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Nature Valley protein granola and a new ‘diet lifestyle’ #LeviEats

Thank you to Nature Valley for sponsoring this post, all opinions are my own.

Recently you may have read about how my husband lost 41 pounds in just two months by changing his diet lifestyle.

So what does ‘changing a diet lifestyle’ mean to us? For my husband it means cutting out pretty much all sugar, and even artificial sweeteners. This means that the only way he can have sweetened foods is by using naturally sweet foods like fruit, and even then he limits his consumption to those items that aren’t super high in sugar. One of his staple meals in his new diet is yogurt. Plain greek yogurt. To jazz it up a bit he will usually add some sliced bananas, ground almonds, and my favorite – granola.

We were provided with a sample of the new Nature Valley protein granola in cranberry almond, which is great because he needs foods high in protein since he has also cut out eating most meat products. The Nature Valley granola tastes great, and although it does have some sugars, it is not over the amount where he would refuse to eat it. We both really liked the taste of the granola, especially in yogurt. The only thing we found is that the cranberries can be a little chewy after crunching away.

nature valley granola

For me, changing my diet lifestyle means that I am also trying to cut back on sugar, although I’m not quite as good at this as my husband. And while he has completely cut out any carbs, I still enjoy them from time to time (but not as often as I used to).¬†In addition, I have been drinking more water.

The problem I have is that I am usually in such a rush in the morning I don’t have time to make a decent breakfast (unless my husband has his overnight oatmeal ready to go). So when I was able to try out the breakfast biscuits from Nature Valley I was really excited. A quick and easy breakfast that is satisfying as well. With 26g of whole grains and 12g of sugar in 4 biscuits this sounded okay to fit in with what I have been eating.

nature valley breakfast biscuits

The biscuits do taste really good and are great for mornings when I’m really in a rush. I will say the blueberry flavor doesn’t taste like real blueberries, but I guess I wouldn’t expect anything but a real blueberry to taste like a blueberry. ūüôā

About Nature Valley

Nature Valley is providing people with the energy to do more of the things they love with the launch of three new products: Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits, Nature ValleyGreek Yogurt Protein bars, and a new Cranberry Almond variety of Nature Valley Protein Granola.

  • Nature¬†Valley¬†Breakfast Biscuits¬†are a great way to start the day and help make mornings easier and more delicious. Made with real blueberries and honey,¬†Nature¬†Valley¬†Breakfast Biscuits provide a wonderful combination of convenience, great taste and breakfast satisfaction, offering more than 26 grams of whole grain in each four-biscuit serving. Available in two delicious varieties ‚Äď Blueberry and Honey. SRP: $3.89.
  • Nature¬†Valley¬†Greek Yogurt Protein Bars¬†are a delicious, protein snack option perfect for an active lifestyle, offering a great source of protein while you are on-the-go. Made with real fruit, crunchy peanut and almond pieces, the bars offer 10 grams of protein per serving. Available in two fruit varieties ‚Äď Mixed Berry and Strawberry. SRP: $4.19.
  • Nature¬†Valley¬†Protein Granola in Cranberry Almond¬†is a loose, bagged granola with energy from whole grain to keep you going. Made with¬†natural¬†ingredients, including real almonds and sweetened cranberry pieces, each serving contains 10 grams of protein and at least 22 grams of whole grain (48 grams of whole grain recommended daily). Also available in two additional varieties, Oats ‚Äėn Honey and Oats ‚Äėn Dark Chocolate,¬†Nature¬†Valley¬†Protein Granola can be found in the granola aisle at retailers nationwide for an SRP of $4.49.


So tell us…

How do you handle busy mornings?  Have you ever considered cutting sugar out of your diet?

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17 Responses to Nature Valley protein granola and a new ‘diet lifestyle’ #LeviEats

  1. Robin {Mom Foodie} March 19, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    Those breakfast cookies are a big hit in my house!

  2. Dee @ Cocktails with Mom March 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    I eat Nature Valley granola bars often but have never come across the breakfast bars. I’ll look closer next time I’m in the grocery.
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  3. Hanan March 19, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    I haven’t tried either of those yet, but I usually take their granola bars and crush them up for my yogurt. I need to just get this granola instead!!
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  4. Angela S March 19, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    I can’t believe I haven’t tried those breakfast biscuits yet. That is so up my alley!

  5. Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! On a Diet March 19, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    Congrats to your husband on his weight loss! That’s terrific!
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    • Jesica H March 20, 2014 at 8:56 am #

      Thank you! He is doing wonderful. He is actually up to 50 pounds lost now. Amazing that he only cut out sugar and has lost so much weight!

  6. sharon March 19, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    I love yogurt and granola ! It’s such a filling breakfast or lunch and tastes good too!
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  7. Beeb Ashcroft March 19, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

    We LOVE Nature Valley products around here! I’d love to try the Breakfast Biscuits…mmm! I handle busy mornings by drinking a lot of coffee, lol.
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  8. Amber March 19, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    Oh man, I LOVE Nature Valley granola! It is so good. Haven’t seen the breakfast biscuits yet, but they look like they would be perfect too!
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  9. Jennifer Williams March 19, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    I have seen a few of their new items at the store and had been wanting to try them. I love the loose granola – I have been breaking up granola bars for years to add to yogurt. I want to try the breakfast bars, I think my oldest will also like them.
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  10. Marketa March 19, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    I only eat granola as a snack, like when I am on a run or when I go hiking. To me, it’s almost like a dessert. Especially the ones that have chocolate in them- I gotta have those!

    • Jesica H March 20, 2014 at 8:55 am #

      That’s what my husband says too, that most have too much sugar. I guess this kind has less than most though — he was detailing all the different brands that he looked at on my drive home from work last night, lol.

  11. Jen - Life With Levi March 19, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    I’ve tried other brands of breakfast biscuits, but I didn’t realize Nature Valley has some now. Going to have to pick them up during my next shopping trip!
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  12. Donna March 19, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    Congrats to your husband on his weight loss! I’ve not tried these yet, but will definitely pick some up the next time I’m at the grocery store.
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    • Jesica H March 20, 2014 at 8:54 am #

      Thanks Donna, we are proud of him and his progress!

  13. Tonya March 19, 2014 at 11:04 pm #

    I love the granola bars but have never heard of the biscuits. I’ll have to look for those and give them a try.
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  14. Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity March 20, 2014 at 7:08 am #

    I have not tried the breakfast cookies but those look yummy.
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