Recently I reviewed Clif Bars, and as a part of my series on the top energy bars and snacks for traveling, I had to include a review of Kind Bars. I eat Kind Bars quite often as a midday snack, after a workout, or whenever I feel hungry. It’s hard to find Kind Bars internationally, so it was nice to eat Kind Bars again once back in the US.
This is a travel gear blog, but food is such an important part of travel, that it would make sense to review Kind Bars. In the past, I’ve written about why I don’t like bringing snacks with me to travel, but I’d admit that that advice is probably more relevant when it comes to overseas travel and flights.
Note: I’m not a health professional, just a traveler and occasional runner, so this review is written from a travel perspective. In this review, when I refer to Kind Bars, I’m referring to the Nuts & Spices version. Kind also makes other variations of their Kind Bar such as the Strong & Kind Bar (larger and with more protein), Kind Plus (with more of nutrients), and Fruit & Nut Clusters.
Are Kind Bars Healthy?
As you can see, Kind Bars are low in sugar, have a good amount of fiber and a lot of fat. I’d imagine that most of the protein and fat comes from the many almonds lodged in Kind Bars. I guess fat gives you energy, so that could be a good thing.
5 grams of sugar is particularly impressive considering Clif Bars have 23 grams of sugar each. From the nutritional facts, Kind Bars trump Clif Bars healthwise.
The Kind Bar company really likes to stress that their bars contain “ingredients you can see & pronounce”, and I’d have to agree with them. Here are the ingredients found in a Nuts & Spices Kind Bar (taken from KindSnacks.com):
Mixed nuts (almonds, peanuts, walnuts), chicory root fiber, honey, palm kernel oil, sugar, crisp rice, cocoa powder, non GMO glucose, sea salt, soy lecithin, milk powder, vanilla extract.
The list of ingredients for Kind Bars is similar to that of Clif Bars, except there are many more ingredients found in Clif Bars. The Clif Bars’ ingredients are pronounceable as well, just not visible.
It’s hard to judge a food on it’s own, so I’ve decided to compare the Kind Bar with 3 other common foods: a banana, a donut and a can of Coke.
As expected, Kind Bars have less sugar than a can of Coke and a donut, but more surprisingly the bars have less sugar and more fiber than a banana. Maybe we all should be eating Kind Bars instead of bananas….
They don’t come in dessert-like flavors like Clif Bars do, but Kind Bars still taste pretty good. I’m a big fan of the Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt which has a satisfying salty and sweet flavor.
Maybe I’m just a big eater, but I feel like Kind Bars are a bit too small. According to the box, Kind Bars are low glycemic, meaning they are slower to digest and keep you satisfied longer, but I still feel hungry after eating the bars. Kind Bars aren’t nearly as filling as Clif Bars. If you’re the type who needs a lot of food, you should probably go for the Kind & Strong Bars, which are like Kind Bars but bigger.
Kind Bars cost approximately $15 for 12 bars, which is more than a dollar per bar. That’s much more (double) than you’d pay for a Nature Valley Bar, but the quality ingredients can justify Kind Bars’ prices.
Kind Bars are healthy, tasty and quick snack for travelers and those on the go. The bars are a great snack for leaving in your purse or backpack to have just in case when on the go.
Be sure to check out my Clif Bar Review.
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Where to get it:
- At your local grocery store
- Also at Amazon.com, it seems that Kind Bars on Amazon are cheaper than what you’d find in a grocery store
- And I’ve also found that TheClymb.com ocassionally sells Kind Bars at Costco-type wholesale prices. The Clymb isn’t your average ecommerce website, so read my review of The Clymb here.
This Kind Bar Review is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical advice. The information provided on this site should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.
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