I’ve really been trying to eat a little healthier these days. I lost site after my son was born and while I tried to put healthy food on the plates of my family, my own diet took the back burner. It’s time to take care of me and lead by example before my bad habits rub off on a certain little four-year-old! One of my new favorite things to snack on is granola. I used to only enjoy the bars that are held together by the delicious sticky, sweet stuff like honey. Recently, I found a recipe to make your own granola and that changed my mind towards the stuff in the bag. Before that, anything I could purchase just tasted like cardboard. Until now!
I was contacted by Ladera Granola to try their All Natural Ladera Granola and I was hopeful, but a little skeptical. Upon researching the company, I was excited about the product. They are a company with a mission for natural products. No huge labels behind them where you have to worry about what is going in each bag that you buy. The granola was created in the kitchen of a physician, from local sources with no cholesterol or preservatives. They slow roast their ingredients to preserve both the flavor and health benefits. The granola is low in sugar and high in protein, which I love since that is the only thing that slims me down, and they use recyclable materials. Everything I try to accomplish in my own home, Ladera does as well. You can see why I really hoped that I would enjoy their granola!
When the package of Original Almond and Pecan Ladera Granola arrived I could smell the cinnamon and brown sugar through the bag. I held it up to my husband and said, “Smell this.” Of course he thought I was doing the old, “Here, smell if this milk is bad.” But as the bag of Ladera granola got closer he was like, “mmmm.” We couldn’t wait to open the bag! My eyes went to the ingredients list, which I always do because of my daughter’s peanut allergies, and you see only a handful of ingredients. Nothing you need to Google here; whole grain oats, almonds, olive oil, maple syrup, pecans, brown sugar, spices, and salt. Simple, natural ingredients.
The big question, how did it taste? Absolutely delicious! It smelled so good and was so tasty. Everything had a nice crunch to it and the flavors were rich. No stale, bland nuts here. I kept snacking on it while I took pictures and wrote this post up. I had to force myself to put it away to share with everyone else. Was it worth buying when I could make my own? Absolutely! While I am very active in the kitchen, my days are busy and I can’t always count on myself. Knowing I can buy something that is still delicious, healthy, and the packaging is recyclable makes me feel a better. I can trust the ingredients in the granola and know it is a healthy snack for my family and myself. Each and every ingredient is found in my own kitchen, I just have the major convenience of being able to grab a bag from now on and not stressing about what I can whip up to snack on.
So, here is the good part for you! Ladera Granola is offering a bag of their granola for one of my readers to try. So, use the Rafflecopter widget below to win. I’ve included lots of ways you can enter! If you like granola, you’ll love Ladera Granola and if you haven’t tried it, well you’ll become a fan!
***Congratulations Hannah for winning the Ladera Granola giveaway!***
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Ladera Granola provided me with their Original granola to sample and are sponsoring this giveaway, but as always the opinions expressed here are solely my own. This giveaway is for residents of the contingent United States and will end on May 22nd, 12:00 am EST.