Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tried It Tuesday - Nature Valley Nut Clusters

Recently, I received an invite from My Blog Spark to try a sample of the new Nature Valley Nut Clusters to review on A Busy Mom of Two. The snacks are assorted nuts, rolled in granola with a touch of honey. I am always looking for healthy alternative for snacking for the kids (and us), so I agreed to give them a try.

A few days ago, I received four full-sized bags, one of each of the 4 varieties - Roasted Almond, Roasted Cashew, Honey Roasted Peanut, and Nut Lovers.

My husband enjoyed some the other evening while watching a baseball game. His comment was that they are very reminiscent of granola bars, only in a bite size. He felt that they were the right balance of sweet and salty.

One concern that he had is that the serving size is just 7 clusters (1 oz) and he felt he would have trouble eating just 7 clusters (the flavor and the crunch make ti a little addictive). This was somewhat of a concern because each serving of the variety he was eating was 160 calories (the other varieties range from 140 - 150). The good thing is that there is 1-2 g of fiber and 4-5 g of protein per serving.

His improvement suggestion is to make the clusters a little smaller so that there would be more clusters, or bites, per 1 oz serving. I agree, it is amazing from a perception perspective how the same food in smaller pieces seems more filling, even though it is the same amount.

The bags are resealable, which is convenient for snacking. I haven't seen these at my store yet but they are available at Amazon for $18.73 for 5 packs. If they are available at your local store, head here to get a $1 coupon.

Have you tried the Nature Valley Nut Clusters? What did you think? Leave a comment or post a link to your blog.


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