May, 2013

 

A mixture of tree nuts, honey and cream pie, this snack is a sustainable source of energy as well as certified gluten free, kosher friendly and USDA organic. This product also is available in Cinna-Clove, Coffee, Ginger, Rosemary and Sage flavors and all are Unfired Fare, meaning they are not heated more than 180 degrees.

Headquartered in Chicago, Simplified Foods aims to create simple, great tasting healthy snacks. Founder of the company, Kimberly Crupi Dobbins, found the inspiration for Simplified Foods and its snack bars while traveling the world.

Ingredients: organic honey, organic cashews, organic almonds, organic unsweetened coconut, organic vanilla and sea salt

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Snacking more throughout the day by eating a variety of smaller, wholesome meals is becoming increasingly popular with consumers.

In fact, manufacturers are increasing their usage of nuts and seeds in the snack products they offer.

Since nuts and seeds are rife with protein and fiber, it’s only natural that a wholesome snack be filled with those items. According to an article in PreparedFoods.com, The Journal of American College of Nutrition[1] found that consumers who ate 0.25 oz. of nuts per day had four fewer pounds of mean body weight and 0.8 in. smaller waist circumference.

But, nuts and seeds can’t always stand alone. Most snack manufacturers of bars, trail mix, granola and cereal need a glue or sweet flavor to bind these items together. That’s where honey comes in.

Special K’s Honey Nut Cereal Bars include both crunchy nuts and honey in every bite. Almonds, peanuts and other tree nuts are the main components of the bars.

For those who like to snack more with their hands, Biena Foods provides consumers with Honey Roasted Chickpea Snacks. Real wildflower honey mixed with sea salt blends sweet and salty together. Tropical Foods’ Buffalo Nuts line now includes Honey Roasted Buffalo Nuts mixed with buffalo wing flavor.

And, for granola lovers who enjoy granola on the go, back to Nature Foods offers granola clusters with roasted almonds and flax seed, sweetened with honey fruit and cane juices. Since researchers say that consumers find almonds the most essential nut, this granola mix is a great way to satisfy nutty needs.



[1] J Am Coll Nutr June 2002 21:275283

 

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Balance Bar energy bars are filled with delicious flavor and nutritional value.

These bars provide many nutrients in each serving including Vitamins A, C, and D, calcium, phosphorous and many more.

Founded in 1992 in Santa Barbara by a group of sport enthusiasts, Balance Bar bases its products on the 40-40-30 Nutrition Principle to provide long lasting energy and stabilized sugar levels. The company aims to create balance and make nutrition easy and delicious with its energy bars.

Ingredients: honey, protein blend (soy protein isolate, whey protein isolate, partially hydrolyzed milk protein isolate, calcium caseinate, casein), fructose, glucose syrup, peanut butter (peanuts), sugar, water, fractionated palm kernel oil, roasted soybeans. Contains less than 2% of cocoa (processed with alkali), dextrose, lactose, soy lecithin, salt, maltodextrin, natural flavor, tocopherols added to protect flavor, soybean oil.

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