Tags: 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.

 

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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