Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wings of Nature

I got to try Wings of Nature's new health bars. They are organically grown, handled and processed (or as I say, great, better, best). They are also gluten free, low in sodium, a great source of fiber, vegan/dairy friendly, cholesterol free, no GMO, no trans fats, low glycemic carbohydrate, no preservatives or additives, certified kosher (mazel!) and vegetarian. Phew, that was a mouthful.

There are three flavors, Cranberry Crunch, Almond Raisin and Espresso Coffee. Now, let me say this, if you do not like health/granola bars that are made of pretty much just nuts and grains (that are very visible, think Kashi) you probably will not go for these bars based on looks. When my mom saw the picture of these bars she said they looked "crunchy" and not because of their texture. Even my husband Scott was skeptical, but let me tell you, they are nothing like the other cardboard tasting bars out there. These bars are sweet, yummy and moist! What makes it even better is that the sweetness is all natural (agave syrup which will not spike your blood sugar if you're diabetic). Even my son Aaron got in on the action when I was eating them. If my two year old loves them, you probably will too.My favorite of the three, by and large, was the Cranberry Crunch. It was sweet without being overpowering and just insanely yummy. I had to fight for every bite since this was Aaron's favorite too. This bar only has 10 ingredients, yup 10: peanuts, raisins, sesame seeds, agave syrup, almonds, rice syrup, crisp brown rice, cranberries (cranberries, apple juice concentrate, sunflower oil), pumpkin seeds, cranberry flavor. It also made a great mid-day snack to help get me over that 3pm hump.

My second favorite was the Almond Raisin bar. This one wasn't as sweet as the Cranberry Crunch, but was still really good. Aaron dug this one as well, even Jill took a bite. This bar has even less ingredients that the Cranberry Crunch with only 8 ingredients: sesame seeds, raisins, agave syrup, sunflower seeds, almonds, rice syrup, crisp brown rice, pumpkin seeds.

The last bar was the Espresso Coffee bar. I'm not a huge fan of coffee flavoring outside of coffee, but if you are you'll love this bar. Obviously Aaron and Jill didn't get to try this bar (that's the last thing I need, two 2 year olds on espresso!). These bars have 10 ingredients: sun dried raisins, Brazil nuts, cocoa mass, sunflower seeds, agave syrup, crisp brown rice, walnuts, brown rice syrup, roasted coffee beans, espresso flavor. This bar will definitely put some pep in your step and is also good for that mid-day energy drop.

Wings of Nature bars aren't available in stores nation-wide yet (click here for locations), but you can order packages of 24 bars through their website. The price is $31.99 which is really good for totally organic health bars.

I challenge you to try one of these instead of a sugary energy drink or another cup of coffee when you hit that mid-day slump. You'll feel amazing and won't have that crash afterward.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the product mentioned above for free for review purposes from 5W Public Relations. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."