of which should remind you of some of your childhood favorites:
- Magic Spoon Frosted vs. Frosted Flakes (26g carbs / 2g protein)
- Magic Spoon Cocoa vs. Cocoa Pebbles (25g carbs / 1g protein)
- Magic Spoon Fruity vs. Fruity Pebbles (31g carbs / 1g protein)
- Magic Spoon Cinnamon Roll vs. Cinnamon Toast Crunch (24g carbs / 2g protein)
- Magic Spoon Cookies & Cream vs. Oreo O's (25g carbs / 1g protein)
- Magic Spoon Blueberry Muffin vs. Boo Berry (28g carbs / 2g protein)
- Magic Spoon Peanut Butter vs. Reese's Puffs (22g carbs / 2g protein)
- Magic Spoon Maple Waffle vs. Waffle Crisp (25g carbs / 2g protein)
But instead of that regular post-cereal shock to the system, Magic Spoon cereals actually really do leave you full and focused, and without all that high blood sugar.
The Blood Sugar Results
These types of keto, low carb-friendly products are good for us in the sense that their carb counts are typically lower than their sugar-laden counterparts. But even still, because these foods are processed (re: man-made, not occurring naturally), it can be tough to be certain they're actually as low carb as they claim to be.
Magic Spoon is.
Before I had my fave of the bunch (Cinnamon Roll!), I was sitting at a nice 139 mg/dL.
Since a serving size of ¾ cups is like a spoonful for me (and for most!), I had three serving sizes to fill up my cereal bowl.
What is High Blood Sugar vs. Healthy Blood Sugar?
Five minutes before eating, I dosed 3.5u of Humalog for the 24g of total carbs I was about to eat. Given that there’s so much protein in Magic Spoon (plus the oil and fiber), I assumed all those carbs wouldn’t hit me all at once.
And they didn’t!
I coasted for the next two hours. And by hour three, I was sitting at 90mg/dL. That’s without walking or doing any physical activity (which I usually do after eating). Meaning, the next time around I’ll probably take less insulin!
Now, obviously, everyone’s carb-to-insulin ratio is different. And so are the scenarios on any given day and any given crunch time! So you’ll need to test-run this for yourself to see what it does to your blood sugar.
But you can be sure there are no hidden carbs in these boxes!
The Bottom Line
If you miss the sweet, sweet crunch of your childhood breakfast carb bombs, look no further than Magic Spoon.
You won’t get the exact same sugar rush as you do with Cap’n Crunch, but that’s just it—you won’t have a sudden rush of glucose to the system!
This protein-rich breakfast alternative (or, anytime for that matter) does come with a hefty price tag at $10 a box, but it's worth it when you consider the high blood sugar-inducing alternatives.