Friday 2 August 2013

Nákd bars review - Nákd Celebration Box and Nákd Chocolovers Mixed Case.

I have recently revived my desire to lose weight and have a healthier lifestyle; as such I have been a good girl and cut out snacking on sweet treats and ‘rubbish’ food filled with additives and artificial ingredients.  Missing sweet snacks and something yummy to nibble on I jumped at the chance of trying some Nákd bars in the hope of finding a healthier alternative to the sugar filled snacks I previously indulged in.

Natural Balance Foods sent us a box of their Nákd bars to try.  Not only were they kind enough to send us a box of their bars to try but they also kindly sent a box for my friend to try too as she has recently had to change to a gluten and wheat free diet due to health issues and is struggling to resist snacking on treats that are no good for her health.

I must admit before being asked to try the Nákd bars I had never heard of the British company Natural Balance Foods and their Nákd bars so I promptly perused their website to learn about the Nákd way.  Thoughtfully Natural Balance Foods have created a very informative page for Nákd newbies to learn all about Nákd bars and what makes their products different to the other snacks and cereal bars on the market that claim to be healthy snack bars. 

Highlighting what makes Nákd bars different to other snacks bars that claim to be healthy, Natural Balance Foods say that “nearly all so-called ‘healthy’ snack bars undergo intense heat-processing, and are stuffed with sugary syrups and mysterious additives” and that “a typical cereal bar can contain as many as 30 ingredients, many of which are completely unrecognisable and serve of which are actually just various types of sugar”.  Providing an alternative to the not so healthy snack bars on the market that are heavily processed, syrup-laden and additive-filled, Nákd bars are made with a wholefood approach using minimal processing and with no added sugar, syrups or additives.  Thanks to Nákd bars’ wholefood approach “the results are that you get to eat food the way nature intended, keeping you happy and healthy in mind, body and spirit”.

Natural Balance Foods’ beloved Nákd bars are described on the website as –

“Just raw fruits and nuts smooshed together.  Containing 100% natural ingredients with no added sugars or syrups, these bars are also wheat, dairy and gluten free, and bursting with yummy goodness.  With a soft, chewy texture they fill you up till your next meal and most count towards 1 of your 5 a day too.  Ideal for lunchboxes, grabbing on the go and refuelling between meals.  Nákd bars and snacks are a great way to eat nutritious, healthy food without compromising on taste!”

We were sent a Nákd Celebration Box to try and my chocoholic friend was sent a Nákd Chocolovers Mixed Case to try.

In this mixed box you get 18 of their most popular tasty snacks including flavoured raisins, fruit and nut bars and oatie snacks.  All of the snacks in the Celebration box are 100% natural with no added sugar or syrups, with most of the snacks providing 1 of your 5-a-day. 

The box contains 2 of each of Nákd’s best sellers –
*  Apple Pie
*  Banana Bread
*  Cocoa Orange
*  Berry Delight
*  Cashew Cookie
*  Cocoa Delight
*  Lime Raisins
*  Cola Raisins
*  Cherry Raisins

As I love snacking on raisins I was keen to try the Nákd raisins and see whether the flavour twist was a nice addition to yummy raisins.  The flavour infused Nákd raisins are available in 3 flavour combinations; lime, cola and cherry.  The fruity raisins are delicious and burst with flavour, the lime raisins have a pleasant zing to them and are my favourite of the three with the sweet juicy cherry coming a very close second. 

Contributing towards your 5 a day these flavour infused raisins made with all natural ingredients are great as a snack and the perfect alternative to sweets.  They are a very sweet so if you have a sweet tooth they are the perfect way to satisfy a sugar craving in a healthy way.  I think these raisins would be great for cooking with as the raisins’ interest burst of flavour would taste delicious in cakes, muffins etc.

