If you’re one of those people who, like me, always has an irrational fear of starving to death during a long day of errands, gym and other commitments, you’re probably familiar with the search for the perfect portable snack. Fruit spoils and isn’t substantial enough. Some food bars get crumbly, others stick to the wrapper if left in the car too much. And often you have to make the decision between a high-fat, low sugar bar or vice versa.
The new KIND healthy grain bars might be that elusive perfect bar. They taste great and aren’t too crumbly. Depending on the flavor, they have a relatively low 5 or 6 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of fat, plus 3 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein. KIND blends five whole grains for its bars: oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat.
If you’re more about the nuts and less about grain, KIND offers a line of bars that’s heavier on the nuts with spices and antioxidants thrown in for good measure. For example, their maple glazed pecan and sea salt bar mixes almonds, peanuts and pecans with chicory root fiber and maple syrup. This bar contains 16 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.
They also make a higher protein collection of bars called Strong and KIND, which I haven’t tried. These bars use nuts, seeds and pea protein, which together contain all the essential amino acids and provide 10 grams of protein.
KIND began back in 2004 with 8 bar flavors. Now they’re up to more than 22, plus whole grain cereal sold by the bag. While these bars can be expensive in the grocery store – I’ve often seen them sold for $1.50 each – if you buy off the KIND website you can get a real deal. They sell cases of 40 wholegrain bars for $28.50, which comes out to 68 cents per bar.
Here are a few of my favorites so far:
cinnamon oat clusters with flax seeds (cereal)
maple pumpkin seed with sea salt healthy grain bar
vanilla blueberry healthy grain bar