“ Brand: Eat Natural / Type: Cereal Bar „
I sometimes buy cereal bars for packed lunches but only noticed these Eat Natural ones a few weeks ago when they were on special offer. At £1.39 for four bars, I thought they would be useful for those busy days when I forget to eat lunch. The packaging was eye-catching and said that each bar counted as one portion of fruit, so I decided to give them a try. They come in a black box with colourful writing which corresponds to the fruit combinations in the bars. I chose the banana and apricot version with a yoghurt coating. Each 30g bar has 106 calories and just 1.6g of saturated fat, not bad for a snack. They are also gluten free and okay for vegetarians. I slipped one into my handbag when I knew I was going to be out most of the day and when I began to get the shakes because my sugar levels had nosedived I remembered to try it. This is a nobbly bar with white yoghurt coating on the bottom and crispy rice balls with big lumps of fruit. I could taste the banana straight away and the yoghurt was sweet and creamy. There were big juicy sultanas and bits of date, and some rather hard bits of dried apricot which almost broke my teeth. It took quite a bit of effort to chew, which meant it lasted a while, and to be fair it did fill a hole, so I would probably buy them again if they were on offer but I would steer clear of the apricot variety for the sake of my teeth!
I try and eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day which sometimes is not easy to do. Apart from bananas there aren't many fruits you can eat on the go without mess, pealing etc. Even harder to buy a healthy option in a newsagent/petrol station where all snacks are biscuits, crisps and sweets. These bars fit the bill perfectly for a healthy snack that I find filling and contains one of the magic 5 a day portions. A box contains 5 bars at 30g each and seem to retail in supermarkets at £1.89 averaging 38p a bar approx. -THE COMPANY- The Eat natural company is all about making health snacks for adults and children that contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. They have a web site that tells you more about them and their ever growing range of products, www.eatnatural.co.uk They make a number of other bars that although maybe healthy do not always contain one of your 5 day so look carefully before buying other Eat natural products if that is what you specifically want. Saying that I eat other bars from this range as a substitute for a chocolate bar as some has their bases dipped in chocolate. -INGREDIENTS- These particular fruit bars contain 66% dried fruit, yogurt coating 14% and crisp rice, I won't bore you by listing it all but there is nothing you wouldn't be able to pronounce unlike processed foods. It says gluten free and ok for veggies by the ingredients lists. I have found with all their bars it is worth looking at the ingredients before buying as the main fruit in the bars is not always in the title. E.g. these say with strawberries mango and a yogurt coating. However mango content is 4% strawberry content is 3% yet sultanas are 22% and apricots 15% but no mention of these on the front of the box? -PACKAGING- The box they come in is made of cardboard so can be recycled unfortunately eat individual bar has a plastic wrapper that can't. The wording on the packet is aimed at these being for kids, with a note to parents on the side and a kids word search on the back. I think they are missing out on the adult market. I originally found these in the kids snack is isle in Sainsbury's but at the time I didn't have kids and could of missed these. They have now been moved to the health isle with other gluten and vegetarian products which I think is a disastrous move making them even harder to find for new customers. -SUMMARY- Not a cheap snack but very tasty, healthy and filling (for me). Great for adults not just the kids it's aimed at and the company has a brilliant ethos. Packaging is maybe as environmentally friendly as they can make it and they aren't over packaged. I'm currently getting through at least one pack a week!
