Product Review: KIND Bars Snacks – Yummy, Healthy, Easy and Gluten-Free!

 

It can be tricky when you are on a special diet, like gluten-free or are simply trying to eat healthier. Seems like the most nutritious foods aren’t very appealing, and the most yummy goodies are nothing more than empty calories that derail you from your goals. And what about convenience? You want something you can tuck into a purse or briefcase or grab at home when you are too ill to cook. There is something that meets all the above criteria: KIND bars. Their motto is: “Wholesome natural ingredients you can see and pronounce”. Every single one of their products is certified kosher and certified gluten free. They are also free of sulphur dioxide, GMOs and trans fats. Several of them are low on the glycemic index, good news for diabetics. But the best part is that they are really delicious!

KIND bars are nut-based and about the size of a small candy bar. Some contain dried fruit, some have dark chocolate, and some contain crispy puffed rice sweetened with honey. You can also choose which nutritional feature you want to emphasize in their Plus bars (which have plus signs on the package): anti-oxidants, protein, calcium, fiber or omega 3. The nut varieties include almonds, macadamia, cashews, pecans, walnuts, peanuts, and brazil nuts. All contain at least some fiber and protein; actual amounts vary depending on ingredients. The toughest part is deciding which one is best! There are about 20 varieties of KIND bars. My personal favorites are: Almond & Coconut, Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants, Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate +Protein, Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew + Antioxidants, Almond Walnut Macadamia + Protein, Nut Delight, Almond Cashew with Flax + Omega 3, Peanut Butter & Strawberry, Apple Cinnamon & Pecan, and Mango Macadamia + Calcium.

I have not yet had the opportunity to try are their Healthy Grains Clusters. These come in pouches and contain multiple servings. These are also all gluten free, instead boasting ingredients like quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, chia and millet. I first discovered KIND bars at my local health food store. They can also be purchased online. KIND’s website has lots of product and company information: http://www.kindsnacks.com For a healthy snack that you might actually crave, join the KIND movement.

Submitted by: Karen Brauer, Butyoudontlooksick.com, © 2012 Karen Brauer is a happily married woman in her forties living in a little house on the prairie. Her passions include: photography; classic and some modern literature; classic, foreign and some modern film; and music of all kinds. Her blog is called “browser life”: http://browserlife.blogspot.com/

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** Editorial Note: I am so glad that Karen chose to review these bars. I personally had just started going gluten-free approx 3 months ago. Thank goodness I heard about Kind Snacks and tried them! They were perfect for mid day hunger, snack on the go, or when my child wanted to eat somewhere that I couldn’t find anything on the menu that fit my diet – they were perfect to keep in my pocketbook. I am seriously addicted to these bars and this company. It would be completely unfair of me to personally write the article since I think Kind bars have become part of my arsenal in my war to have a healthier life. My favorite flavors are the peanut butter and Strawberry, and the Cranberry/ Almond. -Christine Miserandino

Do you have a favorite flavor? Have you tried Kind Snacks? Tell us below:

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  • joan

    If your value your teeth don’t eat kind spices, sea salt and chocolate kind bars, this kind bar is like biting into a rock, broke and fracture my teeth, Kind was notified and I saved the piece of that broke my teeth to forward to kind, they implied since I am older my teeth were aged and they were not responsible in any way and refused to reimburse the cost of getting the tooth fixed

  • Practicalandeducated

    Funny you would even eat one knowing you have a nut allergy as I have yet to come across one that does not contain nuts. Maybe you should read the ingredients before consuming; that is if you can read.

  • Practicalandeducated

    Should that truly be the case and a medical Doctor and expert witness could prove this you might have a case depending on the State you live in. However, I would find this claim very hard to believe and suggest that the makers of KIND bars sue you for slander.

  • Cristina

    I was two months pregnant and kind snack bars terminated my pregnancy ! Not-so-kind bars is what they should be called. .

  • Gwyn

    One of my fave g-free bars. These bars taste great but aren’t a huge full meal as so many g-free bars are. They have lots of fruit and nut chunks and recognizable food bits, and aren’t hard like a crunchy granola bar, but are slightly bendable like a bar held together partly by honey. A little sticky. Found them at Target, of all places, where, alas, they’re sold individually. Also sold at our local independent health-food stores.

  • Jeanie Cox

    These bars are amazing! The first time I had them was at Christine’s un-bday party. Dark chocolate cinnamon pecan was my favorite. I haven’t seen them in the stores yet. If anyone has seen them on Long Island let me know!

  • Its interesting for me because i like bars.I tried Dark Chocolate
    Cherry Cashew + Antioxidants and it was awesome now i always have 2-3 of this bars in my office drawer.As it is non-gluten product so i am sure , my elder brother will also like it.

  • Carol

    For diabetes, I found and use Builder Bars. They have 20 proteins and are so much better than candy or granola bars.

  • Sandy

    I love the cranberry almond. I buy them by the box in our local grocery store which has a health food section. I always have a couple in my purse.

  • Tim

    Interesting article. Never heard of these before. It seems hard to find a healthy snack bar. Anybody know if these are related to Cliff Bars?

  • Patricia F Anderson

    My favorite is the apricot one. The almond coconut one tastes almost like caramel. I love it also. I agree about the Larabars as essential for carrying as backup! Some days that’s all I have for lunch. 🙁 

  • delonghi espresso

    I haven’t tried this one before. Is it really healthy? One thing I
    really can’t live without when it comes to snack or anything that I
    consume is that it should taste great. I really can’t stand eating
    sawdust.  How is it taste wise?

  • Karena9

     They are all so good, but just like all non-gluten products, they are pricey. I think our grocery bill doubled when we went totally non-gluten.

  • Rbeerthuis

    You can buys them at REI, Whole Foods and health food type stores. I like the one with cranberries.

  • foodisnotmyfriend

    Larabars have only 2, 3 or 4 ingredients per bar, so for people with multiple allergies/intolerances, they are a must.  There is many a time that I have been promised a “something” free meal only to find that it wasn’t, so I always have one or two emergency Larabars with me.

  • Mgredhead

    I have not been able to find them in grocery store, convenence store or pharmacy. Any ideas about where to find them?

    Martha

  • Niki

    Great to know since I recently found out I am allergic to dairy and gluten intolerant.

  • Helena

    These bars are the best, I like the almond & coconut.  I have tried most of them already, but I did not know about clusters.  I will be looking for them in my local health food store. 

    Thanks

  • I wish I could like these, but the second time I ate one, it triggered my nut allergy.  Sorry to say, I won’t be trying one again, even though it might only be one flavor, or one batch that caused me problems.