Hi! Do you mean 'Kashi'? If so, it's a healthier overall cereal, and there are many varieties. You just have to read the nutritional labels and pick one that is in line with your goals for yourself. Any food is okay to eat every day, ten times a day, if it fits in with your own nutritional goals. If you're asking how clean it is, it's not super clean, but it's not as bad as most. I personally still find it too processed for myself. No processed food can be considered a 'clean' food.
As far as the specific cereal, it sounds as though you'd like to cut back on your sugar consumption, so pick the one with the least grams of sugar... but keep in mind, if there is any dried fruit in the mix, the sugar content will be high, but it's more natural sugar, not as refined, which makes it better... no quick sugar high (ie. Raisin Bran is a really good and healthy cereal, but it's high in sugar because of the raisins).
If you'd like to keep trying with the oatmeal, try switching to steel cut oats (only the outer inedible husk is removed - SO MUCH flavour with a little nutty sweetness naturally), rather than instant oatmeal, or rolled oats. The more refined a food is, the less flavour it has, and that is why so much needs to be added to it. Also, if you're cooking rolled or steel cut oats, try cooking them with vanilla, or cinnamon, or both. Vanilla and cinnamon add sweetness. Adding berries or a chopped apple also adds sweetness. I cook my oats with vanilla, and sprinkle chopped nuts and apples on top.
Finally, if you really enjoy sweetness, try switching to honey... it is pure sweetness rather than refined; and if you use raw, unpasterized honey, it has health benefits. I also find it tastes sweeter than sugar, so I use less when I do use it.
Finally, give yourself time for your tastebuds to adjust. If you are used to eating a lot of sugar/sweetness, once you stop it will take a bit of time to detect the natural sweetness in foods. My DH is at this point... he's not enjoying his oats quite as much these days because he's cutting back his sugar, LOL. Give yourself a month or so. Also, if you're maintaining a high sweetness level in your food throughout the day, it will take even longer for your tastebuds to adjust.
Edited by: _RAMONA at: 1/25/2011 (10:59)
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