Nugo Peanut Butter Chocolate Nutrition Bar and Nugo Dark Mocha Chocolate Bar

Hey- I have an idea. Let’s post another review about CHOCOLATE! I can’t get enough! Maybe that’s why I can’t sleep lately… is it the caffeine? (Just Kidding!)

Anyway- Nugo is a brand that makes a bunch of products that are suitable for many different lifestyles. According to the pamphlet I was sent along with some yummy bars from the company, they have..
“Nugo Family – Low Glycemic
NuGO Organic- USDA Certified Organic
NuGo Dark- Real Delicious Dark Chocolate
Gluten Free- Soy, Wheat and Dairy Free
KeriBar- Fruit and Fiber
Smarte Carb- Sugar Free”

Wow- so many options! Of the products I was sent, I recieved the Nugo Nutrition Bar in Peanut Butter Chocolate and Nugo Dark Mocha Chocolate Bar. What I like about both of these bars is that they incorporate chocolate in a healthier way- these bars are both good sources of protein, all natural, and relatively low in fat and calories. I’m ready to try ’em!

Nugo Nutrition Bar Peanut Butter Chocolate- this one had a chewy texture, kind of like a cross between a Rice Krispie Treat and a Luna Bar. It was actually pretty sweet, too. However, there was not much of a peanut butter flavor (aw, man!), and come to think of it, the chocolate flavor isn’t too strong either. However, the “lightness” or both flavors compliments each other- one flavor doesn’t really outshine the other. There is also a smooth and sweet layer of milk chocolate on the bottom. The taste overall kind of reminded me of peanut butter M&M’s- a salty sweet mix of peanut butter and chocolate. 3 1/2 stars

NuGo Dark Mocha Chocolate Bar- From the first bite- you can DEFINITELY taste the mocha flavor in this bar! I agree with the website’s description, which states, “Coffee Lovers, meet your new favorite gourmet snack”. If you like coffee, and you like chocolate, you WILL like this bar! You can even smell the mocha aroma after opening the package. Seeing as I’m not too much of a coffee drinker, I was actually surprised I liked this bar as much as I did. It’s COVERED in smooth dark chocolate, that wasn’t too bitter, which I liked. It’s chewy, but still has some texture and a bite to it. Again, it reminded me of a chocolate covered Rice Krispie Treat. It was sweet, and actually pretty good. This one gets 4 stars, and although it has 10 grams of protein, I think I’ll treat it as more of a “healthy candy bar” than a protein bar. (It’s also vegan and dairy free!)

Overall, I approve. These bars are all natural and offer a little something for everyone. What I don’t like is that some of the bars have corn syrup (boo!), and are a bit high in sugar. But, I’d still like to try the NuGo Chocolate Chocolate Chip flavor- that one sounds right up my alley- and some of the KeriBars (the fruit and fiber bars) if I ever see them in stores by me.

*Have you ever tried any NuGo bars? If so, which ones?

Nutrition Bar Peanut Butter Chocolate- 1 bar is 170 calories, 3 grams of fat, 26 carbohydrates, 2.5 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar and 11 grams of protein.

CRISPED SOY NUGGETS (ISOLATED SOY PROTEIN, RICE FLOUR, MALT AND SALT), SWEETENED CONDENSED SKIM MILK (BEET SUGAR, WATER, MILK SOLIDS NONFAT AND MILK FAT), CRISP RICE (RICE FLOUR, SUGAR, MALT EXTRACT AND SALT), MILK CHOCOLATE (DEHYDRATED CANE JUICE, WHOLE MILK POWDER, CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, COCOA BUTTER, SOYA LECITHIN (AN EMULSIFIER), AND VANILLA), CORN SYRUP, OATMEAL, BROWN RICE SYRUP, FRUCTOSE, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, PEANUT FLOUR, MALTODEXTRIN, SOY FIBER, PEANUT EXTRACT, ACACIA GUM, MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, GUAR GUM, NATURAL PEANUT FLAVOR.

NuGo Dark Mocha Chocolate Bar- 1 bar is 200 calories, 5 grams of fat, 30 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 14 grams of sugar and 10 grams of protein.

Dark Chocolate (unsweetened chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin (emulsifier), vanilla extract), Soy Crisp Nuggets (isolated soy protein, rice flour, malt and salt), Rice Crisp (rice flour, sugar, malt extract), Tapioca Syrup, Agave Sugar, Whole Oats, Soy Protein, Cocoa Powder, Soy Lecithin, Acacia Gum and Natural Coffee Flavor.

