the fifth giveaway of christmas.

by Janetha on December 13, 2010

in meals

i have said it before and i will say it again.

i love costco.

the reason for tonight’s declaration of my love for costco has to do with these two amazing products:

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i was giddy in the aisles when i saw that my costco now carries fage greek yogurt. sorry oikos, you’ve been booted as my staple greek yogurt. i’m all about the bulk. (TWSS)

however, this post’s purpose is not to talk about my excitement of buying yogurt in mass quantities.

it is, however, to talk about this lovely box of goodness:

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ancient grains granola with almonds. be still my heart, this could possibly be my new favorite granola.

that is a bold statement. i LOVE granola.

let’s talk about ancient grains.

nature’s path organics and kirkland signature have paired together to bring us this new, unique blend of granola. it is sold exclusively at costco which means, yes, it is sold in bulk. the only thing better than delicious granola is a LOT of delicious granola. am i right? yes, of course i am.

i was fortunate enough to be contacted by nature’s path. they wanted to send me a mondo sized box of granola for review. i quickly accepted the offer, sign me up!

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a bit more about what’s in the box:

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Kirkland Signature and Nature’s Path Ancient Grains Granola with Almonds is made up of high fiber whole grains that have been eaten since ancient times including:

Spelt: considered to be of prehistoric origin, spelt is an early form of wheat which contains notable amounts of iron, amino acids and fiber.

Kamut Khorasan Wheat: Buttery wheat believed to be of Egyptian origin and kept alive by peasant farmers in Egypt and the Middle East.  Kamut contains higher levels of lipids, amino acids and vitamins than durum wheat.

Amaranth: This grain was so important to the Aztecs that Cortez, in an effort to destroy the Aztec culture, declared that anyone growing amaranth crops be put to death.  Thanks to some seeds that were smuggled into Asia, you can enjoy its lively, peppery taste and high quality protein.

Quinoa: Originally cultivated by native people of the Peruvian and Bolivian highlands, quinoa is known as a complete protein, including all the essential amino acids that our bodies can’t make by themselves.

Oats: Crushed grains of oats that have been rolled into flakes, these are an excellent source of iron, dietary fiber and thiamin.

Kirkland Signature and Nature’s Path Ancient Grains Granola with Almonds, a tasty combination of sweetness, cinnamon and almonds, is a good source of protein, an excellent source of fiber and contains 31 grams of whole grains.  Like all Nature’s Path products, it is USDA certified organic, which means it doesn’t contain artificial preservatives, additives, genetically modified organism (GMOs) or synthetic pesticides.

here is a peek at the ingredients:

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as you can see, it is full of organic grains and two of my favorite things: cinnamon and vanilla. also, the ingredients are all natural. nothing crazy here, folks.

here is a look at the nutrition label:

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i always used to get discouraged with how calorie dense granola is. but, when you think about it, a 3/4 cup serving of granola goes a LONG way. i have been eating it every morning and only use about 1/2 cup, which is roughly 170 calories, 6g fat, 4g protein and 26g carbs—these numbers are perfect when paired with a protein packed cup of fat free greek yogurt.

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i am getting excited for breakfast just looking at these photos. i have become a granola fiend ever since receiving the ancient grains granola!

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as you can see, there are so many different textures going on here.

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the grains all blend together perfectly and the result is a crunchy, tasty, perfect granola.

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not exaggerating.

here’s a story.

marshall has been eating this granola faster than i have. that’s how you know it is good. but guess who has been eating it the fastest?

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this guy.

the other day, marshall left the house for about 30 minutes and, SOMEHOW, mister randy pants managed to hoist his short, stalky basset hound body onto the countertop. this ability is beyond me. i want to set up a camera so i can see just exactly how he manages this difficult task. he nabbed one bag of the granola (it comes with two bags) and devoured it—i imagine he ate it so fast that penny couldn’t even get a nibble in. how do i know? well, when one of the dogs gets something, you know who it was. purely based on the look on their guilty little faces.

and randy was guilty as charged.

hey, at least it is nutritious Winking smile

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if you or your dog would like to try a box of the new ancient grains granola, now is your chance!

to enter:

  • for your first and mandatory entry, go to the nature’s path organics website and take a look around. come back here and leave a comment telling me something you like about the company.
  • for a second entry, leave a review or a comment on one of the nature’s path organics products and leave ME a comment with the link (URL) to the comment you left on the nature’s path page.

giveaway ends on wednesday, december 15th at 8:00 PM.

good luck!

xo. janetha g.

please see my FTC disclosure for more information on this product review.

