Pros: High fiber yet easy to digest.
Cons: On the dry side.
I was starving one day while at the wholesale club and needed to find a sensible snack in lieu of temptation stations. I found the Go Lean Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Protein and Fiber Bars and hoped they tasted as good as the picture on the box looked.
A lot of times snack bars taste more like candy bars. Not the case here. After investing in an industrial size box of them, I had no choice but to continue eating them. I am glad I gave the bars a second chance because the taste has grown on me. It’s not so much the taste I like, but the bar does help me feel content and energetic later in the day. The bar is dense and dry so it takes a little time to eat the bar. The size and texture of the bar reminds me a little of a rice crispy bar with a sweet and salty twist. The bottom of the bar has a chocolate coating that redeems the bar a little.
It was hard to move toward Kashi bars after eating many granola bars that could have been classified as a dessert. I’m not real picky when it comes to bars, but I do look for a bar with calories within my snack range and this one qualified at 180 calories.
The bar is definitely not as tasty as other brands like Cascadian Farm but this accomplishes the goal I’m looking for. Compared to tastier snack bars, this choice keeps me content longer. I usually don’t get involved with high fiber bars, but this one doesn’t mess with me. The 6 grams of fiber comes from a variety of sources and is easy to digest. In addition to a 180 calorie snack that provides 9g of protein and 6g of fiber it also has vitamins that my usual granola bars don’t have such as: Vitamin C 15%, Calcium 20%, Iron 10, Vitamin E 35%, Vitamin B6 25%, Folic Acid 25%, Vitamin B12 25%, Magnesium 10%, and Zinc 15%.
As far as the family goes, no one really likes the bar. Sometimes the bar will be chosen when they want chocolate or when there’s no time to fix a snack for school.
Each bar is securely wrapped and stays together well in the heat so I’ve been known to carry them around in my purse for emergencies. They are easy to eat in the car, but since the bar is so dry a beverage is needed as well.
I have mixed feelings about this bar. They travel nicely, keep me full between meals, and can satisfy a sweet or salty craving. However, the taste and texture resembles cardboard. While the bars are somewhat healthy, they are not organic and the first few ingredients are sweeteners. With so many snack bar options on the market, I’ll have to pass on this one in the future.
Ingredients: Brown Rice Syrup, Soy Protein Isolate, Evaporated Cane Juice Crystals, Crystalline Fructose, Oat Fiber, Kashi Seven Whole Grains & Sesame Blend (Stone Ground Whole: Hard Red Winter Wheat, Oats, Rye, Barley, Triticale, Long Grain Brown Rice, Buckwheat, Sesame Seeds), Peanuts, Rice Flour, Natural Peanut Butter, Mechanically Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Corn Grits, Rice Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Wheat Bran, Chicory Root Fiber, Vegetable Glycerin, Cocoa, Nonfat Milk, Corn Bran, Salt, Chocolate Liquor, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Flavors, Magnesium Oxide, Soy Lecithin, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Fumarate (Iron), Annatto (Color), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.