If you love sweets, chances are you’ve developed a few methods for fitting them into your diet without wrecking it completely. What I and a few of my fellow baking bloggers do is buffer the sweets with lean protein. For every cookie I eat, I also have a little Greek yogurt, a low calorie protein drink, or some turkey or chicken to fend off the shakes and/or drowsy feeling that comes along a few hours after I eat sweets. But if I’m traveling, things are different. I crave sweets even more, but don’t have access to the low calorie protein I’m used to. And that’s where protein bars come in. I’ve tried several brands and have a few favorites, and now I’ll have to add KIND + Protein bars to the list.
KIND sent us a few samples of the KIND + bars which have 7 grams of protein, Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber and antioxidants. They also have a relatively simple ingredient list and are composed mainly of nuts. Given the recent studies suggesting almonds may be less caloric than we thought, it’s possible that the KIND bars might have fewer digestible calories than what’s listed on the wrapper. It’s something to think about, right? But what I really like about KIND bars is they satisfy hunger and sugar cravings simultaneously and come in candy bar type flavors. My favorite is the Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate.
If you haven’t noticed them on the shelves yet, you probably will soon. I saw KIND Plus bars at Old Navy yesterday, so I guess they are really taking off. Do people buy more protein bars during the summer months due to travel schedules? I am not sure, but protein bars (and not just KIND) are becoming so much more popular. I saw at least 6 different varieties at a gas station in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, and I do believe KIND bars were among the choices. Which brings me to one last bonus point of the KIND bars: They don’t really melt. The chocolate chips might get a little soft, but you can carry them around in your purse in any weather. It’s the little things, right?