Monday, 4 April 2011

Something a little different: 9 Bar Review

Healthy eating is a huge passion of mine so I was thrilled to win Sofia's 9 Bar giveaway. I was already a fan of the bars so the sampler pack prize was right up my street!

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9 Bars are a natural alternative to processed cereal bars and contain wholesome seeds which are a great source of minerals and vitamins. They're dairy free and suitable for veggies too.

There are five varieties of 9 Bar:

9 Bar Original - This is the variety I usually purchase. The seed bar is really filling and the carob-topping is great for a sweet fix but without all the sugar and additivies of a chocolate bar. The Original 9 Bar contains 277 calories which sounds like quite a lot but I find these far more filling than regular cereal bars and the seeds are full of "good fats" which your body needs rather than the empty calories of a chocolate bar.

9 Bar Organic - This was my favourite out of the box, it's the same as an Original bar but with organic ingredients. I thought that this bar was slightly softer than the others and it made a great snack for taking to uni with me and scoffing in the computer room while doing work. Seeds are a great source of energy and it's much easier to eat them in bar form!

9 Bar Pumpkin - This is the only 9 Bar not to have the carob topping. I thought that this would make it less sweet than the other bars but this wasn't the case. It still tasted like a sweet treat and I liked how you could see the seed-y goodness due to the lack of topping. The pumpkin seeds gave it quite a different flavour.

9 Bar Nutty - This was probably my least favourite. I still enjoyed the bar but found that the addition of nuts made it a little too sweet. It was also harder and more chewy than the other bars. I had this as a quick breakfast one morning and it kept me so full that I didn't end up eating lunch until 3pm!

9 Bar Flax - This is the same as the original bar but with added flax which is full of health benefits (I'm not a nutrition expect, I just know that flax is "good for you"!). It contains Omega 3 fatty acids which are often hard to get in your diet if you don't eat a lot of oily fish or are vegetarian. This bar tasted very similar to the Original.

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9 Bar Nutty and 9 Bar Pumpkin

I really enjoyed trying all the 9 Bar varieties and will definitely continue to buy them - they're a great snack for when you're on the go or a great breakfast for busy mornings. I like how filling they are as I find that a lot of "low fat" snacks do not satisfy my hunger at all and also how the seeds contain a lot of good fats that I otherwise wouldn't get in my diet.

What's your favourite healthy snack?
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15 comments

  1. Haha, love the close up shots of the 9 bars, food porn! I love these as healthy snacks along with nakd bars, fresh fruit, hummus and veggies, crackers and nut butter, yum!

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  2. Hmmm yes I've seen those on Sofia's blog... congrats on winning! They all look yummy, and your pictures has made me hungry!

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  3. Ooh I won these on Sofias blog aswell and greedily munched my way through the lot in one day haha :) think i defeated the object of healthy eating there! They are so yummy though! :D xxx

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  4. I actually think they look good. I like all of those healthy food snacks.

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  5. lovely blog♥
    follow me ?.
    love, poppy xoxo

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  6. Congrats on winning, those look lovely! I have a slight obsession with sesame seed bars, so tasty! Not good for a snack in the library/lectures though, a little too crunchy :P x

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  7. the pumpkin one look yummy , now i m following you.

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  9. Sounds great! I can definitely understand your passion for healthy food :)
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  11. I actually loved the nutty one, but I have a MASSIVE sweet tooth so that might be why. I've recently found out I cannot east gluten so these are now my favourite breakfasts now that cereal and bread is off my menu.

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  12. oooooh yummy! they look so tasty!

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  13. I lvove 9bars, especially the nutty flavour!

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  14. oh la la
    watch me drool....
    I absolutely love nut bars, and healthy bars
    so delicious...
    i guess they become unhealthy when i eat four at a time? ha! love your blog x

    kisses,
    amy !
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  15. @ Laura - I love food porn pics! Oh and nut butters are so yummy!

    @ GABY - thank you, I was so happy to win them!

    @ Natalie - I could definitely have eaten them all in a day, so yummy.

    @ Gemx - I've not tried seasme seed bars, will have to give them a go!

    @ Beauty combat - it was really good :) thanks for following.

    @ Usagi-bun - it's great how these are gluten free, definitely good for an easy and quick breakfast.

    @ celeryandcupcackes - I'll have to give the nutty one another go, seems to be very popular!

    @ Amy - I sometimes find it hard to stop at one cereal bar - they're just too nice!

    x

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