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Lifeway Kefir Probiotic Kefir Bars

Picture 331Little bugs are quickly taking over the world, and by little bugs, I mean probiotic bacteria that has been sprouting up all over the grocery market. Probiotics are naturally found in food items such as yogurt and kefir, but now companies are adding it wherever possible. The latest probiotic craze comes in the form of bars. Lifeway Kefir presents their newest Wellness bars in 3 flavors: Chocolate Crisp, Sweet n’ Salty Peanut, and Pomegranate. These bars are found in the refrigerated aisle (right next to their kefir) which ensures the live and active cultures are alive and well before it hits your tummy.

From the site:

Kefir is the cousin of yogurt and it’s roots can trace back more than 2000 years. Originating in the Caucasus Mountains of Europe where people live well past 100 years, the word Kefir is thought to have been derived from the Turkish word “Keif” for “good feeling”, probably due to the sense of well-being experienced after drinking it.

Now Lifeway Foods, America’s leader in Kefir, has taken the probiotic power found in traditional Kefir, and transformed it into a nutritious, convenient, on the go, snack bar. Lifeway’s Kefir Wellness Bar contains the essential daily probiotics your body needs, and the great taste you deserve.

The bars range from 190 to 240 calories each and are a good 50 gram size. Each bar has a white frosting type layer covering each bar. The snowy white reminds me of snow and Christmas. I think it is the kefir layer which contains all 10 of the live and active cultures. See what it looks like inside here.

Chocolate Crisp: Like the name suggests, it has rice crisps in them . Firm, yet chewy texture with the rice crisps. Visually the biggest bar of the 3. Maybe the crisps “bulks” it up a bit. Not as chocolaty as I would like, but I like the crisps in it. Reminds me of Jamfrakas. No chocolate chunks in there, the chocolate flavor is blended in.  Good balance of chocolate flavor, crunch and chew. This combination works and it taste good. Could be higher in the fiber department, but fairs a decent 11 grams of protein.

Sweet n’ Salty Peanut:  Real peanut butter flavor with bits of peanuts nuts inside. I like it and if you like peanut butter flavored things, you will like it too. Sweet and salty for sure. I like the crunch. Very good.  Highest in calories, but definitely the most delicious. My favorite flavor of the three.

Pomegranate: Softest texture of the bars. Like puree inside with bits of walnuts that seem out of place. Flattest of the 3 bars. Don’t really dig this flavor because I think I’ve been spoiled by the taste of POM Wonderful as far as pomegranate flavored things goes. It doesn’t really taste like pure pomegranate flavor to me. Lowest in the sodium content (70 mg), but highest in the sugar department (24g).

I like how the three varieties are drastically different in terms of taste, and texture so there is something for everyone. The Wellness bars contain all the 10 live and active cultures you find in the drinkable Lifeway Kefir so it makes it simple to get your daily dose of healthy bacteria. Great to pack along with your lunch. The bars taste like regular bars and does not even taste “kefir-ish” if that makes any sense. I suggest you try all 3 before you decide if you like these bars are not because the differ drastically in terms of taste and texture. What I did not like about these bars is the 3 – 4 grams of saturated fat per bar.

Chocolate Crisp: Serving Size: One (50g per serving) Amount Per Serving: Calories 200, Fat Cal 50, Total Fat 6g (9% DV), Sat Fat 3.5g (18% DV), Trans Fat 0g (0%), Cholest 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 190mg (8%), Total Carb 27g (9% DV), Fiber 1g (4%), Sugars 15g, Sugar Alcohol 0g, Protein 11g (22% DV), Vitamin A (0% DV), Vitamin C (0% DV), Calcium (4% DV), Iron (15% DV), *Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Sweet n’ Salty Peanut: Serving Size: One (50g per serving)  Amount Per Serving: Calories 240, Fat Cal 120, Total Fat 13g (20% DV), Sat Fat 4g (20% DV), Trans Fat 0g (0%), Cholest 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 200mg (8%), Total Carb 25g (8% DV), Fiber 3g (12%), Sugars 12g, Protein 7g, Vitamin A (0% DV), Vitamin C (0% DV), Calcium (2% DV), Iron (6% DV), *Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Pomegranate: Serving Size: One (50g per serving)  Amount Per Serving: Calories 190, Fat Cal 45, Total Fat 5g (8% DV), Sat Fat 3g (15% DV), Trans Fat 0g (0%), Cholest 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 70mg (3%), Total Carb 32g (11% DV), Fiber 4g (16%), Sugars 24g, Protein 5g, Vitamin A (0% DV), Vitamin C (0% DV), Calcium (2% DV), Iron (8% DV), *Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Retails: $2.00 each @ Lifeway Foods Online Store
My Cost: Free (from Lifeway Kefir Representative)
Calories: 190 to 240 each
WW: 3-5

