Rustic chic granola from Banner Road Bakery (photo courtesy Banner Road Baking Co.).
We’re fortunate that we’re able to try many products of which we would be totally unaware. Quite a few brands offer us samples, and often we say “Yes!”
Some of them are good, some great, some just not right for us. Here, five products that are right for us, in alphabetical order.
While Banner Road granolas are delicious on any morning, we particularly like them as house gifts. $12 per 11-ounce cylinder, and $6 for the four ounce size (a great party favor or stocking stuffer).
The gift appeal comes from the charming packaging (photo #1), evoking the rustic goodness which the healthy blend of ingredients provides.
The granola is gluten free, some flavors are vegan, some ingredients are organic, and a serving has just 5g of sweetener per 1.7-ounce bar.
This granola is made in clusters, the grains and seeds (oats, seeds, quinoa) baked into clusters that provide sweet crunch. The binders are extra virgin olive oil and, depending on the flavor, honey, maple syrup, molasses or tapioca syrup. Flavors include:
What happens when you cross a cup of yogurt with a frozen yogurt bar?
A very tasty snack: Clio’s Greek Yogurt Bars, a refrigerated bar of yogurt enrobed in dark chocolate (photo #2). They are yummy!
The yogurt is thicker than standard yogurt cups, in:
Each gluten-free bar as 8g protein, 140 calories and billions of probiotics. The line is certified kosher by OU.
DISCOVER MORE AT CLIOSNACKS.COM.
3. OCEAN SPRAY DIET SPARKLING CRANBERRY
Our new favorite low-calorie sparkling drink is Diet Sparkling Cranberry from Ocean Spray, made with their cranberry juice.
At 10 calories per 8.4-ounce can, it’s a caloric bargain. But amazingly, there is no artificial sweetener flavor.
The sweeteners are sucralose and acesuflame potassium (ace-K—see the different artificial sweeteners).
For everyone who mixes cranberry juice with club soda: Here it’s done for you. There’s also a conventional version (with sugar)
CHECK IT OUT AT OCEANSPRAY.COM.
4. SEASNAX ROASTED SEAWEED SNACKS
Many healthy eaters and sushi fans have discovered seaweed snacks: the crisp sheets of nori used to make sushi rolls, repurposed as crunchy yet delicate snacks.
Seaweed is nutrient-rich; the snack sheets are made with seaweed, olive oil and sea salt or other seasoning(s). They’re gluten free, non-GMO, paleo and vegan. SeaSnax is certified organic.
We love them: The crisp sheets of seaweed crunching happily in our mouths.
We eat them as a snack, plain or with beer and wine; as a “cracker” with miso soup; and when we want something to eat with almost no calories. The entire package has just 15.
THe original, plain nori sheet has been joined by flavors; most popular are chipotle and wasabi. A package of 6 packets is $8.95.
FIND OUT MORE AT SEASNAX.COM.
Note: Eat the whole pack at once. If left out for a while, or next to moisture such as a cup of tea, the sheets start to lose their crispness.
We love coconut macaroons, a cookie usually found plain or coated in chocolate.
Sejoyia offers two options we haven’t seen before: bittersweet chocolate and lemon flavors.
The Brownie macaroon is a bittersweet chocolate (we wish there were a touch more sugar); Lemon Pie is lusciously lemon.
We’re big, big fans of the latter. If you’re a macaroon lover, treat yourself without delay!
ORDER THEM AT SEJOYIA.COM.
And check out the history of macaroons.
 Happy crunching for just 15 calories a package (photo courtesy Vegan Cuts).