Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Nature's Path Organic Foods Review and Giveaway! Ends 4/8

Founded in 1985, Nature's Path is a family-owned, independent organic foods company that has a passion for healthy, delicious, organic breakfast foods and more. Always USDA Certified Organic, and full of flavor, Nature's Path products are quickly becoming a common sight in my cupboards! 
Nature's Path was very generous in sending all 4 varieties of their Love Crunch Granolas, and also 2 cereals to try.

  Love Crunch premium organic granolas are the newest edition to the Nature's Path line of products. Completely organic, they are free of GMO's, artificial ingredients, preservatives, and anything you wouldn't want to put in your body. The four flavors include the following with descriptions from their website:

Dark Chocolate & Red Berries - Chocolate covered strawberries and raspberries. Few things conjure up such a feeling of delicious romance. Made with real organic Italian chocolate, organic freeze dried berries and organic flax seeds. It’s the ultimate feel good way to put some love in your day.
Aloha Blend - It’s a tropical vacation in your bowl! Toasted coconut, juicy pineapple, white chocolate chunks and the crunch of wholesome organic granola. Imagine a crunchy pina colada for breakfast! Little umbrellas anyone?
Carrot Cake - This Sunday afternoon classic is now a granola flavour! Think spiced carrot cake and cream cheese frosting. We use real organic pecans, carrot, pineapple, raisins, cinnamon and top it off with tasty little organic yogurt chips for that deliciously “frosted flavour”.
Apple Crumble - It’s a warm hug of a dessert. It’s a delicious new granola flavour! It’s both. We combine our wholesome organic granola with tart organic green apple pieces, roasted organic pecans and cinnamon. Enjoy a little dessert for breakfast!

Lately I've gravitated towards breakfast foods like oatmeal and toast because trying new things can be exhausting. I'm in a rut, and to be completely honest, I've never been a fan of granola until now. I think I've always fallen victim to stale, flavorless, chewy, stick-in-your-teeth, unappetizing granola in the past but I thought I'd give these a try and go from there. Well, I'm so pleasantly surprised with Love Crunch granolas that I'm officially a granola person after this! I love eating it by the handful or on top of yogurt. It makes for a fabulous snack, even all by itself. The flavors are incredibly explosive and very satisfying. They are perfect for a sweet tooth but not overdone in that way either.

Each variety starts out with Organic Rolled Oats and builds from there to create these unique flavors.  I'm really digging each variety for their very different flavor profiles, so let's take a look. The Apple Crumble brings me back to my teenage years when my mom would make us Apple Crisp in the oven for dessert! It's so amazing how close it resembles an old favorite of mine! Apples, pecans and molasses give this one my absolute approval! The Carrot Cake doesn't taste too much like actual carrot cake to me. It's more of just a sweet granola with components you would find in a carrot cake like raisins, cinnamon, and pecans. Still, it's amazing and delicious (Hubby can't stay out of it!). The Dark Chocolate & Red Berries is so fragrant when you open the bag! With freeze-dried strawberries and raspberries and dark chocolate chunks among the granola, this is an intoxicating blend that is super yummy and more of a treat than a granola you could pass off as breakfast. Lastly, the Aloha Blend is very tropical, even in the aftertaste. I love it! It's so different than the other flavors. It has pineapple, coconut and white chocolate chunks too. It's a great balance and one that I was not expecting to love. I also like that in these granolas you can find ingredients like flax seeds and chia seeds too. You would never even know that such healthful ingredients were in these delicious granolas!

Another thing about these granolas is that for every bag you buy, Nature's Path will donate the equivalent in cash and organic food to the food bank, up to $1 million a year! Now that is pretty cool if you ask me. The $4.99 per bag isn't too bad for an organic granola already, and you can feel good knowing that your purchase is helping another in need.

Optimum Slim & Gorilla Munch
The Optimum Slim cereal I received from the Optimum product line may look similar to many of the unappetizing high fiber cereals out there, but it's actually very good. Nothing like cardboard and has a nice crunch to it actually. At 2 grams of fat, 9 grams of protein and 9 grams of dietary fiber per serving, this is a great way to start my day or grab a handful as a snack too. Actually, at snack time Buddy has been asking me for this cereal lately! It has a light vanilla scent and is loaded with whole grains, high fiber and just simple organic ingredients that you don't need to worry about.

Nature's Path also has a line of cereals and Crispy Rice bars for kids called EnviroKidz. The EnviroKidz Gorilla Munch is Buddy's new favorite cereal that's made for kids. It reminds me a lot of good ol' Captain Crunch from when I was a kid! Of course, the organic ingredients are much better than the overly processed, artificial ingredients in most kid's cereals. In fact, the entire list of ingredients is just Organic Corn Meal, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, and Sea Salt. That definitely makes this mama smile! This cereal also demonstrates the fact that organic doesn't have to mean flavorless and without texture. I thought it has great flavor, and lots of crunch, even long after being drenched in milk. I'm definitely looking into the other products in the EnviroKidz line for Buddy!

Price: Love Crunch Granolas - $4.99/bag, Optimum Slim Cereal - $4.29, Gorilla Munch Cereal - $3.99

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General Tootskies said...

we love all nature's path products in our house. although my son's ultimate favorite is mesa sunrise cereal.

eclairre said...

I'm most interested in the Aloha Blend Love Crunch!

jill24295 said...

We are huge granola and greek yogurt eaters and the Love Crunch - Carrot Cake granola sounds amazing!

aperry said...

Hemp plus granola

Maryann D. said...

I would love to try their Flax Plus Oatmeal.
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Chevelle said...

I would love to try the Wildberry Acai (ah-sigh-EE) Frosted Toaster Pastries!!
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ColleenMarie82 said...

I would like to try the Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal


Kathy Davis said...

I would love to try the Dark Chocolate & Red Berries granola.
Kathy Davis

megan said...

I would love to try the Fruit Juice Sweetened Corn Flakes

Sara said...

chia plus frozen waffles look awesome.

Brittney said...

Everything, especially the Optimum® Banana Almond Cereal!

steffie said...

i would love to try the Pomegran Plus™ Granola and the Love Crunch - Aloha Blend. the Macaroon Crunch granola bars look pretty tasty as well!! yum!

Kelley @ Kelley's Passion for Nutrition said...

I want to try premium Granola!!!

Kris said...

I want to try the cereal

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latanya said...

Sunrise® Crunchy Maple

Lisa said...

I would like to try the Love Crunch - Dark Chocolate & Red Berries granola.

Amanda said...

I'd love to try the Cherry Pomegran™ Frosted Toaster Pastry and the Pomegran Plus™ Frozen Waffles.
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Melissa said...

I'd love to try the Dark Chocolate & Red Berries Love Crunch!

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cheercfa07 said...

I love their granola and Peanut Butter Puffs!


Sherry T said...

I'd love to try the Crispy rice cereal!

Christine said...

I'd like to try the Love Crunch - Dark Chocolate & Red Berries.
Thanks for the chance!

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