Categories: New England Naturals

Another granola review from the New England Naturals line! Last time I tried the Banana Walnut and thought it was pretty good. Now today is the New England Naturals Organic Antioxidant Granola with Superfruit Berries and Vanilla.

So this one, according to the package, has “36 grams of whole grains”, and is “rich in Omega-3”.Now, to be fair, I believe somebody got a hold of this bag of granola before I got to try it, so half the bag was gone (I have some hungry people living in my house apparently!!). So I thought well, if half the bag is gone, this HAS to be good! I opened it up and saw mostly oats, with some pieces of dried fruit and an occasional sunflower seed/ walnut piece, which were crunchy and fresh tasting.

Anyway- the granola itself had a good crunch and had a mild sweetness. It had a vanilla flavor and a bit of cinnamon as well. I imagine this being a great granola for putting on yogurt! There also were plump and sweet raisins, and red bits of dried fruit as well. I thought they were all cranberries. And although there were some cranberries, they were NOT all cranberries. I did NOT like the other orangey/red pieces- I looked at the ingredients and found out they were goji berries. I have tried goji berries before in other products and thought they were ok, but these had a horrible aftertaste. Bitter, and just NOT my kind of berry. I was glad the sweet raisins were there- I think they came to the rescue!

However, all together- quite tasty! I loved the consistency of the granola, and the overall flavor, minus the goji berries, was quite good. A serving of 1/2 cup has 4 grams of fiber and only 6 grams of fat, so that’s pretty good in my eyes. I also love that it’s organic, of course! 3 1/2 stars.

1 serving ( 1/2 cup) is 230 calories, 6 grams of fat, 37 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein.

Are you a fan of Goji Berries?

I received this granola to try for free from New England Naturals.

7 Jan 2011, Comments (1)

New England Naturals Banana Walnut Granola

Author: Healthnuttxo

New England Naturals combines two of my favorite things in one- bananas and granola. Being the avid cereal lover I am, granola is certainly on top of the list. According to the package, this granola has “Banana Chips, Walnuts & Honey”,  as well as “27 grams of whole grains” with “0g trans fats”. Sounds like a winner to me!

I liked the package due to its bright yellow exterior and that I could see the granola right through the front of the package, rather than it being a picture of the granola it was the real deal. Here’s a pic of it below (Voila! I learned from my mistake this time, and  did NOT open the package before I took a picture!)

After opening, I saw rather  large banana chips, a few pieces of walnuts, and a lot of oats. The smell was delicious, just like banana bread. The banana chips weren’t as sweet as I had expected, but still yummy and crispy, with a slightly oily taste. I checked the back and the ingredients said “banana chips with coconut oil”, and I can definitely taste just a hint of coconut on the banana chip. The walnuts were standard, but  good. Crunchy, yet still soft, and flavorful.  Then I took a handful of just the oats and ate those by themselves. The flavor of the granola was really good- certainly sweet, with mild banana, vanilla and coconut flavors. Delicious actually. It wasn’t as crispy as I like granola to be, but still good.

Overall, 4 stars. Pretty tasty, and I liked how there were big pieces of banana chips and not just little banana fragments. This granola has 260 calories and 12 grams of fat per 1/2 cup serving, which is a bit high in my opinion. I think it would be great mixed with another cereal and some fruit for breakfast, or I can picture this being good with plain yogurt, as it has a ton of flavor.

1/2 cup (55 grams) is 12 grams of fat, 34 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite brand/type of granola?

I was given this bag of granola to try for free from New England Naturals.

Source

When it comes to snacks, I have to be in the mood for a granola bar. Most of the time I find I would prefer something crunchy or something I can sit and savor rather than a granola bar, which I view as a more on-the-go type of snack. However, the other day I wanted something substantial, and something tasty. I pulled out the New England Naturals Organic Maple Nut Chewy Granola Bar, in hopes it would taste as good as the last one I tried.

Some things to note, the wrapper states that this bar has “6 grams of fiber”, “11 grams of whole grains” and is “low fat” with “No trans fats”. It already was my type of granola bar. I opened up the wrapper and saw a decently sized ( 34 grams) bar, that was flexible and easy to bend. I was excited. This bar had maple in it, one of my favorite things.

I took a bite and it certainly had a chewy and dense texture, and sort of a disappointing maple flavor. It was sweet, just a tinge salty, and had sort of an awkward maple flavor. Not to say that I didn’t like it, but I didn’t love it either. I did appreciate the density of the bar as I chewed it, not too thick/dense, but just the right amount.

Overall, I do like that it was organic, had some whole grains and had 6 grams of fiber per bar. I can see it being a good snack to hold me over until my next meal, and perhaps a good lunch with some fruit and a yogurt. I do wish it had a better maple flavor, as that’s what I was hoping for in this bar. So, this one gets 3 stars.

