Monday, March 18, 2013

Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bar Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate

Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bar Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate ($5.99 for 10, Publix)
1.42 oz / 40g

Ingredients: roasted peanuts, soy protein isolate, chicory root extract, sugar, vegetable oils, whey protein concentrate, high maltose corn syrup, cocoa, fructose, peanut butter, vegetable glycerin, rice starch, honey, rice maltodextrin, salt, soy lecithin, natural flavor. 

Calories: 190
Calories from fat: 110
Fat: 12g (18%)
Sat. Fat: 3.5g (18%)
Sodium: 170mg (7%)
Total Carb: 14g (8%)
Fiber: 5g (20%)
Sugars: 6g
Protein: 10g (18%)

It should be worth mentioning that this bar is over half fat. Nuts are also typically over half fat so I suppose at some level we can rationalize this, but when you look at this bar and see the gooey sugar coated top and the chocolate coated bottom it is hard to say "well, this is just like nuts!" - you're much more likely to say "well, this is nuts!" 

This is in many ways similar to the luna bar previously reviewed, but a lot cheaper and not nearly as good for you. Tastes like a candy bar, no chemical aftertaste. Good bar. 

Update: I had another one of these today and it smelled terrible! I don't know if it is a fluke or if I just didn't notice the other day but it is distracting. It doesn't smell like it has turned, it just has a strange fake smell that is really killing the experience. 

Luna Nutz over Chocolate

Luna Nutz over Chocolate (6 for $5.79, Publix)
1.7 oz / 48g

Ingredients: soy rice crisps, organic toasted oats, organic soy flour, organic brown rice syrup, organic dried cane syrup, organic cocoa, palm kernel oil, organic palm kernel solids, organic soy lecithin, organic vanilla, inulin, organic peanut butter, organic peanuts, organic peanut flour, natural flavors, organic oat syrup solids, vegetable glycerin, sea salt, natural vitamin e. 

Calories: 180
Calories from fat: 60
Fat: 6g (9%)
Sat. Fat: 2.5g (13%)
Sodium: 190mg (8%)
Total Carb: 25g (8%)
Fiber: 4g (16%)
Sugars: 10g
Protein: 9g (18%)

Thiz iz good. Granola and peanutz in a bed of chocolate icing. Full of vitaminz. Tastez like a candy bar. Deliciouz.