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Zing Bars Review

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Zing Bars

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About Zing:

“It all started innocently enough. As practicing nutritionists, we simply wanted to find a good nutrition bar that we could recommend to our patients. Something consistent with our professional training and experience.

We frequently recommend hummus-and-carrots, peanut-butter-and-celery or a host of similar mid-afternoon mini-meals. But these don’t address convenience, portability and the on-the-go requirements of real life. Then there’s the problem that not everyone likes these suggestions. Sometimes the pleasure of a tasty, satisfying snack just has to be factored in.

It presents a challenge for anyone in the nutrition business: our recommendations have to taste good enough to eat because people want to, not because they have to. It can’t work if they won’t eat it, and they won’t eat it if they don’t like it. That’s scientific too.

We looked. We looked hard. But there just weren’t any convenient snacks that fit our requirements. If a bar was nutritionally balanced, it came up short on taste (often really short). If a bar tasted good, it was low in protein and fiber, or full of artificial ingredients, unhealthy fats and empty calories. We were not after a candy bar. There were plenty of those, even among the so-called ”energy” bars.

 

So we decided to create our own nutrition bar. A real nutrition bar. Our take on the perfect snack.

A bar that included everything we wanted, and excluded everything we didn’t. All natural. Only food ingredients. A healthy balance—and the right types—of carbohydrates, protein and beneficial fats. No artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives. No trans fats. No synthetic vitamins. No allergy-aggravating gluten, wheat or soy protein. And while we were at it, no corn or corn sweeteners, fast becoming another widespread allergen and metabolism wrecker.

But at the same time, and just as important, it had to taste not just good, but surprisingly good. Amazingly good. Good enough to not only eat, but enjoy.

In short, a nutrition bar that moves forward to the basics. A bar that everyone—nutritionists, healthcare professionals, parents and kids—would actually love to eat, even before thinking about nutrition. But it would have that, too, right from nutritionists.”

Double Nut Brownie

100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS: Nut Blend (Almonds, Walnuts, Hazelnuts), ORGANIC Tapioca Syrup, ORGANIC Agave Syrup, Rice Protein Concentrate, Cocoa Powder (Dutch Alkalized), Rice Bran, Chicory Root Fiber, Coconut, Pea Protein Crisps (Pea Protein, Pea Starch, Rice Flour, Calcium Carbonate), Vanilla Extract, Sunflower Lecithin, Natural Maple Flavor, Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E).”

Dark Chocolate Mint

100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC Dark Chocolate (ORGANIC Cane Sugar, ORGANIC Cocoa Liquor, ORGANIC Cocoa Butter, ORGANIC Vanilla, Sunflower Lecithin), Rice Protein Concentrate, ORGANIC Agave Syrup, ORGANIC Tapioca Syrup, Sunflower Seed Butter, ORGANIC Quinoa Crisps (ORGANIC Quinoa), Chicory Root Fiber, Pea Protein Isolate, Natural Peppermint Extract, ORGANIC Brown Rice Crisps (ORGANIC Brown Rice, ORGANIC Brown Rice Syrup, Sea Salt), ORGANIC Sunflower Oil, Pea Protein Crisps (Pea Protein, Pea Starch, Rice Flour, Calcium Carbonate), Natural Flavors, Arabic Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E).”

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut

100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC Dark Chocolate (ORGANIC Sugar, ORGANIC Cocoa Liquor, ORGANIC Cocoa Butter, ORGANIC Vanilla, Sunflower Lecithin), Rice Protein Concentrate, ORGANIC Tapioca Syrup, Hazelnuts, ORGANIC Agave Syrup, Almonds, Chicory Root Fiber, Pea Protein Crisps (Pea Protein, Pea Starch, Rice Flour, Calcium Carbonate), Unsweetened Coconut, Rice Bran, Vanilla Extract, Sunflower Lecithin, Natural Maple Flavor, Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E).”

Coconut Cashew Crisp

100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS: Rice Protein Concentrate, ORGANIC Agave Syrup, ORGANIC Tapioca Syrup, ORGANIC Brown Rice Crisps (ORGANIC Brown Rice Flour, ORGANIC Brown Rice Syrup, ORGANIC Raisin Juice Concentrate, Salt), Roasted Cashew Butter, Unsweetened Coconut, ORGANIC Quinoa Crisps (ORGANIC Quinoa), Arabic Gum, Chicory Root Fiber, Roasted Cashews, ORGANIC Almond Butter, Pea Protein Crisps (Pea Protein, Pea Starch, Rice Flour, Calcium Carbonate), ORGANIC Coconut Flavor, Safflower Oil, Sunflower Lecithin, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E), Sea Salt.”

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC Peanuts, ORGANIC Agave Syrup, ORGANIC Dark Chocolate (ORGANIC Sugar, ORGANIC Cocoa Liquor, ORGANIC Cocoa Butter, ORGANIC Vanilla, Sunflower Lecithin), Whey Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Hydrolysate), Chicory Root Fiber, Whey Protein Crisps (Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Tapioca Starch, Calcium Carbonate, Sunflower Lecithin), Natural Peanut Extract, Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt.”