Everyday of our lives we are reminded that to be healthy we should be consuming atleast 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. This can be very difficult when it comes to understanding what a 'portion' consists of, being able to find a multitude of fruits and veggies that you enjoy, and trying to get children to follow this guide too! However, these 'Eat Natural Lunchies' bars are a great and tasty way to get one of those portions of 5 a day into our diets with ease. The 'Eat Natural' company create various cereal and snack products based around the notion of making healthy products containing no artificial ingredients, flavourings or preservatives. 'Eat Natural' carry a whole range of adult snack bars, two different types of snack bars aimed at children, and a host of natural cereals and nibbley bits to keep cravings at bay. Their products can be found in supermarkets and high street stores across the UK. For more information on the 'Eat Smart' company, you can visit their website: www.eatnatural.co.uk . Aimed at the youngsters, 'Eat Natural Lunchies' come in two different flavours. One type is 'with Bananas, Apricot and Milk Chocolate', the other being 'with Strawberry, Mango and Yogurt Coating'. As these bars are aimed at children, I think these flavours are suitable for their target market. The ingredients used in 'Eat Natural' bars tend to be more suitable for a grown up palette, so 'Eat Natural' have removed the nut ingredients and handpicked popular fruits to create flavours that children will be more willing to accept. 'Eat Natural' lunchies can be found in either the cereal bar aisle, or the 'healthy/free from/speciality diet' section of supermarkets. I purchased my box from the cereal bar section of my local Tesco supermarket, but I have been them carried in Morrisons and Waitrose, too. It's worth checking with your local supermarket to see whether they carry this specific product before hunting for it in different aisles. A box of 5 'Eat Natural Lunchies' bars cost around £1.79, depending on where you purchase them, which is pretty decent when it comes to the cost of cereal/snack bars. I find a lot of cereal bars and snack items are ridiculously over priced for what they are. However, for a healthy, yummy, fruit filled bar, this price is rather fair! I picked up a box of the 'Eat Natural Lunchies with Strawberry, Mango and Yogurt Coating' purely through my own personal choice - I absolutely hate the smell, taste and thought of banana, eugh! I'm a sucker for snacks, and as I'm following the Weight Watchers plan, I'm constantly looking for filling, healthy, yummy snacks to curb my cravings and act as a sweet treat between all my low fat meals. 'Eat Natural Lunchies with Strawberry, Mango and Yogurt Coating' come packaged in a black cardboard box, designed to look like a lunchbox, complete with handle on top. The box carries the signature 'Eat Natural' logo at the top, beneath which the name of the product 'Lunchies' is displayed large in a bright purple colour. The rest of the front of the box is adorned with orange and purple splatters and a short product description. There is a small splatter shaped window within which you can catch a glimpse of the product inside. The back of the lunchbox packaging carries a product description, full nutritional information, ingredients lists, company information and allergy information. I must admit I do love the lunchbox shaped packaging and the colour scheme is wonderfully eye catching. It's a nice change from the regular 'Kellogs' colour scheme I'm used to being blinded by in the cereal aisle.. Upon opening one of the 'Eat Natural Lunchies with Strawberry, Mango and Yogurt Coating' bars, you can immediately see the sheer amoung of fruit packed into the bar. The bar itself is made up of a mix of various fruits and crispy puffed rice cereal bits, jam packed onto an adequate base of yogurty goodness. To look at, the 'Eat Natural Lunchies' are definately attractive and appetising, which is definitely a good thing when presenting a child (or someone like me that has a major problem with fruit!) with something healthy for a change. The 'Eat Natural Lunchies' bars smell absolutely divine. Once the packet is opened, the delicious fruity aroma can be clearly detected, along with the creamy, sweet scent of the yogurt base coating. The scent alone is something to set the taste buds on end in anticipation. As I've stated, I'm really not a fan of fruit, but I was pleasantly suprised by how tempting the aroma given off by the bar was - fruity and sweet. The most important thing for any food product is, of corse, the taste. And boy does this bar deliver! For someone that has a strong dislike for eating fruit, I thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful of the 'Eat Natural Lunchies' bar, and have become an eternal fan. The naturally sugary dried fruit embedded in the bar combined with the sweet crisped rice pieces was a complete treat for the taste buds. The yogurt coating base just makes every mouthful that bit more wonderful with its creamy, rich, naughty flavour. I will say that the most predominant flavours are of the sultanas and cranberries, but the other fruity flavours peep through as the each mouthful is chewed. The bar is definately sweet, but gladly avoids being sickly in any way. For something so healthy that counts as one of your 5-a-day, it's hard to believe that this bar could be so down right delicious. All I can say to sum this up is: Yum. Yum. YUM! In my opinion these 'Eat Natural Lunchies' are absolutely divine. I do feel like I am somewhat becoming addicted to these bars, so have limited myself to one every other day - oops! For me these are a great way of getting fruit into my diet, as I dislike the texture of fruit in my mouth (I'm wierd like that), and so these bars are an easy and tasty way towards me getting 1 of my 5-a-day in fruit form. Although these bars are designed to be given to children, they are the perfect size for a snack, or accompanyment to a lunch for any adult. Each bar is individually wrapped, so perfect for popping into a luncbox, or into your bag for whenever you feel the need for a nibble