The nice folks at Kardea Nutrition sent me a sample of four of their nutrition bars. I am quite the fan of eating "food in bar form," especially vegan ones such as these.
These bars are smaller than more energy bars but are dense. The consistency is very much like Power Bars (something I haven't reviewed yet because I have not had enough of them). The bars are held together by what I'm assuming is agave nectar. There are no weird chocolate bits that will melt everywhere, which is a plus.
Each bar has about 140-150 calories and around 7 grams of protein, which is pretty good. They seem like they would make nice, healthy snacks. And since they are vegan, I'm sure eating these would help with digestion, since I remember clearly having good digestion and high energy when I was eating vegan for a month.
Here are the four flavors I tried:
- Cranberry Almond: I'm not a big fan of almond-flavored things (though I do like almonds), so this kind of tasted cherry-like to me (not a big fan of that taste). This was the first bar I tried, so I was a little surprised by the consistency.
- Banana Nut: This was pretty good. Not too strong on the banana or nut flavors.
- Chai Spice: I had weird memories of Spiru-tein when I tasted this bar. I think the vegetable protein taste was apparent in this one.
- Lemon Ginger: I don't really enjoy lemon-flavored sweets, but I really did like this flavor. Both the lemon and ginger flavors were subtle. Eating this bar reminded me of a hybrid of a lemon-poppyseed dessert and a gingersnap.
Overall, I think these are definitely worth a shot, especially for those vegans or lactose intolerant out there or those who can't stand the taste of whey protein bars. As I said before, they would make great healthy snacks. I don't have a cholesterol issue, but these can help with that as well. I hope to see them around in stores...