Review: Health bars Eat Natural, Trek and Nakd


There are so many "healthy bars" readily available now it is often hard to know which one is best. What people look for in a snack bar can vary and although the main role of food is to satisfy hunger and to provide essential energy, nutrients and other substances for growth and the maintenance of health we tend to forget this and stuff the nearest thing in our mouth when we are hungry and busy. This bad habit is then passed on to our children and the cycle continues.

Health bars are not a new product, I have been eating them since my teens! (I am 43)

Before I continue...

I am not talking about chemical laden junk bars that slimming clubs make thousands of pounds from selling to fat ladies like me who crave a treat. They are wrong on every level of wrong and to substitute sugar with toxins is criminal. Remove the sugar and use something natural.

All you Betty Crockers that have just rolled your eyes and done a tut whilst saying "Oh I bake my own"  Well done, me too! But I am a realist and even when I am playing Mary Poppins there are times when your energy levels are rock bottom and you need something fast from the bottom of your bag. I need something for lunch boxes when we are all out of baked goods. I need something for the days when I am having a bedbound day and don't want to fight off the Diabetes police as I have reached for biscuits. I need something that will give me a longer shelf life than home-made. Something that a child does not feel "different" eating as children do like to fit in with their peers, mine range from juniors to university.

There is most definitely a need for ready packed bars in a modern life and being a mum of five sons we decided to road test six of them for taste and texture when eating.

The bars we are reviewing and selecting a best of the bunch are as follows: 


Name of bar: Eat Natural 
Crunchy nut bar protein packed with peanuts and chocolate
Weight of bar: 45g
Price of bar: £0.95

Per bar: 
Fat:13.3g
of which saturates: 4.7g
Fibre: 2.9g
Protein: 10g
Salt: 0.24g

Per 100g:
Fat:29.5g
of which saturates: 10.4g
Fibre: 6.4g
Protein: 22g
Salt: 0.53g

Name of bar: Trek Original Oat Protein Flapjack
Weight of bar: 50g
Price of bar:£1.50

Per bar: 
Fat: 9.8g
of which saturates: 3.1g
Fibre: 2.2g
Protein: 10.2g
Salt: 0.5g

Per 100g:
Fat: 19.6g
of which saturates: 6.4g
Fibre: 4.5g
Protein: 20.4g
Salt: 1g

Name of bar: Meridian Peanut bar
Weight of bar: 40g
Price of bar: £1.20

Per bar: 
Fat: 8.9g
of which saturates:1.6g
Fibre: 2.7g
Protein:8.0g
Salt: trace

Per 100g:
Fat: 22.2g
of which saturates: 4.0g
Fibre: 6.8g
Protein: 19.9g
Salt: 0.1g

Name of bar: Meridian Cashew bar 
Weight of bar: 40g
Price of bar:£1.20

Per bar: 
Fat: 21.1g
of which saturates: 2.4g
Fibre: 2.0g
Protein: 6.2g
Salt: trace

Per 100g:
Fat: 30.3g
of which saturates: 5.9g
Fibre: 5.1g
Protein: 15.4g
Salt:>0.1g

Name of bar: Nakd Bakewell tart
Weight of bar: 35g
Price of bar: £0.75

Per bar: 
Fat: 5.9g
of which saturates: 1.2g
Fibre: 1.7g
Protein: 2.6g
Salt:<0.1g

Per 100g:
Fat:17g
of which saturates: 3.3g
Fibre: 4.9g
Protein:7.5g
Salt:<0.1g

Name of bar: Nakd Strawberry Crunch 
Weight of bar: 30g
Price of bar: £0.75

Per bar: 
Fat: 2.7g
of which saturates: 0.5g
Fibre: 1.4g
Protein: 5.5g
Salt: 0.2g

Per 100g:
Fat: 9.1g
of which saturates: 1.8g
Fibre: 4.5g
Protein: 18.4g
Salt: 0.6g


Selection by nutritional values on the wrapper 


By simply viewing the data on each bar, it is clear to see that not all bars are the same. Ideally, I am searching for a bar that is low in saturated fat, a good source of protein for a slow release of energy and minimal salt and refined sugar content so Nakd would tick all boxes for their Strawberry Crunch bar. 



