Hello, hello! Here are a few updates on my end…
- I officially start my dietetic internship TOMORROW! Eeeek!!! I had my orientation this past Monday and Tuesday, so I already accrued 40 hours between that and numerous projects we were assigned. Only 960 more hours to go, then I will sit for (and hopefully pass) the RD exam in Feb/March, and THEN I will be a Registered Dietitian!
- I have decided to incorporate product reviews in my rotation of posts because I absolutely adore some health food brands that I would love to support and promote. Plus, I won’t have the time to be developing new recipes to share all of the time (aside from the ones I’m cookin’ up for my cookbook!). Take ‘um or leave ‘um, but I hope some of you find these informative and useful.
Here it is- my first product review!
Perfect Bar Lemon Poppy Seed
I must disclose that I have been a Perfect Bar fan for YEARS now. I truly believe in their genuine approach to delivering whole foods in a convenient way. Plus, their bars are just dreamy, and if you remotely like nut butters of any sort, then you’re bound to love their nut butter-based bars that taste like solid peanut/almond/cashew butter gold!
So, you may see that I’m already biased, but hear me out…this new limited edition bar is fireeeeeeee. On a scale of 1-10 with explanations, here’s what I rate it each category.
The consistency is soft (but still holds form), smooth, and creamy- pretty much your ideal protein bar. However, I deducted 1 point because there is an ever so light coating of oil that keeps its consistency intact.
I am not a pushover when it comes to taste. In fact, I’m kind of picky and particular about what’s in my food and how the flavors play off one another. I have not given a perfect score to this perfect bar without much contemplation. The lemon zing is just enough- not overpowering and refreshing- and the poppy seeds balance it out just right! Now, the cashew butter (and peanut butter) used as the base are very complimentary to the lemon and poppy seeds because they aren’t too overwhelming with flavor either. It’s a party in your mouth and had me reminiscing over drinking lemonade as a kid in the summer.
Nutrition Profile: 7.5/10
Calories: 310 (great for a snack or light breakfast/dessert/additive to any of the above!)
Fat: 19g (24%) – fairly high, but still okay depending on your nutrition goals
Carbs: 25g (9%) – as expected
Protein: 12g – decent
Fiber: 2 g – meh
Added sugars: 10g – a little higher than I would like, but hey, what doesn’t kill ya 😉
*1 bar also provides 140mg calcium and 380 mg potassium 🙂
Here’s a screenshot of the ingredients:
I am amenable to all of these ingredients, but I’m not crazy about the addition of sunflower oil and sesame oil, but hey aren’t deal breakers. 😉 I gave the nutrition profile a 7.5, with 1 point off for high fat content and added sugars, plus a half point for the oils.
I paid $32.00 for a variety pack of 12 bars- half lemon poppy seed, half cherry pie. That equates to $2.67/bar. That’s pretty good, considering the ingredients that are in each bar. Plus, I received 15% off my first purchase with Perfect Bar and the shipping was FREE! By the way, Perfect Bars are usually $1.99 at Trader Joes.
Overall Score: 9/10!
At the end of the day, I would recommend Perfect Bars to anyone looking for a filling, delicious, flavor-packed snack or quick on-the-go brekky. Their Lemon Poppy Seed addition was the ideal summer drop to lighten the mood and days ahead. Plus, they’re nutritious. Check um out at perfectsnacks.com . You can also find them at Traders, Whole Foods, Starbucks, and many other convenient and grocery stores! Enjoy!