@NaturesPath – Love Crunch Granola {Ends March 3}


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I have been searching high and low for wholesome snacks that will help me continue with my weight loss goals. The problem I’ve found with most “wholesome” or “good-for-you” snacks? They taste like tree bark or crunchy dirt.

When I got an email from the folks at Nature’s Path, I figured it couldn’t hurt to give their new Love Crunch line of snacks a try.

I am SO glad I did. I was more than pleasantly surprised with the taste. But I’ll get to that in a minute.

Nature’s Path sent me a bag of each flavor in their Premium Organic Granola line. Here’s what I received:

  • Dark Chocolate & Red Berries
  • Aloha Blend
  • Carrot Cake
  • Apple Crumble

natures path logoWhen the package arrived on my doorstop the other day, I was truly blown away. It was some of the nicest earth-friendly packaging I have ever seen. And I loved that instead of sending me artwork and papers about their product, they included a flash drive. {By the way, the flash drive is made from recycled wood pallets.}

It was right around snack time when the package arrived, so I opened the Carrot Cake granola blend. I gave some to the kids and myself. WOW. Better than any carrot cake I’ve ever had. Over the next few days, we tried all of the flavors. I refused to share the Dark Chocolate & Red Berries or the Aloha Blend. Those are my absolute favorites, and I’ve got them put on the very top pantry shelf, hidden where even my husband cannot find them. 😉

Every morning, Parker will get up and say, “Mom, I need some of that yummy stuff.” The yummy stuff he is referring to, of course, is any flavor of the Love Crunch granola he can find.

Aside from the taste, there are several other things I love about the Love Crunch Organic Granola line:

  • The story behind the product: It was created by Arjan Stephens, {the son of Nature’s Path founder Arran Stephens} and his wife Rimjhim. At their wedding, they offered the granola as a favor to guests who had come to celebrate in their marriage. They also asked that instead of wedding gifts, their guest go out and volunteer in their communities. Thus, “Love Crunch” was born.
  • Each bag of Love Crunch is packed full of Whole Grains, contains low sodium, no cholesterol, and no trans fat. These are truly “good-for-you” foods that really taste good!
  • The granolas are USDA certified organic {which means no artificial preservatives, additives, or synthetic pesticides}. They also have the new Non-GMO Project Verified Seal so that you can trust that these products meet the genetically modified organism {GMO} avoidance practices.
  • The snacks come in bags instead of the Nature’s Path boxes in order to minimize excess cardboard.
  • For every bag of Love Crunch sold, Nature’s Path will donate the equivalent in cash or cereal to food banks through their “Share the Love Project.”

To learn more about Nature’s Path and their entire line of products, connect with them in the following ways:

This is a product that I am proud to stand behind, to share with my readers, and to feed to my family. Since my husband is a co-manager at a grocery store, I’ve already asked him to promise me that the Love Crunch Granolas will be available to his shoppers.

Nature’s Path has already shared the “Love Crunch” with me. Now, they want to spread the love to one of my readers! One lucky reader will receive one package of each flavor of Love Crunch.

To enter, use the Rafflecopter gadget below.

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Disclaimer: I received a sample of products from Nature’s Path in order to facilitate my review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. Nature’s Path is sponsoring the giveaway and will award one reader with a bag of each flavor of Love Crunch Granola.

Funky Monkey: Fruit that Crunches {Review}

Funky MonkeyMy kids love fruit, but there are times when I’ll purchase fresh fruit and it will sit in the fridge. About a month later, we’ll find nasty, rotten oranges shoved in the back corner that we forgot about. It’s so gross, and I’ve thrown all that money out the window by wasting that fruit.

Enter Funky Monkey Snacks – The Fruit That Crunches.

Funky Monkey Snacks are real fruit snacks, freeze dried with a special process that makes them crunchy, but it keeps nearly all of the fruit’s natural goodness.

Before I get to our review, here’s a little bit of information about Funky Monkey Snacks:

Funky Monkey Snacks are gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, peanut and tree nut free, and contain no added sugars, colors, flavors, or preservatives. They are Non-GMO Project verified, vegan, raw, and certified Kosher. They are produced in Brazil, near where the fruit is grown to ensure that all of the premium-quality ingredients are harvested and freeze-dried at the peak of freshness.

Each 1 ounce pack contains 3 of the 4 recommended daily servings of fruit.Applemon

Funky Monkey Snacks are available in the following flavors in both their 1 ounce and .42-ounce packages:

  • Applemon (Apple & Cinnamon)
  • Bananamon (Banana & Cinnamon)
  • Carnaval Mix (Banana, Pineapple, Apple, & Papaya)
  • JiveALime (Pineapple & Lime Juice)
  • MangOJ (Mango & Orange Juice)
  • Pink Pineapple (Pineapple & Guava)
  • Purple Funk (Banana & Acai)

Funky Monkey Snacks are sold nationwide at major retailers and online at Amazon.com.

