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Ever since I have had to supply my own lunch at work, I have been using cereal bars as a healthy alternative snack to pork pies and sausage rolls or the scotch egg that I used to enjoy tucking into. This is not because of anything to do with me wanting to lose weight but more because I don't eat a lot of fruit and veg and so this is my way of trying to stay at least a little bit more healthy! When I saw these moist fruit bars recently and read that they contain no artifical flavours or preservatives etc etc, I figured that they might make a change from the Jordans Fruslli bars I usually purchase. They were a little bit more expensive but I was getting bored of the same flavoured Jordans bars every week and fancied trying something new...
The first thing I noticed upon opening the wrapping was that these were indeed moist! In actual fact to me, they almost look like something that might emerge from my other end rather than my mouth. This was immediately off-putting. Still I took a bite and was pleasently surprised- they actually don't taste too bad! There is plenty of fruit in these bars- that is apparent right from the start- and the flavour is quite tasty. If that is you can get past the fact that they look like something that has been sat on!!
There is something about my Jordans bars that makes me keep going back to buy them and that certain something is missing from these bars; they say in my profession as a chef that people eat with their eyes and I am afraid that my eyes here were less than thrilled. Even though they don't taste too bad, they definetly don't taste good enough for me to want to purchase them again! I know that my fellow reviewers on here have given them glowing recommendations but I am sorry to say that I have to buck the trend and give them an overall thumbs down! They may count as one of my five fruit a day but I would rather have some fruit and that is certainly saying something! I tried the mixed berry variety and it was no match for it's Jordans equivalent. I came, I saw and was less than impressed .....
Been asked to mention price and calorie count so here goes: for a packet of five (rather than the six bars that come in Jordans Fruslli) you are looking at around the £1.88 mark so they are about 10-15p dearer for less quantity and the bars are smaller. Calories come in at 378Kcal per 100g.....how that measures uyp with Jordan though I could not say...
Fruitful by Nature
I recently stumbled on some new cereal bars and so decided to share my thoughts on them as they are quite different in my opinion to other cereal bars out there.
Fruitus cereal bars are described as a moist organic mixed berry and oat bar containing 1 portion of fruit in every bar. One portion of fruit, that can't be bad I thought. This statement was actually written on the front of the box and was what made me purchase them in the first place so a great bit of advertising on their part. They are also 100% organic as well.
They are produced by a company called Lyme Regis Foods who I had never heard of before so I decided to do some research into them. Lyme Regis Foods were established in 1986 and according to their website are, "an award winning leading European manufacturer of natural and organic snacks for both adults and children." All of their products are manufactured in the United Kingdom, where they pride themselves on high quality assurance and are pleased to boast BRC, EFSIS and Soil Association accreditation.
The bars are said to contain over 50% fruit and juices squeezed from raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. The bars definitely have a very different consistency to other bars I have tried. You can definitely taste the juices in them as they are quite tangy. They are very moist bars indeed and could almost be described as stodgy but in a good way. You really feel like you are eating a lot of fruit mixed up together and formed into the shape of a bar. You can actually see the pips and bits of fruit in the bar which is great too as you know it is definitely a real boast that they contain 50% fruit.
They come in different flavours too which is great. They have the mixed berry flavour which I have mentioned above but then they also have apple, apricot and pomegranate and blueberry. These bars are actually suitable for vegans, have no added sugar, are wheat free, dairy free and like I said above made exclusively from organic ingredients. This makes these bars great for anyone who has any type of food allergy or preference and that does make a different I think from regular bars on the market.
Each bar weighs 35g. They are fairly small compared to other cereal bars I think but I find them quite filling due to it being packed with so many ingredients. Each bar has 137 calories which is not too bad but 6g of fat which I think is quite high but I think the fruit content balances out this negative.
As a Weightwatcher, I'm always on the lookout new products in my quest for foods which taste good, without using up all my points allowance for the day. I love cereal bars, but many are high in points, without the flavour to make it worth my while using them - in most cases I'd rather use my points elsewhere. As a result, my choice of cereal bars is limited and it's always good to have something different to try.
When I saw Fruitus bars in Sainsburys last week, I decided to give them a go. They're made by Lyme Regis, who I admit I hadn't heard of before. The claim is that one bar contains one of your five portions of fruit (or veg) for the day. They're 100% natural and organic (certified by the Soil Association), in fact the only ingredients are fruit, fruit juices, sunflower oil and oats. NOTHING else has been added. As a result, they're suitable for vegetarians or even vegans.
Fruitus come in four flavours, Apple, Apricot, Mixed Berry and Pomegranate & Blueberry. It was the Apricot flavour that I decided to try. There are 5 individually wrapped bars to a box, the flavours vary slightly in their nutritional makeup, but all are equivalent to 2 Weightwatchers points per bar. They cost me £1.78 for five bars, so not the cheapest, but by no means extortionate compared to the cost of a 5 pack of chocolate bars.
The packaging on Fruitus bars is really attractive - they have a picture of the fruit in question, along with Fruitus written in a coordinating colour, all on a beige background. The simplicity of the design, along with the bright colours and mouthwatering fruit pictures, make Fruitus bars very tempting to pick up and buy.
Of course, the biggest test of any food is how it tastes and Fruitus definitely don't disappoint. On initial viewing, they're smaller than many other cereal bars and appear to be quite moist. Biting into them you realise they're soft and moist, but densely packed with oats and tasty fruit. Lyme Regis have got the texture of these bars just right, they're chewy and moist, but without being too soft and limpid. The flavour of the apricots really came through and I'm looking forward to trying the other flavours to see whether they're just as good.
These bars are a great way to increase your fruit intake or as an alternative to a chocolate bar. They taste good, look good and don't leave you feeling guilty. They aren't going to make you feel full on their own, but would be good as either a follow-up to a meal or a stand-alone snack between meals. They'd be great to add to children's lunchboxes, although I don't know how much excitement they'd hold for a child.
Fruitus bars are highly recommended - they're a pleasure to eat and not a guilty one at that.
Absolutely 100% natural and organic
Pretty much anyone can eat them
Free of wheat, sugar and dairy.