I was pleasantly surprised with how yummy the Nákd bars tasted.  The Cocoa Delight was rich chocolate heaven and I loved the taste of the nutty Cashew Cookie.  Even though all the bars are tasty I have fallen in love with the Berry Delight and Apple Pie bars…..they are heavenly.  The Berry Delight bar has a divine fruity burst and I was surprised with how incredible the Apple Pie tastes, amazingly Nákd have packed the delectable taste of an Apple Pie into a bar.  I love that the Nákd bars taste so scrummy yet are healthy making them the perfect bar to snack.

Bug loves the bars and I like the fact by eating these bars he has a tasty treat packed full of flavour that gives him a boost of energy without me having the worry of hidden nasties.  I also love the fact that these are healthy and nutritious for Bug to eat and I appreciate the fact that many of the bars count towards 1 of his 5 a day which an added bonus.

In this box you get 18 chocolaty delicious snack bars that are perfect for cocoa lovers who are looking for a nutritious and healthy alternative to chocolate.  All the bars in the Chocolovers mixed case are 100% natural with no added sugar or syrups and are gluten, wheat and dairy free.  Each bar counts towards 1 of your 5-a-day.

The cocoa-tastic contains 6 of each delicious cocoa flavour –
*  Cocoa Orange
*  Cocoa Mint
*  Cocoa Delight

My chocoholic friend loved her present of a Nákd Chocolovers Mixed Case of choctastic bars.  She said the box was pure chocolaty heaven and that the bars were the perfect indulgent snack, satisfying her chocolate cravings without being bad for her health.  She is delighted about finding some tasty snacks that are gluten and wheat free……I only hope that she does not expect me to keep supplying her with boxes of chocolaty heaven!

Her favourite of the chocolaty bars was Cocoa Delight which she said was the perfect combination of nuttiness and chocolate.  The bars crammed with nutty goodness thanks to the cashews which are smooshed together with dates and cocoa were very satisfying, tasty and filling. 

Even though the Cocoa Delight was her favourite she also loved the other bars.  She thoroughly enjoyed the other cocoa-tastic varity to the chocolate range of Nákd bars, the Cocoa Mint which was a pleasant minty chocolate blend.  She also enjoyed the taste sensation of orange, rich cocoa and wholesome fruit and nuts in the Cocoa Orange. 

We all love these healthy snacks from British company Natural Balance Foods and I would highly recommend their absolutely delicious Nákd bars.  I am impressed with the range of flavours available and cannot wait to try the Ginger Bread bar to see if its taste is reminiscent of gingerbread cake.  The bars make a pleasant change to other health bars made with granola or oats and are a yummy alternative to snacks filled with artificial ingredients and refined sugar. 

I was surprised how delicious raw snacks could be and I love the fact that as the bars are cold pressed rather than baked the goodness of the natural ingredients used is preserved so that you get the full benefit of natural and healthy ingredients.  These melt in your mouth raw bars are an innovative way to eat healthily without compromising on taste and I love the fact that the natural sweetness of the natural ingredients provide an indulgent taste and an energy boost.

Nákd snacks can be bought individually or in packs, the price of individual bars is currently 75p in most major retailers.  The Nákd Celebration Box costs £13.00 and the Nákd Chocolovers Mixed Case costs £14.99 which I think is great value for money especially considering that they are healthy and nutritious bars that are made with natural ingredients.  Natural Balance Foods also make Trek Bars which are a combination of real fruit and nuts with crunchy oatie bits.

Their mixed boxes are a great way to buy in bulk and save money as well as try a selection of flavours and if like me you get obsessed with a particular bar you can buy a whole case of your favourite flavour……I have been dreaming of a case of Apple Pie bars since Bug and I demolished our last heavenly Apple Pie bar.

We have joined the Nákd revolution……..why not try some Nákd treats and join the Nákd revolution too.

More information about Natural Balance Foods and Nákd snacks.

*  We were kindly sent these Nákd selection boxes to review for free, despite this I have written an honest review with my own words and opinions and the opinion of my chocoholic friend, facts and descriptions from Natural Balance Foods are highlighted to clearly show the information is from their website *

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