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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Review & Giveaway : Kaia Foods Granola, Fruit Leather, Pumpkin Seeds and Kale Chips, Vegan and Gluten Free! (7/25/10)


Kaia Foods is a great company that produces snacks with minimally processed ingredients which retain their flavor and texture due to being raw or mostly raw. The snacks are hearty and full of fiber. Most are low in sodium and, most importantly... they all have great, unique flavors. Kaia Foods products are also gluten free and vegan!

Kaia generously provided me with some product samples to try and also some goodies to share with you as well. Here are the items I sampled:



Cocoa Bliss Buckwheat Granola: This granola was dense and crunchy with a nice chewiness from raisins. The cocoa flavor is not very sweet and provides a bitterness to the product in combination with nuts, seeds and buckwheat. At first I found the bitterness sort of off putting, but the more I ate this granola, the more I enjoyed it. The bitterness becomes less apparent over time, and the mixture of bitter with the sweetness of the agave nectar and raisins is a really nice, "grown up" pairing. I loved that this granola was not too sweet and was very filling and wholesome. I didn't try this with milk, but I think this would be great eaten as a cereal!



Kale Chips:
The kale chips are light, crunchy and wonderfully flavored. I'm a huge fan of making kale chips at home but they have a tendency to burn. The Kaia Foods kale chips are dehydrated so they maintain their flavor without the charring. The "cheesy" flavor had a delicious nutritional yeast taste which is slightly nutty, salty and vaguely "cheesy". The "barbecue" flavor was slightly sweet and tangy with a little bit of spiciness from cayenne pepper. The flavor and crunch of the kale in combination with the barbecue sauce style flavoring was unique and absolutely delicious. I would choose these over potato chips any day!



Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds
: The flavoring on these pumpkin seeds was great! I'm normally not a pumpkin seed fan, but I loved the slightly tangy flavor from apple cider vinegar. The sea salt and vinegar contained just the right amount of tangy vinegar flavor and saltiness. Perfect for my salty cravings! The party mix flavor was slightly sweet and reminded me a bit of delicious caramelized onions. Both packets contained seeds that tasted amazingly fresh and crisp with an excellent flavor.



Fruit Leather: Kaia's fruit leather is thin, chewy and a bit more dry than many fruit leather's on the market. The dryness of the product also makes them easier to savor slowly rather than gobbling them down in just a few bites. These have no added sugar and are minimally processed so the flavor is very clean. The Goji Orange and Lime Ginger flavors were both slightly bitter with unique and appealing flavor combos. The Vanilla Pear had a light vanilla aroma and subtle, pleasant flavor. Spiced Apple had a classic apple pie flavor which was lovely. In each of the fruit leathers the most apparent flavor to me was banana which made the leather have a slightly creamy flavor that was great in combination with the dryness of the leather.

I now love Kaia Foods for on the go eating. If I know I'm going to be out for the day and want some healthy, low fat, low sodium filled snacking, I will pack a Kaia Foods product. I think these would be perfect take on a camping or hiking trip! Kaia Foods also donates 1% of their sales to fighting hunger which is great. From the Kaia Foods website:

"1% of sales. As part of our mission to improve quality of life through proper nutrition we invest 1% of sales in fighting hunger. We currently donate to The Hunger Project and to the United Nations World Food Program."

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Kaia Foods has generously offered one of my readers a bag of their granola and one bag of pumpkin seeds!

*To enter all you need to do is visit the Kaia Foods website and tell me another product of theirs that you'd like to try.

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This giveaway will end on July 25, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. Open to US readers only. Good luck!

Giveaway winner: smilekisses

**I was sent 10 full size Kaia Foods products for review purposes and allowed to post my thoughts at my discretion. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post & was not obligated to give a positive review of the product. All opinions expressed here are mine.**

127 comments:

  1. sprouted sunflower seeds garlic and salt
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  2. Vanilla Pear Fruit Leather - looks so good!! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. I am a gfc follower.
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  4. I am a email subscriber.
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  5. I would like to try the buckwheat granola dates and spices.
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  6. agree with above the fruit leather looks good mrs.mommyyatgmail

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  7. I like Kaia Foods on Facebook as Amber Gibson
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  8. I follow your blog with google friend connect
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  9. I would love to try the Sprouted Sunflower Seeds - Cocoa Molé
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  10. Yum! These sound delicious! Sprouted Sunflower Seeds - Sweet Curry

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  13. I'd like to try the Cinnamon Raisin Buckwheat Granola.

