Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Good for You Goodies: Zoe’s Granola & Bars

The Good for You Goodie: 3 of Zoe’s Granolas and 3 of Zoe’s Bars

The Company: Zoe's Foods

The Chew Review: If you’ve never heard of this company, let me introduce them. =) Tori (the founder of Zoe Foods) started the company because she had a passion to make a difference and used that passion to fulfill her dream for providing great tasting, 100% naturally nutritious foods—which resulted in Zoe Foods! Sure glad we have ambitious people in the world! How else would such wonderful products be created?! Their site slogan is “All Day Energy. Everyday Health.” When they said they would send me a sampler box, you bet when it arrived I dug right in and set up a little taste test party!! Check out the results, and what I thought about each product below--->

First check out the great sampler I got!!!Thanks again to the generous folks over at Zoe Foods for your generosity!

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I’ll start with the granola..

  • Cranberries Currants Granola

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This granola did have pieces of real cranberries hence their absence in the picture! This was by far my favorite of the 3. First thing I noted about Zoe’s granolas as a whole—they are very chunky and very crunchy which = a pleasant granola eating experience! It had a hint of fruit flavor with a nice cinnamon twist to balance it out. [By the way, I did not take pictures of the next 2 flavors just because a camera doesn’t make granola look as interesting as it really is.]

  • Honey Almond Granola

This one reminded me of some sort of sugar cookie or cake batter taste. Maybe it was the honey mixed with the sliced almonds? Whatever the reason, I’m glad it tasted the way it did because it was no doubt delightful! By the way—did you check out the stats on this granola?! 115% Daily Value ALA Omega-3’s, 7g fiber, 8g protein, ground flaxseed, no trans fat; heck we resort to eating Zoe’s granola for every meal. He he ;-)

  • Cinnamon Raisin Granola

The name really gives the surprise of this one away. Fortunately, it was still surprisingly good. This one was comparable to other Cinnamon Raisin granolas/cereals I’ve tasted, so it was nothing too new for me. But, if you like a crunchy texture with some raisins and a shot of cinnamon, try it out! Now onto the bar reviews….

  • Peanut Butter Paradise Bar

CIMG0192 I must say, these bars are very satisfying! I split each one in two so I could stretch out their goodness. 8-) The whole grains in this were apparent as well as the natural nutty peanut butter taste. It wasn’t some fake artificial tasting peanut butter flavor, more of a “just the peanut” taste. Some peanut bars can be too salty, or too sweet, or just plain gross, but although this was not the favorite of the three, I would consider eating it again for a peanut butter fix. Ingredients:
ZoeMix (ground flaxseed, rolled oats, roasted soybeans, partially defatted soy flour, isolated soy protein), brown rice syrup, partially defatted peanut flour, barley malt syrup, crisp brown rice (brown rice flour, rice flour), crisped soy nuggets (isolated soy protein, rice flour, malt, salt), glycerin, date paste, chicory syrup, natural flavors, high oleic sunflower oil, soy lecithin, salt, vitamin E (mixed tocopherols – a natural antioxidant).

  • Chocolate Delight Bar

CIMG0199 This bar had total chocolate written all over it from the appearance, the smell, and you got it—the taste! To me, it tasted somewhere along the line of a Little Debbie brownie with a granola texture instead of a cakey texture. This is a bar to eat slowly and savor the real chocolate delight! Ingredients:
ZoeMix (ground flaxseed, rolled oats, roasted soybeans, soy protein isolate), brown rice syrup, crisped soy nuggets (isolated soy protein, rice flour, malt, salt), sugar, barley malt syrup, cocoa powder, evaporated cane juice,palm kernel oil, glycerin, chocolate liquor, date paste, chicory extract, lactose, high oleic sunflower oil, natural vanilla flavor and spice, soy lecithin, vitamin E (mixed tocopherols – a natural antioxidant).

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Bliss

CIMG0198 This one was my favorite :-) It was like a hybrid of the two previous bars. So imagine those two reviews squished together and you’d get another good great bar from the company Zoe’s Foods. Ingredients:
ZoeMix (ground flaxseed, rolled oats, roasted soybeans, soy protein isolate, partially defatted soy flour), brown rice syrup, partially defatted peanut flour, sugar, barley malt syrup,soy nuggets (isolated soy protein, rice flour, malt, salt), crisp brown rice (brown rice flour, rice flour), palm kernel oil, glycerin, chicory extract, date paste, cocoa powder, natural flavors, high oleic sunflower oil, lactose, soy lecithin, salt, vitamin E (mixed tocopherols – a natural antioxidant).

Wow that’s a lot of chewing!!! I need something to drink now, bye!

1 comment:

Juliet said...

Yum! I love crunchy granola.