New in the Market: Fruit Bars

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on April 2, 2012 · 0 comments

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

Fruit snacks are flooding the market as the government and policy making agencies are encouraging Americans to eat more fruits and veggies daily. All-fruit bars are a natural alternative to cereal and energy bars. We recently looked at two brands.

That’s It bars are just that, 2 ingredients pressed into a bar – Apple Apricot, Apple Cherry, and Apple Pear. Each flavor has 100 calories and 3 grams of fiber. They are kosher, vegan, and gluten-free. Each bar tasted like the fruit variety. Apple Apricot was tangy sweet, Apple Cherry pleasantly sweet, and Apple Pear had the mildest fruit flavor. All 3 bars were far less sweet than most products in this category because there are no sweeteners or fruit juice concentrates added.

Orchard Bars are fruit and nut combinations. The addition of nuts boosts the calories per bar, provides protein and omega-3 fats. They are available as Blueberry Pomegranate & Almond (180 calories, 6 grams of protein and 6 grams of fat), Pineapple Coconut & Macadamia (190 calories, 5 grams of protein and 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of which are saturated from the coconut), and Strawberry Raspberry & Walnut (190 calories, 6 grams of protein and 6 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of which are saturated). This brand is also kosher, vegan and gluten-free. These bars do have added ingredients in addition to the fruits and nuts that punch both taste and sweetness. Added ingredients are natural and there are no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors added. All the bars had an excellent fruit-nut taste reflective of the ingredients included.
In a perfect world we’d all walk around eating fresh fruit, but in reality these products could serve as a good alternative. Their calorie load and portion size would make a good snack or lunchbox addition.

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