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EnjoyLife offered me something new they came out with to try for free, the Double Chocolate Crunch Nut & Gluten Free Granola. Being the nut about granola that I am, (and the fact that chocolate was involved), I couldn’t wait to try it.

This cereal is very “allergy friendly”, as the package states, as it is free of  “wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish, shellfish” and “also made without casein, potato, sesame and sulfites”. Wow. It’s amazing how they can still make tasty products even with excluding so many different types of food!

Once I got the package, I immediately dove in and gave it a try. Here’s what it looked like

Look at all those yummy chocolate chips!

At first, I thought it was a bit bland, since it’s not super sweet. But, as I ate it, it really is delicious, and I couldn’t STOP eating it! Handful after handful, I ate the yummy granola. I loved the fact that there were a LOT of chocolate chips, no scrimping there for sure, and they were smooth and sweet. The texture of the granola was crispy, crunchy, and it had a mild chocolate flavor, that again, was not overly sweet.

Overall, very good. It was kind of like a bag of chocolate candies, once I started eating a few handfuls, I kept saying “oh, just a little bit more”, and then proceeded to take even more handfuls! I love that this is made with good ingredients,has a bit of fiber, and is a decent portion size given that it involves both chocolate and granola. 4 stars

What’s your favorite thing that’s “double chocolate”? I love double chocolate chip muffins!


4 Feb 2011, Comments (2)

Nature’s Path Love Crunch

Author: Healthnuttxo

Ooh- not only something new, but also a limited edition!! I was offered a free box of Love Crunch by Nature’s Path, and well, seeing as 1. I love cereal and 2. I love Nature’s Path… how COULD I say no? : )

I got the box in the mail and instantly couldn’t wait to try it. A granola with dark chocolate chunks and fruit- what’s not to like? According to the box, there is also coconut and flax in this granola, which I certainly didn’t mind either.

I opened up the box and was a tad disappointed. Not as many dark chocolate chunks or freeze dried raspberries/ strawberries as I wanted or was hoping for. In fact, there really wasn’t a lot at all! Anyway, I tried the granola first. It was crunchy and sweet, with a coconut and a slight chocolatey taste- really good actually. I found  a dark chocolate chunk which I actually thought was very tasty, and I’m not even a *huge* dark chocolate fan. It was slightly bitter, but very smooth and quite sweet as well. There were very sporadic pieces of freeze dried fruit, and when I tried a freeze dried piece of strawberry I was surprised that it was crunchy! Usually freeze-dried fruit for me is rather soft, but these were a nice twist!

Overall, really good! I ate it right out of the box, but I’m sure it can be enjoyed a bunch of other ways as well! I think with some fruit and yogurt it could be a very delicious breakfast : ) I just wish there was more yummy strawberries and dark chocolate chunks! 4 stars.

3/4 cup is 260 calories, 9 grams of fat, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite type of granola?

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.

Dont forget this giveaway here! 🙂

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Time for another cereal/breakfast related giveaway…. my favorite! Today I’m reviewing a box of granola from Nature’s Path- the Organic PomegranPlus Granola with Cherries!

This sounded so good to me before I opened the box. I was picturing a fruity, sweet yet tart granola with a bunch of cherries and whatnot. However, here’s what I got when I opened the box.

Where are my cherries!?!

As you can see, quite a bit of granola, not that many cherries.  I think I found 5 in the entire box, about the size of a pencil eraser each. So that was disappointing.

Anyway-

I still had hope. I was like, ok well maybe it will still taste really good. I took a big cluster (which points for Nature’s Path there- I LOVE when granola has big clusters. Great for snacking out of the box!). It was crispy and crunchy, but overall kind of bland. Very mild sweetness and a mild coconut flavor. I really didn’t detect any pomegranate or cherry at all 🙁

The few cherries that I did have were sweet and chewy. Throughout my box I even got a random flake in it which I actually found quite funny, what are YOU doing here I thought.

Overall, 2 1/2 stars. I do like that it was organic, had big clusters, and that the serving size is 3/4 of a cup for 250 calories. I just overall found it quite off, and quite bland. Certainly not one I would eat from the box, but perhaps with a flavored yogurt would be good.

3/4 cup is 250 calories, 9 grams of fat, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein.

I received this box of granola from Nature’s Path for free.

Ahh, nothing like a good granola. Crispy, crunchy, sweet but not too sweet, and still savory. What’s better than granola? =)

Well, what about a granola with probiotics in it??

I was sent the Maple Nut Granola Munch from Attune ,and loved it. I was excited to try other flavors they had to offer, and well, I was sent the Apple Cinnamon flavor to try, too!

Which is actually kind of funny, in my opinion. I actually went to the grocery store in the afternoon, and saw the Maple Nut and Apple Cinnamon flavor in the store. I was going to try the Apple Cinnamon variety, but realized I only had enough money to buy what I went to the store for. So, I figured I would buy it another time.

Little did I know I would be getting a package only a few hours later of the Apple Cinnamon Probiotic Granola Munch! I opened it up almost immediately after I got it. There were crunchy and crispy pieces of granola, with tiny white pieces, that sort of resembled white chocolate chips. The taste was awesome, just as the Maple Nut flavor was. It was a great balance of well, apple and cinnamon flavors! A fresh, almost granny smith apple taste, with sweet cinnamon undertones. Although there weren’t a lot of yogurt chips, they were delicious. They had a buttery sweet vanilla taste, and were nice and smooth.

I don’t know how Attune does it, but this granola is fantastic. The only downside to me is a serving is only 1 ounce, which is a bit small for a granola lover like myself. But I LOVE that this is all natural, has probiotics, and is TASTY! Oh, yea. You know what this means? It’s a 5 star rating!

