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There are so many granolas and snack bars on the market these days, it’s hard to know which are the healthiest choices. Many of these bars are really glorified candy bars that are loaded with preservatives, additives, unnecessary sugars, high fructose corn syrup and GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). Many are marketed as a healthy snack but really contain barely anything healthy at all.
I was excited when KIND contacted me to review their granolas and bars. They sent me Dark Chocolate and Cranberry Clusters Granola and Dark Chocolate. First off, I read their ingredient list. It is crucial to read and understand what all of the ingredients are in your foods.
These are the ingredients for the granola:
Whole grains are the first ingredient. This is important because ingredients are listed in order of weight, so whatever the first ingredient is, means that weighs the most. So basically, I am happy that there are more whole grains than any other ingredient in this granola.
What is evaporated cane juice? Also, known as turbinado sugar, it’s an unrefined, minimally processed form of sugar.
Next is dark chocolate. Yum.
I don’t love canola oil, even organic canola oil because they are typically genetically modified (yes even the organic ones).
Chicory root? Yes, this is commonly used is processed foods to increase the fiber value. It is similar to fiber that is found in fruits and vegetables and sometimes labeled as “inulin”.
Cranberries. Love them.
Sugar. Probably unnecessary to add more sugar but a single serving of this granola only has 7 grams which is less than many other granolas on the shelves.
Molasses. More sugar. But molasses is less refined and actually retains nutrients and vitamins unlike other sweeteners.
Sea salt. Fantastic combined with the nuts and dark chocolate!
Natural Vitamin E is added to many packaged cereals.
Sunflower oil is the last ingredient, which means there is the less sunflower oil than any other ingredient in this granola. I am not a big fan of processed vegetable oils, but as I stated above, there is only a small amount.
Here is the nutrition information for the granola:
A 1/3 cup serving only has 130 calories and 3 grams of fat. That is considerably less than many other granolas you will find in the supermarket. I also like that you get 3 grams of fiber, only 7 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein in each serving. Some granolas on the market can have up to 20 grams of sugar PER SERVING! Yes, that’s per serving and that’s a whole lot of sugar. I really liked the taste of this granola and would recommend it as a healthy breakfast or snack. It goes perfectly with plain Greek yogurt. Just saying.
Ok, now onto one of the best things I’ve tasted in a while… Dark Chocolate, Nuts and Sea Salt KIND Bars. Ok full disclosure…I may have eaten them so fast that I forgot to take a picture of the ingredients list. Yes, they are THAT good. So here is the list: (sorry no picture 🙂 ) Mixed nuts, chicory root fiber, honey, palm kernel oil, sugar, crisp rice, cocoa powder, non-GMO glucose, sea salt, soy lecithin, milk powder, vanilla extract.
Let’s go over these ingredients. Mixed nuts, well, that’s obvious. They are delicious and full of healthy fats.
We spoke about chicory root fiber above.
Honey. Ah, I love honey. It’s a wonderful, natural sweetener.
Palm Kernel Oil. Research shows that this oil is high in saturated fat. You should limit the amount of saturated fats you consume.
Sugar. No explanation necessary.
Crisp rice is basically rice which has been cooked to be made crispy. (I probably didn’t need to explain that).
Cocoa powder provides the creamy chocolate taste. I only wish it was “dark” chocolate powder to increase the amount of antioxidants.
Non- GMO Glucose. I love that this sugar isn’t genetically modified and that KIND goes the extra step in providing that.
Sea Salt. Enough Said.
Soy Lecithin is an emulsifier made from soybeans. It helps hold the ingredients together. I am not a fan of soybeans and I believe they should be eaten in moderation. It’s one of the last ingredients on the list so I am not worried about it.
Milk powder is basically what you think it is. It’s dried milk.
Vanilla extract is self explanatory. And delicious.
Overall, I recommend eating these bars when you are on the go and need a quick, healthy snack. I love that they are Non-GMO, gluten-free, vegetarian (some are vegan) and relatively low in sugar, But keep in mind, they are 200 calories a bar, so I wouldn’t necessarily consider them low calorie. They are delicious and overall, I like the ingredients. Did I happen to mention how insanely delicious they are? Dark chocolate + nuts + sea salt = heaven.
Soooooo, the kind people (see what I did there?) at KIND are graciously giving away a variety box of 10 bars to one of my lucky followers! The winner must be from the U.S. and the
giveaway ends Thursday March 6, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. SORRY GIVEAWAY ENDED!!
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It’s an easy way to gain 5 entries to this giveaway. These KIND bars are the perfect snack to keep in your car or bag for on the go. Remember that most of these so-called “healthy” bars are loaded with GMO’s, high fructose corn syrup and preservatives. I like KIND bars and their ingredients and I am thrilled to be able to host this giveaway.
Thanks for entering the giveaway! Ashlyn Howard is the winner 🙂