At Sundried, we're always on the look out for our next healthy snack or awesome training fuel. We were really excited to try these almond snack bars by KIND and test them out on some long runs and bike rides. Here's our verdict!
Dark Chocolate Almond Mint
I was really excited to try the dark chocolate almond mint bar from KIND as I adore anything chocolate mint flavoured and I am a recent convert to dark chocolate – especially as it has some real health benefits.
This snack bar is comprised of mostly nuts (60%) so it is a wholesome, healthy snack to be enjoyed in a number of settings. It is also gluten- and dairy-free so is suitable for those on free-from diets or who suffer from a food intolerance. At only 200 calories per bar you can certainly say it is 'guilt-free' and is fairly low in sugar at only 5g – which is 40% less than some similar snack bars. That's the same amount of sugar in 100g of strawberries to put it into context.
As soon as you open the packet, you're met with a glorious minty aroma which is really fresh and inviting. The almonds are held together with a dark chocolate coating which is chewy but not too harsh on the jaw, which can be a pitfall of some nut-based granola bars. The dark chocolate is not too bitter and the whole bar is really tasty. This bar is really moreish and as soon as I finished it I found myself wanting more! However after about 10 minutes I actually felt really full and satisfied which is perfect for that mid-afternoon slump at work. This bar gets a big thumbs up from me!
Caramel Almond & Sea Salt
The caramel almond & sea salt KIND bar was my favourite out of the three flavours I was sent to try and I absolutely loved it! The generous chunks of sea salt dotted amongst the nuts add a delicious, tangy bite while the caramel gives a luxurious, decadent texture. As with the dark chocolate mint bar, this healthy snack bar contains only 5g of sugar and is only 200 calories, making it the perfect afternoon snack or fuel for adventure.
I ate this bar while on a 12-mile hike along the South Downs Way and it was the perfect treat to perk me up when I was starting to lose energy after an hour of brisk walking up tough hills in the blistering August heat. KIND pride themselves on only using 'ingredients you can see and pronounce' which is certainly true of this bar, which is 64% nuts as well as being high in fibre – something a lot of the population could benefit from!
I absolutely love the taste of this delicious bar and with such great health benefits, it's the perfect indulgence when you're feeling peckish or in need of a pick-me-up while exercising or out on an adventure. Thanks to the nuts, it's really filling and left me feeling satisfied for hours.
Crunchy Peanut Butter Protein
Having a quick, easy grab-and-go bar that packs an impressive 12g of protein is really useful for an athlete and I found this bar was perfect for a post-workout protein hit as well as refuel. The smooth and creamy peanut butter coating is really delicious and the crunchy yet chewy texture was easy to devour even during or after a tough training session when your stomach is feeling a little delicate.
Each 50g bar contains only 250 calories so it's definitely a guilt-free snack if you are just on-the-go or at your desk working, but it contains a high amount of protein and fibre so is excellent for athletic performance. It contains 8g of sugar which is perfect for refuelling after a draining workout and it is completely plant-based and unrefined so you know there are no nasty surprises.
The sweet yet salty taste is delicious and this versatile bar is perfect for all number of occasions, from a quick breakfast to afternoon snacking to popping in kids' lunch boxes.
I have truly fallen in love with these KIND bars and they will definitely be my go-to snacks from now on for all number of occasions, from fuelling adventure and stashing away for long runs and bike rides to snacking on at my desk for a guilt-free mid-afternoon snack.
KIND snacks are available in the UK in Tesco, Boots, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, and WHSmith.
Vifit Sport is a new subsidiary of the huge Dutch dairy conglomerate FrieslandCampina which was formed through a merger in 2008. Vifit Sport offers a range of sport recovery products including protein bars, protein drinks, and protein powder containing 20g of protein as well as vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin D, potassium, and magnesium. We put their high protein recovery bar to the test and give our review.
We tried the Peach Yogurt flavour high protein recovery bar. This bar also comes in Lemon Yogurt and Cranberry flavour.
