January 16, 2007

Moral Fiber: Gnu Foods' Flavor and Fiber Gnu Bar

GroupShotAD.jpgLooking for a way to break out of your afternoon snacking rut? A tasty, all natural alternative to your Balance Bar? Or maybe you're searching for something to spice up your morning when the bowl of Kashi with blueberries just isn't cutting it. Something healthy, low calorie, high fiber, and quick -- that you can grab and go, eat on the run, and feel good about. Well, we've recently come across something that moves us - in all senses of the word - the Chocolate Brownie Flavor and Fiber Gnu Bar from Gnu Foods.

Gnu Bars
are billed as "functional foods" - designed with health and dietary benefits in mind. Each bar contains 12 grams of dietary fiber (about half the recommended daily value). Plus, they're low fat, contain no high fructose corn syrup, and have only 140 calories per bar. (Compare that to a Balance Bar, which has 200 calories, high fructose corn syrup and other sugars, and contains only 1 gram of fiber per bar.) For those counting Weight Watchers points, Gnu Bars weigh in at 2 points per bar, compared to 4 points for my beloved Luna Bar Lemon Zest, and 5 or more points for the Balance Bar - yikes!

medium-orngcranpack.jpgGnu Bars come in four flavors: Chocolate Brownie, Cinnamon Raisin, Orange Cranberry and Banana Walnut. We did a taste test here at the office, and consensus was -- well, they're actually all surprisingly good. Chocolate Brownie was the hands down favorite (except for the non-chocolate lover), followed by Cinnamon Raisin, Orange Cranberry and Banana Walnut. The taste was characterized as "somewhere between Power Bar and Lara Bar, but really good," "flavorful and chewy," and "definitely more filling than a Luna Bar." Plus, we all agreed that with 50% of the recommended DV of fiber, and no added sugar (except in the Chocolate Brownie Bar, which has real chocolate chips), this bar actually qualifies as a healthy snack.

Gnu Bars are recommended (and, in fact, designed for) people who are trying to get more fiber into their diets. (And honestly, whether we're willing to admit it or not, all of us should be.) If you're not quite ready to come to terms with your fiber needs - I, for one, am NOT ready to start drinking Metamucil (though I do check the daily fiber in my breakfast cereals) - they're a great way to make sure you're getting the fiber you need without mixing up a glass of that telltale orange powder. They're a great snack to keep in your desk -- way better than cookies or other so-called "nutrition bars" -- and at least according to two of the parents in the office, they'd be great to pack in lunchboxes.

Available at GnuFoods.

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Posted by Jess Brooks at January 16, 2007 7:49 AM

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