Forget about chips. These days it's all about the crisps, and health food line Kashi is no exception; it's developed a new line of hummus crisps made from chickpeas and its signature seven grains. We tried the entire line but found ourselves partial to the Sundried Tomato, Basil, and Feta Hummus Crisps ($3). Keep reading to see why.
It's a fact: frozen dinners happen. We know life is busy and you can't always whip up a home-cooked meal. When pressed for time, microwaveable meals make for an easy option, but the frozen-food aisle can easily overwhelm your senses of judgment. With so many choices, it's hard to figure out which frozen dinner will truly be a tasty, healthy meal.
To take the guess work out of your next trip to the supermarket, we've nuked and tasted five Asian-style frozen chicken meals, from sesame chicken to a gingery stir-fry. Read on to see which meals are worth putting into your grocery cart and which ones aren't worth the time it takes to heat them up.
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Is it odd to count a food brand as one of my best buds? Made with real ingredients, I find tasty Kashi products have become something I rely on, and I stash the company's bars in my purse, desk drawer, or gym bag — they make for great pre or postworkout snack to enjoy. If you're a fan of Kashi's TLC Fruit & Grain bars, check out this new flavor, Cranberry Walnut.
To find out what surprised me about this bar read more
I had a small addiction to Kashi's GoLean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax cereal, so I thought I should branch out and try a new variety. They have 25 different cereals to choose from though, so which one should I buy? Fiber and protein content are important to me in the morning, so I made this handy chart to figure out which cereals contained the most.
|Granola||Calories||Total Fat (g)||Sodium (mg)||Carbs (g)||Fiber (g)||Sugars (g)||Protein (g)|
|GoLean Crisp! Toasted Berry Crumble (3/4 cup)||180||3.5||125||35||8||10||9|
|GoLean Crunch! (1 cup)||190||3||100||37||8||13||9|
|GoLean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax (1 cup)||200||4.5||140||36||8||12||9|
|GoLean Original (1 cup)||140||1||85||30||10||6||13|
|Good Friends Cinna-Raisin Crunch (1 cup)||170||1.5||105||41||8||13||4|
|Good Friends Original (1 cup)||160||1.5||110||42||12||10||5|
Don't see the Kashi cereal you're looking for? Then continue reading.
Here's another reason to eat whole grains: it will help put an end to the dreaded belly bloat. Eating too many refined grains like white rice, enriched pasta, or white bread slows down your digestive tract, which causes that bloated feeling. I don't know about you, but I hate getting dressed when my belly is full of air.
For the next few weeks, swap out any refined grains in your diet with whole grains, and see if you notice a difference. Whole grains are full of fiber, which helps keep us "regular" and our digestive tract moving along at a normal pace. By doing this, you should find that you'll have much more energy during the day since your body won't be working overtime to digest food.
I know that eating whole wheat pasta may not sound delicious to some of you, but there are a lot of easy and tasty swaps you can make instead. Choose whole wheat bread over white, and eat a whole grain cereal like Kashi or muesli. I also love the taste of quinoa, which is a hearty grain filled with fiber. Why not try this curried quinoa salad for dinner tonight?
If you're a fan of Kashi, I've got great news! The brand is offering free samples of three of its products: GoLean Crisp! Toasted Berry Crumble (its newest cereal), TLC Dark Chocolate Coconut Fruit & Grain bars, and GoLean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax cereal.
If you're not familiar with Kashi products, here's your chance to try them out without spending a dime. And if you're already a Kashi lover, then it'll be fun to try out one of the brand's new foods. Just go to the Kashi website and select which sample you want to try (you only get to choose one). Then enter your name, address, and email, and your sample will be shipped to you in four to six weeks. Yay!
I always have a box of Kashi GoLean cereal in my cupboard, whether it be regular GoLean or GoLean Crunch. These cereals are a great source of fiber and protein, full of wholesome whole grains, and taste great in milk or on their own. If you too are a fan, then you'll be psyched to hear that a new version is hitting shelves now — GoLean Crisp!
Curious to know how it compares nutrition and flavor-wise? Then keep reading.
I was going on a trip and picked up some Kashi TLC Trail Mix bars. I trust their products completely so don't feel it's necessary to read labels before buying them. While in the car, I happened to check out the list of ingredients and saw vegetable glycerin.
If you're curious to know what it is or why it's used keep reading
If you're a fan of Triscuits, you're going to love Kashi's new Heart to Heart crackers. Both flavors — Original and Roasted Garlic — contain plant sterols to help lower cholesterol, and six natural antioxidants including green tea and grape seed.
To find out how they compare with the crackers you grew up with, read more
A quick and healthy meal is always appreciated in my life. Since I've had great luck with Kashi's frozen entrées like Pesto Pasta Primavera and Black Bean Mango, I was excited to try its Tuscan Veggie Bake ($5).
This entree is vegan, so it's low in saturated fat and cholesterol. How does it taste though? To find out read more