Energy Bar – An On the Run Snack Idea

May 23rd, 2010 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , ,

Nancy wrote in to the blog and sent me 4 samples of Kardea nutrition bars. We’re always looking for snack ideas, so I figured why not!!

Kardea Nutrition was founded by an avid cook and foodie, Rob Leighton, when he was diagnosed with high cholesterol. These days, who hasn’t been diagnosed with high cholesterol? With a professional background in the food manufacturing business, he wanted to create healthy foods that are tasty and enjoyable to eat.

His first products are these gourmet wellness bars, which are a reasonable calorie source and more nutritious than most other energy or “nutrition” bars.

Each bar contains 7 grams each of fiber and protein, and 1 gram of heart healthy plant sterols, in only 150 calories.  They come in four flavours (banana nut, lemon ginger, chai spice and cranberry almond) and have great texture, providing both chew and crunch. Other features include being vegan, kosher, natural, and low sodium. Check, check and double check, for that.

When I’m on the run travelling or playing golf I like to stash a portable snack for those times I find myself fading. What I don’t like about some of the bars on the market is that some are so hard I think I’m going to break a tooth just biting into them. I like a crunch, but not one that gives me a headache after 59 chews. The echos are deafening!! For some of the cereal bars I’ve tried, I enjoy them, but when they raddle around my computer bag they end up as a foil container full of crumbs. Not a pretty site eating these before heading into a meeting and wanting to look professional. Unless you have a portable Dirt Devil vacuum in your brief case to brush your black suit off with.

The Kardea bar won’t do either and really tastes good. I tried one while I was on a 2-hour teleconference meeting scheduled between 11am-1pm to tide me over. I thought how on earth can I optimally participate on this call and not fade with hunger. My satiety level after the call was relatively high and I was ready for a more modest lunch after that – a sign of a good protein level. My snack-lovin’ husband snagged the first two and rated them 8 out of 10. Really good for a tough evaluator. I don’t ask him to rate my cooking, because I really don’t care to know! The bottom line – he asked me to buy some the next time I go grocery shopping. Funny I already had them on the grocery list.

Thanks Nancy for sending these along. The Kardea bars will be part of my eating artillery when I’m on the run.

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