Honey Kix: Kid Tested, Bender Approved!

by Jenn (eating bender) on April 23, 2009

Happy Thursday! Another weekend is upon us :)

I’m anxiously awaiting my trip home this weekend. My aunt will be in town and I’m looking forward to some QT with my family. Hopefully I can get some work done, too.

I recently received a coupon from Kelly for a free box of the new Honey Kix cereal. I was really excited to try it because I used to love Kix as a kid, but it’s been a while!


Honey Kix contains 16 grams of whole grains per serving (which, by the way, is a generous 120 calories per 1 1/4 cup!) and only 6g of sugar. It also has no artificial flavors or preservatives and 3g of fiber, plus calcium and vitamin D. Basically, it’s a great choice as far as big-name cereal brands go!


I made myself a big bowl with some unsweetened vanilla almond milk for a snack yesterday afternoon. Let me just preface this review by saying that when it comes to honey-flavored products, I am very picky! I don’t like the taste of honey by itself, so it really has to be the right combination of flavors for me to like a product that has “honey” in the title.

That said, I absolutely loved this cereal! It was just the right amount of sweet + crunch. At the same time, it was very airy and light, which was perfect for a snack option. If you’re looking to use it as a breakfast option, I would suggest adding some fruit or a side item for a bit more bulk. Overall, I am very impressed with this new version of Kix and would definitely buy it again!


Lunch yesterday was another contribution to Leng’s Salad Challenge.


Let’s call it “Salsacue” Salmon Salad 😉 Same general recipe as the Humbecue Salmon Salad recipe, but I topped it with salsa instead of hummus. I can’t get enough of these salmon packets!


And this morning, I think I finally made my all-time personal favorite oatmeal bowl!


Drawing on my flax discovery from earlier this week, I topped the oats with flax + almond butter as per usual. But instead of using 1/2 banana, I made the genius obvious choice to add the entire banana to the oats. It made a huge difference in the creamy + sweet factor. There was a mushy banana “marshmallow” in every bite :) I also really liked the Justin’s Maple Almond Butter packet I used.


Of course, I washed it all down with Coffee Cocoa – but today, it was “black” style.


I’m pretty sure it was Heather who originally gave me this idea – thanks, lady! Instead of using hot chocolate mix, I used 1 tbsp. of Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa. It was excellent and gave the coffee a completely new flavor. Plus, I got my antioxidants 😉 I loved how dark it made the coffee, too.


My next post will likely be from home – wahoo! I hope everyone has some fun planned for the weekend!



{ 57 comments… read them below or add one }

1 runsarah April 23, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Love the idea of dark cocoa in coffee- I definitely need to try that!


2 FoodsThatFit April 23, 2009 at 12:23 pm

I haven’t had KIX since I was a kid. I could down almost a whole box in one sitting (yes, I have always been a volume eater, haha) :)


3 Erica April 23, 2009 at 12:26 pm

I used to LOVE kix and I haven’t had them in forever! I love honey and am always looking for new healthier cereals for Josh (who loves cereal). I will def be giving these a try! Hope you have a good day and a GREAT trip home.


4 raspberryrunner April 23, 2009 at 12:28 pm

i agree with using the whole banana! i never understood why anyone would use half….definitely creamier and yummier with the whole thing :)

i love salsa and salmon, but i’ve never had them together. i bet it’s a delicious combo! i’ll have to try that soon!


5 Rachel April 23, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Gotta love Kix! I bet it’d be yummy with some fruit & yogurt. I’m afraid of buying a whole box since cereal tends to disappear when it’s in my apartment… ha.


6 Krista April 23, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Great coffee flavouring tip!!! Sometimes I put chai tea syrup in mine to kick it up a bit! 😉

Love the salad and oats….YUM!


7 Marisa (trim the fat) April 23, 2009 at 12:35 pm

I’ve been looking at that Honey Kix, but waiting for someone to try it first! LOL! Yay – now, I can buy it 😉

Love your salad! I really like those salmon packets, too.

Enjoy your weekend with the fam :)


8 Marissa April 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm



9 Bec April 23, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Wow those stats are pretty good for a ‘kids’ cereal!


10 Jordan April 23, 2009 at 12:49 pm

mmmmmm honey kix… that sounds amazing.


11 Monica April 23, 2009 at 12:52 pm

have a safe trip home!!