Each 55g bar contains 208 calories, 6.3g of fat, 18g of carbs, 14g of sugar, and 20g of protein. The sugar appears to come primarily from fructose syrup which is a common ingredient in junk foods and is not great for your health if you have too much.
The main ingredient is milk protein (whey) with white chocolate coming up second. It also includes freeze-dried peaches, fructose syrup, and chemicals such as glycerine (which is a by-product of soap production) and potassium citrate. It also contains palm fat which is a pretty controversial ingredient due to its effect on the environment as well as its negative effect on our waistlines. It also contains collagen hydrolysate which is a type of gelatin thought to have health benefits such as anti-ageing properties. However, it's unlikely that the small amount in this bar would have any of these effects on the body and it is in fact used to set the bar as a solid.
Overall, the nutrition of this bar isn't great. It's not 100% natural and is not vegan-friendly nor is it dairy-free. However, the high protein content is its main selling point, and 20g of protein for a bar of this size is very admirable. You'd probably be better off eating a chicken breast, though.
The smell of peach hits you as soon as you take this bar out of the packet and it's quite pleasant. Upon first bite, the taste of peach is really nice, but the more you eat the more artificial the taste becomes. The texture is fairly dense and chewy; not as bad as some protein bars I've had in the past, but definitely not natural-feeling. It's not particularly sweet and the white chocolate topping doesn't taste overly indulgent or chocolatey. The protein crispies on the top are quite nice but can be a bit messy as they keep falling off!
I'm sure I must be dreaming as the price on Vifit's website appears to state that this bar costs £26.95!? I'm not sure whether this is a mistake, if it actually means perhaps for a box of 12, or if it's just an astronomically expensive bar! If it does mean for a box of 12 which is common for protein bars, that would mean the bar is actually roughly £2.25 which puts it in the same price bracket as the Grenade Carb Killa bar. Considering the Grenade high protein bar tastes incredible and has much better nutrition information, I'd say that this price is a little unjustified.
Nowhere on Vifit's website does it say that this price is for a box of 12 bars. It appears to be for a single bar!
I was pretty disappointed by this bar, unfortunately. Having only recently reviewed the incredible "too good to be true" Grenade Carb Killa bars, it paled in comparison. It doesn't taste that great and has a dense, chewy texture. Apart from the high protein content, it isn't really a 'healthy' bar and there seems to be some confusion regarding the price. It's a 5 out of 10 from me.
Nibble Protein Bites promise to be different from all the other protein balls, bites, and bars on the market by having less sugar and more protein than the competition. Founded by Erin Moroney, Nibble Group Ltd has the mission of standing out from the crowd and being different. We were excited to try these inviting bites!
Made with low GI ingredients, Nibble Protein Bites avoid the usual sugary suspects of dates and brown rice syrup which are a common ingredient in 'healthy' protein snack foods. Using dried plum puree as a base, Erin has found a way to keep the sugar content of her protein bites low while maintaining a delicious flavour and texture. Using pea protein to enhance the protein content means they are vegan-friendly and also allergen-free making them more accessible for more people.
Thanks to the plum puree base, the flavours of Nibble Bites really pop. Lemon is a strong flavour at best and overly tart at worst, but Nibble Bites have got the balance perfect. The character is beautifully authentic thanks to the Sicilian lemon juice and oil, it almost transports you to a balcony in Italy! The sprinkle of coconut flakes on top really grounds the flavour and adds a lovely texture.
The all-natural ingredients provide a really genuine flavour and the mocha bite is no different. The mocha nibbles are made with real coffee and Dutch cocoa powder to add a touch of class and sophistication. Again, this has the potential to be an overpowering flavour, but the balance is perfect and the rich, deep flavour just floats through effortlessly without being overbearing. Cacao nibs and a dash of cinnamon are also added to the nibble to give it an extra flavour boost and element of luxury. These bites are definitely more sophisticated than your standard protein ball or bar!