You Bar

How awesome would it be to make your OWN energy bar? Or your own protein shake, trail mix, cookie or cereal?! Well, YouBar let’s you do JUST that! You get to pick the ingredients, which means you can control the nutrition, fat, calories, etc., the company makes it and ships it for you, and you get to enjoy it! You can even name your own product! How AWESOME is that?

Aside from making your own products, you can also purchase some that are already made. YouBar sent me a few of their already made products to try that seem to be popular among buyers. Of the samples I was sent, I got a Honey Cashew Bar and the Blended Bliss Protein Shake.

Honey Cashew Bar- Yummy! This one is a pretty dense bar, and surprisingly crumbly in texture. You can DEFinietly taste the cashews- my favorite nut!! The sweetness of natural cashews is just awesome, and it shines through in this bar. It was lightly sweet, I didn’t taste much honey flavor. The bar was a bit pasty and dry, but not bad. Keep a glass of water nearby and you’ll be good. There is also a slight raisin aftertaste. I give it 3 1/2 stars!

 I let my brother try the Blended Bliss Protein Shake ( I did taste a little!), as he is the muscle head of the family and goes through protein shakes like crazy. I figured he would be a good candidate to judge! He said he mixed it with milk, and reccommends using a blender as he didn’t at first and it was a bit “piecy”. Overall he said he liked it! I licked the powder off the remaining packet and tasted a tangy strawberry and banana combination. Good mixture of sweet & tangy. I also liked there was no refined sugar. Woop!

So what are you waiting for? You can make your own bars, shakes, cereals, cookies & cereals right now! I think this is a great way to have a little fun, watch the ingredients and nutrition you consume, and even feel “famous” by naming your own creation. Sweet! I want to try the Great Date with Chocolate bar and some of their popular cookies! (Hey, I want to create some goodies too! It’s so much fun!)

Honey Cashew– 1 bar is 220 calories, 13 grams of fat, 16 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 10 grams of protein. It also provides 30% calcium needs!

Cashew Butter, Honey, Whey Protein, Nutty Rice Cereal, Organic Honey.

Blended Bliss– 1 packet (30 grams) is  110 calories, 1 gram of fat, 13 carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber and 14 grams of protein. This also provides 80% calcium needs. Pair that with a glass of milk and you hit your quota for the day!

Whey Protein, Organic Cane Juice, Organic Strawberries, Organic Bananas, Organic Vanilla.

Luna Bars – Berry Almond, Lemon Zest, Caramel Nut Brownie

Luna Bars are great. I’ve only had 2 prior to these new ones, White Chocolate Macadamia and Nuts over Chocolate, and I loved both. White Chocolate Macadamia is a staple in my house, delicious! I reviewed it before, you can check that out here.
Luna Bars are directed toward women (but you dudes out there will love them too!), and are fortified with vitamins and minerals and come in 14 flavors. They are all natural, of course, and 70% organic. I use them mostly post workout because they have a good dose of protein with fiber, and a little fat. Perfect for recovery!
Anywho– I was sent the Berry Almond, Lemon Zest and Caramel Nut Brownie flavors with the New Recipe logo on them to try. I was most excited about Caramel Nut Brownie (uh, who ISN’T!?) and scared to try Lemon Zest. Lemon? and Soy Protein? Well, i’m not one to judge till I taste, so here we go!

Berry Almond- so not what i expected! I was expecting a mild berry flavor, but this one is sweet and berry-licious 😉 . It’s even purple in color! No icing on this one (aw, man!), but it’s still plenty sweet. It has flavors of cranberry, blueberry, and pomegranate all mixed together. I think i even tasted a little bit of black current. The mixture of berry flavors is very good, slightly tart, but mostly sweet. The almonds added a nice touch too, and a nice little crunch. I give this one 4 stars.

Lemon Zest- uh, can we say, yummy!? I thought i wasn’t going to like this one. I’m not fond of lemons, lemonade, lemon flavored anything really, probably due to the tartness. But this one was good. It was “bright” tasting, if i can use that as an adjective to describe food 🙂 . It was not tart at all, (I think they should perhaps they should take away “Zest” in the name?) but rather sweet. The creamy icing was really good too. I even detected a bit of a honey flavor. This one gets 4 1/2 stars for me 🙂

Caramel Nut Brownie- wow, this one really did remind me of the flavor of a fudgy brownie! I liked the pretty icing design on the top, too! I didn’t detect too much of a caramel flavor, more of a dark chocolate flavor. Even a hint of mocha or coffee flavor, but not too much. It was also enjoyable, and good to nix a chocolate craving in the boootayy. 4 stars!

