I am a serial snacker. Not to be confused with a cereal snacker (though I do have a history of that too). In the past, this habit has gotten me in trouble, because I tend to prefer sweet snacks. Unhealthy sweet snacks. Think cookies, ice cream and the like.
As I worked to lose more than 60 pounds last year, I shifted my snacking habit toward healthier options, like celery and peanut butter, nuts and fruit. But pregnancy has a way of making a woman feel invincible, and I admit I started falling back into old habits. So when Walmart offered me the opportunity to sample Balance Bars, a nutrition energy bar, I jumped at the chance to get my snack habit in check.
They offered two flavors: Balance Bar Dark chocolate crunch and Balance Bar Gold chocolate peanut butter. As much as I love peanut butter and nuts in general, I’m not a huge fan of nuts and chocolate together. Yeah. I have strange food preferences. (aff)
The upside is that I love, love, love the subtle bitterness of dark chocolate. And this bar offers just enough chocolatey goodness. The bar is a bit chewy on the inside, more like a firm brownie than a granola bar. And while it definitely skews sweet, it isn’t toothache-inducing sweet. It’s more of a passing sweetness that doesn’t stick around for very long.
With 12 grams of sugar and 180 calories per bar, it definitely make a great snack if you’re on a calorie restrictive eating plan, and with 13 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber, it is filling enough to make a standalone snack, preferably with a large glass of water. But there are other attributes that make Balance Bars attractive: They are gluten free and kosher, and made with 100% Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa.
Bonus? My daughter begged me to try one, and she loves them! I’d feel completely comfortable buying these to use as her snack for school, particularly because it would fill her up more than some of the other snacks she takes. Plus, I can easily drop one in my own purse before heading out the door for an easy snack that doesn’t require stopping at a convenience store or vending machine.
A box of 6 bars costs $5.36, which puts us at less than a dollar a snack. I can work with that average, and we’ll be buying these again. They’ll give me something to reach for in the middle of the afternoon when my sweet tooth starts looking for attention.
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.