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Ashley December 15, 2010 at 6:50 am

I really love all there products, I think the fact that you can read all the ingredients and love that they are organic and is run by family! Awesome!

Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) December 15, 2010 at 7:39 am

Yum, yum, yum! I love the company in general. That they do stuff to give back, it’s family-run, all ingredients are organic and natural. I love it!

Amanda December 15, 2010 at 7:42 am

I LOVE how they emphasize “doing good” in the world and being good to the Earth as well as your body. Too many “healthy” products just emphasize weight loss or *added* vitamins and minerals in their products; this company emphasizes the ways to be good to yourself and the world.

Amanda December 15, 2010 at 7:44 am
Erin December 15, 2010 at 8:52 am

I like how they donate some of their sales to education for kids. Also like how they have suggestions for how we can all “do good.”

Paige December 15, 2010 at 9:34 am

I like that they compost at their offices! Nice!

Paige December 15, 2010 at 9:36 am

http://www.naturespath.com/products/whole-grain/pumpkin-flax-plus-granola#comment-2388

Left a comment on the pumpkin flax plus granola. Soooo good.

Elliott December 15, 2010 at 10:03 am

I really like their vision on their products and company. They seem to be a great business with awesome values.
http://www.naturespath.com/company/minifesto

Steph December 15, 2010 at 10:25 am

I can’t believe he got to the granola!!!! I guess that’s healthier than my parents’ lab Lucy who has a certain fondness for banana bread with chocolate chips. My mom always have to bake two loaves, and how that dog lives through that much chocolate is beyond me.

Any Christmas pictures of the pups??

Patricia Braithwaite December 15, 2010 at 10:55 am

I love GRANOLA!! Yum!

Megan December 15, 2010 at 11:26 am

I love granola too! We have always bought the Pumpkin Flax at Costco, but I will definitely give this one a try!

I especially liked this about Nature’s Path:

We are creative and a little quirky: We belly dance at work. We spend break time digging in the corporate garden. We sing in meetings. A lot.

How awesome is that?! I wish my job was like that :)

Megan December 15, 2010 at 11:30 am
Sarah December 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I like that they are so principled and show so much care for every facet of their business, from production to the customer and every effect those processes have.

Also, your dog looks just like my dog!! He’s been spoiled on beggin’ strips though. I think he’s the only dog that will actually spit things out.

Sarah December 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm
Jessica December 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I love the EnviroKidz initiatives and that they donate 1% of the profits! I have a little guy and it is important to teach them early : )

leslie December 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I love love love the recipes they post, in particular the apple waffle bread pudding. You should give some of them a try!

I also left a comment on one of their products. It’s one of the best cereals I’ve ever tasted =).
http://www.naturespath.com/products/whole-grain/flax-plus-pumpkin-raisin-crunch#comment-2403

April B. December 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm

No HFCS…that is great news! I have never tried their products but would love to.

bree December 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm

i can eat pounds of there granola!
definately that they have no hfcs and are about the environment—they also seem to be good to there employees–400 people thats alot!

Amy December 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I don’t have a Costco, I always hear such fabulous things about it though. I love that in their company meetings they sing and belly dance – that sounds like good meetings to me :)

Susan December 15, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I don’t “like” Nature’s Path, I LOVE them!! Seriously, they make my favourite cereals. Their waffles are the only frozen variety I’ll buy. And I eat their Optimum bars for breakfast with a couple boiled eggs when I have to eat “en route” to work.

Julia December 15, 2010 at 7:11 pm

I liked how they seem like a small, family-like company, not a huge corporation. I love how they have a photo of the staff on their ‘values’ page, and claim they are very independent. I support that.

Nicole G December 15, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I have had it once before, at my brother’s but never got a chance to buy any because we have a Sam’s Club membership, not Costco. I really liked it!!! Tastes great, organic, no high fructose corn syrup! And, my 5 year old liked it! Can’t go wrong there!

fightingwithfood December 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I left a comment on the Gorilla Munch – my fave Nature’s Path cereal!
http://www.naturespath.com/products/gluten-free/gorilla-munch-low-sodium-cereal#comment-2406

fightingwithfood December 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I don’t know of any other companies that have so many initiatives to help the environment, promote sustainability or support conservation. Go Nature’s Path!

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