12 brandi April 23, 2009 at 12:53 pm

have a safe trip!

i haven’t had kix in so long! now I want some :)


13 Moran April 23, 2009 at 12:56 pm

I never heard of these cereals but they sure sound good!
Enjoy your trip home!


14 Chocolate-Covered Katie April 23, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Ohmigosh, I haven’t had kix in years!


15 Sharon April 23, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Kix looks so cool! I wish they had them in Canada, they kind of remind me of Corn pops!


16 sue April 23, 2009 at 1:14 pm

kix is my all time favorite cereal! i’ll be looking out for those!


17 Shelby April 23, 2009 at 1:52 pm

I used to eat Kix all the time!!! I miss it =(

I was the weird kid who ate the plain cereals instead of the sugary ones haha


18 Allison April 23, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Kix was one of my favorite favorite cereals growing up! I NEED to find and try some of that stuff!


19 Melissa S. April 23, 2009 at 2:28 pm

yay for going home!!! so exciting!!!

and omg i want to try those kix! i used to eat the regular kind when i was a kid too…must hunt down!


20 Shannon (The Daily Balance) April 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm

love KIX — haven’t tried the Honey flavor, I’ll have to get on that!

I sent you an email yesterday — did you have time to check? 😉


21 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) April 23, 2009 at 2:36 pm

About time they came out with a new Kix flavor! Although the plain ones are great too… That was one of the few cereals I always liked eating dry!


22 Sara April 23, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Is it a crime that I’ve never had Kix?? Great idea of adding Dark Chocolate to your coffee…Yum!


23 Pearl April 23, 2009 at 2:52 pm

have a GREAT time with your family! i haven’t had KIX in years – it was my FIRST cereal ever!


24 Erin April 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Have fun at home. I’m sure you need the break badly!!
Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. We can make it to graduation!!


25 Sarah April 23, 2009 at 3:17 pm

that cereal sounds great—i bet it would be an awesome snack to munch on while studying or to include in a little homemade trail mix—I’ll have to try it out next time I go to the store!

Have so much fun at home! YAY!


26 ksgoodeats April 23, 2009 at 4:05 pm

That cereal sounds fantastic!! I need to put it on my shopping list! Salsa is one of my favorite salad toppers!

Have a safe trip home and enjoy being with the fam 😀


27 Alison April 23, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Cool new salmon salad! I loved eating Kix as a good. Very tasty!


28 marafaye April 23, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Dark coffee cocoa? YUM!!! Thats one of my favorite things! Honey kix sound fantastic… and i’m so jealous of your trip!! I could totally use some R&R right around now. Soak up some sun for me!


29 Meg April 23, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Love your mug!

Have a fun time with the family!


30 Sarah April 23, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Salsacue?! Awesome. Now you just need to come up with Coffee Cocoacue…


31 VeggieGirl April 23, 2009 at 7:12 pm

KIIIIIX!!!! Major nostalgia alert :-)


32 Anna April 23, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Get ready for the Phoenix heat! It was 100 here on Tuesday, but it will “cool down” to 90 for the weekend. Personally, I love it! Have a safe flight.


33 ttfn300 April 23, 2009 at 7:46 pm

ah, kix :) can’t remember the last time i had them!!


34 Victoria April 23, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Mmmm…. That salad looks great!


35 elise April 23, 2009 at 8:31 pm

when i was little i had a shirt that said “im a kix kid”

ahhh…those were the days :)


36 Rose April 23, 2009 at 9:01 pm

So glad Kix is coming back in style. I’ve said it for years. Ok, now years. But I’ve missed it :)

I love that mug. You are a Smarty!


37 theskinnyplate April 23, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Oooo…. honey kix looks very interesting. I remember loving the regular kix when I was young.


38 broccolihut April 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm

I went on a regular Kix kick about a year ago–surprisingly good nutritional stats. This new honey Kix sounds very similar to Honey Comb cereal–am I correct in that assumption?


39 Lauren April 23, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Oh wow, I haven’t had Kix in YEARS! I love unsweetened almond milk, definitely the best.


40 Jessica (jesslikesithot) April 23, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Thanks for the kix review Jenn!! I really want to try that cereal out now since that bowl just looks so big….I love voluminous food! :)

Have fun with the fam this weekend, can’t wait to see some papa bender meals!


41 Lara (Thinspired) April 24, 2009 at 1:54 am

I could do with a bowl of Kix right now! I like the twist with the almond milk 😉 I do love that Justin’s maple almond butter, but I can only find it in those little packs?! I couldn’t seem to find a whole jar of it!


