*Low glycemic impact
Cons: *Small size
I have been trying to watch what I eat for about the past four years now. I would love to say that has made a huge difference on my weight, but it really hasn't. I'm down a bit but of course would still love to lose more.
I try to stay away from candy bars because it seems when I eat one it leads me to wanting another and another. I do occasionally indulge in something with a sweet taste and have found that the Atkins Endulge bars usually feel like I'm getting a sweet treat, without ingesting too many calories.
Recently I purchased the Atkins Endulge Peanut Caramel Cluster Bar and I know I'm going to have to be careful not to over indulge in this delicious bar!
Each bar is approximately 3 ½" long and 1 ½" wide. It is a log shaped bar that has a nougat type center that is covered in caramel with peanuts coating the outside. Think Payday candy bar and you'll get an idea not only of what this bar looks like, but what it tastes like too.
The nougat center is firm but soft and chews easily. The caramel is creamy and the outer part of the nougat is covered with the caramel, so I guess there is enough but of course there can never be enough caramel for me. There is a good amount of peanuts covering the outside of this bar and they are crisp and very tasty.
As I said, I love the taste of this bar and am happy that I decided to give them a try but there are a couple of cons to them too.
First and foremost is the size. They are pretty small and I can see someone eating two rather than just one...therefore not really saving a lot of calories. I've made myself stop at one, but that isn't to say I haven't really considered another.
The second thing is the fact that there are sugar alcohols in this bar. For some people this might not be a problem but other, like me, may have a bit of a digestive problem with it. Usually a few hours after eating I feel the rumbling in my tummy and then of course that trapped wind has to go somewhere. You get the idea.
I did decide to go ahead and try this bar because the sugar alcohols are rather low at just 4g a bar. They give me a bit of trouble, but it isn't overwhelming either.
The third thing is the cost. It isn't horrible, but at $4.97 for a box of 5 1.2 oz bars you are paying a dollar per small bar.
The good thing about this bar is the taste! They are delicious and at just 140 calories a bar I don't feel like I'm going overboard in eating one. Also this bar has a low glycemic impact.
There is 9g total fat, 50mg sodium, 120mg potassium, 5g dietary fiber, 8g protein, 1g sugar and 4g sugar alcohols.
The top ingredients in this bar are; peanuts, maltitol, whey protein isolate, polydextrose, inulin, butter and peanut butter.