Healthy fast foods: Cookies and bars woo hoo!

Two posts ago we started looking at Kashi foods. In that post, we looked at cereal. In the last post, we looked at a Kashi cracker.

And, while both were tasty, the ingredient lists were just not good enough to persuade us to buy them again.

So, today, we're looking at more Kashi products. But today it will be a Kashi cookie and Kashi bars.

Happy trails to you
First up, the Kashi Happy Trail Mix cookie. Each cookie is 130 calories and contains:
Kashi Seven Whole Grain and Sesame® Blend (Whole: Hard Red Winter Wheat, Oats, Rye, Triticale, Long Grain Brown Rice, Barley, Buckwheat, Sesame Seeds), Whole Rolled Oats, Evaporated Cane Juice Crystals, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Honey, Brown Rice Syrup, Raisins, Coconut, Chicory Root Fiber, Peanuts, Sunflower Seeds, Oat Fiber, Cranberries, Vegetable Glycerin, Natural Flavor, Sodium Bicarbonate, Soy Lecithin, Cinnamon, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E) For Freshness, Monocalcium Phosphate, Walnuts, Nonfat Dry Milk, Eggs
I count two sugars in there.

I say yea but he says nay
The cookies are dense and chewy and sit quite heavily in the stomach. I like these because, two of these heavy cookies with something to drink was enough to keep me full for several hours.

My husband hated them for the precise reason that I liked them: They were heavy. And it sure didn't help they
are also lacking any chocolate or cream filling or coating.

I polished off the box, but we won't get them again.

Bar none
Finally, we had a taste of Kashi's GOLEAN Crunchy! bars. The one we tried was chocolate almond (to make up for the cookies, you see).

Wass up, erm, in each bar?
In comparison to the cookies, each bar is 170 calories and contains:
Brown Rice Syrup, Soy Protein Isolate, Evaporated Cane Juice Crystals, Crystalline Fructose, Kashi Seven Whole Grains and Sesame® Blend (Stone Ground Whole: Hard Red Winter Wheat, Oats, Rye, Barley, Triticale, Long Grain Brown Rice, Buckwheat, Sesame Seeds), Almonds, Oat Fiber, Mechanically Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa, Rice Flour, Rice Starch, Honey, Toasted Soy Grits, Vegetable Glycerin, Corn Grits, Chicory Root Fiber, Wheat Bran, Corn Flour, Natural Flavors, Salt, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa (Cocoa, Potassium Carbonate), Calcium Carbonate, Corn Bran, Magnesium Oxide, Soy Lecithin, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Nonfat Milk, Vanilla Extract, Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Fumarate (Iron), Annatto (Color), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid and Vitamin B12
The first ingredient on the list is a type of sugar (brown rice syrup). As is the third (evaporated cane juice crystals). And fourth (crystalline fructose). Then there’s honey and vegetable glycerin and, hey, isn't this supposed to be the GOLEAN bar, and not the cookie?

That explains why there are more calories in this than the cookie, then, doesn't it? It also explains why the husband liked it.

Husband yeah; me nay
This is what the husband had to say:
"This is what it tastes like. You take a rice cake, dip it quickly in bad milk chocolate and cinnamon, and boof. It is surprisingly good."
Here is what I had to say:
"Eat an apple. And, erm, go make dinner."
It never hurts to ask.