Mix my granola tasting and giveaway

I took a break from the gym today (and Shredding), so let’s get straight to food… and I know you want to hear all about my giveaway 😉

I woke up this morning craving yogurt with granola, so I decided to finally give all of my mixmygranola samples a try!  I killed 2 birds with one stone and tried the Oikos vanilla while I was at it.  The yogurt was great!  I love chobani but actually can’t stand their vanilla flavor… it just tastes fake to me.  The oikos vanilla had a nice creamy texture and a naturally sweet flavor.  I still think I prefer the plain (even vanilla is a little too sweet for me!) but if I’m ever in the mood for a vanilla yogurt, oikos will be my go to yogurt 😀

Now let’s get to my fun little experiment this morning.  As you can see below, I put little dollops of the Oikos yogurt into tiny pyrex dished and topped them off with each mixmygranola base to decide on which one will be chosen to go in my breakfast parfait today (and will be also the base for my next granola mix I’ll be definitely buying soon!).  Here is the setup:

granola tasting setup

From left to right: low fat granola, muesli, french vanilla granola, and finally the organic granola.  I’ve tried the muesli before (liked it but I’m not that much of a muesli fan… although I really enjoyed the date chunks in there and I believe it’s a good quality muesli if you’re into that 😉 ) and the organic base granola (liked that too, but was hoping for more granola chunks!).  It was fun to really compare them next to each other and instantly determine my favorite.

I’m not going to lie – I was routing for the low fat granola (for obvious reasons).  I liked the dried cranberries in there, but it was a little on the dry side (good, just not incredible).  My granola prayers were finally answered (ok, I wasn’t really praying for granola, so I’m speaking figuratively here :) ) when I tried the french vanilla granola.  It had perfect little chunks and a buttery taste.  I like my granola to almost melt in my mouth – and this one did 😀 Comparing the nutritional info to the low fat granola it’s also not that much worse for you (only 13 calories and 3 unsaturated grams more than the low fat – not bad!).  Here is my breakfast with the chosen granola: the rest of vanilla oikos, mango chunks, mixmygranola french vanilla granola and TJ’s nutty american trek mix.  This was a delicious bowl!

vanilla oikos with mango, french vanilla granola and Tj's nutty american trek mix

By the way, this is definitely not a paid advertisement of mixmygranola.  As I mentioned in my previous post here, I first came across this site at MizFit’s blog and absolutely loved it.  They have so many toppings, my head was spinning with excitement.  I wanted to order absolutely everything!  And I love that they show you nutritional information of your mix as you go.  That’s important to me as I’m watching my calories.  Seriously, I think the idea is brilliant!  My husband did point out that your mix stays the same size no matter how many toppings you add.  So although your price goes up with every additional topping, you get less of it (since your mix stays the same), so you kind of get penalized for going crazy with the toppings (although I think it will still be hard to control myself with them once I do order).  The price is also a bit steep, especially when you tack on shipping, which being $5 is close to the price of some granolas in stores out there.  Yes, pricey, but I still want to get some 😀

Do you want some mixmygranola.com granola? Well, maybe today is your lucky day, because after finishing my bowl of yogurt this morning I turned on my computer and saw an email from Raoul from mixmygranola.com (perfect timing!).  He asked me what I thought of the product and I boldly asked him for a gift certificate for one of my readers… and he said yes! So starting today until next Thursday, March 26th, you can enter to win a $15 gift certificate to mixmygranola.com and have them make your own customized mix! I’m super excited for the lucky winner (I wish I could enter myself, hehe)!  Here are the rules to enter (3 chances to win):

1) Comment on this post from now until Thursday, March 26th.  Please only 1 comment per entry (don’t cheat, you have other ways to improve your chances of winning! 😆 )

2) If you have a blog, let others know about the giveaway and link back to this post.  If you don’t have a blog, write me an email, telling me something about my blog (also mention the granola giveaway).

3) If you have a blog, add Healthy and Sane to your blogroll.  If you don’t, shoot me another email with some other bit of information about anything you’d love to see on this blog going forward – things you like or don’t like about the blog (and mention that this is your way to get extra points for the granola giveaway).

I’ll have a random drawing from all the entries, and will announce the winner next Friday, March 27 :)

OTHER EATS OF THE DAY (scroll over for descriptions)

breakfast for lunch: 1/2 panera trailmix bagel w/cc + an orange and almonds

banana fig pistachio muffin

inside the muffin

Insert here a picture of 2 glasses of Cabernet I had after work with a few coworkers and my friend Katie.  Katie and I also went to dinner at Typhoon and I tried to get something healthy.  After looking through a menu with hundreds of choices (that’s seriously overwhelming for someone that consumed 2 glasses of wine on a nearly empty stomach) I got the grilled sea bass with ginger sauce: grilled fresh sea bass fillet, topped with freshly prepared ginger and scallion sauce (I opted for no scallions).  It also came with brown rice (I asked for it instead of white) and some simple salad.  I had exactly 1/2 of this and will have the rest for lunch tomorrow.  This was A LOT of food!

sea bass in ginger sauce, brown rice + salad

Total calories consumed today: ~1500

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