Category Archives: Kashi

Kashi TLC Original 7 Grain Crackers

Kashi7GrainChecking back to my previous posts, it has been about 11 months since I had my first ever box of Kashi TLC crackers which was the Fire Roasted Vegetable. I almost forgot how much I loved the Kashi TLC crackers. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kashi and have been trying out numerous of their products this past year, but I seem to have neglected my all time favorite “soup cracker.” If you have not notice, soup season is officially on. Drinking soup for a meal is often too light for me, so I like a piping bowl of soup with a side of satisfying crackers. No more saltines or oyster crackers for me since I discovered Kashi TLC crackers. This time, I picked up the Kashi TLC Original 7 Grain. The crackers are nice little rectangles, which are dense and packed with whole grains. At times, there are some hard pieces of gain in there too. Delicious and hearty without all the fancy flavors, just a pure taste of the mix of whole grains. The small surface area of these crackers does not give much room for toppings, but Kashi has “party size” crackers for those occasions. These small size TLC are great to enjoy along with some soup or dip into hummus, salsa or guacamole. I know you can get it much cheaper when they are on sale at grocery store, but my trusty Trader Joe’s always carries them at a low everyday price of $2.79.

No Hydrogenated Oils ~ Zero Grams Trans Fat ~ All Natural

Other Kashi TLC crackers to consider are: Country Cheddar, Fire Roasted Vegetable, Honey Sesame and Toasted Asiago.

One serving of 30 grams (about 15 crackers) is 130 calories, 2 WW, 3 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 160 milligram of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

Original 7 Grain TLC crackers have heavenly taste you can feel good about, because they’re full of whole grain goodness with zero grams of the trans and saturated fat you don’t want. Original 7 Grain TLC crackers are our wholesome combination of oats, hard red winter wheat, rye, long grain brown rice, triticale, barley, buckwheat, and sesame seeds. We think you’ll love our tasty little crackers.

Retails: $2.79 per 9 oz box @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $2.79
Calories: 130 per serving (30 grams)
WW: 2

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Kashi TLC Oatmeal Raisin Flax

KashiOatmealRaisinIt is rare that I am disappointed with a Kashi product. The only reason stopping me from trying these out earlier is because of the price factor. These delicious Kashi TLC do not come cheap — retailing over $3.00 a box at most stores. I picked up the Oatmeal Raisin Flax variety when I spotted them on sale at Target for $2.99.  I was happy that I finally get to try it out. The picture on from of the box is a really accurate depiction of what the cookie really looks like in terms  texture. Visible raisins, whole flax seeds, oats, and walnuts are visible throughout the cookie. The texture isn’t really chewy, more like crumbly. It crumbles easily like a soft home-baked creation. With so many ingredients going on, this is not your standard oatmeal raisin cookie. Besides omega-3, the whole flax seeds added a little bit of a gritty texture to the cookie which I am fine with. I like to chew. Considering the size of the cookie, all the ingredients made it seem like a party mix into a cookie — a delicious cookie. Warm it up in the microwave and it tastes even better. The actual size of the cookie fits on the palm of my hands and is about 1/2 an inch thick and is slightly smaller than the cookie shown on the front in terms of the circumference. The inside packaging is a try with 2 sections, 4 cookies in each section. Foil packaging on the inside to keep the cookies fresh. The front of the box boasts: 600 milligram of Omega-3, 4 grams of fiber, 7 grams of whole grains.  Other flavors include Happy Trail Mix and Oatmeal Dark Chocolate. One serving is 130 calories, 2 WW, 5 grams of fat (0.5 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 75 milligram of sodium, 20 gram of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

With decadent flavors and textures, our new TLC® Tasty Little Cookies show that snacking can be tasty, indulgent, and have nutrition you can feel great about. Our cookies combine our signature Seven Whole Grain blend with hearty, natural ingredients such as peanuts, raisins, sunflower seeds, cranberries, walnuts, shredded coconut, flax seeds, and dark chocolate. The result is a delicious chewy cookie that has a home-baked taste.

Our Oatmeal Raisin Flax cookie boasts 600 mg of Omega-3s, which come from flax seeds and walnuts.

No Hydrogenated Oil ~ Zero Grams Trans Fat ~ All Natural


Retails: $3.54 per box of 8 @ Target
My Cost: $2.99 on sale
Calories: 130 each
WW:2

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Kashi Fiery Fiesta Pilaf

hero Kashi had had their 7 Whole Grain Pilaf out for a while, but it was only until recently I had a chance to try the Kashi Fiery Fiesta Pilaf. Other varieties include the Original (no sodium) and the Moroccan Curry. The instant Kashi Pilafs are getting harder and harder to find. I think it is because Kashi is about to discontinue it and my local Whole Foods just dropped them too. The guy told me because it wasn’t selling well enough to keep on the shelves. I think it has something to do with the $2.99 price tag for a mere 2 servings, but for $1.00 I’m all about trying them. The package has some very simple instructions to follow. Simply cut the bag and nuke in the microwave for 60 seconds with 1 tablespoon of water. For safe measure, I nuked it for 2 minutes and skipped the water because I was going to add it into another dish. This is the rice pilaf that I find in some of my beloved Kashi frozen meals. The pilaf is already flavored, but it is not “marinated” in sauce. I bulked it up with some veggies to make my portion look bigger, but with the added ingredients, I was afraid it would make the meal taste bland so I did add some Tasty Bite Tikki Marsala sauce to my whole concoction. Before I added anything into the pilaf, I did do a taste test.