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  14. I would like to try the Buckwheat Granola - Raisin Cinnamon.

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  15. I'd love to get my hands on some of the garlic and seas salt organic sunflower seeds!

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  16. vanilla pear fruit leather


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  17. I'd like the Goji Orange fruit leather ..
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  18. buckwheat granola - terryaki. never tried your product-just found out i should have gluten free.

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  19. I would like the Fruit Leather - Lime Ginger.

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  22. I want to try Fruit Leather - Spiced Apple

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  23. I would like to try the Vanilla Pear Fruit Leather.

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  29. I want to try the Buckwheat Granola - Cocoa Bliss jk{dot}gorcery{at}gmail{dot}com

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  30. I would love to try the Buckwheat Granola - Dates & Spices. Thanks.

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  31. cdziuba@aol.com This looks good: Sprouted Sunflower Seeds - Garlic & Sea Salt

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  34. I'd like to try Sprouted Sunflower Seeds - Cocoa Molé ... tiffypoot@aol.com

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  41. I'm an e-mail subscriber. jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. I'd love to try the Sweet Curry Sprouted Sunflower Seeds.

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  43. I follow on Networked Blogs under username Jennie Tilson.

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  44. I'm a facebook fan of kaia foods under username Jennie Tilson.

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  46. I'd like to try the Sprouted Sunflower Seeds - Garlic & Sea Salt.
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  47. The fruit leather or cocoa mole seeds sound good. masteringpublichealth (at) gmail (dot) com

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  49. I'd like to try the Sprouted Sunflower Seeds - Garlic & Sea Salt

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  53. I really would love to try the Fruit Leather in Vanilla Pear.

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  54. fruit leather- vanilla pear
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  56. This looks so interesting! I would like to try them all, but since I have to pick one it would be the Fruit Leather - Spiced Apple!
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  57. I'd like the garlic and sea salt organic sunflower seeds!
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  64. I "Like" Kaia Foods on facebook
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  65. The Curry Sunflower Seeds sound like a great combination, I'll look for them at the Co-op.

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  67. I would like to try the Cocoa Molè sunflower seeds!

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  69. Sprouted Sunflower Seeds - Garlic & Sea Salt sounds good

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  70. I would love to try the Sprouted Sunflower Seeds - Garlic & Sea Salt

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  73. I really wanna try the spiced apple fruit leather.


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  78. I'd like to try the Buckwheat Granola - Raisin Cinnamon.

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  79. Fruit Leather - Vanilla Pear would be interesting to try.

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  80. I love Fruit Leather - Goji Orange and Spiced Apple.

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  81. I follow your blog via GFC.

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  82. crazyred61@yahoo.com
    I love health food. everything looks great. I pick Sprouted Sunflower Seeds - Garlic & Sea Salt

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  83. Fruit Leather - Goji Orange
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  87. I think the Sweet Curry Sunflower Seeds sound great!

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  88. Vanilla Pear Fruit Leather would be choice!

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  89. I'd like to try the Sprouted Sunflower Seeds - Garlic & Sea Salt
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  94. I'd like to try the Sprouted Sunflower Seeds-Garlic and Sea salt.

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  96. I would like to try their Sprouted Sunflower Seeds - Sweet Curry.
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  97. I'd like to try Buckwheat Granola - Dates & Spices

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  101. Buckwheat Granola - Cocoa Bliss

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  102. Buckwheat Granola - Dates & Spices

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  103. Buckwheat Granola - Raisin Cinnamon!
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  104. I'd like to try some Fruit Leather - Lime Ginger
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  111. I'd love to try the BBQ kale chips.

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  112. Sprouted Sunflower Seeds - Garlic & Sea Salt would be my pick...YUM


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  114. I'd love to try the Sprouted Sunflower Seeds - Cocoa Molé.

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  115. I want to try the Sprouted Sunflower Seeds - Sweet Curry. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  117. I would like to try the Fruit Leather-Goji Orange. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  118. Sprouted Sunflower Seeds - Garlic & Sea Salt

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  119. I would like the Sprouted Sunflower Seeds - Sweet Curry.
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