A KINDer, Gentler Granola

A KINDer, Gentler GranolaGranola is a sneaky thing. It’s one of those foods that for whatever reason has been granted an undeserved health halo. Despite its healthy appearance, traditional granola is chock full of oil and sugar, packing a lot of calories without much nutritional bang for your buck.

But KIND Healthy Grains puts a new spin on an old favorite. Instead of just doctoring up plain old oatmeal, these hearty clusters feature a variety of whole grains: the Maple Walnut Clusters have added chia and quinoa and Cinnamon Oat and Vanilla Blueberry flavors have flaxseed.

The Oat and Honey Clusters with Toasted Coconut that I sampled – thanks to product sent by KIND – contained a laundry list of hearty grains: brown rice, millet, buckwheat, amaranth and quinoa, with some chicory root further down the ingredient list for additional fiber. The texture was crisp and the flavors pleasing, without being overly sweet.

Even more impressive than the flavor is the nutritional makeup: all that flavor for so little added salt and sugar! A 1/3 cup serving provides:

  • 130 calories
  • 4 g fat
  • 20 mg sodium
  • 3 g fiber
  • 6 g sugar
  • 3 g protein

Healthy Grains come in six flavors and can be eaten as a cereal or as a a finger food snack. These Healthy Grains are a great addition to the high fiber snack world, and the “It’s About Time!” product the granola world has been waiting for!

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