Review: Tasting Kashi’s New Bars, Pita Crisps and Berry-rific Cereal
The Kashi TLC Peanutty Dark Chocolate Layered Bars are like crack-dessert for me. I know they’re technically supposed to be a snack, but the sweet (maybe just a touch too sweet, even for dessert) and salty peanut butter and chocolate combo just screams TREAT to me, apparently rendering me unable to type without caps lock for some words.
Featuring Kashi’s usual blend of seven whole grains on a mission, the bars are chewy, nutty and covered with a fudge-like layer of dark chocolate on top. Again, crack-dessert. Made with all-natural ingredients and containing just 130 calories, 4.5 grams of fat and 80 milligrams of sodium, these TREATS are ones you can feel pretty good about indulging in every once in awhile!
Kashi TLC Pita Crisps
We also taste-tested two of Kashi’s new Pita Crisps, Original 7 Grain with Sea Salt and Zesty Salsa. While both have a similar nutritional profile, Kashi pretty much had me at “Zesty.” Zesty is just so zippy and fun. And I’m a sucker for zippy and fun. After all, there are a lot of plain pita chips out there that are perfect for dipping, but ones with onions, tomato, peppers and cilantro? Hell to the yes.
Each serving of these crisps provides 10 grams of whole grains and 5 grams of fiber, minus the hydrogenated oils, artificial ingredients and cholesterol. Delicious dipped in salsa (double salsa!), creamy dips or—heck—just on their own, they’re one of my fave snacks to put out at gatherings. While fresh veggies are always the healthiest dip-stick, with 120 calories per 11-crisp serving and just 3 grams of fat, these pita crisps are worth munching.
I have been a long-time fan of Kashi GoLean cereal. In fact, over the last five years, it’s safe to say that there’s almost always been a box in my pantry, just waiting for me to gobble it up for breakfast. While Kashi’s Berry Blossoms cereal doesn’t have as much fiber and protein as my beloved GoLean, it still boosts 11 grams of whole grains and 5 grams of fiber. Plus, its taste reminds me of the sugary stuff I had as a kid. Sweet, slightly sticky and oh-so berry-licious, it does have 7 grams of sugar, but an occasional bowl here and there—and the pleasant nostalgic Saturday-morning-watching-cartoons vibe it brings—is totally worth it.
Are you a Kashi fan? Tried any of these? Tell us what Kashi foods you love and which ones you could do without! —Jenn