Now, let’s get to our review of Funky Monkey Snacks.

Pink PineappleI mentioned above that my kids already love fruit, so I was sure these would be a hit. The first flavor we tried was the Carnaval Mix. I shook some out on the table for Lucy and Parker, and I had to try some for myself.

Lucy and Parker gobbled up their servings and quickly asked for more. I took my time, and it wasn’t long before I had Lucy and Parker stealing pieces of fruit from my stash. They loved it!

I couldn’t believe how crunchy it was. I’ve had dried fruit before… lots of times. But, most of the time, dried fruit tastes more like rubber than it does fruit. Not this, though. I could tell exactly what kind of fruit I was eating in every bite. It was delicious.

My teenager had a hard time eating it. She said it reminded her too much of the “puffs” you can buy in the baby food aisle, and she couldn’t get past that. {Remember – she is a teenager.} The other four had absolutely no problem eating the Funky Monkey Snacks and wanted to try every flavor received the first day we had them!

We did try all of the fruit, and some went over better than others. My personal favorite was the Pink Pineapple. Mmmmmm. It really is some of the best dried pineapple I’ve ever had, and I loved having it mixed with the guava. It gave it a great taste! My boys, Zander and Jace, both loved the Applemon. They’re all about apples and cinnamon, and this was the perfect blend of both! Lucy and Parker loved every flavor they tried. They didn’t seem to have a favorite, because they just gobbled up whatever I gave them as soon as I gave it to them.

Overall, I am truly impressed with Funky Monkey Snacks. In fact, since my husband works as a co-manager at a local grocery store, I’m going to ask him to see if he can get these snacks in at his store. I know the kids would love it if he did, and I’d love to have fruit in the house that isn’t going to turn to mush in the back of my refrigerator! Not only that, but the snacks are all natural, and I can feel proud knowing my kids aren’t filling up on junk.

Check out Funky Monkey Snacks today, and try them for yourselves. I’ll bet you won’t believe how crunchy the snacks are! You may want to invest in ear muffs before eating them. 🙂

You can purchase Funky Monkey Snacks at major retailers nationwide, or on Amazon.com.

For more information on Funky Monkey Snacks, visit www.FunkyMonkeySnacks.com, or find them on Twitter or Facebook.

Disclaimer: I was contacted by a representative of SS|PR on behalf of Funky Monkey Snacks. I was sent a box of assorted flavors of their fruit snacks in order to facilitate my honest and thorough review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was in no other way compensated for this post.

Popchips – Think Popped {Review & Giveaway}

This giveaway will end Sunday, Jan. 30 at 11:59pm EST.

I am a snacker. I love to munch on things. Unfortunately, most of the things I love to munch on aren’t the best options – chips, pretzels and dip, all those bagged and boxed snacks that taste soooo good, but are soooo bad for you.

popchipsRecently, I was introduced to popchips. If you haven’t heard of popchips, keep reading. And if you’ve had the opportunity to hear about them, but haven’t tried them yet, you keep reading too.

So, what exactly are popchips?

Popchips are a deliciously healthy way to snack. Seriously! I was sceptical at first too. After all, if it contains no preservatives, no artificial colors or flavors, no cholesterol, no saturated fat, no trans fat, isn’t fried, isn’t baked, is low fat, and only 100 calories per serving, how on earth can it taste good?

I honestly don’t know how they make it so good, but they sure do. In fact, if I had a trophy for the “best snacks ever,” I’d be handing it over to popchips. They are fabulous.

Since they’re not fried (which means they’re healthier for you), and they’re not baked (which means they actually taste good), these chips are just a better snack all the way around. I don’t know how they pop these potatoes, but I’m not even going to question it. I’m just going to pop open my bag and enjoy!

I received a sample box of all the different flavors of popchips available. In the box I received a serving size bag of each of the following flavors:

  • Original Potato
  • Barbeque Potato
  • Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato
  • Salt & Pepper Potato
  • Paremesan Garlic Potato
  • Cheddar Potato
  • Sour Cream & Onion Potato

The kids favor the Cheddar Potato and the Barbeque Potato. Hubby loved the Salt & Pepper Potato flavor, and I am seriously addicted to the Sea Salt & Vinegar and the Sour Cream & Onion flavor. Mmmmmmmmmm! They are absolutely yummy! Light and airy. And I can’t get over how crunchy they are! These are officially my favorite snacks. I just can’t get enough of them. And, since they’re actually good for me, I don’t have to feel guilty about my snacking habit.

Want to Try Popchips for Yourself?

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