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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Nakd Bars Review

   The hardest part I find in a diet is snacking. Snacking on a diet is not a bad thing as long as your diet has been made to accommodate it, but either way, when hunger strikes, it's easy to reach for the nearest packet of crisps or run to the nearest vending machine. And there's nothing wrong with that from time to time, but having healthy snacks on hand is always a good idea. And you can't get much better than Nakd.
   No, taking all of your clothes off won't do much for your hunger, and I apologise immediately because I'm sure that joke has been heard time and time again. But Nakd snack bars are pretty much the pinnacle of good snacking.
   Why? There are several reasons.


Calories.
   At roughly 150 calories per bar, they're easy to fit into a calorie-controlled diet, and provide zero guilt in any way, unless you stole the bar from your best friend's bag. And unlike other snack bars, the calories from flavour to flavour aren't suspiciously similar despite different ingredients - that might be a little bit of paranoia from someone who stares at the calorie/sugar/protein/carb count of foods, but it's something I've noticed from other brands.

Ingredients.
   Nakd bares are made from whole foods. Whole foods are simply foods that need only to be picked or cooked to be eaten, not mixed together. Like apples, salmon, eggs and so on, rather than sugar, flour or salt. This means that there are no preservatives or additives in their products, they're purer and have been through little to no processing (bear in mind that 'processing' can mean cooking, washing and so on, too). They're also made from only a few of these whole foods, too - in fact, their cashew cookie bar is only made from cashews and dates.

Availability.
   Nakd bars are not a new thing. It's a known brand, and these days I'm seeing not only more healthy snacks in vending machines alongside chocolate bars, but Nakd bars in particular. My local corner shop is a bit rubbish, but even they stock Nakd bars, both individually and in boxes of 4. There's not a wide range of flavours there, I admit (just one, actually), but the fact that they have them at all is amazing. I've seen other flavours in vending machines, too, and the full range of Nakd bars is quite surprising, all of which can be purchased on their website.
   They're affordable, too, at about 75p a bar - that's about the same as a Mars bar.


Taste.
   No, they don't look appetizing, but they honestly, truly taste like their names. I'm not even kidding. You know how unique bakewell tarts taste, right? This bakewell tart Nakd bar tasted just like it. And I can say this with complete confidence because I hate the taste of bakewell tarts, I'd just forgotten that fact. I was mesmerised by the colour of the wrapper, I think. But, despite the fact that I hated it, it was immediately obvious to me that the bar's claim of flavour was well-founded, and it turned out that that was the case for each of the bars I then tried. It's astounding, really, that they've been able to pair up fruits and nuts to replicate the taste of baked goods so perfectly.

Gluten-, wheat- and dairy-free.
   So that's great news for people with a lactose- or gluten-intolerance! And, better still, because it's just 'wholefood smooshed together', there was never any flour or dairy in the first place, and so no fabricated alternatives used in their place like most lactose- or gluten-free foods.

5-a-day.
   Yup, some of these bars alone will count as one of your 5-a-day, and I think that's both unsurprising, and pretty great. I really struggle to get my 5-a-day, if I'm honest, which is not a good thing, but many Nakd bars offer the opportunity to get one of your 5-a-day while offering a unique taste, too. You can have your cherry bakewell, I swear it tastes exactly the same, and know you're only doing yourself good with no guilt at all. Win!

   Needless to say, I've stocked up on these beauties. I'm so glad I've found a low-calorie snack filled with fruit and tasting like something a little more special - apples are lovely, but they can get repetative. Plus, you can buy them in 18-bar packs from Nakd themselves for about £15, and, better still, until the 19th you can get 20% off of all mixed boxes! Yay! The Crunch range is my favourite :D Plus, there's free shipping in the UK and low shipping for the rest of the world. Seriously, is there any down-side?
   I beg you to try them if you haven't already, because I'm sure you won't take my word for it regarding the taste, but it's the winning factor as far as I'm concerned. Nakd bars don't look all that appetizing, I'll give you that, but they taste amazing! The proof is in the smooshing!



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