The super tart sour cherry nibbles have a hint of orange and a pinch of allspice to give them a unique taste. I'm a huge fan of sour cherry flavour anyway so this was always going to be a hit with me! Another sophisticated, strong flavour, these bites stay true to their ethos with the low sugar content and the gluten-free oats mean they can be enjoyed by those on a free-from diet.
Choc Chip Cookie
Choc chip cookie was the flavour I was looking forward to the most; it certainly looks like a cute little chocolate chip cookie bite! The little bites are very tempting and inviting and the flavour doesn't let them down. This flavour is made with 72% dark chocolate and also has toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds added to it for an exciting texture and added crunch. The low GI ingredients mean it's not overly sweet or sickly and the lack of dates and syrup means it's not horribly gooey or sticky. Just a perfect snack for on-the-go or after training.
I absolutely love the ethos behind this brand as too many protein food companies lack finesse and decent flavour. Eating a sticky ball chocked full of dates and rice syrup is hardly healthy and the protein content is usually modest at best. Nibble Protein Bites have hit the nail on the head with this gap in the market and I'm sure it'll be a huge hit! The choice of sophisticated flavours really stands out from the crowd and they've hit a real niche with their honest mission. It's a winner for me!
You can buy your own Nibble Protein Bites from their website at £18 for an 8-pack (RRP £2.39 each, here £2.25).
getbuzzing was founded by Kate Wallace in 2009 when she realised there was no product on the market which was made with natural ingredients, tasted amazing, and was completely nut-free. With a mission to create a snack that everyone - including nut allergy sufferers - could enjoy, she created getbuzzing. We got the chance to try a few of these exciting bars and taste for ourselves to see if the taste really is 100%!
The USP of getbuzzing is that they only use natural ingredients. The Banana Nut Free Flapjack contains oats, dried banana, golden syrup, sugar, butter, honey, and apricots. Flapjack is a very energy-dense food and so would be perfect after a very long and tough training session where you've burnt upwards of 1,000 calories and need to replenish with simple sugars. This bar tastes absolutely delicious! The organic dried banana comes through really well and the texture is sticky and dense, just how a good flapjack should be. It's definitely impressive that it's made with ingredients you could find in your own kitchen, as more often than not I'll check the ingredients on a snack bar and can't even pronounce half the ingredients used.
The other USP of getbuzzing is that they're products are all nut-free, meaning they are accessible for those on a free-from diet and those suffering a nut allergy. getbuzzing state that their Wowbutter flavour "tastes just like peanut butter!" which is a revelation for those who can't eat nuts and are missing out on the joys of peanut butter! Their nut-free 'Wowbutter' is made using toasted soya and soy oil which is fantastic. This bar only has 13g of sugar in it which really impressive for such a deliciously decadent bar. It's thick and gooey and very satisfying!
Date & Seed
I really loved the texture of the seeds in this bar and the dates give a luxuriously sticky texture. It's not overly sweet like other bars of this type and the dense texture is really moreish. It's a hefty bar and makes a really satisfying snack. Definitely my go-to when I'm feeling peckish between meals!
Protein Crisp & Cherry
I absolutely love the sour cherry flavour in this bar. The cherry pieces are really authentic (thanks to the all-natural ingredients) and it's a really refreshing and unique flavour that I haven't tasted in this type of bar before. The protein crisps add a great texture and the stickiness of the other bars is still present here. With 15g of protein per bar, it's perfect for post-workout, especially a particularly tough session. It's a really great grab-and-go snack and you know you're getting a great protein boost too.
Before I even took my first bite, the tartness from the freeze dried berries made my mouth tingle and water! This bar is very buttery and indulgent, and with nearly 25g of sugar per bar it's definitely a sweet treat. The berries provide a gorgeous flavour and the tangy edge makes it really exciting. The oats make the bar very dense and it's super satisfying and filling. This would be perfect as fuel for an ultra run or a long hike. One of these bad boys would give you enough energy to last all day!