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Filed under Bars, Probiotic, Snacks, Whole Foods, WW: 3, WW: 4, WW: 5

Clif Kid Z-Bar Spooky S’mores

Picture 213By now I am sure most of your have seen these Clif kid Organic Z bars in Spooky S’mores floating around. Halloween has come and gone so if you are after the seasonal Spooky S’mores, go grab them quick or else you will have to wait another year. These are seriously hard to track down. So far, I have only seen these at 1 Whole Foods. It was a glorious stand dedicated to this exclusive flavor alone. I couldn’t help myself and grabbed 1/2 a dozen for fear they will soon be gone. They are after-all — seasonal.

This is your basic Clif Kid Z bar made with organic oats, wholesome ingredients and 12 essential vitamins and minerals for healthy kids to thrive. I eat kids food. No shame here. The top part has just the right amount of chocolate frosting that makes these bars delicious and pretty to eat. The inside is embedded with tiny little marshmallows. Nice little campfire treat minus the guilt. When you warm it up in the microwave, this truly becomes “s’more-licious.” The chocolate and the marshmallows become melty and gooey. The texture of the bar is very “soft-baked cookie-like” which makes this an irresistible snack for kids as well as adults. All that yumminess for 130 calories, preportioned so you don’t over indulge.

Best of all, you know there are no high fructose corn syrup, no hydrogenated oils, no preservative, and no artificial flavors in these organic whole grain energy bars for kids. Wished people were passing these out instead of candies on Halloween. I would be the first to put on a costume and go trick-or-treating myself!

Nutrition: Each bar is 130 calories, 2 WW, 3.5 grams of fat of which 1 gram is saturated, no cholesterol, 75 milligram of sodium, 75 milligram of potassium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of dietary fiber , 11 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

Other seasonal Clif Bar items are back too. See if you can spot the Cranberry Orange Nutbread, Spiced Pumpkin Pie, and Iced Gingerbread on your next shopping trip.  Noticeably missing is the Pear Strudel from last year, may you RIP.

Retails: $0.69 each 1.27 oz bar @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free (from Clif Bar & Company representative)
Calories: 130 each bar
WW: 2

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Nature’s Path Organic Granola Bar Flax Plus Pumpkin

NP-Bar6-Flax_US-RGBNature’s Path Organic Granola Bars Flax Plus in Pumpkin is just as delicious as it sounds. I was excited to receive them as a part of the  package Leah from Leftovers for Lunch sent over. Visually, the bar looks pretty big, but it is a mere 40 grams.  Mainly composed of rolled oats plus big “rice krispies” all glued together with syrup, but it was delicious. Whole pumpkin seeds, mild pumpkin spice, dashes of cinnamon, the flavors are a bit bland but the bar does taste like Fall. The textures are wonderful. Nice and chewy, with rolled oats, but could use a little more PUMPKIN flavors. You won’t be getting a “pumpkin pie” feeling from eating this. Compared to the Kashi Pumpkin Pie granola bars, I like these a lot more. They seem more wholesome with the whole pumpkin seeds and whole flax seeds. The bar itself looks exactly the way the picture on the box depicts, stringy sugar strands and all. Although it has 11 grams of sugar, it does not taste as sweet as I had thought. The bars are all organic, 0 grams of trans fat, wheat free and low in sodium plus 15 grams of whole grains too. After you finish the bar, it does not leave you with an empty feeling.  Go Pumpkin!

Each bar is 160 calories, 2 WW, 4.5 grams of fat (0.5 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 90 milligram of sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

Ingredients: Organic tapioca syrup, organic rolled oats, organic brown rice flour, organic evaporated cane juice, organic pumpkin seeds (organic pumpkin seeds, salt), organic invert cane syrup, organic flax seeds, organic soy oil, organic acacia gum, sea salt, organic spices, organic molasses, organic bran extract.

