The last three years of my college experience have gone by incredibly quickly, and have been filled with lots of studying and many extracurricular activities. Throughout the year, I’m not only busy with classes, but also spend a great deal of time updating my blog, hanging out with friends, and managing Rice University’s undergraduate pub! I’m often in meetings and at the library until midnight, and try as hard as possible to get at least to get eight hours of sleep each night. As a result of my need for sleep, I’ll sometimes forgo breakfast in my dining hall, and opt for quick snacks instead. KIND bars have been my go-to breakfast or snack over the last year, not only because they are easy to travel with, but because they’re all natural, non-GMO, and full of healthy proteins like nuts and seeds. My personal favorite is the Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew bar, but recently, KIND reached out to me, and asked if I’d be willing to review some of their other products! I was traveling to Spain for my archaeological dig when they reached out, and when I returned home this week, had a ton of samples waiting to be tried! I had brought some KIND bars to Spain with me, but had run out of them early on in the trip, and was eager to try these new products!
The KIND company began in 2004, with eight types of bars available. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2006, and these bars were definitely some of the first ones I ate. Since then, KIND has expanded greatly, and they now offer 22 flavors of bars, as well as granolas and grain clusters. Recently, KIND has been eager to reach out to college campuses as well, and I’ve seen many KIND student ambassadors handing out their bars during finals week! KIND promotes a healthier alternative to the typical ‘college snack foods’ (many of which contain gluten), and I was happy to try out these products and bring them to Rice University with me for my senior year!
KIND Products: STRONG & KIND Bars
I was excited to try the STRONG & KIND Bars because previously, I had never sampled any of KIND’s savory products. These bars each packed a ton of flavor, and had varying levels of spice! Each had about 230 calories, 10 grams of protein, and would definitely make a delicious snack in-between afternoon classes!
Hickory Smoked: The Hickory Smoked bar had a bold, smoky flavor that merged well with the onion and garlic powders added to the bar!
Roasted Jalapeño: This bar had a bold, spicy, jalapeño flavor that I loved. If you LOVE spice, you should definitely try this bar, but it can be a bit too overwhelming if you don’t have a high spice tolerance.
Thai Sweet Chili: The Thai Sweet Chili bar is a great combination of sweet and tangy. The sweet flavors stuck out really well in the beginning, and the spicy chili taste quickly followed.
Honey Smoked BBQ: I’ve been living in Texas for the last three years, and I’ve definitely learned to appreciate BBQ during my time here. I really enjoyed the BBQ flavor of this bar, which was complemented by the sweet taste of honey!
Honey Mustard: The honey mustard bar reminded me of honey-mustard pretzels and once again, had a good balance of spicy and sweet!!
I’m surprised so much flavor could be packed into protein bars, but encourage you to give these a try if you haven’t yet!
KIND Products: Healthy Grains Clusters
Raspberry Clusters with Chia Seeds: These clusters are made from grains like gluten-free oats, quinoa, amaranth, millet, and buckwheat. These are what many call ‘super grains’, as they provide numerous nutrients, and help foster a healthy diet! The chia seeds provide a lot of fiber as well, and these clusters make for a filling breakfast! KIND lists recommends three different ways to eat the clusters on the bag; you can eat them plain, put them in yogurt, or eat them with milk! I decided to try them plain, in order to see how they tasted. The clusters were great; they had just a slight sweet taste, and I really enjoyed the added dried raspberries. I also enjoyed the whole grain taste of the clusters, and think they’ll go really well in yogurt!
If you can’t tell, I’m a big fan of KIND’s products, not only due to their taste, but because they provide a nutritious alternative to the typical college staples. Have you tried any KIND products? Which ones? Comment below and let me know!!!