My family has been making healthier decisions when it comes to food. When I first heard about Giddy Up & Go Granola from Thoughtful Food, Inc., I knew it would be a perfect fit for us. ‘lil Arianna has dairy allergies, and it's not exactly easy to find dairy free granola, but Giddy Up & Go fits the bill. Also, it's gluten-free and certified organic.
Not only does Thoughtful Food, Inc. distribute (and now produce) organic and gluten-free foods, there is a great story behind the company (which you can find on the back of Giddy Up & Go Granola):
…Jennifer Bielawski and Marie Banis were searching for a healthier diet and lifestyle for their families…Jen learned how to feed her family using the Specific Carbohydrate Diet which eliminates grain, starch, sugar and most lactose. At the same time Marie also began to focus on how a healthy diet could positively affect her family's health. …Jen and Marie learned to prepare their favorite foods to work with their families' special diets…to help others make the changes needed for better health…”
I'm creative with feeding Arianna dairy-free foods, but not that creative, so I have to give these ladies kudos for turning their needs into a passion to help others.
Beyond that? They have two great tasting granola flavors, “Notoriously Nutty” and “Seriously Seedy”. Both live up to their names. Notoriously Nutty is packed with nuts and organic fruits to provide “the best possible fuel for the body”. Another consideration I have for Arianna is peanut allergies, so I was excited that Seriously Seedy could serve as an alternative. It is full of organic pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds.
Before I gave either a try, I took a peek at the nutrition information, and I must admit even this math whiz had to put on her thinking cap. The serving size on the 11 ounce package isn't what I'd consider “standard”, it's 9/16 of a cup and 181 calories. I just decided to go with 1/2 cup and for my meal so I wouldn't have to figure out what 1/16 looked like.
Looking at the Nutrition Facts, I realized that Giddy Up & Go Granola contained cinnamon–another allergen Arianna has–but one of my favorite spices. Bad for Ari, good for me. The cinnamon is definitely strong, but a good strong. I could smell it as soon as I peeled the bag open.
I tried each kind, and decided I liked Notoriously Nutty the best. Neither favor packed the crunch that I am used to, they were softer than I'd expected, but so full of taste and flavor. My favorite part of Giddy Up & Go would have to be the corn flakes. They are like little cakes with flaxseed and oats stuck to them, a nice little surprise.
My ‘lil Man, Evan, was all about helping me give it a try. We decided to mix in some blueberries and Greek yogurt and make it breakfast. Giddy Up & Go Granola definitely gets the Evan seal of approval. He sees the bag and starts screaming “nola! nola!”. Most of the Seriously Seedy was chowed down before I knew it.
Besides the fact that we can't share this with Arianna, the only other downside is that Giddy Up & Go is only available in Northern California and in certain vending machines. If Giddy Up & Go sounds like something you'd like to try, head over to their site to learn when it's at a grocer near you.Disclosure: I received Giddy Up & Go Granola for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% mine and Evan's.