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.
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.)
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.