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Zing Bars Review

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Zing Bars

Overall Rating: images

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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Camelbak Relay Water Filter Pitcher Review

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Camelbak Relay Water Filter

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS

About Camelbak Relay:

“CamelBak® Relay™ reinvents home water filtration with a unique Double Filter Technology that allows you to filter at the speed of your faucet. The innovative double-filter design removes chlorine, taste, and odors twice—every time you fill and every time you pour. Made with plant based activated carbon, each Fresh™ Filter lasts twice as long as the leading competitor—up to four months. With its spill-proof locking lid and space-saving design, Relay goes from your faucet to your fridge in a snap. It’s so fast and easy, you’ll discover all kinds of new uses for filtered water, from making your morning coffee to washing fruits and vegetables. Learn more at relay.camelbak.com. 10-cup (80oz) capacity. Dishwasher safe (top rack). ”

DOUBLE FILTER TECHNOLOGY

Filter as you fill and again as you pour for great tasting water. This dual filter system is the secret to delivering freshly filtered water, fast.

FAST FILLING

The Relay Fresh Filter is pleated, which increases the amount of water that comes into contact with the filter at a time. This design allows Relay to filter water 10X faster than the leading competitor.

EFFECTIVE FILTERING

The Relay Fresh Filter is packed with plant-based activated carbon that is embedded into a non-woven material. Independent test data shows Relay removes 97% of chlorine, taste and odor (see test data here).

LOCKING LID STAYS IN PLACE

No more super slo-mo trips from the faucet to the fridge. The Relay lid snaps on and locks tight, ensuring that you won’t slosh water all over the kitchen floor.

NO SPILLS WHEN YOU POUR

CamelBak Relay filters at the speed of your faucet. This eliminates the need for a filling reservoir (located at the top of most pitchers), making Relay easy to balance and virtually impossible to spill.”

My Thoughts:

When Camelbak contacted me to share their newest product, the Camelbak relay Pitcher,  I was very excited to incorporate this product into my family’s daily routine. Between filling up glasses of drinking water, filling up a blender, filling up the coffee maker, filling up the dog bowl and other kitchen necessities, we require quite a bit of filtered water in a day’s time! Though we have a large filter jug that we keep in the kitchen, this Camelbak pitcher fits into our routine nicely, as it:

-Fits on a refridgerator shelf (our other, larger filter does not)

-(Seriously) filters water as fast as it comes out of the faucet–it’s amazing to watch.

-Holds enough water to fill up several glasses of water-

-Doesn’t leak as you pour (most filters, from my experience, leak and make a mess!)

-Is BPA free, like other Camelbak products

My scrutiny is that with the convenience of quick, filtered water, comes a compromise in how many impurities can be filtered out (understandably so). For a quick way to minimize chlorine and bad taste, this pitcher gets the job done!