Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fruit and Nut Bars From Britain

Hello, sweet friends!
How is your week going?
Please forgive me for being absent from your blogs this week.
I have missed visiting all of you, but I have been down with a bug. . .
hopefully I will be by your lovely places soon :)

I truly hope all is well in your beautiful neck of the woods,
and speaking of woods, the weather is simply perfect here 
in the mountains for some good ol' hiking.
As you can see from our backyard we are surrounded by the glorious mountains
and we like to take advantage of them during these last days of summer.




Of course when my family and I head up into the woods
we like to take snacks with us especially healthy and nutritious snacks.
So when Natural Balance Foods contacted me
about trying some of their Nakd Fruit and Nut Bars I gladly agreed.




There are a few things about these bars that make them wonderful:


gluten - wheat - dairy - free

vegan

NO added sugars or syrups

nourishing and delicious




And to make them extra great
they are made in Britain {{smiles}}




When I received my package of nutritious goodness from Natural Balance Foods
I was tickled pink with the message on the inside of the box. . .
What a great way to make a girl feel extra special :)




These bars are made with raw fruit and nuts and are cold-pressed and not baked.
I was pleasantly surprised with the variety of flavors and
as you can see in the photo below there's plenty to choose from.




The first bar that I bit into was the Pecan Pie
and to be honest I was disappointed by the taste of it.
It was rather "blah" and boring in flavor and was just too plain for my liking.
Now this is simply what I thought of this bar.
I gave a piece to my mom and she loved it
so it goes to show we are all different.
But moving on. . .




The next bar that I tried was the Apple Crunch
and oh boy, was it tasty!
I simply loved the fresh sweetness of it.
The flavor of the apples reminded me of dried apple chips.
Also, the crunch bars are packed with protein crunchies -
definitely an added bonus.

The second bar that I tried was the Berry Delight
and oh boy, oh boy, oh boy was it ever delicious!
I would have to say this one is my favorite.
If you have followed my blog for long than you know I love sweet treats
and this bar was just right with its sweetness and yummy flavor.
And the best part is that it's good for me
so I don't have to feel guilty about enjoying one of these bars.




And finally, enjoying one Nakd bar left me feeling satisfied and content for several hours.
There are times in the afternoon when I get hungry before supper
and it's easy to grab snacks that aren't good for me
and often they leave me still hungry.
The Nakd Fruit and Nut Bars are perfect for grabbing to enjoy as a snack.
And remember I mentioned enjoying hiking here in the mountains?
Well, these bars are the perfect thing to take while my family and I are on the trails.
They will keep our little ol' tummies full
and give us the needed energy for finishing the climb.




I personally think it's all about finding the Nakd Fruit and Nut Bar that is to your liking.
I thoroughly enjoyed the fruit bars and would gladly get more of them.
I also enjoyed a few of the chocolate bars {after all, you can't go wrong with chocolate},
but the nut bars {such as the Pecan Pie} 
did not sit well with me and that is simply my own preference.

The Nakd Fruit and Nut Bars are not available in stores here in the USA,
but you can order them from Natural Balance Foods 
and they will ship the bars for FREE.
They also include a "sprinkle of freebies in every order."

If you want to eat healthy and enjoy a nutritious and tasty snack
than these fruit and nut bars are for you.
Feel gorgeous on the inside, my friends!

I would encourage you to visit the Natural Balance Foods website.
You can choose the sampler box in order to figure out what your favorite flavor is.




Have a delightful day, lovelies!

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I was contacted by Natural Balance Foods to try their fruit and Nut Bars
in exchange for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own, dear friends.

58 comments:

Lynn Bean said...

I had not heard of these! I will have to try them. Blessings Dear Stephanie and hope you are feeling better! Lynn

Debby Ray said...

You had me at rhubarb...I am amazed at the flavor combinations! I have never heard of them either but they sure do look good. I wonder if they will ever be available in the USA? Your view from your backyard is simply amazing and I'm just a bit jealous! Have fun hiking the trails and eating those yummy bars...and yes, you ARE gorgeous! :)

Jeanna said...

