Nuts & Spice & Everything Nice

5 Feb

Nuts & Spice & Everything Nice

Smart snackers, you are in luck!

Fresh from the land of high-fiber, low-sugar snack bars comes KIND’s latest offering: KIND Nuts & Spices.

With a commitment to all-natural ingredients, minimal processing or added sugar and salt, this new high-fiber bar line is a hit.

Thanks to samples sent by KIND, I recently tried the KIND Cashew & Ginger Spice bar.

At 200 calories, this product has a great nutrition profile if you’re looking for a satiating snack. An ideal paring of good fats, fiber and protein will fill you up without filling you out!

For 200 calories, this bar gets you:

  • 14 g fat (2 g saturated)
  • 15 mg sodium
  • 16 g carbohydrate
  • 5 g dietary fiber
  • 4 g sugar
  • 6 g protein

I love the hearty texture of KIND bars, and the flavor Cashew & Ginger spice was amazing: subtle ginger notes with the heavenly scent of roasted nuts!

These bars pack a lot of flavor and nutrition with no added salt and no more than 5 grams of sugar. Which is no small feat, considering the other measly 100-calorie salt and sugar-laden alternatives jamming today’s snack food shelves.

The only drawback of KIND bars is that the 5 g of fiber do not come solely from the nuts. All four Nuts & Spices flavors do contain chicory root flour (inulin), a functional or added fiber – that while certainly not harmful, has yet to be shown to convey the same health benefits as do naturally occurring or intact fibers.

For a comparison, if you eat 200 calories of mixed nuts (peanuts, cashews, almonds) you get 3 g dietary fiber. So this 200-calorie, 5 g fiber offering likely has close to 3 g fiber from nuts (natural fiber) and 2 g from inulin (added fiber).

A good rule of thumb is to try to get at least 3 g fiber per snack – so these Nuts & Spices bars on their own will meet the mark. Even better idea? Combine a KIND bar with a piece of fresh fruit, for an excellent 300-calorie snack with 8-10 g fiber (roughly 30% of your daily fiber needs).

KIND Nuts & Spices are gluten-free and come in four flavors:

  • Cashew & Ginger Spice
  • Madagascar Vanilla Almond
  • Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt
  • Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan

You can pick these bars up at a store near you (check the KIND find tool) or order directly from the KIND online store.

One Response to “Nuts & Spice & Everything Nice”

  1. kristina February 13, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    Thanks for this post Katie! I’m in your coursera nutrition course and am finding the information very intriguing and useful. Hats off to great work & guidance!

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