Dark Chocolate Coconut

“100% Natural Ingredients: Roasted Almonds, ORGANIC Dark Chocolate (ORGANIC Sugar, ORGANIC Cocoa Liquor, ORGANIC Cocoa Butter, ORGANIC Vanilla, Sunflower Lecithin), Rice Protein Concentrate, ORGANIC Agave Syrup, ORGANIC Tapioca Syrup, ORGANIC Brown Rice Crisps (ORGANIC Brown Rice, ORGANIC Brown Rice Syrup, Sea Salt) Chicory Root Fiber, Unsweetened Coconut, Rice Bran, ORGANIC Coconut Flavor, Sunflower Lecithin, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E), Sea Salt.”

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My Thoughts:

These bars are just plain DELICIOUS. They taste like a dessert made with the best ingredients. I see Zing Bars really being a favorite to those that have never been a fan of nutrition bars before. I truly could not get enough of these bars and was very eager to try each new flavor–which is not always the case. Some bars are chalky and not appealing. Zing Bars are moist, decadent, rich with flavor, and they taste like they contain real food ingredients–because they do.

These bars boast so many ingredients that I love and aim to incorporate into my daily diet, like almonds, dark chocolate, whey protein and agave syrup. A few of the bars I tried contain whey protein and a few of them contain rice protein concentrate. Ingredient-preference-wise, I would rather have the whey protein in the bar I’m eating, as I typically steer away from grains and protein derived from them. I could also do without the brown rice syrup and flour in a few of the bars. Other than that, I love what I see in these ingredient lists.

I would recommend these bars to anyone–especially those who are normally skeptical of health food bars. They will suit so many different diets and satisfy so many taste buds.

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Justin’s Nut Butter Review

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Justin’s Nut Butters

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About Justin’s:

Making the foods we love extraordinary, with an uncompromised spirit of innovation, sustainability and community.

We at Justin’s hereby decree that all of our nut butters will be made in small batches to preserve premium quality standards and our fresh taste.

We will only use the highest quality natural and organic ingredients that are sustainably harvested and found as locally as possible.

We will be mindful with all of our business practices by working toward reducing our environmental footprint on the natural environment. We will remain excellent community and global citizens and will only do business with those who pledge to do the same.

We will continue to produce and promote fresh nut butters that will always be simple, delicious and nutritious.”

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Classic Almond Butter

Justin’s Description:

“Introducing the World’s first ever Almond Butter. Wait, what? We’re not? Okay, scratch that. Introducing the World’s first ever incredibly delicious, all-natural, made with real California almonds and a secret nut grinding technique that we’re positive no one else in the World uses since we invented it ourselves, Almond Butter.

Ingredients:

Dry Roasted Almonds, Palm Fruit Oil*.

*sustainably sourced palm fruit oil

All Natural.”

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup

Justin’s Description:

“Think of your favorite peanut butter cup. Next, magnify that feeling by a gazillion – that’s ours. Nuts? Yes. Crazy? No. Just imagine what happens when I take the best tasting organic peanut butter in the world and delicately place it into the highest quality, organic and fair-trade chocolate available. Yup. Peanut butter cup perfection!

Organic Dark Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liquor*, Organic Cocoa Butter*, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla), Organic Peanuts, Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Palm Fruit Oil**, Organic Vanilla Flavor, Sea Salt.

*Rainforest Alliance Certified™ **sustainably sourced palm fruit oil

Organic.”

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Maple Almond Butter Squeeze Pack

Justin’s Description:

“People always ask me, what’s your favorite flavor? And I think they expect me to give some P.C. answer that I love them all the same, but I don’t because that would be stupid. Nuts can’t read, so whose feelings am I going to hurt? You’re holding what I consider to be the most perfect tasting nut butter on the planet, and I’m not afraid to say it.

Ingredients:

Dry Roasted Almonds, Maple Sugar, Palm Fruit Oil*, Sea Salt.

*sustainably sourced palm fruit oil

All Natural.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Talk about rich and decadent–all of these Justin’s products are absolute treats! (We fight over them in our house! ) 🙂

I love making homemade Almond milk with the almond butter (just a scoop of almond butter into a blender full of water & blend!) It’s incredibly rich, dense and full of almond-y yumminess. It’s great on an apple slice, a piece of bread, mixed into a smoothie in homemade baked goods and by the spoonful! I appreciate that the palm fruit oil is sustainably sourced, but I wish that the almonds were organic.

The maple almond butter squeeze pack is a dessert in itself–the maple sweetness along with the almonds is an unreal combination. It’s hard to stop eating! The size of the pouch is perfect to keep in my purse for a quick snack or indulgence. Love the simple ingredients–wish the almonds were organic.

It’s almost pointless to comment on the peanut butter cups–because they are obviously, supremely AWESOME! These little guys are so delicious & even better than the one’s you’ve probably been eating for years. They contain the good stuff and you can tell when you eat them. They are a treat you can feel good about having around–and they’re the perfect size for a little something sweet and salty. I love all of the organic ingredients in these peanut butter cups.