Kaia Foods

I was lucky enough to receive some free products from Kaia Foods about a week ago.  I say “lucky” because their products are wonderful.

Kaia Foods’ motto, “keep it simple,” practically says it all as to why I am such a fan of their brand.  Not only do they use whole, simple ingredients, but additionally all of their foods are minimally processed.  Not a single ingredient is cooked.  Instead, they use sprouting methods and a dehydrater to achieve the consistency they desire, making all of their products “raw”.  Kaia Foods’ products are also all certified organic, gluten-free, vegan, and free of preservatives.

Kaia (which is a name derived from the Sanskrit word “body” and the Greek earth goddess, Gaia) sent me their “Cocoa Bliss Premium Raw Granola”, “Sweet Curry Sprouted Sunflower Seeds”, “Cocoa Mole Sprouted Sunflower Seeds”, and a variety of their fruit leathers.

The raw granola served as a perfect energy-filled snack.  It was jam-packed with superfoods, as it consisted of organic buckwheat, agave nectar, raisins, dried coconut, cocoa powder, ground flax seeds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, walnuts, natural flavors, spices, and salt.  All of these ingredients provided each 1/2 cup serving with 5 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, 8% DV potassium, and a substantial amount of thiamin, zinc, copper, iron, magnesium, and manganese.

I also loved what the granola package said: “Whether you’re an athlete, an enlightened yogi, or a health conscious soul, your body deserves an abundance of minimally processed goodness.”  Even if you aren’t among the health conscious, your body would certainly love for you to consume some pure, minimally processed, healthful energy.

I love buckwheat, and actually had my first raw buckwheat granola homemade in San Francisco at Spirit Springs.  Using buckwheat as the base of granola creates an extra chewiness.  I found the cocoa flavor to be quite interesting, and thought it tasted better without milk.  Since I’m not a huge sweet breakfast person, I think this granola lends itself better as an afternoon/evening snack.  It certainly filled me up and kept my taste buds satisfied for awhile.  (Allow yourself some time when eating buckwheat granola.  You’ll be chewing for a little while!)

The sunflower seeds were also made with some interesting twists.  I’ve never had flavored sunflower seeds before, and I have to say I quite enjoyed my first experience with this.  I particularly liked the “Sweet Curry” flavor.  The seeds were slightly salty and mildly sweet, packed with a pungent curry flavor.  Both flavors of sunflower seeds had raw agave nectar listed as one of the ingredients.  This allowed some of the seeds to form into small clumps, which made these seeds fun to eat.

I’ve been snacking so much on the granola and seeds that I have yet to try the fruit leather, but I’m super excited to hopefully soon dig in.  With flavors like “Goji Orange”, “Spiced Apple”, “Lime Ginger”, and “Vanilla Pear”, I don’t think it will take much long until I sample one of the fruit leathers.  All of the above flavors contain only 3 ingredients, except for the “Lime Ginger”, which contains five.  I am actually looking forward to eating the “Lime Ginger” because one of the listed ingredients is my favorite, kale!

Kaia’s fruit leather packages say this:  “Live simply.  Kaia Foods believes in simple living that balances body, earth, and community.”  I feel like I could be preaching their slogans/mottos in some of my yoga classes (haha).  “Keep it simple.  We believe that’s the key to proper nutrition.  All we do to make our fruit leather is puree whole organic fruits and dehydrate them at low temperatures without adding sugars or concentrates.”

As you can see, I’m clearly impressed with Kaia’s line of products.  An additional bonus in buying Kaia Foods is that the company donates 1% of their sales profits to food aid programs, such as The Hunger Project and UN’s World Food Programme.

Kaia has 3 flavors of granola, four flavors of sunflower seeds, and four flavors of fruit leathers.  You can find their products online, or at certain stores such as Whole Foods.

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13 Comments

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    Simply Life
    March 5, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I really like their products too and am glad you’re enjoying them!

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    March 5, 2010 at 9:08 am

    I’ve never tried this brand. But you had me at Cocoa Bliss Premium Raw Granola. Happy weekend!

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    Nicole
    March 5, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Sounds wonderful! Especially the granola. How much is a portion size and how many calories per portion? I try to find granola that are 1/2 cup for 200 calories or less, otherwise I just find that the sugar content is too high and I opt to make my own. Sounds like a wonderful company with great products!

    Have a great weekend!!

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    Melinda
    March 5, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Very cool. These products are new to me. I hate that I can;t get some of these things over here, but I love the experience of living over seas.

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    Can You Stay for Dinner
    March 5, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for the review, I’d love to check these products out! Have a great Saturday!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    March 5, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    thx for the info and just read your comment on eatmoveloves re jen aniston’s trainers’ yoga dvd…i am so glad i read that…mandy is the woman’s name, right? i love hearing honest feedback b/c i dont ever know what to really tell people when they ask about yoga dvds…i dont need one! so i dont buy them but there are some “big names” of people that i could recommend…i will know not to rec that one!

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    Mari
    March 5, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I never tried this brand before but the granola sounds great!

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    marla {Family Fresh Cooking}
    March 6, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    You are so lucky to have received this package from Kaia. Love the idea of those sprouted grains and minimally processed foods. Sounds like some great flavor combos…especially those curry sunflower seeds. Thanks for sharing that story about your dad at FFC!!

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    Sarah
    March 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    That does sound fabulous. I will have to keep my eyes open at Whole Foods today to see if I can find them.

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    Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition
    March 12, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    I love their products!! Great review

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