1 serving (1 oz) is 120 calories, 4 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

GRANOLA! One of my favorite things to eat (which if you are an avid read, I’m sure you know that already! 🙂 ).

So today’s granola review is Nature’s Path Organic Vanilla Almond Flax Plus Granola, sent to me generously from the people at Nature’s Path! : )

So I opened up the bag, and discovered a lot of rolled oats, a good amount of tiny flaxseeds, and little slivers of almonds. This looks pretty good! I took a handful and discovered that this granola had a light vanilla flavor. Really quite light actually. I sort of wish that it had a deeper vanilla flavor, as I certainly am a fan of vanilla! I also discovered that it had a very mild sweetness- so I did actually wish it was a little bit sweeter as well.

What I did like about this cereal was that according to the box, it was an “excellent source of Omega-3” and “Contains 0.9 g of Omega 3 per serving, which is 69% of the reccommended daily value of 1.3 g”. That’s really awesome! I know sometimes it’s hard for me to get all of my daily reccomended value of Omega 3’s, so this may be a good option for me!

Overall, this cereal gets 3 stars. I also did like that a serving is 3/4 of a cup, and that it had 5 grams of fiber per serving. Woo-hoo! : )

3/4 cup is 250 calories, 9 grams of fat, 36 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

Organic rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, organic soy oil, organic brown rice flour, organic flaxseed, organic almonds, organic oat syrup solids (organic oat syrup solids, tocopherols), natural vanilla flavor, sea salt, organic molasses.

 

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.

Presenting… one of the BEST granolas I have ever tasted! Nature’s Path sent me a box of their Organic Peanut Butter Granola to try, and all I can say is this is the yummiest peanut butter granola I have ever had (and I LOVE peanut butter!!)

According to the box, this granola is vegan, organic, provides 7 grams of protein per serving (3/4 cup or 55 grams), and is whole grain. I was so excited to try this- peanut butter? Granola? Organic? Let me taste it, please!! : )

The granola itself is softer than what I am used to, but still crunchy. There are also little peanuts scattered throughout the box, which I found quite enjoyable. It really added to the overall DELICIOUS, rich, and just a tad bit sweet peanut butter flavor this granola provided.

What really made me fall in love was that I got some “peanut butter chunks” in my box- as in melt-in-my mouth, soft, peanut buttery GOODNESS! They were quite big, too, and absolutely delicious. I was actually upset that there were only a few in the box, it was the best part!

Overall, this granola gets 5 stars. Seriously- if you are a fan of peanut butter, I HIGHLY recommend giving this cereal a try. The only thing stopping me from eating this straight from the box all day is that 3/4 of a cup is 260 calories, with 11 grams of fat. A tad bit high for my preferences for that portion size. Otherwise, this granola ROCKS!!!! : )

3/4 cup (55 grams) is 260 calories, 11 grams of fat, 35 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 9 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of protein.

Organic rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, organic soy oil, organic peanut butter, organic brown rice flour, organic roasted peanuts, organic oat syrup solids, sea salt, tocopherols (natural Vitamin E), organic molasses, organic rice bran extract.

5 Jul 2010, Comments (2)

Attune Probiotic Granola Munch Maple Nut

Author: Healthnuttxo

Probiotics- I know I eat these in my yogurt everyday. But ever think of having them in granola?

Well, Attune makes a probiotic granola called Probiotic Granola Munch that comes in 3 flavors- Chocolate, Maple Nut, and Apple Cinnamon. According to the website, “Think granola, only better. We blend high fiber whole grains and bake them into crunchy clusters. We then add Attune probiotic yogurt chips or chocolate chips and prebiotics which help good bacteria thrive in your gut. Enjoy Münch by the handful, mixed with yogurt or with milk as a tasty all natural way to keep your digestive system healthy everyday.”

So, the nice folks at Attune asked if I wanted to try a bag, and I opted for the Maple Nut variety. Of course, it was hard to choose, all three sound SO GOOD!!

Once I got my bag in the mail, I opened it up. The Maple Nut flavor has pecans and yogurt chips, but looks like oats for the most part in the bag. I think mine may have melted a little bit one the way to my house, because instead of yogurt chips, I sort of had yogurt chunks. Either way, it was absolutely DELICIOUS! Honestly, this is one of the best granolas I have ever eaten. The yogurt chips tasted like a sweet, white chocolate with hints of vanilla, almost tasting like vanilla frosting. The oats were crunchy with a nice maple syrup flavor, that was both sweet and buttery tasting. I definetely agree with the “Munch” aspect- I could munch on this granola all day long!!

Overall, this gets 4 1/2 stars. The only reason it doesn’t get 5 stars is because you don’t get too much for one serving, only 1 oz. I also really didn’t taste much of a pecan flavor, which I was a bit upset about because pecans are on of my favorite nuts! Otherwise, this is a winner in my eyes. I like that it only had 6 grams of sugar per serving, provided 3 grams of fiber per serving, and had probiotics! If I see it in stores, I will probably buy it! 🙂

1 serving, 1 oz., is 120 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 20 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

Rolled oats, brown sugar, yogurt flavored chips (sugar, palm kernel and palm oil, skim milk powder, yogurt powder, demineralized whey, soya lecithin [an emulsifier], lactic acid powder, vanilla extract, salt, freeze-dried lactobacillus acidophilus [a probiotic]), soybean oil, high fiber brown rice crisps (rice flour, rice bran, rosemary extract), fructan (a dietary fiber), chopped pecans, natural flavors, dextrin (soluble fiber), salt, caramel color, rebaudioside a (stevia).

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