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Snacks to get you through the pre-holiday holiday season

Posted Sep 28 2011 4:48pm

by kiwilog

For most people, the late summer months usually bring about the anticipation of the change in seasons, with trees’ leaves turning colors, and crisper air starting to creep in. In the world of publishing, this time of year conjures up thoughts of a slightly different event: The Holiday Gift Guide. For us, the holiday season doesn’t start with Black Friday, or even when Christmas decorations start popping up in October (I’m looking at you, Macy’s)I started attending Holiday Gift Guide media events on KIWI’s behalf back in June, and companies seem to send items for gift guide consideration what feels like 10 months out of the year.

With this pre-holiday holiday season comes sampleslots and lots of them, usually of the edible variety. And while being the taste-tester for all of these (free!) treats can be a dirty job (seriously, you’d be surprised some of stuff we get: Cheddar cheese flavored kale chipsgood in theory, doesn’t carry out so well in practice), somebody’s gotta do it. Plus, I’m always looking for scrumptious snacks that satisfy and make me feel good, especially so I can share them with you guys! So here, a few snack items that not only taste good, they have the kinds of wholesome ingredients to keep you fueled both pre- and post-holiday holiday season.

 

KIND Healthy Snacks I recently had the pleasure of attending an event for KIND Healthy Snacks to sample some of their latest granola-y products and let me tell youdelish! KIND’s tagline is “Ingredients you can see and pronounce” and it’s true! My personal favorite was the Oats & Honey Clusters with Toasted Coconut, granola-like clusters that include all sorts of good-for-you whole grains like amaranth, quinoa, and millet. Bonus: The whole clusters make for a filling snack when dipped in a spreadable soft cheese, or, when broken up as a cereal or sprinkled on top of low-fat yogurt for breakfast. ($6 for 11 ounces, kindsnacks.com)

 

Food Should Taste Good chips I’ve never been a huge fan of chips, but after trying Food Should Taste Good’s all-natural, gluten-free variety, I might start singing a different tune. Try the White Cheddar with a simple tomato salsa, or dunk the Jalapeno chips with a homemade coconut and green chili salsa it’s got a little kick, giving it just the right amount of zing. (Around $3 for 5.5 ounces, foodshouldtastegood.com)

18 Rabbits granola bars OK, truth be told, I actually discovered these amazing granola bars at LaGuardia International Airport, not through KIWI, however, they are still so goodI wish they would have landed on my desk! The Haute Diggity Date bar with almonds, coconut, and dates made for the perfect pre-flight breakfast, with enough protein to hold me over for most of my morning traveling. Best of all, 18 Rabbits ingredients are all certified organic and many of them are sourced from local farms and producers near their headquarters in San Francisco. ($2.50 for one bar, 18rabbits.com)

-Dana, KIWI Staffer

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