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Nature Valley Roasted Nut Crunch Bar Review

Okay, ladies and perhaps gents,  it's been a while since I reviewed somethin'. 

That's because I haven't really tried anything healthy new lately.  I've been sticking to what works.

But!  Alas!  I got something new in the mail the other day!   

Nature Valley Roasted Nut Crunch bars from Nature Valley.

When I opened the box, I have to admit - when I saw the Nature Valley brand name, I cringed.  I thought they were these:   (I can't review a high-sugared granola bar and feel good about doing it.)Nature 
I refuse to buy the regular variety of Nature Valley's granola bars - because they are not a good choice  (there are better choices out there now, these bars are circa 1975)  for my altered digestion - nor really for my kids.

But, these were different?  Nature Valley Roasted Nut Crunch Bars. Just, well, NUTS.  Lots of nuts with crap holding 'em together in a bar.  These ARE NOT the "Sweet and Salty" nut bars.  Those have a dipped peanut butter coating.   These particular bars are truly, just NUTS (sunflower seeds, too?!) and STICKY, stuck together, in a very very crunchy bar.  It's got, like six ingredients - all pronounceable and natural.  That, is a huge selling point. 

The peanut variety contains peanuts, sunflower seeds, sugar, corn syrup, salt, and almond flour. They have 190 calories, 12 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 grams of monounsaturated fat, 180 milligrams of sodium, 7 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of protein.  For anybody - that's a pretty decent take. 

For a typically routed person - it's a good protein packed snack.  For a WLS'er, it's an okay snack or meal, even.  For a WLS'er, it's got a high-dump-o-rate.  It's high fat and it's close to the limit of sugar for me and many others.   (Note:  I did dump on a whole bar.)

For kids - a good heavy snack.

The taste?  Slightly toffee-like or perhaps, peanut brittle-ish.   (YUM!  A good candy alternative!)  The peanut variety was great,  but the almond was fantastic.  I really enjoyed them. 

The kids - ate the rest of both boxes before I got another chance at having one - or even saving a wrapper to do this review!  Thankfully, to the power of the interwebs, I was able to find the nutrition stats.

Available - everywhere - it's Nature Valley.  For the price, too, it's a cheap snack.  About $2.50 for a box of six nutty, brittle-y bars.  Enjoy.


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