I am always looking for snacks that are healthy and delicious. I do believe we will give these a try, Stephanie. Thank you for the review.

Enjoy your day and I hope you are feeling much better!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

You have a wonderful hiking area right in your backyard, it must be nice for autumn walks.
The bars appear to be a welcome change from the usual granola bars I eat and you're right, what i like my husband doesn't. The rhubarb and custard is what I would reach for first to try. I'll have to see if the British store and tearoom not far from us will be carrying them, Canada is usually the last to get in something new though.
Hope you are feeling better, I've had the cough from a summer cold dragging on for over a week. :-(

Alex said...

Oh what scenery you have around you! It is gorge-eous in fact!
Well, I didn't see a gorge, but mountains do have them : )
Not surprised you want to go hiking in the glorious September sun.

Yes, I have tried the Nakd bars, I DO like the nutty ones, my fave being the cashew one. I sympathise with the grumbly, rumbly need for snacks, healthy ones keep me feeling better and help a bit to avoid migraines.I could never go until dinner without eating anything...I knew a fellow teacher who would do that! Not me!
Blessings and love... hope you are recovering from the cold xx

Jan Tanis said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh my!! These sound delicious! And with me losing weight - I think these would be fantastic! Thanks for sharing...I'm going to order some right now!!

Hugs,
Jan

Jan Tanis said...

Just had to say that I ordered a sample box for myself and then ordered one for my friend in Wisconsin. She loves gluten - wheat - dairy - free - vegan,
NO added sugars or syrups that are nourishing and delicious, too!

mamasmercantile said...

How peculiar, that I am from Britain and yet have not come across these bars. I must give them a try.

Wen Sylvestre said...

I'm sorry to hear you were down with a bug sweetie. Hope all is well again. The bars look yummy! And the beautiful trees... I love being in nature. Beautiful photo! Wishing you well, hugs xxx

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh yummy! I think I need to contact them - it's so difficult to snack in a nutricious way - love the "grab and run" kinds, thanks for this awesome review and recommendation, Stephanie!

Hope you are feeling better each day. Hugs. ♥

Debbie Harris said...

Excellent review Stephanie!
I find it rather funny in that you like the ones that are a little on the sweeter side *smiles* and I like the nutty ones. :)

I hope and pray that you feel better soon. Go and sit out in the sun and let it heal you.

Love you ~ Mom

Christine said...

Yummy healthy nature bars sound good to me! As you say, a healthy snack before supper doesn't seem as bad!
i'd love to go hiking with you in the mountains where you live - beautiful!
Have a wonderful day, dear Stephanie!

Debbie said...

this is a great review stephanie. i giggled when i read the list of "free ingredients". i kept thinking, that package must be empty!!!!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

These sound wonderful! Love your review! I went over to the site and the sampler is on sale with free shipping. I couldn't find nutrition info on their site but when I googled it I was able to find calories and fat content....pretty high! Hmmmm, gotta think about it. Do any of the bars show fiber content? Couldn't find that info.

Amy said...

These sound really good! I love that they are made in Britain and not China! I'll have to go check out their site and see what all they have to offer. Something that makes you full and satisfied is hard to find.
Your photos are beautiful and your yard...Wow! A little piece of heaven you got there. :)
I hope you get to feeling better soon, Stephanie!
Hugs, Amy

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I'm sorry that you've had a bug, sweet friend, but how nice to enjoy some freebie, nutritious bars. Thank you for your honest review and your preferences. I so loved seeing your gorgeous view from your yard. I'd be hiking those mountains, too.
Get well soon, love!

Camille said...

WOW!! What a great selection they sent you!! How wonderful. Hugs, Camille

Mimi Mama said...

I hope you are recovered dear Stephanie. These little bugs get the better of us sometimes. These are a lovely treat, by the look of them, and how gorgeous to get some for free! Love Mimi xxx

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Those look wonderful! I'm always looking for a portable, healthy snack. I'll have to look into these! Thank-you for the info.

Cheryl said...