Eat Natural has the highest protein content with a whopping 22g per 100g (Eggs are 13g per 100g)
sadly this bar also had the highest saturated fat content! This is a hefty bar weighing in at 50g but if you look closely the Nakd Strawberry crunch has a decent amount of protein in a smaller bar with less than a fifth of the saturated fat content.

WINNER- Nakd Strawberry Crunch   



Selection by taste only (blindfolded) 



The bars were chopped up and placed in six bowls with a cover over them. Blindfolded we tasted each one in turn and recorded what we thought of the taste and texture. I was conscious of the boys using their vision to hinder their preference. 

The results were recorded. 




Name of bar: Eat Natural protein packed with peanuts and chocolate
nutty/grainy/tastes a bit chocolatey/hard to swallow/tastes of peanut butter/

Name of bar: Trek Original Oat Protein Flapjack
rice crispies/ milkie/ this is lovely/bland/not nice/

Name of bar: Meridian Peanut bar
peanut/buttery rich/nice texture/mmmm this is good/peanutty /this is a "snickers" isn't it?

Name of bar: Meridian Cashew bar 
don't like this/mild nutty/peanutty

Name of bar: Nakd Bakewell tart
jammy almond/lovely fruity taste/fruity Battenburg/ don't like this/ mmm this is cakey

Name of bar: Nakd Strawberry Crunch 
Oh this is nice/fruity/mmmmm/ fruity yum/best texture of them all/is this a strawberry "Nutri grain"?



WINNER- Nakd Strawberry Crunch  



Selection by our eyes (no tasting) 


Next based upon visual preference we all selected what one we would have selected as our favourite if our eyes were to decide. 


WINNER- Eat Natural -Crunchy nut bar protein packed with peanuts and chocolate.  











Conclusion

Nakd Strawberry Crunch was our definite winner!

As a Mum, I was shocked at this stage that the boys were unaware we were testing "healthy" food. My youngest was really excited when I told him the ingredients in some of the bars as he thought one of them was a snicker!

The bar that I thought would be my favourite was not once I was blindfolded. Instinctively I would reach out for the Meridian Peanut Butter bar as that is my favourite peanut butter ever so what a shock for me that Nakd won on taste. Plus I always feel healthier as I am convinced I am getting more protein in a nut bar than a strawberry bar.

Based on aesthetics the little poop log looking bar would not appeal to my sarcastic younglings but now they have tasted it blindfolded they feel enlightened. They have asked can we play this taste game again as they want to try new foods that look different to how they taste. WINNER!

What a bonus to the single parent family to find that the ones we loved are the cheapest. I do love a bargain so if you buy in bulk you can reduce the cost even more.

Cut out the middle man and buy direct from the people who make them.

Natural Balance Wholefoods 
For a box of 18 Strawberry crunch, you can currently get them for £11.99!  that makes the cost at 66p per bar to you (at the time of writing this blog) Always check out the short date options as you will get a greater bargain there also. Today they have short date (09/11/15) Rhubarb & Custard for 45p each.

Don't always presume that same brands will have the same nutritional values, for example, Meridians Peanut V Cashew (based per 100g) the peanut bar will give you 4.5g more protein. The Cashew bar gives you 1.9g more saturated fat! 

The same with Nakd bars, Bakewell Tart will give you 1.5g more saturated fat per 100g than the Strawberry Crunch. Protein contents of each bar are so different, the strawberry crunch gives you 10.9g more per 100g!  So if you are looking for a lower fat more filling option this bar is the one to buy. 

I sat with a cup of tea and read about the company and the people who work hard creating the Nakd bars and I must admit I am very impressed and proud to boast they are British (yay) 

Watch a short video about them here. 




Hope you enjoyed our little blog about health bars as much as my boys did. I would like to say I am not affiliated in any way to the companies and this is not a sponsored blog. It is simply a Mum wanting to inspire her boys to eat healthily and embrace food tastes and textures. 

Let me know if you use this product and what you think?

Love and gentle hugs

Ness

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Disclosure for my reviews: I have been given this product as part of a review network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. My words are my own. 




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