Thursday, May 29, 2014

Product review: Nakd

My best friend sent me a link to get a sample pack of these Nakd bars for $10 shipped. I scrutinized the website and saw things like "whole food" and "no added sugar" so I figured it was worth the money to at least try them.

It came with 13 bars plus 2 bonus bars but they are quite small so the price is on par for the size. The names, like "Rhubarb and Custard," are fairly ambitious but I like the concept of a handful of ingredients that I can pronounce or even go buy myself. I tried the Rhubarb & Custard which contains dates, cashews, raisins, and "a hint of natural flavours." I usually steer clear of "natural flavors" since they can be pretty much anything including animal products, but they explain on their site what is included so it doesn't bother me. It was fine, kinda boring and not super filling but not objectionable.

Later I tried Cocoa Mint which contains dates, cashews, raisins, (starting to see a theme here?) cocoa, and "a hint of natural mint & chocolate flavouring." I was surprised how good this one was after the earlier bar! I love mint and one thing I really miss is chewing gum but this really hit the spot on my mint craving! I like chocolate but I'm not a die hard fan so I can't say if this will satisfy your chocolate craving. I didn't find the taste super chocolatey but I got what they were going for.

One thing I thought was weird was that 4 out of the 14 bars had "soya crunchies" as an ingredient. Through some internet sleuthing I was able to deduce that "soya" is the UK term for soybeans but I still don't know what makes them crunchy. I shot the Nakd folks an email so hopefully I'll find out soon. In general I try not to get too much soy since it's so prevalent, especially in a vegetarian diet. Most of the bars do not contain soya crunchies so that's not a deal breaker or anything.

I find it interesting that the package says "1 of your 5 a day." I mean not only is that expensive but there's 18 grams of sugar in one bar (naturally occurring sugar, but still). I think these are a great option for when you need something quick and/or the convenience of a package, but eating 5 daily seems over the top.

Overall I would recommend them to have around for emergencies. Making your own is always best and I'm sure cheaper but sometimes that's just not feasible so these are a great option. The sample box is only $10 til 5/31 (this Saturday) so order NOW if this sounds like something you'd be into.

Day 18
Breakfast:
Oatmeal, homemade almond butter, banana

Snack:
Carrot Cake Bites

Lunch:
Superfood Salad

Snack:
Nakd Cocoa Mint
Apple

Dinner:
Vegan Fajitas with Lentil Walnut Meat (I subbed Bragg Liquid Aminos for the vegan worcestershire because it had added sugar)

Exercise:
CrossFit


2 comments:

  1. My bars should be arriving today!

    I think the "one of your 5 a day" refers to the servings of fruits & veggies we should get in a day: http://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk/community/healthy-living/easy-ways-to-get-your-5-a-day-/

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    1. Ohhhh that makes way more sense!!

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