Thanks again to the folks at Kardea who were kind enough to send me samples of their Nutrition Bars.
- 1-1.4 oz bar contains 150 cals (45 from fat), 5g fat (0.5g saturated), 21g carbs (7g dietary fiber, 11g sugar), 7g protein
- 1g natural plant sterols to assist in cholesterol management
- 19 ingredients listed, including 4 sweeteners. Top five ingredients are: brown rice syrup, almonds, agave syrup, dried cranberries, and rolled oats
- (+) soft texture was pleasing
- (+) large pieces of cranberry
- (+) nice fiber and protein stats to promote satiety
- (+) love that it only has 150 calories
- (-) not keen on the fact that it has four sweeteners: brown rice syrup, agave syrup, evaporated cane juice, and sugar. Does it really need all of those?
- (+) At least they are mostly low-glycemic sweeteners
- (-) almond extract taste was the first thing I noticed, but the bar doesn’t contain extract, just almonds. Kind of fake-almondy tasting and struck me as odd.
- (-) not much of a cranberry taste
- (+) vegetarian (I’d say vegan, but they only claim “vegetarian friendly”)
- (+) kosher
(Note: Since I wrote this over a month ago I also had some of the Banana Nut bar. I noted the same fake-ish almondy taste at first bite. I also ate another one of the bars, and noticed the same thing. Not sure what it is, but not quite my bag.)
This spring I upped my fruit and veggie intake, and pretty much stopped eating bars regularly. I eat them rarely for a super early a.m. pre-workout snack, or in a pinch for an afternoon snack when I don’t have anything else. Nothing against bars, I have just been trying to eat more fruits and veg!
Given all of this, I liked the product well enough, but would probably not buy them on my own. If you seek a softer snack bar with good nutritionals give them a try. Especially if you like the taste of almond extract 😉