Retails: $3.33 per box of 5 @ Amazon
My Cost: Free (won Leftovers for Lunch giveaway)
Calories: 160 each bar

WW: 3

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Filed under Bars, Organic, Pumpkin, Whole Foods, WW: 3

Kashi Pumpkin Pumpkin Pie Bar

kashipumpkinA kind little reminder that Fall is here although the not whether certainly does not seem like Fall. I bought a box of Kashi Pumpkin Pie Fruit & Grain Bars to join in on all the pumpkin festivities. I have yet to try out the seasonal pumpkin drinks at Starbucks and The Coffee Bean that all you guys have been enjoying already. TLC in this case stands for “tasty little chewies”, little is the right noun to describe these. For a bar, these are pretty dinky, but granola do tend to be on the high calorie side so it makes sense to make the bars smaller to keep the calories low. I could finish it in about 4 bites if I was really hungry. To me, these serve more as a treat rather than something to eat when I am really hungry. The granola is comprised of Kashi’s signature blend of seven whole grains. The top pumpkin puree layer  is easily removable from the bottom part of the granola bar itself. Embedded within the pumpkin layer are bit and pieces of chopped pecans to add a nutty touch to the bar. There is not nearly as much pecans on the actual bar as the picture shows. Pretty deceptive there. The pumpkin layer also has pumpkin spices and warm cinnamon flavor  which bring out the warm feeling of Fall out of this bar. I find it too sweet so I scrape off most of the pumpkin layer and spread a little bit of it back on like jam to get the pumpkin flavor, but not all the excess sugar. All together, the bars has a nice combination of chewy and crunchy textures. With a little imagination, these taste like a crunchy pumpkin pie. Each bar (32g) is 120 calories, 2 WW, 3 grams of fat (0.5 g saturated), no cholesterol, 50 milligram of sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein. If you are not a fan of this “icing” on top bars, I’d suggest you go for the regular Kashi granola bars like the Honey Almond Flax bars.

Retails: $2.98 bx of 6 @ Walmart
My Cost: $2.98
Calories: 120 each
WW: 2

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EnviroKidz Organic Crispy Rice Bar Peanut Butter

IMG_0488Thanks to the lovely Kimberly over at Gluten-Free is Life for hosting her Nature’s Path giveaway. I got a chance to enter and win. Yay! Along with some yummy Nature’s Path cereal, I got some EnviroKidz Panda Peanut Butter Crispy rice bars. I am a kid at heart so I had no problem gobbling up bars meant for kids. No shame here. The packaging makes the bar look bigger than normal bars, but this is a pretty light weight 1 oz bar. Basically, this is just a gluten-free rice crispy-type bar with peanut butter flavor. I was hoping for a more intense PB flavor, but it pales in comparison to other PB flavored treats. The bar is “glued” together with a sugar concoction. I say sugar concoction because there are 5 types of sugar listed here, evaporated cane juice, molasses, brown rice syrup, honey and invert cane syrup. The ingredients list reflect the taste of the bar — SWEET. Each bar is 110 calories, 2 WW, 3 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 80 milligram of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, >1 gram of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. I guess 7 grams of sugar is not an outrageous number, but I thought it tasted really sweet. The rice pebbles are not really stuck together firmly. You can pull it apart really easily, like the texture of homemade rice crispy treats BEFORE you let it sit int he fridge to let it set. In reality, I would not purchase this item to eat myself, but I can see these as a tasty treat for people on a strict gluten-free diet. Other Crispy rice bars from this line to consider are: Envirokidz Kola Chocolate, Cheetah Berry Blast, Lemur Peanut Choco Drizzle, and Penguin Fruity Burst. The are all low fat, low sodium, nothing artificial, gluten-free. USDA organic. Product of USA.

Organic Crispy Rice (Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Sea Salt, Organic Molasses, Rice Extract), Partially Polished Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Honey, Organic Peanut Butter (Peanuts, Salt), Organic Invert Cane Syrup, Organic Expeller-pressed Canola Oil, Organic Acacia Gum, Organic Corn Starch.

Retails: $3.69 per box of 6 @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free (won giveaway)
Calories: 110 each
WW: 2


Filed under Bars, Gluten Free, Snacks, Whole Foods, WW: 2

Larabars: Peanut Butter & Jelly and German Chocolate Cake Jocolat

IMG_0296On my quest to track down the new Larabar flavors everyone has been enjoying while I drool over the computer screen, I ventured to Whole Foods yet again. Patiently waiting for them to suddenly appear on the shelves for yet another week, I decided to ask the lady who was stocking the bar aisle when the new Larabar flavors will arrive. Seeing that my Whole Foods seems to have ALL the Larabar flavors under the sun EXCEPT for the new one irritated me a little. Turns out, it never hurts to ask because the lady said they have them in the back, but the bar aisle is so packed, she didn’t have a spot for them yet. She went to the back and brought back EVERYTHING I was looking for: Tropical Fruit Tart, Peanut Butter and Jelly, German Chocolate Jocolat and even the Larabar Minis. Larabar lovers rejoice because INSIDE the most recent edition of “Whole Deals” is a Larabar coupon. 75 cents off 2 bars and it expires 10/31/2009. Discounted larabars until end of October. Booya!! Since I can only use 1 coupon at a time I picked up the PB & J and German Chocolate Cake Jocolat flavor. I’ll pick up the Tropical Fruit tart next time now that I know my Whole Foods has them. Seriously, the bars section of my Whole Foods spans across 1/2 an aisle and was already extremely packed. When I left, I saw that the lady managed to squeeze the new flavors on the shelf already.

