THE STORY BEHIND THE GREAT GRANOLA SEARCH
Theresa M., West Islip, NY
Her occupation: Dental Hygienist and Certified Massage Therapist
Her sports: Yoga and Bowling
The story behind the great granola search is this: when I was a kid it was my favorite cereal. I used to eat Quaker Oats granola (without raisins; I'm not a fan of raisins unless I'm eating them straight out of the box). So a raisin-less granola was what I sought for years. Not an easy find. But when I went up to The Omega Institute this past spring there they were! Omega had homemade granola without raisins that I fell head over heels in love with. Unfortunately, they don't sell it, but it rekindled the search...
Chappaqua Crunch Original Granola made with organic oats is simply not granola-like at all. It’s soggy well before the rice milk hits the bowl, with no actual granola chunks, just a bag full of dull oats. I had to wash it down with extra rice milk because it turned to warm mushy oatmeal in my mouth! Very expensive but not very good. I don't think I'll buy this cereal again. Ever.
Nature's Path Organic Flax Crunch with Omega 3 & 6 is definitely crunchy and tasty but not very sweet. The flax seeds were a little odd looking in the bowl, they looked like little bugs floating around actually. That aside, nice and chunky granola. I’d probably buy this one again.
Trader Joe's Vanilla Almond Granola is yummy yummy yummy! Crunchy, sweet, chunky, the closest thing to the home-made granola I had at The Omega Institute. I loved it! Finally, heaven in my mouth. I breathed a sigh of relief and gave thanks to the Good Lord above that someone out there finally knows how to make a good granola cereal.
Nutritional Bar Comparison
Leslie S., Boulder, Colorado
Her Occupation: Domestic Violence Investigator
Her Sports: Hiking, Biking and Weight Lifting
Detour Product of Next Proteins
This 3oz bar (I tried the Carmel Peanut) was delicious, but very thick and not very easy to eat at my workstation. The chocolate was creamy and finger-licking good, but when I saw that it packed 350 calories – I stopped licking. However, if you want a good tasting, balanced bar with 30 grams of protein, 32 grams carbs and 11 grams of fat – go for it ! My body builder friend swears by it! Come to think of it, I was not hungry all afternoon after eating the Detour bar at 10:30 a.m..
Unless you like grainy bars, don’t bother. Although organic, the 2.4 oz chocolate chip flavored bar did not really appeal to me. It was easy to break off one piece at a time, not messy, and had less calories and fat than Detour (250 calories, 5 grams fat, 10 grams protein, and 45 grams carbs), but unless another Clif Bar is less grainy I will search elsewhere. Have a toothbrush handy if you decide to have these on hand!
The Kashi Malted Chocolate Crisp (2.75 oz) went down easy and was very satisfying to eat – chewy, not grainy, and nicely filling. I would buy this one again. It had 6 grams fat, 290 calories, 13 grams of protein and 49grams carbs. And, best of all, I only needed half of one to feel satisfied.
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