Whole grains you can see with black beans and corn.  Not mushy. Came out dry like what pilaf should be, but I did not add the 1 tablespoon of water as instructed to. Visible whole ingredients like whole grains, wheat berries, brown rice, black beans, corn, and some bay leaves to add flavor. Tasted a little SPICY and a little on the BLAND side. I think it makes a great base for a meal, but I would not eat this alone without adding more ingredients  and spicing it up. The pouch contains mostly grains, minimal corn and black beans. With most canned and pouched foods, sodium is the thing to look out for. Around 400 milligram of sodium for my meal is something I can accept. I made sure I did not salt anything else when I stir fried my vegetables to bulk my meal up. A good item to have around the house. I really like the 7 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein content in here. It really filled me up. Best eaten when freshly made, because it gets soggy and mushy as a leftover. Twitpic of my creation here. One serving of 1 cup (140 grams) is 210 calories, 4 WW, 5 grams of fat (0.5 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 400 grams of sodium, 40 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of dietary fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 8 grams of protein.

Retails: $2.99 per pouch @ Whole Foods
My Cost: $1.00 on clearance
Calories: 210 per cup
WW: 4

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Kashi Pumpkin Pumpkin Pie Bar

kashipumpkinA kind little reminder that Fall is here although the not whether certainly does not seem like Fall. I bought a box of Kashi Pumpkin Pie Fruit & Grain Bars to join in on all the pumpkin festivities. I have yet to try out the seasonal pumpkin drinks at Starbucks and The Coffee Bean that all you guys have been enjoying already. TLC in this case stands for “tasty little chewies”, little is the right noun to describe these. For a bar, these are pretty dinky, but granola do tend to be on the high calorie side so it makes sense to make the bars smaller to keep the calories low. I could finish it in about 4 bites if I was really hungry. To me, these serve more as a treat rather than something to eat when I am really hungry. The granola is comprised of Kashi’s signature blend of seven whole grains. The top pumpkin puree layer  is easily removable from the bottom part of the granola bar itself. Embedded within the pumpkin layer are bit and pieces of chopped pecans to add a nutty touch to the bar. There is not nearly as much pecans on the actual bar as the picture shows. Pretty deceptive there. The pumpkin layer also has pumpkin spices and warm cinnamon flavor  which bring out the warm feeling of Fall out of this bar. I find it too sweet so I scrape off most of the pumpkin layer and spread a little bit of it back on like jam to get the pumpkin flavor, but not all the excess sugar. All together, the bars has a nice combination of chewy and crunchy textures. With a little imagination, these taste like a crunchy pumpkin pie. Each bar (32g) is 120 calories, 2 WW, 3 grams of fat (0.5 g saturated), no cholesterol, 50 milligram of sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein. If you are not a fan of this “icing” on top bars, I’d suggest you go for the regular Kashi granola bars like the Honey Almond Flax bars.

Retails: $2.98 bx of 6 @ Walmart
My Cost: $2.98
Calories: 120 each
WW: 2

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Kashi Blueberry Waffles

kahiblueberryNothing excites me more (well, almost nothing) than trying out new items. If there was a choice of a “tried-and-loved” product versus a “new-t0-me” product, I’d probably try the “new” product. That’s just me. After finishing my Van’s Organic Homestyle waffles, it was time to restock, so I picked up the Kashi Go Lean Blueberry. Mmm…. blueberry. The burst of real plump blueberries embedded in the waffles is a real treat. These are slightly less calories than the Van’s which is a plus. Two waffles is only 170 calories, 3 WW, 6 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of protein. I toasted one, added some yummy pb, syrup in a saucer, and included  a huge bowl of fruit on the side that consists of fresh bananas, blueberries, and strawberries. I like variety in my meals. A little bit of everything is perfect because the first few bites of food  always taste the best. I like the texture of these better than the Van’s Organic Homestyle waffles. I find these more filling, maybe it is because it has more fiber, more protein and also it has dairy in it as well.

Retails: $1.99 at Target
My Cost: $1.99 for box of 6
Calories: 170 for 2 waffles
WW: 3

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Kashi Heart to Heart Toasted Oat

I picked this up along with my Kashi Honey Almond Flax the other day because I wanted to mix things up to make my breakfast more exciting. I tried it out by itself this morning and it was amazing. And I can’t believe how filling it is. I ate 3/4 of a cup plus 1/4 cup of 1% milk and it lasted me for 2.5 hours. 3/4 of a cup is only 110 calories and it already has 5g of fiber. Love how they have little heart shapes in the cereal too, makes it so cute. I have a new found appreciation for cereal now. So versatile and so good. I can eat it normally with milk, I can eat it dry as a snack, I can sprinkle some in my yogurts and I can even sprinkle some on top of my oatmeal. Need to stock up on more since they are on sale at Vons right now.

Retail: $2.99 on sale at Vons
My Cost: $1.99 with coupon
Calories: 110 per 3/4 cup
WW: 2

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Kashi Honey Almond Flax Granola Bar

So many yummy foods and so little time. When I went to restock my Kashi Honey Almond Flax cereal today, there was a free sample of the Granola Bar wrapped with the box of cereal. Kashi sure knows how to draw in their customers, with free samples, coupons, and ads on the back of their boxes, it’s hard to resist. Especially when they have really good products to back up their brand. I love how this bar has so many whole almonds in them. At least 5-6 which makes these bars extra filling. The bar is very chewy and dense. I like these over the Clif Mojo bars which I also raved about earlier. These definitely will make it into my shopping cart next time.

Retails: unsure
My Cost: Free Sample
Calories: 140 per bar
WW: 2

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