I read an interview with Ellie Goulding in last month’s issue of Women’s Health, in which she discusses how she is striving to be strong, fit and healthy. Not skinny! She’s came under a lot of criticism for her body image, from being called large (did anyone else other than me not notice that?), to being picked on more recently for her slim frame.
One of her tips for staying in shape, apart from the insane workouts that she does, is to carry sources of protein with her to keep hunger at bay, and to keep her energy levels up. She name dropped Nākd fruit and nut bars and Bounce Blast Balls as her go-to choice for an energy and protein fix. The day I read the article, I was in my local Asda and I spotted a mixed pack of the Nākd fruit and nut bars, so decided to give them a try…
What are Nākd bars? Well, the Nākd website describes them as “a great way to eat nutritious, healthy food without compromising on taste!” They go on to say that “our snack bars are made from yummy natural ingredients such as fruits and nuts which are ‘smooshed’ together for you into a handy bar. Wheat and dairy free, with no added sugars or hidden extras.” Not only are the bars wheat and dairy free, but they are gluten free, kosher approved, one of your five a day and 100% vegan. That’s pretty impressive. But do they live up to their promise to not compromise on taste?
I’ve tried the following flavours: Berry Delight, Cocoa Orange, Rhubarb and Custard and Cocoa Delight. I’ve also tried the Cocoa Delight Fruit and Nut Bits, which come in a handy bag and are bite sized. One or two of these after a workout, or when you’re feeling a bit peckish help to take the edge off. Even with the bars, I feel full after just a few mouthfuls, so a full bar really does stop me from feeling hungry for a good couple of hours. The first time I tried one, I think the hubby thought I was making it up that I was feeling less hungry after two mouthfuls!
All of the bars are made with as few ingredients as possible, all of which are natural and raw. They’re not baked in anyway, so they keep their nutritional value. Although they are high in carbs (typically between 15g and 19g per 35g), these are all unrefined sugars found from fruit. Nothing else! They are low in fat, and pack a decent amount of protein in them- perfect for sustenance.
The Rhubarb and Custard bar was a perfect fix for when my sweet tooth is getting the better of me. It’s made with just Dates (55%), Cashews (25%), Raisins (19%) and a hint of natural flavouring, so is full of things that are good for your body. It had a slightly strange taste, perhaps a bit too sweet for pre or post workouts, but it was good all the same. The Berry Delight was similarly sweet, but the raspberries took the edge off this saccharinity. For me, this gave it the edge over the Rhubarb and Custard bar, as it felt like something I could eat at any time of day. Personally, the sweetness of the first bar reminded me of a dessert- so I’d probably only eat it when I was really craving something sweet.
Being a total chocoholic, I was delighted to see how many cocoa based products Nākd produce. At only 135kcal per bar, the Cocoa Delight has less calories than my favourites, Maltesers. Although they’re not quite a bag of “Ms”, these bars are satisfying and tasty. As with the Berry Delight and the Rhubarb and Custard bars, the Cocoa Delight contains a balance of Dates (48%), Cashews (29%) and Raisins (17%), with the addition of Cocoa (6%), a hint of natural flavouring. That little 6% of cocoa really turns these bars into something remarkable. Obviously, there’s a different texture, and a slightly fruitier taste, but if you’re a chocolate lover, then this is a brilliant product for you. It’s my post-workout treat instead of the Maltesers that I used to go for!
My absolute favourite is the Cocoa Orange bar. It has everything that the Cocoa Delight has, with the addition of natural orange flavours. This little delight contains 10 more calories per bar, but it’s totally worth it! It’s like eating a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, without the guilt! It is incredible to think that this bar is actually good for you! I’ve had one for my breakfast this morning, with a black coffee, and I know that I will be fine until lunch! The energy that these bars (all flavours, may I add) give you is wonderful. You don’t feel sluggish or bloated at all. And the synthetic taste of other cereal or protein bars is gone.
Whether you’re after some healthy snacks, a breakfast alternative of a workout buddy, I cannot recommend Nākd highly enough. You can buy them through the website for £13.99 for 18 bars (supermarkets do sell them in smaller boxes), or Amazon sell them with free delivery for between £10.99 and £13.75 (depending on flavour) for a box of 18. I did order my last lot from Amazon, but could be tempted to buy from the website directly as you get free samples with your order.
If you’re still convinced, check out this video on YouTube, which explains why these products are so good.
I’ll be ordering some of the Nākd high protein crunch bars (same cost, lower calories, more protein) to use specifically for after a workout. I’ll review these once I’ve tried them for a few weeks.
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