Thursday, June 27, 2013

Purely Elizabeth - Granolas

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I get super excited about some products and are just "meh" about others. I had seen Purely Elizabeth's booth at the food shows and had heard about the products, but really didn't understand why there was so much hype about granola. Well, now I understand and this is one product I am going to rave about.

Purely Elizabeth's granola is just plain delicious. Take the Original flavor for example. This cereal is made with mostly organic ingredients including gluten-free oats, coconut palm sugar, raw virgin coconut oil, puffed amaranth, quinoa flakes, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, and sea salt. It is chunky with burnt undertones and sweetened perfectly. I chose to eat it as a cereal, but you could use it as a topping for vegan yogurt or just eat it out of the bag.

There are 3 other flavors as well. All are pretty similar to the original with a few added perks. I have to say that my favorite flavor is their newest one -- Blueberry Hemp. It is basically most of the same ingredients as the original flavor with blueberries and hemp added.

The Cranberry Pecan will delight your taste buds with ancient grains, cranberries, and pecans.

And the Pumpkin Fig will fill your mouth with pumpkin seeds, figs, and joy!

This cereal was created by Elizabeth Stein, a holistic health counselor, who wanted to offer nutritionally sound products to make healthy eating easy.  Her mission was to recreate the most delicious baked goods using the highest-quality natural and organic ingredients, loaded with health benefits and free of the bad stuff. So in September 2009, she launched Purely Elizabeth, a line of all-natural and organic foods using nutritious alternative grains and superfood seeds, free of sugar, dairy, wheat and gluten. All products are certified gluten-free, vegan, and Non-GMO Project Verified.

As far as nutrition, the quinoa is a complete protein; amaranth is high in b vitamins; and chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and antioxidants.  The raw virgin coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids that get used as energy rather than stored as fat. This granola is about as healthy as you can get.  So there you have it. I once shunned granola, but now no more. If you are interested in trying the granolas for yourself, a 12-ounce bag retails for $7.99 per bag and you can find them here.

Full Disclosure: Although the products were provided to me for free to review, that in no way influences my veracious opinion.  

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