Overall, these were really good. Perfect post gym or when you have some major hunger pains and some cravings for something sweet. I really want to try the cookies & cream flavor. What flavor is your favorite?

Each bar is 170-190 calories, 3.5-6 grams of fat, 27-29 carbohydrates, 3-4 grams of fiber, and 8-9 grams of protein. They are also a good source of calcium and other important vitamins & minerals!

Berry Almond-LunaPro  (Soy Rice Crisp [Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Rice Flour, Calcium Carbonate], Organic Toasted Oats, Organic Soy Flour, Organic Flaxmeal), Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Almonds, Organic Cranberries (Organic Cranberries, Organic Apple Juice), Almonds and Almond Butter, Inulin (Chicory Extract), Red Berries Extract (Derived From Elderberry, Chokeberry, Black Currant), Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Oat Syrup Solids, Dried Blueberries (Blueberries, Apple Juice Concentrate), Raspberry Juice Concentrate, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Berry Flavors, Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Natural Vitamin E (Antioxidant).

Lemon ZestLunaPro  (Soy Rice Crisp [Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Rice Flour], Organic Toasted Oats, Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour, Organic Flaxmeal), Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Coating (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Palm Kernel Oil, Organic Soy Flour, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla), Inulin (Chicory Extract), Lemon Fruit Pieces (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Glucose, Lemon Puree, Pectin, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Natural Flavors), Organic Soy Butter, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Oat Syrup Solids, Organic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Organic Flavors, Citric Acid, Sea Salt.

Caramel Nut Brownie- LunaPro ® (Cocoa Soy Rice Crisp [Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Rice Flour, Alkalized Cocoa], Organic Toasted Oats, Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour, Organic Flaxmeal), Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Caramel (Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Inulin, Organic Palm Kernel Oil, Soy Protein Concentrate, Organic Tapioca Maltodextrin, Water, Salt, Natural Flavors, Organic Soy Lecithin), Organic Coating (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Palm Kernel Oil, Organic Cocoa, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla), Walnuts, Inulin (Chicory Extract), Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Cocoa, Organic Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Organic Chocolate Flavor, Sea Salt.

Gnu Bars

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These seem to be popular in every health food store I visit. Promising both flavor and fiber, being entirely natural, and still being chewy, delicious and nutritious, it leaves me curious to try!
So, i was excited when GNU foods sent me some bars to try. They come in several flavors, Banana Walnut, Espresso Chip, Lemon Ginger, Peanut Butter,  Cinnamon Raisin, Orange Cranberry, and Chocolate Brownie. All of them contain 50% of your daily fiber needs (12 grams) and are sweetened with fruit juice, not high fructose corn syrup or refined sugars. They are also dairy free, yeast free and preservative free.
I got to try the Banana Walnut, Espresso Chip, Cinnamon Raisin and Chocolate Brownie varieties. Each bar is a decent size, 45 grams, which is a little bit wider but the same length as say, a nutrigrain bar. I liked how the packages were cute. They have a little cartoon bird on it and what i think is a ram? Who knows- both cute!!
Banana Walnut– This one was pretty good. It has a banana flavor but it wasn’t that sweet. I did taste a prominent taste of walnuts though, so if you like walnuts- your gonna like this one!
Chocolate Brownie- Notm my favorite, but not too bad

Espresso Chip- mmm. coffee and chocolate flavors- whats not to like?
Cinnamon Raisin- ok now this one was GOOD. It was soo much softer and moist than the other varieties. It had a nice cinnamon flavor and plump little raisins in it.

(*added)Peanut Butter– not bad, but in my opinion, not peanut butter-y. It more had an off taste with like, a sweet raisin flavor and a hint of peanut. Not my favorite.

Overall, these are pretty good. If you need the fiber but aren’t too fond of bran cereals or muffins (uh..who is?), give these a shot. Definetly get the cinnamon raisin one, it rocks! I give these 4 stars overall, for high fiber content, no refined sugars, and a really good oatmeal cookie alternative.

Each bar ranges from 130-140 calories, 3-4 grams of fat, about 30 carbohydrates, 12 grams of fiber, and 3-4 grams of protein.

Each bar is also made with pretty much the same ingredients. The banana one is as followed,
Gnu High Fiber Blend™ (whole rolled oats, organic whole wheat flour, wheat bran, organic kamut, psyllium, flax, millet), chicory root inulin, fruit juices, rice dextrins, apples, canola oil, walnuts, rice, plums, banana, wheat protein isolate, natural flavors, baking powder.

Make sure you drink your water! 😉

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