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    Giveaway: Kale Chips, Sunflower Seeds, and Fruit Leathers — Oh My!

    Time for another raw, vegan, and gluten-free giveaway!

    Last month, it was macaroons and “grawnola”, this time around it’s ‘cheesy’ kale chips, sprouted sunflower seeds, and unique fruit leathers courtesy of the folks at Kaia Foods, an Oakland-based company started in 2006.  Creator Nick Kelley left a career in finance to fulfill his dream of making “minimally processed, truly healthy food more readily available to everyone”.

    As you know, I only do giveaways of products I enjoy myself.  Kaia Foods’ spiced sprouted sunflower seeds are a staple in my kitchen.  The teriyaki and garlic varieties instantly liven up salads, the sweet curry flavor adds a delicious crunch to soups, and the cocoa molé sunflower seeds are perfect airport food.  The lime-ginger fruit leather is my favorite (orange + banana + kale + lime juice + ginger!).  As for kale chips — there is never a wrong time for those!

    This giveaway will have three winners, as follows:

    • Grand Prize: 1 bag “cheesy” kale chips + 2 bags sprouted sunflower seeds of choice (choose from: cocoa molé, garlic & sea salt, sweet curry, teriyaki)
    • 2nd Place: The remaining 2 bags of sprouted sunflower seeds
    • 3rd Place: 4 Fruit Leathers (Goji-orange, lime-ginger, spiced apple, vanilla pear)

    Entry details:

    1.    Leave a comment on this blog post anytime between Monday, October 31 and Friday, November 25.
    2.    Only one blog comment/entry per person.
    3.    You may increase your chance of winning (equivalent to an extra entry) by sharing the link to this giveaway on Twitter. Your tweet must include “via @andybellatti” in it (so I can be notified).
    4.    Winner will be selected at random on Saturday, November 26, and will be contacted by me via e-mail.
    5.    Winner must reside in the United States.

    Good luck!  Oh, and PS: if you want to try any of these products in the meantime, I’ve been told you can use this coupon code (K7T2IGM4) on Amazon.com, good for 25% off a purchase of $10 or more.

    Many thanks to Melissa McCarthy at Kaia Foods for responding so enthusiastically to my giveaway query.

    UPDATE (12/2): Congratulations to the winners:

    3rd Place Winner: “La Chapstick Fanatique”

    2nd Place Winner: “Joob”

    Grand Prize Winner:”Val”

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    48 Comments

    1. Joob said on October 31st, 2011

      I’d like to enter! Thanks, Andy!

    2. megan said on October 31st, 2011

      The food sounds interesting!

    3. Tanya said on October 31st, 2011

      Thanks for introducing us to these products Andy! I love to hear about new vegen foods that I have not tried. And, thanks for the coupon code!

    4. Susie said on October 31st, 2011

      I’d love to try these!

    5. Meredith said on October 31st, 2011

      Whoa. Kale chips are one of my favorite snacks. Those sunflower seed flavors sound positively dreamy. Great giveaway, Andy!

    6. Shanna said on October 31st, 2011

      Oh, I love those sunflower seeds!

    7. Melanie said on October 31st, 2011

      Oooh I love making my own kale chips, but I’d love to try some “cheesy” ones!

    8. Lauren said on October 31st, 2011

      Packaged kale chips?? Incredible! Whenever I make them, they only stay crunchy for a couple hours. I’d love to try these!

    9. Madison said on October 31st, 2011

      I love the cocoa mole sunflower seeds – they’re perfect for long days of class when I need to last between lunch and dinner.

    10. Hannah said on October 31st, 2011

      I want some!

    11. Dragonflyrunner said on October 31st, 2011

      I would like to enter! I already love Kaia foods products :)

    12. La Chapstick Fanatique said on October 31st, 2011

      Ooh this makes me hungry!

      http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

    13. La Chapstick Fanatique said on October 31st, 2011

      Tweeted! @LaChapstickFan

      http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

    14. Jonathan said on October 31st, 2011

      I’m a big fan of Kaia foods. Their whole line is delicious and I love that they suggest reusing their resealable bags.

    15. Emma Peel said on October 31st, 2011

      This is everything my family and I like to snack on. Kale chips would be a new venture for me though

    16. val said on October 31st, 2011

      love love love the kale chips…and kale in general…would love to win for once…hee hee!

    17. Jamee Dyches said on October 31st, 2011

      I desperately need some more healthy, on-the-go snack options. These look perfect.

