New Food Stuffs Tried at Whole Foods Market, #89 Vanilla Almond Crunch Granola

Granola is a sweet treat. Sure, it has wholesome rolled oats and nuts, but it also has lots of sugar. So I decided to save my large cereal mug for a new kind of granola that’s lower in sugar than other brands. It’s called Bear Naked Fit Vanilla Almond Crunch Granola. As it turns out, even with just 4 grams of sugar, the cereal is still like having dessert for breakfast. After reading the nutrition info and ingredients, I still couldn’t figure out why the name says “fit”, but I did notice that Bear Naked partners with Terracycle— a program that really recycles and is doing good for the environment. Now, I feel kind of guilty about my taste-testing verdict….Oh, well, I’ll for sure recycle the bag. The rating goes 1 to 10 (10 being the best)

Bear Naked Fit Vanilla Almond Crunch Granola
Verdict: 4

Appearance: Cool eco-friendly, “sustainable” packaging; Inside the bag, there are plenty of whole almond-oat clusters, and lots of broken oat bits.
Texture: The granola lives up to its name– I enjoyed munching on the super crunchy oats. Completely different texture than the soft-baked oats in the regular Bear Naked flavors.
Flavor: Tastes like a dessert topping. Strong (maybe even too strong) vanilla flavor. There is also Triple Berry Crunch Fit Granola flavor (haven’t tried yet).
Cost: A whopping $6.39 for a 12-ounce bag. If the cereal is so “naked” there should be fewer $ signs
Health: Apparently, low-sugar doesn’t mean low-calorie– In fact, a serving size, just one-quarter cup, weighs in at 120 calories. Ingredient short-list: Oats, almonds, flax seeds, etc….I thought it weird that vanilla is not listed under ingredients, yet the name of the granola is “Vanilla Almond Crunch”– the bag just says “natural flavors”.

Recommendation: If you really like healthy breakfasts, I recommend sprinkling it over yogurt and fresh fruit. If it’s a cold morning, try toasting the granola for a bit, finish with a dollop of vanilla yogurt and a drizzle of honey.
Resolution Stats: 17 new food stuffs tried, 88 more to go
Final Verdict: It’s way past breakfast, and I still can’t figure out why this granola is called “fit”, but I guess they sold me. Tasty but high-calorie. Bad for your waistline but good for the environment. Let me know if you can figure out why it’s called “Bear Naked Fit”?

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