Feed Granola

Check out the feedbag I got from Jason at Feed Granola yesterday!

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I’ve only started eating granola since I stopped eating meat (I picked it up on sale in the health food store one day, and since then I’ve been addicted).  Recently I’ve been eating it the way someone much more slovenly might eat potato chips–right out of the bag, in front of the computer or TV, sometimes devouring half the bag in a sitting.  The only difference is that I feel about a billion times better an hour after granola overindulgence than I do with chips.

The granola that I first bought was Bear Naked, and I liked it so much that I mentioned it on this blog a while back.  But my always-one-step-hipper friends Eric and Laurie told me that Feed flat-out demolished Bear Naked in terms of taste, so I got in touch with the guys at Feed to see for myself.

feed in hand 300x225The best thing about Feed, taste aside, is what goes into their granola.  They believe in adding flavor with spices rather than loads of sugar, and the result is granola that tastes like I would imagine homemade granola does.  In addition to all the organic whole grains, there are all kinds of great extras like organic coconut chips, almonds, pecans, expeller pressed canola oil, organic flaxseeds, organic poppy seeds, chicory root fiber, cinnamon, nutmeg, and the list goes on.  This is from the Cranberry Coconut flavor, by the way, the one I have with me at school today (since it comes in a little two-ounce bag).

Feed sent me five flavors to try, here’s what Erin and I thought of each of them:

  • Cranberry Cocunut – Tasty and spicy, think holiday baking.  This would be great in the winter.
  • Raisin Nut – The most traditional flavor, far and away the best granola WE’VE EVER HAD!  Such a deep, “real” flavor compared to other brands.
  • Blueberry Almond – Our least favorite, kind of a weird aftertaste.  Not overly blueberry though, a good thing.
  • Apple a Day – Good and spicy, sure tastes like apple but might take some getting used to.
  • Bittersweetness – Delicious!  Sweet and dessert-like, with a rich chocolate flavor.  With a glass of almond milk,  this would be a perfect evening snack.  And surprisingly low in sugar.

So there you have it.  Raisin Nut and Bittersweetness were our favorites, if you couldn’t tell!  Eric and Laurie were right–for now on I’ll be buying Feed.  But Bear Naked Banana Nut flavor will still have a place next to me on the couch, among the Feed bags.

Marathon Training

My track workout the other day was painful and exhausting, and I can’t wait to do another one.  Funny how easy it is to forget that you cursed at yourself and said “This is so miserable, I swear I’ll never do it again.”  Somehow all that pain turns into pleasure once you’re a few hours removed from it.

The goal of the workout was to run three miles at 6:01 pace with a minute rest after each.  I wasn’t able to do it, but I got a hell of a lot closer than my last attempt (back in February, before my injury and when I was still a carnivore).  Back then I ran the miles in 6:01, 6:30, and 6:50.  This time it was 6:03, 6:05, 6:14.  Pretty dramatic improvement, and over the course of a few months with very limited training due to the injury.  And I thought I was in great shape back then, having run two marathons in the previous four months.  Take home lesson: if you’re a runner and want to shave some time, try giving up meat!  It’s so counterintuitive, but I can find nothing else to which I can attribute my recent performance.

Alright, enough of this blogging and granola-munching.  I’m off to do to the second such hellish workout of this first week of marathon training, this time a tempo run.  But it won’t be so bad; the track workouts are definitely the hardest for me.  And don’t forget, Sweet-Tooth Friday tomorrow!  My sister Christine will be back with another sneaky-healthy dessert for you, so be good to her.

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  1. That granola looks awesome!! I haven’t seen that brand before so I’ll have to look around for it.

    I’m so impressed that you’ve seen such amazing improvements in your running since giving up meat. So nice to have some real, quantifiable evidence like this, thanks for blogging about it!
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..Back from the Dead =-.

    • Yeah, I keep saying it but what’s most amazing is how little training I did to make these improvements. I mean, usually when you come off rehab, you have to build back up to your old ability. My first real runs were such a pleasant surprise!

  2. Cranberry coconut and raisin sound the best. Love those little dried fruits.
    .-= The Duo Dishes´s last blog ..Claudia’s Test Kitchen =-.

  3. I love dried fruits:) it sounds so good!
    .-= Ann´s last blog ..Ain’t it cool? =-.

  4. Thanks for the great review- sounds tasty. And that’s awesome with your training!

    PS Happy Veggie-versary!
    .-= Sagan´s last blog ..A New Addition to the Family =-.

  5. Laurie & Eric says:

    YAY! Go FEED GO! That stuff rocks…

  6. That granola looks great. I am going to have to find some to try.

    That track workout sounds very tough. Congrats on finishing, even if it wasn’t exactly as planned.
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..Recovery Socks and Runs =-.

    • Thanks! I completed today’s tempo workout without any difficulty, it’s just the track ones that give me trouble. But hey, I wouldn’t want all the workouts to be easy!

  7. i haven’t tried FEED, but it sounds like it could be dangerous ;)
    .-= ttfn300´s last blog ..An Easy App =-.

  8. I really enjoy granola. I’ll have to keep my eye out for this brand, the combinations look delicious.

    Hope the tempo run went well. Hard workouts are always so satifying.
    .-= diana´s last blog ..Komen Race for the Cure =-.

  9. Good for you on your running times! It’s amazing, how differently you feel when you don’t consume meat, isn’t it?

  10. That sounds delicious! I like the sound of cranberry coconut…
    .-= Hanlie´s last blog ..My changing body =-.

  11. If you are looking to find a store that sells FEED near you, just go to their website: http://www.feedgranola.com, then click on FIND FEED in the right sidebar. It then gives you the opportunity to put in your zipcode. It’s definitely worth checking out!

  12. It looks nice and is packaged nice but i tried this granola and it is definitely NOT delicious. There is way way way too much cinnamon.

  13. I had picked up a bag of cranberry coconut Feed granolla in the local grocery store to add to my yogurt. after a few months of eating it, i noticed my hair and nails were growing . A woman that worked with me ( in her late 50s) had been wearing a wig since the age of 16 because of hairloss. She had been to several doctors and specialists for this and tried everything. One day just out of the blue, i had asked her if she liked yogurt. She answered yes. I told her about FEED and gave her some to try with yogurt. She loved it . She’s been eating it for a few yrs now, and although she doesnt work with me anymore, made it a point to come visit me about 5 months ago, with no wig and hair in a ponytail ! it truly brought a tear to my eye. This stuff is awesome ! I just wish it was easier to find now. I cant find it in supermarkets.

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