Mint Chocolate High Protein
This flavour was my absolute favourite! The mint flavour is perfect - I am a big fan of mint-flavoured-anything, but I am aware that a lot of people tend to avoid it lest it taste of toothpaste. This getbuzzing bar, however, managed to stick with the mint choc chip ice cream type of flavour which was refreshing and delicious. The chocolate chips add an interesting texture and the overall taste is very indulgent with its sticky composition. This bar only has 16g of sugar (compared to 20g in the banana flavour) and it packs an impressive 13g of protein. I often get annoyed when health foods claim to be 'high protein' and then only contain a measly 5g or so. 13g of protein is a decent amount for a bar like this so I was really impressed. What's more impressive is that this bar has recently won a Q Award! It won the Grab & Go Sweet Category at the Food Service Q Awards.
It's incredibly refreshing to find a snack brand that is completely nut-free and getbuzzing really have found a niche in the market. Flapjack is always going to be a winner as it's so delicious, so having flavoured versions in a ready-to-go bar is perfect for fuelling a tough training session, re-fuelling post-race, or just to take to work or school. I love that the ingredients are truly natural without compromising on taste and I think getbuzzing are on to a real winner!
Kate Percy was inspired to change her family's way of eating after noticing her husband struggling to train for the New York marathon. She has since developed over 100 delicious, natural recipes designed to boost energy and help athletes in both training and racing. Following the success of her best-selling book, Kate released new energy ball product Go Bites. We had the opportunity to try these tasty little energy balls and give our verdict.
Hazelnut and Cacao
Kate Percy's Go Bites come in three different flavours and the first one I tried was the Hazelnut and Cacao flavour. I decided to take these on a 15-mile training run I had planned in the run up to the Paris marathon, however I ended up eating them post-run as a refuel. Well, they went down an absolute treat! Endurance training can really mess with your gut so it's important to be able to fuel and refuel with natural, healthy foods.
All of Kate Percy's Go Bites are gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free so they're kind to the stomach and easy to digest. You get 3 little balls in a pack and each ball contains roughly 42 calories. This means they are perfect to use as fuel during a long endurance event because you can parcel them out throughout the race.
The hazelnut and cacao bites which I had after my 15-miler were absolutely delicious and went down a treat! As expected, I was ravenous after burning well over 1,000 calories so it was great to be able to have something quickly and easily before I jumped in the shower and something not too calorific before I refuelled with a proper meal. The nut chunks create a fantastic texture and the cacao is really divine. It was great knowing that what I was refuelling with was all-natural and not packed with sugar, as after a long run you're often fed up of sugar having fuelled with it the entire time.
Apricot and Seeds
I was particularly eager to try the apricot and seeds flavour bites as I am a fan of dried apricot and wondered if these would be reminiscent of that. The balls are heavily laden with seeds, including pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and linseeds. All three of these have tons of health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of cancer, and even preventing bladder stones! A diet rich in seeds is very healthy so it's great to have so many seeds in these energy balls.
The taste is great, not too sweet but also not too dry. As with the hazelnut and cacao balls, they go down an absolute treat post-run and are such an easy and convenient way to quickly refuel before showering, getting changed, and preparing a proper meal. They are also not too moreish so you don't feel tempted to overindulge.
Date and Coconut
The final flavour I tried were the date and coconut energy balls. The flakes of real coconut on the outside of the balls added a lovely touch although it did mean they were very messy! However, the coconut flavour was super tasty and the dates made them lovely and sweet. The texture was great, not too chewy but also not too soft or crumbly. The balls are the perfect size to just pop in your mouth and enjoy whether it's pre, post, or during exercise.
I absolutely love the ethos of this brand and these energy balls really are perfect for athletes and recreational exercisers alike. If you are an amateur training for a bit event like me, they are absolutely spot on for fuelling and refuelling and it's so great knowing that there are no nasty surprises and that these energy balls are so natural and healthy. They taste great and the texture is perfect. You can tell the recipe has been developed by someone who knows the needs of the consumer and that they have been made with care. It's a 10 from me for Kate Percy!