Oh, these sound wonderful! I love the Kashi products and bars. The sweet potato flakes cereal is delicious!! I am so sorry to hear that you have been so ill, sweet friend. Praying for you now! If you feel like it, you may like to stop by my blog later, as we are giving away FIVE copies of The Kingsmen's Battle Cry CDs!!! Have a wonderful evening, and may the dear Lord bless you to feel completely better soon. :)

Wanda said...

Hope that bug took a hike....and left the Nature Bars behind. What a nice review. They look so good.

Stephanie...we have been gone, and another trip around the corner so I couldn't sign up for the tea cup exchange this time.

I have some very sick friends...will pray for them if you think of them. Howard, cancer and had to have has lip and chin rebuild. Skin crafts from wrist and leg. Barbara, breast cancer will find out 9/15 how bad. Her husband, Bob...90% blockage, and a weak heart. Thanks dear...I know you are a prayer warrior.

Hugs and Kisses

Miss Val's Creations said...

Hi Stephanie. It is so fun reading your review of the Nakd bars. Overall I really like them too! They are so perfect for the afternoon pick me up. The fruity ones are so sweet and delicious.

Linda said...

I have never heard of these, Stephanie! The packaging is attractive and they look and sound quite good! :)

Kira Brennan said...

oh, these look great! I have tried a few different types of vegan nutrition bars and such in the past, but I'm always sort of put off by how dense they can be...I often find myself gulping water alongside them (mind you, not entirely bad that they encourage hydration). I like the variety they offer! Did you have a particular flavor you liked best?

Kira Brennan said...

Post script -- after seeing how the sampler box was discounted, and I've been looking for "compact" nutritional options to help get the most out of my teeny-tiny appetite, I ordered it! I'm so glad you posted this.

Susan said...

Hello Dear Stephanie...I've never heard of those bars and they sound intriguing. Glad you enjoyed some of them. Susan

my little ✂ cottage said...

Lovely blog Mrs Stephany, i will call it, a healthy blog...lol
blessings friend

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Stephanie, Sure hope you get to feeling better. Your mountain views are beautiful. Thank you for introducing us to these snacks. I have to be careful with gluten so that caught my attention. They look healthy and the packaging is unique. I would have to stay away from the rhubarb however. I am highly allergic.
Thanks for sharing my friend. Have a great evening. Hugs and Blessings, cm

Lady Linda said...

Hi Sweetie, oh, you had me smiling and chuckling all through this blog. How fun. I think I would like to give these a try. I respect your opinion. Thanks for the healthy tip.
Hugs,
Linda

Denise said...

those look yummy. praying you feel better soon, love you.

Kelly-Anne said...

Hmmmm...these bars do sound ever so yummy! How delightful that they're healthy too! *smiles* And oh, I love their packaging...so cute! Sending hugs and love to you, dear Stephanie! Have a blessed weekend!
Kelly-Anne

Kelly-Anne said...

And DO feel better very soon...thinking of you lots, dear Stephanie... Much love...

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Firstly, I do hope you feel better soon my sweet friend! I have not heard of these before Stephanie, so will have a look on the website to find out about them. They do sound yummy (well anything sweet does really!!!) Take care of yourself xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Stephanie! I hope you are feeling better? Now I'M SICK! I have a terrible sore throat, I came home last night unable to do a thing but sit there and couldn't move. I do have to get to work, but what a wild weeks it's been. I'm sapped. I do hope you are on the mend. These look good! Enjoy one with a lovely cup of tea sweet friend!

All4 Barbie said...

Hello from Spain: nice pictures. This appetizer is very drinkable .. We keep in touch

Kim said...

Oooh.....how wonderful to look at those glorious mountains every day. What a pretty part of the world you live in, Stephanie. A healthy treat that tastes delish...wonderful. There is certainly a variety of flavours to choose from. Happy hiking!!

Delvalina said...

Oh oh sister thats so awesome! and sweet of you to post your review about the product! yess more special made in Britain :)

I was wondering were where you. But I'm glad that you had a great day with family surrounded with majestic nature.

