REVIEW – If you’re a regular Gadgeteer reader, you’ll know that I’m into keto and low carb foods because I’m a pre-diabetic.
What is it?
Magic Spoon is a brand of grain-free, gluten-free, soy-free, wheat-free high protein low-carb keto-friendly cereal that is available in 4 flavors that will take your mind and tastebuds back to your childhood.
Nutrition and taste
Magic Spoon is available in 8 flavors that include Peanut Butter, Fruity, Frosted, Blueberry, Cinnamon, Jelly Donut, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Cocoa. Each 7 oz. box has 5 servings.
Calories range from 140 – 170 per 1 cup serving. Some people might think that a 1 cup serving isn’t enough, but with the 12-14 grams of protein that it has, I find it to be just right sized serving for a snack or a quick breakfast.
Like many keto friendly products, you have to check the carbs, fiber, and ingredients to make sure the product is actually low carb. I’m happy to report that Magic Spoon cereal is 4g – 5g of net carbs per serving. If you look at the nutritional facts, you might be confused because you see 10g of carbs. People who practice the keto and low carb way of eating focus on net carbs which subtracts fiber from the total carbs. You can see in the image above, that the Cocoa flavor has 10g of carbs per serving and 1g of fiber. If you subtract fiber from total carbs, you get 9g of carbs. How does that work out to 4 or 5 grams? You can also subtract sugar alcohols and in this case, Magic Spoon uses allulose and monk fruit extract to sweeten their cereal. Both of these sweeteners have no effect on blood sugar, so you can subtract them from the total carbs too, which brings the net carbs down to only 4 – 5 grams of carbs.
Magic Spoon sent me 4 flavors to try: Fruity, Cocoa, Peanut Butter, and Frosty. All of the cereals are O shaped like Cheerios. I tried each flavor with almond milk to get a true bowl of cereal experience. I also had each flavor dry for a snack. I found that all of the flavors had a good taste. The Fruity flavor reminded me a little of Froot Loops which was one of my favorites when I was a kid.
I’m happy to report that all of the cereals didn’t get soggy in milk. They remained crunchy even to the last bite.
I did notice that the cereal caked in my molars as I was eating it which is weird and kinda gross. I spent minutes after eating a serving trying to use the tip of my tongue to dig the cereal out of my teeth. I guess it would have been easier to just brush my teeth after eating it.
Did raise my blood sugar?
Whenever I try a new food, I make sure to check its effect on my blood sugar by scanning with the FreeStyle Libre sensor CGM (continuous glucose monitor) before I eat and then 1hr and 2hrs after I eat the food. I also use the Levels Metabolic Health Tracker app to get even more detail about the food’s effect on my glucose levels.
I’m happy to report that the Magic Spoon cereals didn’t have any negative effects on my blood sugar. No spikes are a good thing when you’re trying to keep your blood sugar levels in a good range without needing to use drugs to do it!
What I like
- Low carb, keto friendly
- High protein
- Good taste
- Doesn’t get soggy
What I’d change
- Update the formula so it doesn’t stick in my teeth
This cereal doesn’t offer a lot in the way of nutrition since it’s a processed food made of whey and other ingredients, but Magic Spoon is a healthier keto friendly cereal alternative to traditional kid’s cereals on the market that are packed with sugar and very little protein. The only other issue with Magic Spoon is the price. You have to buy it in a case of 4 boxes at $39. If you figure out the price per serving, it’s $1.95. You can bring the price down a little if you opt to subscribe which brings the per-serving price down to $1.76. If the price doesn’t bother you, I enjoyed taste testing Magic Spoon’s grain free cereal and liked the flavors and the sense of nostalgia that they brought to breakfast without bringing spikes to my blood sugar.