Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Clean Snacking: Taste of Nature Snack Bars


Clean snacking on vacation = strugglecity, am I right?? Thankfully I got my hands on these Taste of Nature clean eating snack bars to try just in time for my Charleston trip. We had our own little tasting party and took the leftovers to the beach.


Not only were these a great clean snack, they were clutch on the beach because unlike fruit, veggies and yogurt(my go-to clean snacks), they don't get mushy or go bad from sitting in my bag in the heat all day.


So here's the scoop on Taste of Nature: They work with family farmers to create delicious, certified organic, gluten-free certified, non-gmo project verified snack bars with real, nuts, fruits and grains that you can see (and under 200 calories, too). Nothing artificial, no fillers and no chemicals (say whaat? in a SNACK BAR?). As an organic snack bar, they contain more nutrients and vitamins than the average not organic snack.

According to a recent Taste of Nature survey, Americans struggle to snack nutritiously (guilty) and their top consideration when snacking is taste (very guilty). Let me tell you, I was not missing out on any tastes with these puppies. My favorite flavor was Himalayan Goji Summit- it was the perfect balance of fruit and nuts (hi sweet and salty!).


These snack bars come in 5 other flavors:  Brazilian Nut Festival (close 2nd favorite), California Almond Valley, Quebec Cranberry Carnival, Canadian Maple Forest, and Persian Pomegranate Garden. They retail for $1.99 and are available at fine natural food product stores and grocery retailers (click here for where to buy). I found mine at Yes! Organic Market across the street from my work and at Whole Foods down the street. 


While $1.99 is a little steep for a snack bar, this is definitely a great option for vacay snacks. $1.99 is cheaper than any other snack (healthy OR unhealthy) at the airport, and most beach stands and restaurants don't offer healthy snack options. Plus it's easy to pack- I've made the mistake of packing a peach and plum in my carry-on (security check = fruit ends up at the bottom of my bag = bruised fruits and juice covered Kindle) and this was a much better option. Plus on vacation I usually grab the most convenient snack which is a (not clean) single serving of chips that costs ~$1.50 and keeps me full for approximately 35 minutes. Or I stop at the most convenient place- McDonald's?- where the healthiest snack option is snack wraps at $1.60 that also keep me full for 35 minutes and give me zero energy/nutrients/all that good stuff. 

Speaking of energy I ate these one morning before my beach run (YES I ran on vacation! Once..) and I stayed full the whole run and after. These were super filling, and for a clean snack I would definitely buy these again.

Running is not so horrible when this is your view.

So tell me: what do you snack on at the airport? How do you stay healthy on vacay? 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

18 comments:

  1. these bars look yummy, and wow they kept you full on a run? thats amazing, almost as amazing as the fact that you ran on vacay. you crazy!

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  2. I've never heard of these bars, but I'm always looking for a new snack - or food in general lol!!

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  3. Those look super YUMBALLS!

    I'm going to see if I can get them by me!!!

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  4. Those bars look good, I have never heard of them. I like the Kind Granola bars, almonds or some kind of nuts or Quest bars as an easy to travel with snack. Yum!

    Look at your running on vacay!

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  5. Those look yummy! I use fruit mostly but these looks great!

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  6. I hear you on eating healthy on vacation! It's tough. These look pretty tasty though.

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  7. These bars are so yummy! I can't remember which one I had but I loved it :)

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  8. Those bars look awesome. I'm totally guilty of not thinking about nutrition at all while on vacation. But since I was just diagnosed with celiac disease I think I'm gonna have to think about it more....

    Ps - nice work with the run too on vacation!

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  9. Yum those look great! I always pack/over pack trip snacks. I find that apples, hard veggies, and sugar snap peas do pretty well, but you definitely can't beat a bar for ease of eating!

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  10. I always have a snack with me and am definitely going to pick up some of these!

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  11. I love these bars, we buy them in bulk at Costco. I'm a big fan of trail mix at the airport and usually I spend all my money on cheesy magazines, it's the one time I can justify it. But ya, smart snacking on vacation is the HAAARDEST. I'm impressed and inspired by you

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  12. I love to keep snack bars like these in my purse all the time. I'm not sure why, but when I get hungry...watch out. My mood goes from good to bad in a quick second. I'll have to look for these. I have been buying Kind bars, and it's nice because you can get them in a box and save a little money. I think they are the same price for the individual bars. I've noticed lately there have been more healthier options available when traveling, but they are so expensive. I paid $5 for a small container of grapes at a gas station on our recent trip, but I was craving something healthy and would have probably paid more for them if I had to.

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  13. I've never had those, but always willing to try out new bars. Will have to stop by YES when I get back.

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  14. Those look so good, I love nuts for a quick protein source. I tend to run on vacation too. You can do it anywhere.

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  15. Those look good. I am trying to find some healthy, on the go, snack options. Those look perfect.

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