Rustic chic granola from Banner Road Bakery (photo courtesy Banner Road Baking Co.).
 Yummy yogurt bars—refrigerated, not frozen—from Clio Snacks. The halved bars show the consistency of the yogurt (photos courtesy Clio Snacks).
 Sparkling Diet Cranberry from Ocean Spray: just 10 calories a can (photo courtesy Ocean Spray).
We’re fortunate that we’re able to try many products of which we would be totally unaware. Quite a few brands offer us samples, and often we say “Yes!”
Some of them are good, some great, some just not right for us. Here, five products that are right for us, in alphabetical order.
1. BANNER ROAD BAKING COMPANY GRANOLA
While Banner Road granolas are delicious on any morning, we particularly like them as house gifts. $12 per 11-ounce cylinder, and $6 for the four ounce size (a great party favor or stocking stuffer).
The gift appeal comes from the charming packaging (photo #1), evoking the rustic goodness which the healthy blend of ingredients provides.
The granola is gluten free, some flavors are vegan, some ingredients are organic, and a serving has just 5g of sweetener per 1.7-ounce bar.
This granola is made in clusters, the grains and seeds (oats, seeds, quinoa) baked into clusters that provide sweet crunch. The binders are extra virgin olive oil and, depending on the flavor, honey, maple syrup, molasses or tapioca syrup. Flavors include:
Bye Bye Blues: oats, seeds, quinoa and puffed millet with toasted walnuts and dried blueberries.
Kickstart: oats, seeds, quinoa and sliced almonds with two ultra-premium accents, Askinosie Chocolate and Sump Coffee.
Midnight Snack: oats, quinoa, cashews, sweet potato and golden raisins, highlighted with traditional Indian spices including turmeric.
Monkey Suit: oats, seeds, quinoa and sliced almonds blended with peanuts and bananas.
Oh Snap!: oats, seeds and quinoa tossed with puffed buckwheat, crystallized ginger and warming spices.
The Original: clusters of oats, seeds and quinoa tossed with pecans, dried tart cherries and coconut chips.
GET YOURS AT BANNERROAD.COM.
2. CLIO GREEK YOGURT BARS
What happens when you cross a cup of yogurt with a frozen yogurt bar?
A very tasty snack: Clio’s Greek Yogurt Bars, a refrigerated bar of yogurt enrobed in dark chocolate (photo #2). They are yummy!
The yogurt is thicker than standard yogurt cups, in:
You can turn them into dessert with fresh fruit or a dessert sauce like caramel; or make them food fun by inserting an ice-pop stick
Each gluten-free bar as 8g protein, 240 calories and billions of probiotics. The line is certified kosher by OU.
DISCOVER MORE AT CLIOSNACKS.COM.