Peanut Butter & Jelly: OMG. Love at first taste with the new Peanut Butter and Jelly flavor Larabar. It taste like my beloved Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar, only BETTER. The unsweetened cherries gave the PB bar a great “jelly” taste. This bar earns the top spot on my Larabar ranking list. With the added unsweetened cherries, this bar is not as crumbly as the original peanut butter cookie larabar. I chopped up 1/2 the bar into 6 small pieces and ate it with my Greek yogurt with frozen fruit combo for breakfast. So good! Only 4 ingredients: Dates, peanuts, unsweetened cherries and salt. Each bar is 210 calories, 4 WW, 10 grams of fat (2 grams saturated), zero cholesterol, 60 milligram of sodium, 340 milligram of potassium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of dietary fiber, 19 grams of sugar, 6 grams of protein, ans a whole slew of vitamins and minerals.

German Chocolate Cake Jocolat: My first Jocolat flavor and it turns out to be a new flavor so I can only compare this to the regular Larabars. Smells really chocolaty.  I really like the “fine chocolate” yet not too sweet flavor in this bar. The added coconut shreds makes this chocolate flavor bar stand out among the rest of the chocolate bars I’ve had in the past. For some reason, I can taste some sour tones in the bar. I’ve never had real German chocolate before so I cannot compare this to the real thing. These are no chocolate brownies, but can really satisfy a chocolate craving. The ingredients are: dates, pecans, almonds, unsweetened chocolate, unsweetened coconut, extra virgin coconut oil, and cocoa powder. Each bar is 210 calories, 4 WW, 13 grams of fat (5 grams saturated, zero trans, 5 grams MUFA, 3 grams PUFA), zero cholesterol, zero sodium, 310 milligram potassium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein, and a whole lotta vitamins and minerals.

So far, I am really impressed with two of the three new flavors Larabars just launched. These are definitely flavors I will be repurchasing. In reality, there are many flavors of Larabars I have not tried since I always go for my favorites. Need to break out of the shell and be a little more adventurous with my Larabars. What are your Larabar favorites? I need some recommendations.

Retails: 1.29 each @ Whole Foods
My Cost: $0.94 each w/coupon (Look inside Whole Deals booklet)
Calories: 210 calories
WW: 4

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Larabar Banana Bread

banana_largeLarabar Banana Bread. Delicious flavor from the almonds, dates and unsweetened bananas. Very simple ingredients list which is why we LOVE Larabars. Very true to the name, lots of banana flavor and chopped up nutty almond bits. The bits of almonds gets annoying sometimes when they stick to the nooks and crannies of my teeth. I like to slice it up in slivers and enjoy like real banana bread. At times, there is a sour note in this Larabar. From the dates? One serving is 220 calories, 5WW, 11 grams of fat (1 gram saturated, 7 grams MUFA, 2.5 grams PUFA), zero cholesterol, zero sodium, 460 milligram potassium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of dietary fiber, 17 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein.

For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Larabar just came out with 3 spanking new flavors: Peanut Butter and Jelly, Tropical Fruit Tart, and German Chocolate Cake Jocalat. These new flavors sounds promising. A lot of bloggers got to taste them already. So jealous.

Also, Larabar is going to start selling those Larabar Minis! I’m gonna be all over those since I always break my Larabars in half anyways. Super excited.

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Trop.FruitTart ingredients: dates, pineapple, coconut, almonds, cashews, orange juice & peel. Paradise in a bar. In stores soon!

you asked. we listened. MINI LARABARS are here! 12 minis/pack. cherry, apple & cashew mixed flavors. Supreme delish in 1.5 bites. you like?

I just took the “What flavor LARABAR are you?” quiz and got: Peanut Butter Cookie

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Retails: $1.29 @ Whole Foods
My Cost: $1.29
Calories: 220 per bar
WW: 5

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Filed under Bars, Whole Foods, WW: 5