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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).

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 🙂

12 Jan 2010, Comments (1)

Nature's Path Instant Hot Oatmeal

Author: healthnuttxo

Ohhh how I lovee oatmeal. It really is the perfect breakfast food- you can play it up any way you want. Add fruit, peanut butter, yogurt, milk, maple syrup, chocolate chips… Or, even plain jane style with a pat of all natural butter and a sprinkle of sugar on top. It really warms and fills you up and gives you plenty of energy.

But- what about those days you just don’t have time to cook good ol’ Quaker over the stove top? That’s usually where Instant oatmeal comes in. Boil some water, pour, stir, enjoy. Or, for those of you who don’t have ANY time to spare (or you lazy-bones out there 😛 ), the microwave helps. However, usually instant oatmeal leaves me unsatisfied. The portion is tiny, the sugar content is high, and it’s just not as good.

So that’s why I was excited to try the Instant Hot Oatmeal from Nature’s Path. I love Nature’s Path and have done several reviews of their products- all of them with positive results. They are a brand I know I can trust to bring me delicious and nutritious foods that will sustain me and my grumbling tummy 🙂

Nature’s Path oatmeal comes in several varieties, but I tried the Maple Nut, Apple Cinnamon and Multigrain Raisin Spice that comes in the variety pack. It also comes in Flax Plus, but I have yet to try that flavor. What I was first happy about was that each packet has more than traditional oatmeal packets have. The Nature’s Path brand provides 50g of oatmeal as compared to 30g that I normally see. You can tell it gives you more too when you pour it in the bowl- a nice change.

Maple Nut– first off, this oen smelled awesome. You could literally smell the maple syrup through the packet, and I looooove Maple Syrup! When I poured the water the sweet maple smell also came through even stronger. I couldn’t wait to dig in 🙂 There was also actual pieces of hazel nuts in the oatmeal. Not too many, but it added an unexpected bit of flavor. It was the right amount of sweetness-not too sugary and was actually pretty satisfying given it was instant oatmeal. 4 stars

Apple Cinnamon- Growing up, Quaker Apple Cinnamon was always my favorite flavor. I just loooved the little bits of apples (and would often eat them all before my mom even poured the hot water in the bowl!). Which is why I was slightly disappointed with this one. There were only a few apple pieces, and it wasn’t really that sweet. It was very smooth texture wise though, not as “blobby” as instant can sometimes be. To jazz this one up a bit, I added some raisins and some stevia and it was perfect. All it needed was a little boost 🙂  3 stars

Multigrain-Raisin Spice- I wasn’t sure I was going to like this one. It wasn’t just oats after all- it was wheat flakes, raisins, corn meal and oat flakes all together. But I gave it a shot, and I am glad I did! It was my favorite of the 3, and the sweetest 🙂 I looved the raisins, they were nice, plump and juicy. The oatmeal actually thickens up quite nicely if you let it sit a little bit, and was more hearty than regular oatmeal.  The “crunchy” wheat flakes added some texture as well. It reminded me of an oatmeal cookie in a bowl. Definietly goign to buy this one again and again. 5 stars

Overall, a pleasant experience with Nature’s Path Instant Hot Oatmeal. I’ll give it 4 stars all together. They provide you with a little more sustenance than traditional instant oatmeal, and are really good paired with some toast & peanut butter or jam, some fruit, or both for a nutritious breakfast (or pre-workout meal like I did!!). I want to try more of their flavors, like the Optimum Brand in Cranberry Ginger. Yum!

Maple Nut & Apple Cinnamon- 1 packet is 210 calories, 2.5-4 grams of fat, 38-40 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein.

Multigrain-Raisin Spice- 1 packet is 180 calories, 1 gram of fat, 39 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein.

Maple Nut-Organic rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, organic hazelnuts, natural flavor, sea salt.

Apple Cinnamon-Organic rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, organic dried apple, organic cinnamon, sea salt, natural flavor.

Multi-grain Raisin Spice-Organic rolled oats, organic wheat flakes, organic evaporated cane juice, organic raisins (coated with organic sunflower oil), organic brown rice flour, organic corn meal, organic cinnamon, sea salt.

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Also- how do you like your oatmeal? rolled oats? Instant? What’s your favorite brand!?

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