KIND Bars & Granola Gluten-Free Review

Sure, nutrition bars can be part of a healthy diet, but most have tons of added sugar, unhealthy carbohydrates, and extra calories – not to mention additives and preservatives, which can cause digestive issues.Screen shot 2013-08-22 at 12.12.42 PM

Since starting my low sugar diet in January, I had given up KIND bars; the ones I was eating had way too much sugar. It wasn’t until recently that I learned about their Nut & Spice line which offers flavors with 5 grams or less of sugar per bar!

KIND began in 2004 with just 8 varieties and has grown to over 22 bars and 6 healthy grains snackable clusters.IMG_4223

All KIND snacks are made from all-natural whole nuts, fruits, and whole grains. There is no refined sugar or anything artificial in any of their products. KIND believes that if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it shouldn’t go into your body, and I agree with them 100%.

KIND offers three lines of whole nut and fruit bars—KIND Fruit & Nut, KIND PLUS, and KIND Nuts & Spices.

Although they are a little low in protein, KIND bars are a clean and quick on-the-go choice with healthy fats, fiber, and a low sugar content. Although the amount of sugar in some of the fruit and nut bars is rather high for me – 9 to 16 grams– many of the bars do contain fewer than 6 grams per serving.photo

All KIND products are dairy free (except the yogurt bars), cholesterol free, and gluten free. Every product is tested for gluten, and meets the FDA’s requirement of 20ppm. KIND’s manufacturing plant is dedicated gluten free, and has a strict allergen control program. Moreover, their products are non-GMO, low in sodium, and have zero trans fat.

KIND PLUS bars are made with unique ingredients that include supplements such as added calcium, antioxidants, omega-3s, fiber, and B vitamins to offer enhanced nutrition.Screen shot 2013-08-22 at 12.12.58 PM

What I look for when choosing a bar is a sugar content of less than 6 grams per serving, at least 4 grams of fiber, low sodium, and less than 3 grams of saturated fat. The bars highlighted below are the bars I love and buy all the time.

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Note: This is not a complete list; it is a partial list for comparison.

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Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt

KIND healthy grain clusters (aka granola) contain healthy, unique 100% whole grains like amaranth and quinoa; superfoods like blueberries and chia; and delicious ingredients like dark chocolate and maple syrup.

My favorite is the Maple Walnut Clusters with Chia and Quinoa, and with only 6g of sugar per serving it’s not too high for me! I love the healthy blend of chia, quinoa, amaranth, oats, milte and buckwheat, with the sweet touch of maple syrup. Each serving contains 300mg of Omega-3 fatty acids and provide 17g of whole grains!

KIND products can be purchased in local grocery and health stores. They can also be purchased online.

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