Product Review: Kashi Granola Cereal Orchard Spice

Product Review: Kashi Granola Cereal Orchard Spice

Features of Kashi Granola Cereal Orchard Spice:

 Kashi Granola Cereal Orchard Spice Foods have recently attempted in their ad campaign to appeal to the average person. The television advertisements feature everyday people, who just happen to like healthy food only if it tastes good.

“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.”

I happen to be one of those people and very rarely does that happen – that I find something that is healthy, does not cost too much, that you don’t need to eat more than one serving of and that actually tastes good.

Since I normally like Granola type cereals but find them to be extremely expensive to get the type that I like, I decided to try Kashi Granola Cereal, Orchard Spice. There are actually two types of granola products available; Orchard Spice and Mountain Medley.

First, both types of Kashi Granola provide the following nutritional value: seven whole grain-based granola equaling two-thirds of a person’s daily needs; 300 mg Omega 3 (good fats); 25% of your daily fiber needs; is all-natural and contains only 7 grams total fat per serving.

Varieties of Kashi Granola Cereal Orchard Spice:

The Kashi Granola Cereal Orchard Spice variety combines their seven-grain granola with apples, pecans, raisins, and flaxseed along with several spices. The most noticeable spice in flavor is cinnamon, but I detected some nutmeg and honey also.

The ingredients in Kashi Orchard Spice Granola are Whole: Rolled Oats, Hard Red Winter Wheat, Rye, Barley, Triticale, Long Grain Brown Rice, Buckwheat, Sesame Seeds), Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Apples, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Pecans, Raisins, Gum Arabic, Vegetable Glycerin, Whole Flaxseed, Spices, Sea Salt, Honey, Soy Lecithin, Nonfat Dry Milk, Natural Mixed Tocopherols For Freshness, Luo Han Fruit Concentrate. Those with soy, nut or milk allergies should avoid this product.

The apples in the cereal were nicely sized slices of dried apple similar to those found in snack packs of dried fruit. I would have liked more apples and raisins and fewer pecans, but that is just a personal preference for the sweetness of fruit flavors. The pecans were a little on the large size also, my preference would have been for them to be chopped finer. The raisins were plump and fresh. It stayed crunchy in milk, was very filling, and appealing to look at. Many “healthy” bowls of cereal look like cat or dog food and sometimes taste as I would imagine pet foods taste.

Kashi Granola Cereal Orchard Spice

Serving size of Kashi Granola Cereal Orchard Spice:

A serving size is a one-half cup and each serving is 220 calories, with 60 calories from fat. Although high in fiber, there is no Vitamin A, C, or Calcium, other than what may be provided in your milk. It does provide 6% of the recommended daily allowance of iron, but diabetics (and Adkins Diet users) may not want to use up a great deal of their carbohydrate allowance on the 37 grams of carbs contained in this cereal.

The cost for one 13.7 ounce box totaling about 7 servings per box is approximately $4.59. For a healthy, good-tasting granola cereal that averages about .65 a meal, it is an excellent price and I will be purchasing this item again. Kashi Granola Orchard Spice is not only good as just a morning cereal, but it is also good on regular or vanilla-flavored yogurt as well as a topping for low fat or sugar-free ice cream (if you are watching calories or carbs). I may even try it in a breakfast bread recipe, as I think the apples, pecans, and raisins would be a good compliment.

Kashi Granola Cereal Orchard Spice


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