I love discovering new *healthy* products and I discovered this one quite by accident. I found the 9bars lurking in the ‘free from’ section of the supermarket (not a section I normally browse) and was immediately drawn to the ‘mixed seed energy bars’ topped with carob.. once tried I was hooked and looked up this ‘new brand’ to see what I could find.
9bars are made in Wales (UK) and are free from wheat, gluten, dairy, lactose, yeast and egg, making them ideal for those with food allergies or specific dietary requirements. They also contain no trans fats (bad, processed fat), artificial additives, preservatives or colours (always a good thing!). They get their name from the wonderful seeds and hemp which contain all 9 essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein which our bodies cannot make).
The bars are crammed with healthy ingredients and are:
- Rich in omega 3 (essential for heart health)
- Low glycaemic index (releases energy slowly)
- High protein (8-11g protein per bar)
- Complete protein (the bars contain all 20 amino acids & the 9 essential amino acids)
- Good source of fibre (for digestive health & reducing cholesterol levels)
There are 6 different types of bar to choose from (as pictured above) with my favourite being the ‘original’ and the ‘flax’ bars. Flax seeds are a fantastic source of omega 3 (for heart health) and help to contribute to a healthy digestive system. Most of the bars are topped with carob, which is basically like a healthier version of chocolate/cocoa – it’s caffeine free and is naturally sweeter which means that it needs less sugar added to it to make it taste good!
These bars really are crammed with so many nutrients and although they are slightly higher in calories than the standard between meal ‘snack bars’ (they’re around 270 calories a bar), they’re a great source a protein and in my opinion great for more active people (they are a perfect pre or post work out boost) or for those who choose to eat ‘little and often’ – if you are trying to lose weight then my advice would be to incorporate these within your daily calorie allowance (phone apps such as My Fitness Pal can calorie count for you – vlog/blog review to come on that!). They could even be a nutritious ‘breakfast on the go’ for busier mornings.
April 2013 Update: 9Bar have also launched their new Savoury 9 bar range!
P.S If you want to find out more about how to choose a healthy snack bar, check out my video below!
*Samples of the product mentioned were supplied to me free of charge however this review is 100% honest and of my own opinion. I was not influenced in any way by the free samples supplied and do not promote this product more than other products that I have not reviewed. This blog post contains affiliate links. Please read my disclaimer page for more information.