I’m a big fan of fruit. Who isn’t? Fruit is delish and a perfect way to curb your sweet tooth with natural sugar, plus lots of vitamins and minerals. Fresh fruit is fantastic of course…it’s natural and usually packed with fiber…but sometimes it’s nice to have a little more variety and have some options. A new favorite lately…fruit bars. One thing I love about fruits bars is that they last a REALLY long time. Fresh fruit (while, again…amazing) goes bad fairly quickly but bars last a long time. They’re also super easy to pack to work or school or…wherever. They usually don’t have to be refrigerated so it doesn’t matter what the weather is like. They’re quick and easy and healthy (if you pick the right brands) and just pretty dang awesome. So…
Have you heard of Sunrype? It’s a company that makes tons of wonderful fruit products. They recently sent me a box of their new bars. Two types…FRUIT AND CHIA bars in two flavors: Mango Twist and Apple Cinnamon…and…ENERGY in two flavors: Raspberry Chocolate and Chocolate Coconut.
So what’s the deal with these bars? Well…they’re:
- Gluten free
- No artificial flavors or colors
- No preservatives
- Simple ingredients
- No peanuts or tree nuts (allergy friendly)
- 7 grams of protein (in the ENERGY bars)
- 4 grams of fiber (in the FRUIT AND CHIA bars)
As you know I’m not vegan or gluten free but I like to let you guys know those things just in case those are important factors for you. Guys these bars are good for you, AND guess what…they’re delicious! They really are. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but I loved them. Like, really LOVED them.
Oh man, this one was so good. It has the perfect mixture of raspberry flavor and a subtle hint chocolate. Who doesn’t love fruit + chocolate? Amiright? The raspberry was flavorful and sweet and the chocolate was not too overpowering but complimented the raspberry well. It’s the perfect combo and this one was a winner for sure.
Coconut lovers rejoice. This one was very coconut-y. The coconut flavor was a little much for me but if you love coconut, you’ll love this! It tasted like an almond joy bar so if you like those…um, here’s you’re healthy alternative! Seriously, it tasted like eating a candy bar…but a healthy one!
This one was FANTASTIC. It tasted so fresh and fruity. It tasted like a tropic juice…but in a bar form. The oats gave it a great flavor to offset the sweetness of the fruit and was pure perfection. To be honest, I’m actually not a huge mango fan, but in this bar I loved it! Somehow mixed with the other flavors it was just so good!
This one might be my favorite. It just tasted like fall to me and the cinnamon flavor was on point. The cinnamon mixed with the apple flavor was to die for. The apple gave it a good sweetness and overall…I’d say it was a 10! Actually…maybe an 11 😉
Overall I loved these bars. And don’t just take my word for it. I had my boyfriend and my roommate try them as well and they both loved them too. These bars are all 200-210 calories so they’re perfect snack-wise (aiming for 200-300 calories for snacks is a good guideline) they have a fair amount of sugar but it’s mostly natural sugars from all those tasty fruits so that’s a good thing because natural sugars are a good source of carbohydrates which we need for energy! They also pack in quite a bit of fiber (3-4 grams per bar) which can help keep you full longer – aiding in weight loss/maintenance, help increase HDL levels (you GOOD cholesterol!) and reduce cardiovascular disease risk. They also have a decent amount of protein so they’re well rounded and just so good. They are “dense” (in a good way) so they fill you up and keep you going until your next meal. I can’t say enough good things about them, really. Check out more details on these fantastic bars and find out where you can buy them here: Sunrype.