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Good Greens Wellness Bars

Version:
Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate Coconut, Wildberry
Price:
$2.49

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On January 4, 2013
Last modified:January 13, 2013

Summary:

If this is what healthy tastes like, then I’m all in! Most of the vegan and gluten-free flavors are covered in dairy-free chocolate for a delicious “dessert meets energy bar” experience.

Alisa Fleming ~ Ready to tackle those healthy resolutions but not quite prepared to give up dessert? Have I got the bars for you. I’ve recently fallen in love with every flavor of Good Greens Wellness Bars.

Good Greens Wellness Bars - Dairy-free, Vegan, Gluten-Free

These sweet Good Greens bars are packed full of goodness:

  • Probiotics – 3 dairy-free strains
  • Digestive Enzymes – Protease (to help break down protein), Lipase (to help break down fats), Amylase (to help break down carbohydrates)
  • Omega 3′s – Life’s DHA omega 3’s, a vegetarian source of essential fatty acids
  • Fruits & Greens Galore – I can’t even begin to list out all of the goodies in their Good Greens Z52 Superfood Powder (from white tea extract to raspberry powder for loads of antioxidants)
  • Protein – About 10 grams per bar, which is pretty respectable and offers good balance in the nutrients

Plus, most of the flavors are chocolate-coated. A special touch that dairy-free and vegan bar aficionados rarely get to enjoy. Can you ever go wrong with chocolate?

Good Greens Wellness Bars - Dairy-free, Vegan, Gluten-Free

To give each flavor a true test, I sampled them all without looking at the label (beyond the allergen info of course!). I didn’t want to be persuaded or dissuaded by flavor names, healthy ingredients, and preconceived nutrition notions. If you think something is healthy for you, then it’s easy to convince your brain that it “tastes good for what it is.”

The verdict: They were all sweet and delicious!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Good Greens Bar

Not as intensely peanut butter as I typically like in a pb-flavored item. In fact, I didn’t even realize it was peanut butter until I did look at the packaging. But it was definitely chocolaty and pretty darn good. I would classify it as almost candy bar-like, and never would have guessed that it was packed with Good Greens powder. The chocolate coating was smooth and well … delicious chocolate. The inside is more bar-like, soft and a little chewy, but still with a sweet flavor and a hint of nutty goodness. There were some randomly scattered crispies (which I later found out were soy crisps) that added a little textural interest, but overall these are soft, not crunchy or crispy, bars.

Good Greens Wellness Bars - Dairy-Free, Vegan

Wildberry Good Greens Bar

This is the lone naked Good Greens bar, fully exposed without a chocolate robe. But that didn’t stop it from being quite delicious. This was the one that I could enjoy as a nice sweet breakfast bar-like treat, which I did. In fact, I devoured it at 8am in about 10 seconds flat. Once I took that first bite, it was impossible to stop – it had just the right taste and texture for a wholesome bar.

Chocolate Raspberry Good Greens Bar

This flavor was very much like the Wildberry Good Greens Bar, but with a chocolate coating and a slightly natural sour flavor from the raspberries.

Chocolate Mint Good Greens Bar

Pleasantly fragrant! I loved the potent mint taste combined with the chocolate, and it went surprisingly well with the fruity notes in the bar – slightly contrasting, but it still flowed.

Chocolate Chunk Good Greens Bar

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. The chewy “bar” underpinnings of this Greens Bar flavor were just a barely their reminder that you weren’t eating a chocolate dessert.

Chocolate Coconut Good Greens Bar

I loved that this flavor wasn’t overpoweringly coconut, but rather had a generous smattering of coconut throughout for a nice texture and flavor variation..

Overall, it would be hard to pick a favorite, but I’d probably repurchase the polar opposites first – Wildberry and Chocolate Chunk – the former being best as an “everyday” bar and the latter offering that almost-dessert essence for an afternoon sweets craving.

There is only one more thing that I could ask for from Good Greens: A lower sugar / less sweet bar option. I’d love a similar bar that is a little less sweet and has about half the sugars (though the sugars in Good Greens bars are respectable and compare to other brands that taste far less indulgent) to enjoy for my mid-morning snack. Early in the day, my taste buds can be a little more sensitive, and I prefer to keep the sugars lower. I wouldn’t want them to change the existing bars at all, but another “breakfast” option would round these out nicely.

To be honest, the only hard part about these bars is that good quality seems to come at a price (isn’t that always the way?!). Good Greens are a hair above my budget for go-to bars, but if I spot them on sale, say below $2 per bar, then I won’t hesitate to stock up in the name of healthy dessert! Because really, if you justify it as a nutritional bar and a dessert, then it is worth quite a bit more, don’t you think?

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, these bars are Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, and Gluten-Free. However, always see the packaging and contact the company for allergen “may contain” labeling and manufacturing processes, particularly where severe food allergies are a concern. Also, the bars do use certified gluten-free oats and their Good Greens Superfood Powder blend in each bar does contain wheatgrass juice, wheat sprout powder, and barley grass. These ingredients are classified as gluten-free, but they can have a high risk of cross-contamination with the gluten-containing seeds. Use your best judgment to decide if the bars are safe for you.

For Product Information: Visit the Good Greens website at www.goodgreens.com.

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About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry. Follow me on Google+.

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4 Comments

  1. TracieJanuary 4, 2013 at 7:03 pmReply

    This bar is exactly what I’ve been looking for — dairy free (no whey! yay!), low-glycemic and a healthy alternative to when the sugar cravings try to trip you up. But I’ll have to wait until it grows its market share. Ordering online puts the price per bar around $3.49. Here’s to tasting the sweet rewards of their future success!

  2. HannahJanuary 7, 2013 at 6:08 pmReply

    Wow, greens have never looked so much like candy! I guess that’s one way to get them down for the uninitiated. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for a local sale.

  3. DanielFebruary 4, 2014 at 8:51 pmReply

    I like the Chocolate Mint and Chocolate Coconut.

    Alisa, do you mind giving your personal rating on my site? I’m always looking for people who actually tried the bars and want to share their opinion.
    Thanks a lot!

    Daniel

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