The KIND-ness of snack bars for a non-stop, whirlwind Disney World vacation

This past week, I found myself in Disney World.  Why?  To run the Disney Princess Half Marathon, of course.  But I knew that there would be times where food might be an issue for me…especially when mid-day hunger strikes while out at the park. There was no guarantee that I’d find something that I could eat.  So, I traveled prepared, as always.  And thanks to the KIND bars that I ordered with my Groupon, I had quite a few on hand with me on my trip and in the parks.

This entry is a little more unconventional than my normal product reviews…because I am going to review three bars in one post.  Why?  Because it makes life a little easier on me…and doesn’t mean multiple entries for you, my dear readers, to page through.

We both win.

So…without further adieu…

KIND Fruit & Nut Almond & Coconut Snack Bar

KIND Fruit & Nut Almond & Coconut Snack Bar

Product: KIND Fruit & Nut Almond & Coconut Bar – $1.99+

I admit…when I first pulled this bar out of the cube, I was less than thrilled.  While I do appreciate the flavor of coconut in things, I wasn’t sure if the coconut would overwhelm the entire flavor of the bar.  But…I figured there was only one way to find out.  That morning before heading out to Animal Kingdom, I packed the Almond & Coconut Snack Bar from KIND’s Fruit & Nut line and hoped for the best.  My roommate and I would be splitting it, so at least if we didn’t like it…we’d only have half to eat.

When we did bust out the bar for a snack and split it in half…we both took a bite…

And…were both surprised.  Full of great flavor.  Sort of like eating an Almond Joy…without the chocolate coating.  Yeah…I was impressed and I devoured.  No hesitation.  No complaints.  The hint of coconut flavor was perfect.

This bar contains almonds, coconut, honey, crisp rice, and chicory root fiber, all of which are bound together and create a great salty-sweet snack bar.  I thought all of the ingredients worked well together.  The bar wasn’t overly sticky nor was it messy to eat.  And the flavor was spot-on!

The Almond & Coconut Snack Bar has 190 calories for the entire bar and 12 grams of fat.  It is low in sodium, having only 25 mg.  In addition, the entire bar has 3 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber, making it quite filling.  While this bar has 12 grams of sugar, which I consider a lot…it at least has less than a candy bar would…so I give KIND that much.

Surprisingly, I enjoyed this one!

KIND Fruit & Nut Almond & Coconut Snack Bar (unwrapped)

KIND Fruit & Nut Almond & Coconut Snack Bar (unwrapped)

 

KIND Plus Blueberry Pecan + Fiber Snack Bar

KIND Plus Blueberry Pecan + Fiber Snack Bar

Product: KIND Plus Blueberry Pecan + Fiber Snack Bar – $1.99+

The next day at Disney brought about a similar scenario.  My roommate and I were hitting up Magic Kingdom and we knew that it was going to be awhile between breakfast and dinner…so we needed a couple of snacks to fulfill any mid-day cravings that could not be satisfied by Dole Whip (hehehe).  Of course, before even hitting the Magic Kingdom, I had a race expo to attend so I could pick up my race packet and do some necessary shopping.  This actually took much longer than I anticipated…and so…we ended up hitting Magic Kingdom right about lunch time.

So after getting through bag check and entering the park, we spotted a parade going on.  This gave us a good excuse to stop and enjoy a bite to eat.  This time…I packed the KIND Plus Blueberry Pecan + Fiber Snack Bar.  This one I was really, really excited about.  Why?  Because in my mind, I was certain it was going t taste like blueberry pie.  And why wouldn’t it?  One of my favorite berries and one of my favorite nuts…all in one bar.  HELLO!

Well, we tore into this one and we both couldn’t agree more…that my assessment without tasting it was spot on now that we both had a bite.  Blueberry pie.  All the way.  And…oh…was it ever delicious!!  The bar was another perfect blend of sweet and salty.  And every bite reminded me of a homemade blueberry pie.  Delicious…fantastic…and tasty.  We both devoured this one in record time and commented on how we would never hesitate to purchase that one from the store.  YUM!

The KIND Plus Blueberry Pecan + Fiber Snack Bar contains almonds, pecans, honey, blueberry pieces (a mix of blueberries, sugar, apples, plums, apple juice, pectin, and natural blueberry flavor, cashews, raisins, chicory root fiber, and crisp rice.  This gives it a fantastic texture and amazing flavor when all combined to make the bar.

In addition, this particular snack bar has only 190 calories for the entire bar and 12 grams of fat.  Each bar packs a protein punch of 4 grams and contains 5 grams of hunger-quenching fiber.  Awesome.  Even better, this bar has only 9 grams of sugar.  I love that.  And the sodium is only 20 mg.

This one was a total winner!

KIND Plus Blueberry Pecan + Fiber Snack Bar (unwrapped)

KIND Plus Blueberry Pecan + Fiber Snack Bar (unwrapped)

 

KIND Plus Almond Cashew with Flax + Omega 3 Snack Bar

KIND Plus Almond Cashew with Flax + Omega 3 Snack Bar

Product: KIND Plus Almond Cashew with Flax + Omega 3 Snack Bar – $1.99+

After my race, my roommate and I were hitting up Hollywood Studios…and since I had run 13.1 miles, I figured the munchies would totally strike.  And they did.  Right on cue just as we settled in to watch the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular (of which I was selected to be an extra and participate in the show), we both agreed it was time to feed our bellies something.  So, as usual, we pulled out the snack bar we packed for the occasion.  And it seemed like it would be as epic as the prior ones.

I mean…cashews…almonds…yummy!!  Love both of those nuts.  But…

Yes…this one has a but…

It really wasn’t all that spectacular.  I mean, given that it was made up of almonds, cashews, dates, honey, flax seeds, macadamias, vanilla extract, and chicory root fiber, it had the makings of one epic bite after another.  But this one really lacked flavor.  And it had a weird aftertaste that I didn’t care for at all.  I wasn’t impressed.  I ate my half.  My roommate at her half.  But we were underwhelmed and disappointed.  Thankfully, the race provided a box of goodies that were all gluten-free…and it had a different brand of protein bar in it…that was much tastier…so we washed this one down by splitting that one.  And it was much better.

So…this one…for me…was a fail in flavor.  It just wasn’t good.  Not one bit.

That being said, the entire bar has 190 calories and 11 grams of fat.  The bar has 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.  The sugar level is at 11 grams.  But this bar has no sodium and no cholesterol.  A healthy choice, to be sure, but not a very flavor-filled one.  And, I appreciate flavor way too much to let that slide.

This bar could have been amazing…but sadly…it wasn’t.

KIND Plus Almond Cashew with Flax + Omega 3 Snack Bar (unwrapped)

KIND Plus Almond Cashew with Flax + Omega 3 Snack Bar (unwrapped)

And those were the three bars that I devoured at Disney World.  Two winners, and one that I would never buy on my own.  Never.  Not a bad record to have.  KIND is doing well so far.  Only two haven’t wowed me of the ones I have tried out of the box.  And I still have three more to go.

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