KIND Healthy Grains come in six flavors: Peanut Butter Whole Grain Clusters, Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds, Cinnamon Oat Clusters with Flax Seeds, Maple Walnut Clusters with Chia & Quinoa, Dark Chocolate & Cranberry Clusters and Oats & Honey Clusters with Toasted Coconut.
Not only does the company encourage you to be "KIND" to your self by taking care of your body, they also encourage you to be "KIND" to the world. The first Tuesday of the month (KIND Tuesday) they challenge the community to carry out a specific "KIND" act. They have several missions on their website you can get involved with.
Maple Walnut Clusters With Chia & Quinoa
"Maple Walnut Clusters with Chia & Quinoa are a heart healthy blend of walnuts, chia and whole grains amaranth, quinoa, oats, millet and buckwheat with a sweet touch of maple. These palate-pleasing clusters contain 300mg of omega-3 fatty acids and provide 17g of whole grains per serving."
Did I ever mention I'm obsessed with quinoa? Probably not...but I am!
Reasons to like Quinoa:
- Quinoa is a unique grain in that it has all nine essential amino acids (making it a complete protein)
- Quinoa is higher in protein than similar grains (7 grams protein per ¼ cup dry)
- Quinoa is notably rich in polyphenols (phytochemicals known for their potentially protective antioxidant activity) compared to other grains
- Each serving also adds 3 grams of fiber and 10% of the daily value for iron
- Quinoa is gluten-free
Now that I've gotten you all jumping up and down for the pseudograin we will talk granola.
I love granola, but most are actually on the unhealthy end of the spectrum as far as breakfast foods are concerned.
However, KIND isn't technically making granola. It's a pseudogranola (using a pseudograin! Deceitful, and delicious.)
My husband has real granola with his yogurt every morning. However, when I brought home three bags of KIND's Maple Walnut Cluster he opted for that over his rolled oats granola. We went through those three bags in lightening speed.
This is now our go-to cereal in the morning.
And for that I'm giving KIND Maple Walnut Clusters 10 out of 10 leaves.
"Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds are a nutritionally rich blend of blueberries, flax seeds and whole grains amaranth, quinoa, oats, millet and buckwheat with a hint of vanilla. These naturally sweet clusters are high in fiber and contain 750mg of omega-3 fatty acids and 16g of whole grains per serving."
I grew up in a family where my mother was a health food nut. She always ate her twigs and acorns for breakfast. The most sugary breakfast cereal I was ever allowed to eat was regular Cheerios with a little honey poured over it, since the Honey Nut Cheerios had too much sugar. One day I begged my mom to let me have a treat (thinking a ding dong or something similar) with my school lunch like all the other kids. She gave me a ziplock bag with a small measured amount of Pringles Lite Potato Chips. If I wanted junk food, I'd have to go to the neighbors.
Just the idea of even eating regular granola for breakfast gives me the willies. Which is why I usually eat a protein bar or just drink coffee for breakfast. We met the guys from KIND at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim and they were awesome. They had samples of their healthy grains out to try. Nothing like peer pressure to try something you don't really want to try. So I put on a fake smile and tried the Vanilla Blueberry Clusters. OMG... it was good. I mean REALLY good. This is something I could snack on, all day long! And I don't even really like healthy food.
My 8 year old son Seamus tasted it and said, "Wow, this is delicious!". My 6 year old daughter thought it was "yummy". My 12 year old didn't care for it, but he's weird because he doesn't even like pizza or hot dogs.
I don't even know what Flax seeds or quinoa are, or millet or buckwheat. They sound so "healthy" I'd normally run in fear from them. But what I DO know is it tastes really good! And from now on I'm going to snack on it!! In fact, I'm snacking on it right now while I type this review.
And for that, I give the Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds a 10 out of 10 leaves.