Between work and play, finding the time to prepare for every meal, every day, can prove challenging. Couple this with the bombardment of advertisements for food bars that “have it all”; it’s no surprise that we often reach for a granola or protein bar when snack time hits.
I’m not knocking the food bar trend. Quite the opposite. While there is no substitute for whole and unprocessed snacks, the Nakd raw fruit & nut bars are a pretty close second place. These raw bars are gluten, wheat, and dairy-free, ethically produced, and have zero added sugars. There’s a variety of flavours to choose from, too: Cashew Cookie, Strawberry Crunch (my personal favourite), Berry Delight, Cocoa Delight, and Banana Crunch.
Nutritional-content wise, these bars are a decent snack option. They range from 110 to 140 calories which may seem high for a 35 gram bar, but it makes sense when you feel how dense it is and read how chock-full it is of nuts and fruits. There are approximately 14 grams of sugar in each bar, mostly from fructose, which means its sustained release will actually keep you fuller for longer. It’s also full of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins (Vitamin B and E, magnesium, and iron), and soluble fiber.
For something that is gluten, wheat, and dairy-free, you might wonder where the taste is – but worry not. These bars have rich mouth feel and a tart fruity taste. Berry Delight was reminiscent of those fruit leathers I used to love as a kid, and the Crunch bars tasted like strawberry shortcake.
The bottom line:
Pros: No added sugars or processed ingredients, high in vitamins & minerals, filling for a snack
Cons: High in sugar, slightly high in calories for a small bar
Where to buy:
UK and Europe: here.
Australia: Shop Naturally (here)
Written by TVJ writer Joanna G.