I am really looking forward to sharing some photos from our weekend (and my half marathon) away. It was a great trip, with lots of beautiful scenery.
While I'm sorting out photos, though, I am also really pleased to bring you this review of vegan snack bars by Natural Balance Foods. I have mentioned my love of their Nākd bars before, and I also enjoy their Trek protein bars. The company prides itself on using whole foods in a close to natural form, and all of their bars are vegan, wheat free and gluten free.
I was offered the chance to review a mixed sampler pack of Nākd bars, pictured at the top, which came with 10 bars including several flavours I hadn't previously tried. I think the writing inside the box sums up the company rather well. Their webpage states that they're "devoted to increasing world happiness with yummy healthy snacks, humour and helpfulness"...and I think opening up the above package would invoke happiness in most. It certainly did in me!
As a British company, Natural Balance Foods have traditionally been available in the UK only, although they started appearing in Australia a few years ago too. Now, they are taking their products to the US, meaning that it will be even easier to pick up one of their snacks. The US market has a lot of 'whole food' snack bars already, but I think Natural Balance Foods will give them some helpful competition. Most of their bars have four or fewer ingredients, and the bars taste incredibly like the flavour they are meant to.
I took some of my sample pack away with me, and the bars provided perfect pre and post running fuel. I was focused on the flavours I hadn't tasted previously, including rhubarb and custard, caffe mocha, and cashew cookie. I don't know how the company gets their bars so close to the descriptors, but the bars really did taste of what they were meant to. The caffe mocha was particularly delicious and I think may be one of my favourites.
It is really delightful to find a company that you are happy to support wholeheartedly, from their philosophy to their ingredient choices to their final food products. Natural Balance Foods ticks all those boxes for me, and I'm really grateful for the opportunity to write up a formal review.
I was provided with a complimentary sample case of Nākd bars. My opinions are entirely my own.
What is your favourite snack bar flavour at the moment?