Kashi – One of my Favorite Health Food Brands!

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on May 18, 2009

Ok – so as a disclaimer, this post is going to sound like an ad for Kashi. But I love it so much – I felt like it deserved its own post 🙂

I think the day I discovered Kashi cereals opened my eyes to convenient foods that were also healthy, tasty and nutritious. Since then, Kashi has expanded their product line into hot and cold cereals, granola bars, cookies, crackers,  frozen foods/frozen meals, and frozen pizzas. Their food is natural, high in fiber and other nutrients – and you generally can’t go wrong with picking a Kashi option. My personal favorites of theirs are:

Kashi Heart to Heart

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3/4 cup only has 110 calories, 4g protein and 5g fiber! Even if you had double that amount, with one whole glass of nonfat milk and blueberries/strawberries – you wouldn’t go over ~300 calories. That’s a pretty hearty/tasty/substantial breakfast! And if the cereal isn’t sweet enough for you, you can always add some guilt free sweetness with a packet of splenda!

Kashi Frozen Pizzas

Being that I’m vegetarian and health conscious, finding a good frozen pizza that isn’t just “useless calories” is a challenge. Kashi has 4 veggie friendly awesome pizzas that are actually really tasty! My personal favorite is the Margherita:

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1/3 of the pizza is only 260 calories, has 14g protein and 4g fiber! 

I’ve also heard great things about the Mexicali Black Bean Pizza:

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1/3 of this pizza only has 210 calories, 13g protein and 4g fiber!

Basically – the moral of this story is – you can’t really go wrong with Kashi. If you have no time and are always rushing, their meal options are definitely good for staying mindful of healthy eating while not sacrificing the time it takes to prepare a meal. 

Yay for companies out there who promote healthy food like this! 🙂

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Miranda @ Biting Life April 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Hi! I just recently read this post from Fit Foodie Finds that made me think of your post on how much you love Kashi. Did you read it? Here’s the link: http://www.foodfitnessandfamilyblog.com/

I’m not saying that your opinion is wrong, because I’m not fully educated on the topic, I just thought you’d want to check it out for yourself 🙂

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Miranda @ Biting Life April 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Crap! Sorry. That was the COMPLETELY wrong link haha. It’s actually from For The Love of Kale: http://fortheloveofkale.com/2012/04/kashi-products-contain-gmos

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Hi Miranda!

Thanks for alerting me to this! Like the blogger on fortheloveofkale, I wasn’t aware of this originally (but thanks to you and her article, I am now!) I think it’s disappointing that Kashi uses GMOs, but it’s unclear what ingredients are GMO – like the blogger on fortheloveofkale, I thought that since they are organic that they couldn’t be GMO. My guess is, most of their products that contain soy are probably GMO, especially since they use soy protein isolate. But for their heart to heart oat cereal, and their pizzas, I’ll probably continue to eat them since they don’t contain soy protein isolate and since it’s not confirmed that the rest of their ingredients are GMO. What do you think? Interested to hear your perspective on this issue as well!

Thanks again!
Anjali

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Miranda @ Biting Life April 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Honestly, I never even really thought about it before now. I knew that GMOs existed, but I didn’t know what kinds of foods they were in or even if it affected me at all. I’m obviously not qualified to talk about this kind of stuff in huge detail, but now that I’ve read her article, I’m interested in learning more.

I’m not a huge Kashi-eater, although I do like their Go Lean cereal. I was disappointed when I read For The Love of Kale’s article, because I think that if a company prides themselves in being organic and trustworthy, they should actually live up to their promises. Plus, they should’ve known that consumers would find out and be upset at them for what could kind of be considered false advertisement. I wish that there was a way for us to know for sure which products they have are GMO for sure and which ones aren’t. I hope that that information becomes available, because people have a right to know.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Yeah I’m with you – I mean I know about GMOs peripherally, but I also feel like the industry itself hasn’t come to a good conclusion about them. I just try to eat as all-natural / unprocessed as possible which I think naturally eliminates a lot of GMO foods. For Kashi, I avoid their Go Lean cereal just because of the soy protein isolate in it. But I agree, I hope they do make information available about which, if any, of their foods do contain GMOs. I read somewhere that soy in general is hard to get organic and all-natural because the GMO soy seeds can fly through the air and start growing on an organic/non-GMO farm that’s near a GMO farm. Isn’t that crazy?

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