42 MizFit April 24, 2009 at 4:34 am

I laugh that I read this and had a flashback to when I WAS a kid and the commercial and a horrifying flash FORWARD that Im now the (*gasp*) MOM.


43 Danielle April 24, 2009 at 6:03 am

Have a safe trip home, and enjoy your time with the fam!
What a great idea for your cocoa coffee, love it!


44 Kristie April 24, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Mmm Honey Kix. I don’t think we have that around here. Surprise surprise eh? Haha good ol Canadian grocery shelves.

Love the idea of “Salsacue”! Humbecue, salsacue… you should open up some kind of delicatessan salmon salad shop. I need to get trying these out asap!

Happy home time “Smartypants” :) Enjoy your weekend!


45 carolinebee April 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm

yaya i’m glad u get to go home! Kix was my absolute FAVE cereal- and the only “unhealthy” cereal my mom would let me get and i’d sprinkle sugar on it 😀 Good times..have a great trip girl..and the whole banana= genius!!! That’s on my list


46 Briana April 24, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I might have to try those kix, I haven’t had them in such a long time. That cocoa and coffee also looks like a winner (with maybe a little sugar for me)


47 glidingcalm April 24, 2009 at 5:21 pm

ha! kix! wow! you are bringing it bacccccck! but honey?! sounds interesting. What about PB Kix?

your salmon salad and oaties look super delicious! i need to try buying it from a can! i only buy canned tuna!

i love you jenn-a-boo! have a wonderful weeeeeeeeeekend!


48 Scoop April 25, 2009 at 8:02 am

Hi! Is that ground flax that you are using? I’m just discovering flax myself after my mom’s doctor suggested it for the Omega3s. I am currently eating whole roasted flaxseed from Trader Joes and the packaging purports that the roasted, whole seeds provide more nutrients than ground. But this claim contradicts some info I’m finding on the web that states ground is superior over roasted! I don’t know what to believe these days. Regardless, flaxseed in all forms is very tasty and I love adding it to my other foods.


49 Ellen April 26, 2009 at 1:05 am

I NEED to get a box of those!


50 Angela April 26, 2009 at 5:03 pm

This post made me crave lucky charms. I got thinking about kid’s cereals. I want the marshmellows in lucky charms! LOL.


51 Heather Eats Almond Butter April 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm

I hope you had a wonderful weekend at home in AZ! I can’t wait to be there in 2 weeks. Oh my gosh, I haven’t had Kix in years. I bet the addition of honey was a nice touch. Love a little sweetness in my bowl of crunch.

So glad you liked the dark cocoa powder in your coffee, and I always go for the whole banana. Much better that way. :)


52 zestycook April 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Have a safe trip in AZ Bender! It has been a while since I had KIX :)


53 luckytastebuds April 26, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Hi Jenn!! Oooh i heart kix and hope that one day, when i finish my stash of regular kix, i will get to try some honey kix too!! I am TOTALLY picky about my honey flavored foods too, so I trust your taste buds fo sho!

I was in evanston again on saturday, eatin’ my Red mango!!! It totally reminded me of you and how i hope that when the weather gets nice out, the two of us should TOTALLY meet up for lunch!! :) Have you found an apartment downtown yet?

mmm your oats always look so tasty!!


54 Kate April 27, 2009 at 7:43 am

I am so glad you did a review on those Kix!!! That is SO creepy b/c I literally just saw them for the first time @ the store this weekend-I immediately thought back to eating ENDLESS bowls of cereal (we can do that when we’re kids:P I’ve missed blogging! I’ve been Mia-I hope everything has been going well w/ school!?!?! I gotta lot of catching up to do! I HATE not having a laptop-and that was only 10 days HAHA


55 Mariposa April 27, 2009 at 8:28 am

i need to find those! they look awesome!!!


56 gina (fitnessista) April 27, 2009 at 8:34 pm

i haven’t had kix in wayyyyy too long! thank you for the instant nostalgia 😀
HOORAY for az! we didn’t make it to phx (i would have texted you of course)- it was such a short trip! hope you’re having a blasty with the fam and i can’t wait to see a papa bender meal! hopefully we’ll be in the desert again at the same time this summer and can plan a little meet up 😀
have a great night!


57 Ashley April 27, 2009 at 11:30 pm

The Salsacue Salmon Salad and your oats both looks fantastic! I love adding flax to oats too.


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