of something truely yummy. Ontop of this, for my diet plan, with only 1.5 Weight Watcher points per bar, they are a delicious, healthy snack to have between meals without feeling any pangs of guilt. Definitely a winner in my eyes. The only problem I have with this product is that it is called '..with Strawberry, Mango and a Yogurt coating' - however, when you take a look at the ingredients percentages, the strawberry and mango content is next to nothing in comparison to the other fruit used within the bar. A 4% mango and 3% strawberry count isn't exactly living up to the name of the bar, considering they are made out to be the main ingredient. That said, the taste of the bar is not hindered by this small percentage and I'll allow the somewhat deceptive name, based on the fact that these bars are absolutely delicious! Ingredients: Mixed Dried Fruit 66% (Sultanas 22%, Apricots 15%, Dates 12%, Mango 4%, Apple Juice, Strawberries 3%, Blueberries, Pineapple Juice, Cranberries 10%, Sunflower Oil), Yoghurt Coating 14% (Vegetable Fat, Sugar, Milk Whey, Yoghurt, Emulsifier: Sunflower Lecithin), Rice Syrup, Puffed Rice (Rice, Raw Cane Sugar). Nutrition Information per 30g bar: Energy: 448kj / 106kcal Protein: 0.8g Carbohydrate: 21.5g Fat: 1.8g One serving (a 30g bar) counts as 1 of your 5-a-day. Dietary Information: Suitable for vegetarians. Gluten free. Allergy Information: contains lactose and milk. May contain traces of nuts and sesame. Weight Watchers points: 1.5 points per bar. ** Can also be found on Ciao under the username little_feets88 **
I'm very reluctant to feed my toddler too much processed foods and am especially sceptical about anything actually aimed at toddlers however these bars are the exception to the rule. I found these 'kids' cereal and fruit bars when I was looking for some snacks to take away on a wedding weekend, not with the baby / toddler food or with cereal bars but hidden away on a 'natural / free from / healthy eating' aisle in Morissons (I have since bought from Sainsburys and Waitrose). I was attracted by the high quantity of fruit - 65%, and also by the fact that they are half coated in yogurt so provide some dairy and calcium too. The box claims that they are 'stuffed with fruit' which is certainly true. It also claims that they contain strawberry and mango which may well be true but they contain a lot of other fruit like apricots and sultanas too and these are more predominant. That said they are delicious, fruity, chewy bars which do satisfy hunger. My son isn't really talking yet to give his opinion but any time he sees one of these he gets very excited and polishes them off every time - who needs chocolate (they do another version which is chocolate coated but we've not tried that yet)! They are quite expensive at £1.79 for a pack of 5 x 30g bars but they are not something that I would give every day at this age as they are quite high in sugar, mainly from the fruit but also from some added sugar, but I like to keep a box in at home, and a bar in the changing bag for when I'm stuck for a snack. The bars are a bit shorter and smaller than adult cereal bars, probably about 2/3 of the length and provide a substantial snack for my hungry toddler. I could probably just about make do with one too as they are still quite a good size.
Always on the look out for energy packed foods for lunchbox treats, I was delighted to find these amongst the cereal bars in Tescos. I have been a fan of the "Eat Natural" range of bars for some time, but they are quite substantial in size (perfect for an adult!), so I was very pleased to see that "Eat Natural" have brought out a smaller bar - "Lunchies" which is ideal for lunchboxes. These are sold in a box of 5 - one for every day in the week....perfect! They are individually wrapped, and contain over 65% fruit. In fact, there is so much fruit in one of these bars that it counts as one of your 5 a day. If you are looking for an easy way to ensure your children get their fruit and veg, then these could be just the thing for you to pick up and throw into your trolley! I bought these from Tesco, and they were on offer at about £1.30 a box, but even at full price, I feel that they are comparable in price to other cereal bars, but are far far superior in quality, so they are worth every penny. The colourful attractive box says that these bars are stuffed with fruit and these lunchies have "strawberries, mango and a yoghurt coating"......time to tuck in then! It is worth noting that these are suitable for vegetarians and those following a gluten free diet, and as the name suggests, they are 100% natural. Nothing artificial in these bundles of joy! So, onto the bar and the taste test.....each bar is 30g in weight, and that means it is about an inch and a half wide, half an inch deep and three inches long. You can see big chunks of dried fruit - sultanas, dates, apricots and cranberries - all wonderful and colourful as they are nestled amongst crisped rice. But what of the strawberries and mango mentioned on the box? These are less visible, with 4% mango and 3% strawberries, compared to 22% sultanas, 15% apricots, 12% Dates and 10% cranberries, so I think it is just a little misleading to emphasise the inclusion of strawberries and mango on the box - although perhaps this is to appeal more to the kiddies. There is a delicious vanilla yoghurty base - not too thick, but quite sweet. Taste - yummy yum yum! That about sums it up - you have so much fruit in this pocket sized bar, that you just get a wonderful fruity mouthful with each bite. The bar is incredibly sweet, from all the sugar in the dried fruit, and this really appeals to me as I have a sweet tooth, but will also ensure that the children love it. In my experience, anything sweet goes down a treat! When compared with other cereal bars, this one is king of the castle. Even other "premium" cereal bars will have a fight on their hands with something as good as this, and I will certainly be buying them again! I can't think of anything negative to say about these - they really are fab! More information on Eat Natural and their wonderful range of yummy healthy snacks can be found on www.eatnatural.co.uk