Product: Laughing Giraffe Organics Cherry Ginger Snakarola – $7.99+
When a product goes by the name “Laughing Giraffe” I take notice. Funny thing though…I’d never heard of this brand before. Trust me…if I had, it would probably have already been a staple in my pantry.
This brand and product came to me courtesy of my monthly subscription to Cuisine Cube. I know most of you, by now, are familiar with this service, but let me give you a quick rundown. For as little as $29.99/month, you can have Cuisine Cube delivered to your door . What this service provides is 5-6 gluten-free, full-size products that are made by local and smaller, artisan companies, rather than those that you can find at the average grocery store. It has introduced me to so many new and delightful products. Each box contains a breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and dessert product…and then, sometimes, an extra bonus item. Who doesn’t love a little something extra, right?
So, April 2015’s Cuisine Cube featured Laughing Giraffe Organics Cherry Ginger Snakarola for the Breakfast/Snack item. I was immediately intrigued. Loved the name of the company and the name of the product. And I love a good granola…and this looked like it was quality in a little pouch. So, yeah…excitement.
Laughing Giraffe Organics is a family run business owned by the Gilmour family, based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. They entered the health food business out of a desire to learn about healthy eating and how it could improve their own well-being. Laughing Giraffe Organics mission is to provide quality nutritional snack foods that taste great and only use the purest organic ingredients that are nutrient dense and minimally processed. I am loving this already. Basically, they make foods that they believe will satisfy hunger without detracting from quality of life. This is a company that truly wants you to eat well and live better.
Who can’t get on board with that, right?
It was my 5:30 a.m. spin class day at the gym yesterday. I love my class, but it’s an hour long, and I have to go home, shower, and get everything together to get out the door to work. It makes for a huge time crunch. SO…in order to have something my roommate can eat and that I can take with me to work, it is often something like a Greek yogurt parfait or something of the sort. This was the case this past Wednesday, and so, before heading off to the gym, I made up two bowls of my infamous breakfast parfaits…Greek yogurt, granola, and fresh berries.
I try to keep healthy (ie: low sugar) granola in the house, and since Cuisine Cube had provided me with some, I figured I’d take full advantage on such a chaotic morning. I washed the berries and prepped the to-go bowl and the nice bowl (for the roomie to eat at home) for the actual assembly of the parfaits. I put a small handful of the granola in each bowl, then spooned over the Greek yogurt, then added the berries. Repeat. Then finish off with another handful of granola. It’s a filling, amazing, delicious and nutritious way to start the morning. Of course, I had to try this granola on it’s own, as well as as a mixer with the parfait.
The Laughing Giraffe Organics Cherry Ginger Snakarola is a better granola. It’s soft (like Van’s Granola), and packed with nuts and and tons of flavor. I was a bit concerned with the ginger in the name of the product, but the ginger that is included in the mix isn’t candied or overwhelming. It’s blended in perfectly and offset by the salty-crunchy nuts. Then…to add to the decadence…dried cherries. Honestly, it was a perfect blend for me. Almost like a muesli while still being a granola. It was amazing. And it could be used over dairy-free (or regular) ice cream, in cookies, or eaten straight out of the bag…among other tings. That’s the great thing about a fantastic granola…it can be so versatile. The Laughing Giraffe Cherry Ginger Snakarola is all of that. And…it’s addictive…in a good, healthy, and delicious way.
So, let’s take a look at the simple, basic, organic ingredients that go into each pouch of Laughing Giraffe Cherry Ginger Snakarola, shall we? This granola is made up of organic walnuts, organic pecans, organic agave nectar, organic dried cherries, organic ginger powder, organic vanilla extract (gluten-free) and Himalayan pink salt. This product compliments a Paleo diet, has a low glycemic point, is nutrient-rich and power-packed, is a fantastic source of healthy fats, and is packed with fiber to keep you feeling full. This product is gluten-free, certified organic, raw, vegan and non-GMO.
As for nutrition information, don’t be frightened. Remember much of this granola is made up of healthy nuts, which, are higher in calories and fats (but healthy…just keep to the serving size or below!). A serving of the Laughing Giraffe Cherry Ginger Snakarola is 1/2 cup. This serving will give you 290 calories and 25 grams of fat. You will also be taking in 50 mg sodium, 13 grams carbohydrates, 8 grams of sugars, 3 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of protein. This granola is cholesterol free.
It was definitely love at first bite with this granola. It wasn’t too sweet, nor was it spicy. It was crunchy without being over toasted. And it was soft and delicious. Filled with the best sort of foods for healthy and fitness…yeah…this was a definite win. Now to get more for my pantry. Perhaps in another flavor. Thanks to both Laughing Giraffe Organics and Cuisine Cube for this fantastic product!