I recently received a sample of the new I Heart Keenwah quinoa-based snacks and the results were… a mixed bag.
On the one hand, I was happy to see that the product is healthy, all natural, gluten free and packed with good ingredients.
As an example, here is the ingredient list for the original Almond variety:
organic quinoa (whole grain quinoa, quinoa flakes, quinoa crisps), almonds, tapioca syrup, dried cane syrup, honey, almond oil, baking soda, salt
On the other hand, our family had mixed feelings about the taste of I Heart Keenwah, and felt that the price was somewhat prohibitive — especially for a family of our size on a budget.
The manufacturer sent us one 4 ounce bag to sample of the Ginger Peanut variety (according to the nutritional information, one bag is four servings of seven pieces each).
None of my children cared for the flavor we sampled (even my fifteen year-old who generally loves ginger) and they didn’t want more after their first squares.
My husband declared that it “really wasn’t bad” and was “sort of like peanut brittle made with seeds.”
That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement.
It’s entirely possible that we would have really enjoyed other flavors, but we only had this one to sample. When we tried the line of KIND bars recently, there were a few varieties that weren’t big hits but there were many that we thought were delicious, so I was able to pass on recommendations for some that we really loved.
That’s not to say there isn’t a lot to like about I Heart Quinoa.
- It’s all natural.
- It’s certified gluten free.
- Many of the ingredients (including the quinoa) are organic.
- It’s vegetarian.
- It’s packed with nutrients from ingredients like quinoa, almonds, cashews and cranberries.
- It’s allergen-friendly. It’s free of wheat, dairy, eggs and corn. All but the chocolate sea salt variety are free of soy (organic soy lecithin is used as an emulsifier in that one). Note that one variety has peanuts, so there may be traces of peanuts on other varieties.
- The price is rather high (retail is $4.99 per 4 ounce bag).
- We weren’t fans of the flavor we tried (Ginger Peanut) and we did not get samples of the other flavors so I can’t speak to their tastes.
- The products all contain honey, so they’re not suitable for vegans.
This does seem to be a healthy product and a good company. It is entirely possible that we would have loved the Chocolate Sea Salt flavor, for example, and we might have purchased more for an occasional treat on the road.
A four-ounce bag does hold a surprising amount, but the price still is high for those of us on tight budgets. Healthy food does invariably cost more than junk, but some healthy foods are more affordable than others.
I’d recommend checking out I Heart Keenwah for yourself in a variety that suits your tastes, perhaps for a hiking trip or picnic as part of a balanced lunch on the go.
Disclosure: I received this product for free for the purpose of this review. I did not receive any monetary compensation and the free product did not influence my review.
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