Hope you are well sister.
Love,
Eva

Feral Turtle said...

Feel better Stephanie. These look yummy!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

They sound like Lara Bars. They're kind of pricey but a good alternative when you want to eat better. I've been thinking of trying to make them myself. I'm so sorry you've not been feeling well... Hope you're feeling better now.
Have a nice weekend Stephanie!

Daniela said...

You've got such a lovely selection of these bars which look so inviting .... Well, here is time for a break, you're so welcome, darling, for a tea ... you may bring your bars if you want ;) !!!!

Be blessed, darling Stephanie, have a joyous weekend ahead.
With dear love
Dany

Sylvia said...

Love the mountains behind your home, great place to take a stroll!
Now Cashews are my favorite nuts, so I'd go for them.
Thanks for sharing this with us,Stephanie.
Hugs,Sylvia

Mindy Whipple said...

Beautiful place you have to hike Stephanie. Praying you feel better soon! I have never heard of these bars before but really like a similar one here in the US. I will have to check them out.

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Oh boy! The views from your garden are breath-takingly stunning! No surprise your family loves hiking :). Thanks for the tip about the fruit bars :). Big hugs from over the pond! xx

Maggie Ann said...

Hope you get to feeling better soon! The bars look tasty...how nice you got to try them =)

Lorrie said...

I hope you're feeling much better, Stephanie. The bars look yummy and would be good to have on hand for hiking and outdoor activities.

I'm looking forward to learning who my partner is for the teacup exchange! So exciting.!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Looking at that gorgeous view, sipping a cup of tea, and having a few bites of a fruit bar sounds like it would help restore you to good health. :) Feel better Stephanie!

Red Rose Alley said...

The fruit and nut bars sound yummy, Stephanie, and it looks like they are all natural. The berry one especially sounds good. What a delightful note that was written on my box. I can't believe how much space you have surrounding your home! The mountains in the background are beautiful. What a view you have to look at every day.

Have a pleasant weekend, my dear Stephanie.

love, ~Sheri

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, and I do hope you feel better soon.
Take care, you mean so much to me. :)

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

These sound absolutely delicious! Strawberry would be the first one I would try!
And, my friend... that view of yours? Oh my goodness.... breathtaking!

Barbara Neubeck said...

... hello Stephanie.... sorry to hear that you have been sick... get well soon my friend... Barb xxx

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, dear Stephanie, I hope you are feeling better each day. It's no fun not feeling well. :( And thanks for this delightful review of the Fruit and Nut Bars from Britain. They all sound yummy, and I was so grateful to find quite easily the nutritional information, which is important for me with my restrictions. It was fun to read how your mom's and your tastes are different. Praying for you to feel better and enjoy the beauty of the nature around you this weekend! Loved seeing yours photos as always, dear friend! Hugs!

Linda Walker said...

Hello gorgeous! (that made me laugh!!)
Sorry to hear you were not feeling well earlier this week, hope you have since recovered. These bars sound delicious! Great review too!
xo
Linda

Poppy said...

Lovely review, Stephanie; thanks for all the delicious and healthy details! Hope you're feeling better! Happy Sunday!

Hugs,
Poppy
P.S. Your backyard is beautiful!

Oliva Ohlson said...

I'm glad you're feeling better!!!
Your backyard view is absolutely stunning!!!

Thank you for the recommendation on these bars. I'm always looking for these kind of bars for Hubby and I. The best part is the free shipping!!!

Take care and rest!!!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

The mountains surrounding your backyard are gorgeous. I've never seen those bars in France... and we're so close to Britain!

Robyn said...

Ohhh, I didn't see this post, Stephanie. These look absolutely delicious! Love the flavours. I haven't seen these in the stores here so I'll have to take a better look. Thank for the tip!

Carol Z said...

These look delicious. I would have tried the pecan pie first, too. Hugs to you and your mother!

Conniecrafter said...

We like finding more natural snacks so I will be on the look out for these, I have been making my own because there aren't a lot out there that don't have some kind of bad thing in them and sometimes I just don't feel like making a snack up so this would be perfect.

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