Friday, February 21, 2014

Product Review: Safari Crunch Granola

In the past I have stayed away from granola... although it is SO delicious it is usually also packed with calories, fat, and refined sugars.

Well recently, I found out that a co-worker of mine (on her own amazing weight loss journey) has been purchasing a delicious lower calorie, low sugar granola from a local vendor for months. She found Safari Crunch at a farmer's market and immediately became a repeat customer, purchasing her bags of granola in bulk and having them shipped to her. One day at work, she received a granola shipment which included a sample size bag that she gave to me to try. Long story short... I was immediately sold on Safari Crunch!!

Now that I have tried all four crunchy, delicious flavors of Safari Crunch, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my thoughts on the product with my food-and-fitness minded friends.

The Nutty Njala - The original flavor, also the sweetest and most popular. It is great with Greek yogurt! The "secret sauce" in the Nutty flavor is a sugar cane syrup that is imported from England. The owner and operator discovered this cane syrup in a granola he enjoyed while on Safari in South Africa.

Cherry Cheetah - This flavor is made with a California brown rice syrup, a touch of wildflower honey, but no refined sugar. Dried tart cherries give the blend a savory taste. Very low in sugar (3g/serving) and is popular with everyone who prefers a less-sweet granola.

Fun Fact: Cherry Cheetah was named by a female marine, Captain Kate, while she was stationed at a forward operation base in Afghanistan. She commands a marine attack helicopter.

Berry Snakey - This favor is semi-sweet; a delicious blend of cranberries, raisins, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds made with tapioca syrup. No refined sugar, great crunch! This is a hearty, filling blend (2g of dietary fiber and 2 g of protein/serving).

Papaya Panther - This flavor is gluten-free, low glycemic, and oh-so tasty! Gluten-free oats, corn flakes, cashews, dried papaya, dried pineapple, and a touch of coconut combine in this savory, crunchy flavor. Made with blue agave syrup.

The best part.... all the flavors of Safari Crunch Granola are UNDER 100 calories per serving (1/4 cup) and very low in sugar, calories, fat, sodium, and carbohydrates. All sweetners used are natural, no refined sugar. I completely believe in this product; great price, quality, great 'lower-sugar, only-good-for-you ingredients' mission, and it's DELICIOUS.

Want to get your own bag of low sugar, lower calorie granola??
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Granola facts from Safari Crunch's website - love this!

Ways to Eat Granola:
  • Snack straight from the bag
  • Use as trail mix while hiking or biking
  • Cold cereal with fruit and dairy, soy, rice or almond milk.
  • Add some crunch to your yogurt
  • Ice cream topper
  • Mix into a cookie recipe
  • Punch up your smoothie
  • Add to your dinner salad
  • Topper for pancakes and waffles
  • Spread on your peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  • Great with hot oatmeal
  • Add to your holiday stuffing

Good Stuff About Granola:
  • Natural grains and bran are high in dietary fiber and minerals good for the body!
  • Nutritious eatable seeds contain many valuable minerals such as zinc, phosphorus, iron, calcium, and the list going on and on.
  • Did you know coconut while rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals is also used in many traditional medicines to treat a wide variety of health problems?
  • Tree nuts are a great source of protein and healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids. They also contain complex carbohydrates which the body burns for lasting energy.
  • Dried cranberries are a good source of many minerals, vitamins, and fiber. They also help strengthen the immune system, treat urinary tract infections, and because of the calcium in the berries actually fight tooth decay.
  • A few raisins a day will surely keep the doctor away. Raisins help with constipation, Acidosis, anemia and your libido because of the Arginine content in these little beauties.
  • Like it or not, genetically engineered foods have become extremely common and a growing source of concern. Expeller pressed Non-GMO canola oil is a healthy choice to offset the genetically altered concern and, by the way, canola oil is high in monounsaturated fats.
  • Did you know Flaxseed helps reduce total cholesterol, lowers blood sugar levels, and is high in natural lignans which are cancer protective compounds.
  • Lastly and most importantly, granola tastes great.

Here is a link to a profile on Safari Crunch in the San Diego Union Tribune:



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