    18. Mariah Moon said on October 31st, 2011

      I LOVE the sunflower seeds! They are so so so yummy!

    19. Christine said on October 31st, 2011

      Kaia snacks are the best! I could live on their kale chips.

    20. Shereen said on October 31st, 2011

      Sounds delish!

    21. Ben said on October 31st, 2011

      I had some of these kale chips the other day, and they were FANTASTIC!!!

    22. Kimberli said on October 31st, 2011

      These look interesting!

    23. Brita said on October 31st, 2011

      Pick me, pick me!

    24. Sarah said on October 31st, 2011

      Thanks for introducing me to a great new product!

    25. Nae said on October 31st, 2011

      This looks fantastic! Would love to try :) x

    26. delia said on October 31st, 2011

      I’ve been dying to try some kale chips. All the other snacks sound delicious too!

    27. linda schlaich said on October 31st, 2011

      Your lime chili Kale Chips are so good that you would never never know they are raw and full of healthy ingredients. They provide a crunchy, salty, tasty bite that satisfies my cravings and keeps me wanting more.

    28. Cari said on October 31st, 2011

      these look delicious! i’d love to try them!

    29. Beth M. said on October 31st, 2011

      Mmm yummy cheesey kale chips sound insanely good! Thanks for the giveaway! Also tweeted from @vegfoodtracker!

    30. Jessica Y said on October 31st, 2011

      Thanks for the giveaway. These would all be fun to try!

    31. mars said on October 31st, 2011

      Yum!

    32. Lori M said on November 1st, 2011

      I make my own kale chips but would love to try ones already made for me! And never heard of sprouted sunflower seeds..sound interesting!

    33. Lindsay said on November 1st, 2011

      Would love to try these. Especially the kale!

    34. kelsey said on November 1st, 2011

      hmmm fruit “leather” does not sound appetizing. I’ll take your word for it though

    35. becky said on November 1st, 2011

      Also curious about packaged kale chips — I like them fresh out of the oven, but I have such trouble getting them crispy without just burning them!

    36. Claire said on November 2nd, 2011

      I totally want to try these! Fingers crossed for the win!

    37. Ross Kennedy, MPH, MSNW, RD, LDN said on November 2nd, 2011

      Hi Andy,

      I tried the Kaia Kale Chips and wasn’t really impressed with them. They seemed more processed since “chips” were made from the ingredients. I much preferred the Rhythm chips instead. The Ranch and Nacho ones were yummy. They also have 1/2 the Calories of the Kaia chips. Give them a try when you get a chance. The Nacho ones have a bite. I believe they were about the same price. The Rhythm chips were simply seasoned dehydrated kale leaves.

    38. Andy Bellatti said on November 2nd, 2011

      Ross,

      Taste is subjective; I personally enjoy the Kaia kale chips.

      Not sure what you mean by Kaia’s kale chips being ‘more processed’. The round shape is due to a combination of kale and sunflower seed meal. The ingredients are: kale (it is the first ingredient, so it is the most prominent), sprouted sunflower seeds, sprouted sesame seeds, nutritional yeast, and wheat-free tamari. All ingredients are organic. There is nothing sketchy or artificial tacked on. Simply put, kale and sunflower seed meal are combined and formed into round shapes and dehydrated.

      While you are entitled to your opinion, I question your decision to post a negative review of these chips in a giveaway post. I have tried the Rhythm chips before, but this is not the place or time to discuss that.

    39. jordan said on November 2nd, 2011

      yum! yes, please!

    40. Katrina said on November 3rd, 2011

      I LOVE healthy food!! I love free healthy food even more. World of a poor college kid!

    41. Christine Hansen said on November 4th, 2011

      They all sound delicious!

    42. Ann said on November 4th, 2011

      These are my ideal snack foods, looks amazing

    43. Jeff Gallup said on November 4th, 2011

      Sign me up! Love Kale! :-)

    44. Rebekah Leonard said on November 5th, 2011

      I’ve been considering trying these out and would love a chance to win some instead!

    45. Julie said on November 5th, 2011

      Miam!

    46. Evin said on November 6th, 2011

      Yay kale.

    47. Courtney said on November 18th, 2011

      Tasty pre-made snacks that I wouldn’t mind giving my kids? Yes, please!

    48. Sam said on November 19th, 2011

      I’m a big fan of the sunflower seeds. I’d definitely try the kale chips, though.

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