Published on August 26th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe1
Veggie Breakfast Bars: A Review!
Slow Food for Fast Lives makes vegetable breakfast bars for healthier snacking on the go. Here’s a review of their full line.
Slow Food for Fast Lives sent me samples of all four of their vegetable breakfast bars to sample, and I was pleasantly surprised! Below, I review each of the four flavors and take a look at the ingredients.
Overall, the breakfast bars are sort of a sweet-and-savory mix, and I think that Slow Food for Fast Lives did a great job hitting the mark between cloyingly sweet and overly earthy or spicy. These bars were at their best when they featured deep seasoning, like rich curry spices.
The only downside to these bars in my opinion was the calorie count. All of the Slow Food for Fast Lives bars clock in at under 200 calories, and as a meal replacement that’s not enough to keep most people full for long. Maybe I ate three of these for breakfast the other day. I guess the upside to the low calorie count is that I could eat three of these for breakfast and not feel overly stuffed?
Indian Breakfast Bar
Ingredients: cashews, brown rice syrup, tapioca syrup, cauliflower, lentils, coconut, coconut oil, potato, peas, mango, tomato paste, vegetable glycerine, turmeric, salt, onion powder, cayenne pepper, ginger root, cumin
I started with this bar, because it had a nice mellow flavor. If you don’t like strong curry flavors, this is the bar I’d recommend. You can definitely taste the cumin, ginger, and cayenne in this bar, and those flavors combined really well with the coconut.
180 calories, 10g fat, 2g fiber, 6g sugar, 4g protein, vitamin A 2%, calcium 2%, vitamin C 35%, iron 10%
Moroccan Breakfast Bar
Ingredients: pistachios, brown rice syrup, carrots, currants, tapioca syrup, tahini, fire roasted garlic, coconut oil, lemon, vegetable glycerine, salt, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, cumin
This bar was one of my favorites for sure. I loved the rich Moroccan spices, and the lemon really brightened up the flavor. Despite not containing curry powder this bar tasted like curry to me in the best way.
170 calories, 9g fat, 3g fiber, 10g sugar, 4g protein, vitamin A 190%, calcium 4%, vitamin C 10%, iron 6%
Thai Breakfast Bar
Ingredients: peanuts, brown rice syrup, brown rice, tapioca syrup, peanut butter, red bell pepper, coconut oil, sugar, vegetable glycerine, chili pepper, lime, onion powder, garlic powder, green onion, basil, salt
The Thai bar was my favorite one by far. It reminded me of a nice bowl of panang curry, and I think I would have eaten three of just this flavor, if they’d sent me more. This bar also had the least sugar and highest amount of protein, both of which are important for me in the morning.
190 calories, 10g fat, 3g fiber, 6g sugar, 5g protein, vitamin A 15%, calcium 4%, vitamin C 80%, iron 6%
California Breakfast Bar
Ingredients: almonds, brown rice syrup, salba chia, tapioca, coconut oil, pomegranate seeds, almond butter, broccoli, spinach, quinoa, orange juice concentrate, kale, lemon, spirulina, vegetable glycerine, tamari, salt, ginger, cinnamon
I’m just going to come right out with it: I did not care for this bar. When you say “savory vegetable bar” and imagine what that tastes like, it was this. I love healthy food, but this tasted like “health food” to me, if that makes sense? I think my mouth was spoiled by all of the deep seasonings from the other bars. This one could have used some herbs and spices to offset the veggies and whole grains. If you aren’t into deep seasonings, though, you might dig this bar more than I did.
180 calories, 10g fat, 4g fiber, 6g sugar, 5g protein, vitamin A 25%, calcium 10%, vitamin C 60%, iron 10%
I’m pretty choosy, especially when it comes to breakfast bars, so three out of four ain’t bad! Most store-bought granola bars are too sweet and unsatisfying for me. A couple of these bars made a nice breakfast, and I’d definitely recommend keeping a few of these on hand for busy times when you need a super quickie snack.
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