1 bar (34 grams) is 120 calories, 2 grams of fat, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

What’s your snack of choice? Granola bar, or something else?

I was sent this granola bar to try for free from New England Naturals.

 

I’m in the mood for cereal reviews lately! And today? New England Naturals Honey Nuts & Cinnamon Granola!

One of the foods I love to eat is cereal. By itself, with milk, with yogurt, etc. I also ESPECIALLY love granola! I find it super flavorful, crunchy and tasty.

New England Naturals sent me some of their granolas to try, including the Honey Nuts & Cinnamon Granola. According to the front of this package, there are “Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Cinnamon & Honey” in this granola.  Sounds good to me! I loooove cashews, and cinnamon & honey are always a pleasure! 🙂

Looking at the bag, I liked that there was an area where you could actually see the granola. It looked like big clusters of oats, and big pieces of both brazil nuts and cashews. I opened up the bag, and this smells AMAZING! Very fresh cinnamon flavor and just a hint of honey.

As for the taste? The granola itself wasn’t as crunchy as I had hoped, but more chewy. It really wasn’t that sweet, but had a good cinnamon and a light coconut flavor. It also had a toasted flavor, like it was baked in the oven. The brazil nuts were great- crunchy and fresh. And the cashews had a rather plain taste- as if they weren’t toasted.

Overall, I give this 3 1/2 stars. I do wish it was a bit sweeter, and had more of a honey flavor. I did like that there was a light coconut flavor, and that it had a GREAT cinnamon flavor. However, a 1/2 cup serving is 270 calories and 12 grams of fat, which is a little bit much for a granola gal like me 🙂

**What’s your favorite type of granola? If you’d like to answer, please leave a comment below!***

1/2 cup (60 g) is 270 calories, 12 grams of fat, 35 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of protein.

Whole Rolled Oats, Honey, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Cashewes, Brazil Nuts, Dairy Whey  Powder, Coconut, Cinnamon.

17 May 2010, Comments (5)

New England Naturals Chewy Granola Bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

New England Naturals is a new company for me. But after doing some research on their website, I discovered it truly is a great company. Not only do they make all of their products kosher and organic using on the finest ingredients, they also donate 10% of their profits to organizations  that also do business in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

They make a variety of products, such as all natural granola bars, granola & trail mixes. The company sent me a few of their products to try, so I decided to try the Organic Chocolate Omega Chewy Granola Bar. Each bar is designed to help in different ways- According to the website, ” Whether it’s slowing down the aging process with our Antioxidant Bar, promoting digestive health with our Maple Nut Fiber Bar, or saving brain function with our Chocolate Omega Bar, your health is what’s important! ” Cool! So, I’ll be helping my brain out by eating  savory chocolate  I can get used to that 😉

The bar was about the size of a Quaker Chewy Bar, maybe a little bit bigger, and had an oaty appearance with chocolate chips dispersed throughout. It was soft and chewy, and fell apart easily. Seeing as the second ingredient was brown rice syrup, I would imagine why it had a little bit of give to it. Upon the first bite I tasted orange zest. Weird? Maybe. But I liked it. Ever have one of those “chocolate oranges” that you have to unwrap and then hit on the table for the “pieces” to come apart? And then you ate a “chocolate orange wedge”? I  HOPE someone knows what I’m talking about so I don’t sound crazy- but pretty much that’s what it reminded me of. A unique flavor combination of orange and chocolate. I would have preferred a bit more chocolatey flavor, including chocolate was in the name, but it was still pretty good. It was nice and sweet, too.

Overall, 4 stars. The nutritional stats are actually quite good, and the taste is unique and worth giving a shot. Each bar provides 410 mg of Omega-3s, has antioxidants, and provides at least 11 grams of whole grains. I like that there is flax meal, walnuts and hemp seed in this bar as well. Health benefits!! It loses some points because it’s not that filling on it’s own, but I do think it’s a good light snack paired with a glass of milk or some fruit. There is also naturally milled sugar listed in the ingredients. The bars also come in two other flavors, Maple Nut  and Antioxidant Bar.

1 bar is 140 calories, 4 grams of fat, 25 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

Organic whole rolled oats, organic rice syrup, organic crisp brown rice with organic rice syrup, organic tapioca syrup, organic naturally milled sugar, organic chocolate chips (organic sugar, organic chocolate liquor, organic cocoa butter, organic soy lecithin, organic vanilla), organic apricots with organic rice flour, organic flax meal, organic walnuts, organic hemp seed, organic soy fiber, organic expeller pressed canola oil, organic orange flavor.

*Note: I’m going to try to include sugar grams per serving of products I review- Seeing as we live in a sugar-crazed world, it’s good to see how much of what you are consuming is sweetened!- But please don’t be mad if I forget 🙂

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