Sunday, August 25, 2013

Blue Diamond's Artisan Nut-Thins Review

I have some really great cracker like snacks to share with you today called Artisan Nut-Thins that are made by Blue Diamond. They come in three flavors and here is what I was sent to review:
1.)  Flax Seeds
2.)  Sesame Seeds
3.)  Multi-Seeds
I will start with the one that I least expected to like and was thoroughly shocked when I discovered it was actually the one that I liked the MOST! I normally am not too crazy about Flax Seeds but Blue Diamond has turned eating Flax Seeds into something delicious and fun that I can eat and still get all the nutritional value from the Flax Seeds. So, I am one happy camper!
Blue Diamond mixes the Flax Seeds with brown rice and almonds and bake them into an awesome crunchy cracker.  And that is what makes them so darn good! They are very crunchy but crisp and fresh. I love for my crackers to be that way so this was an all around thumbs up from me and also my husband was as surprised as I was about the Flax Seeds!
And the best part? You can eat 13 crackers for 130 calories! They also have 3 grams of protein in that serving, so if you are trying to up your protein intake for a diet or some other reason, then this can be of some help. There is no Cholesterol which I love because my Triglycerides are high and I have been having to watch what I eat.
Our next favorite was the Multi-Seeds and I have a feeling it was because it did have some Flax Seed included in the mix, but it didn't overtake the main ingredients of the Multi-Seed Nut Thins.  This one too, started with brown rice, almonds, and six kinds of seeds (quinoa, flax, millet, amaranth, sesame, and black sesame). The result is a distinct blend of flavors in a baked cracker with a really crisp crunch, just the way I like them!
Oh, by the way, all of these crackers are super duper great with dips and small slices of cheddar cheese or even the pimento cheese spread that you can get at the store or make yourself for one heck of an appetizer for your family or for a big family gathering, like reunions, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Multi-Seeds Nut-Thins otherwise have all of the benefits that I showed you in the Flax Seeds with the only significant reason being here is a handful for 21 grams of whole-grain goodness per serving (according to the back of the boxes, it's 13 crackers per serving).
Now, the Sesame Seeds is the one that Mike liked the best. That is another reason why when I get something new at the grocery store, or anywhere for that matter, I try to pick up several flavors
so that I make sure there will be one or more that Mike will eat because I sure couldn't eat that many all by myself.
But the best news is that the Sesame Seeds are paired perfectly with their brown rice and almonds to create a delicious baked cracker. It also provides 3 grams of fiber per serving which is the 13 individual crackers. And for those of you who need Gluten Free foods, I am happy to say that this is one of your choices!

We thought all three flavors were awesome and would recommend them to our friends and family when it's time for a get together or the holidays. Or you just may want to keep a few boxes on hand for the family to enjoy some healthy good for you snacks so that they aren't tempted to eat the bad stuff. Whatever you decide, you won't go wrong with choosing Blue Diamond Nut Thins!

Blue Diamond also carries several other types of snacks and we all know about the nuts that they make but I was surprised to see that they make a lot of different products and I must have not been paying too much attention, because some of these snuck up on me. The picture below still doesn't capture all of their products, so go check them out and see how many there really is on their website.
Also, back in 2010, Blue Diamond celebrated being in business for 100 years! That is truly amazing. I grabbed a little bit of their history, so if you would like to know more and see some of the really old pictures, then head on over and check out their story.

I love reading about company's histories because it fascinates me on how far we have come.  
The Almond People are celebrating 100 years of innovative vision, determination and leadership led by the people who were and are Blue Diamond Growers. The venerable cooperative grew from a vulnerable association of 230 almond growers when they formed their association on May 6,1910, at the Hotel Turclu in downtown Sacramento, California, to be the world’s largest and most respected almond processing and marketing powerhouse.  
Since 1910, their original name of the California Almond Growers Exchange eventually emerged as Blue Diamond Growers to emphasize the brand that has become synonymous with quality almonds worldwide. It made the perilous journey on the backs of visionary leaders committed to the idea that only through cooperative marketing could family farmers compete in the rough and tumble markets of the world.
I also love the fact that they have different tabs on their site that direct you to more information in case you have Lactose Intolerance, Diabetes, Celiac Disease and just plain out dieting to get back in shape.

Here's a little History on Blue Diamond:
Headquartered in Sacramento, California, Blue Diamond® Growers is the world's largest almond processing and marketing company. Founded in 1910, the 102 year-old cooperative is owned by half of the state's almond growers who produce over 80 percent of the world almond supply. Blue Diamond® led the development of California's almond industry from a minor domestic specialty crop to the world leader in almond production and marketing.
Connect with Blue Diamond:

Mailing Address:
Consumer Advocacy Team
Blue Diamond Growers
1701 C Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone:  (800) 987-2329
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Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product that I received from being a blogger for Naturally Savvy. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.


Cindy Brickley said...

I love Blue Diamond nuts and now they have nutty crackers. I am going to have to find these in the store. Thanks for posting another new product I didn't know about.