Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Product Review: KIND Bars
Snacks can be tricky when you are on a special diet or are simply trying to eat healthier. Seems like the most nutritious foods aren't very appealing, and the most yummy goodies are nothing more than empty calories that derail you from your goals. And what about convenience? You want something you can tuck into a purse or briefcase or grab at home when you are too ill to cook.
There is something that meets all the above criteria: KIND bars. Their motto is: "Wholesome natural ingredients you can see and pronounce". Every single one of their products is certified kosher and certified gluten free. They are also free of sulphur dioxide, GMOs and trans fats. Several of them are low on the glycemic index, good news for diabetics. But the best part is that they are really delicious!
KIND bars are nut-based and about the size of a small candy bar. Some contain dried fruit, some have dark chocolate, and some contain crispy puffed rice sweetened with honey. You can also choose which nutritional feature you want to emphasize in their Plus bars (which have plus signs on the package): anti-oxidants, protein, calcium, fiber or omega 3. The nut varieties include almonds, macadamia, cashews, pecans, walnuts, peanuts, and brazil nuts. All contain at least some fiber and protein; actual amounts vary depending on ingredients.
The toughest part is deciding which one is best! There are about 20 varieties of KIND bars. My personal favorites are: Almond & Coconut, Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants, Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate +Protein, Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew + Antioxidants, Almond Walnut Macadamia + Protein, Nut Delight, Almond Cashew with Flax + Omega 3, Peanut Butter & Strawberry, Apple Cinnamon & Pecan, and Mango Macadamia + Calcium.
KIND products I have not yet had the opportunity to try are their Healthy Grains Clusters. These come in pouches and contain multiple servings. These are also all gluten free, instead boasting ingredients like quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, chia and millet.
I first discovered KIND bars at my local health food store. They can also be purchased online. KIND's website has lots of product and company information:
KIND Healthy Snacks
For a healthy snack that you might actually crave, join the KIND movement.
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