Always looking to up the ante on functional food snacks, Wellness Foods launched a line of digestive health bars called Simply Wellness Bars. Each convenient snack targets a different gut issue, and I have to admit, I think they could be a trendsetter with this concept.
Note that it looks like they may be changing the packaging from what I have pictured, so that they aren’t see-through, but you get the idea. At last check, there were three options in the Simply Wellness Bars line-up, and we’ve sampled two, to date.
FODMAP (Coconut Almond) – I LOVE the simple, straight-forward ingredients in this bar, and it’s a perfect fit for one of my family members. It’s designed for for those with IBS (a whopping 15% of the population!) following a low-FODMAP diet (estimated to help around 70% of those whit IBS; in other words, millions of people). Though the ingredients liken these Simply Wellness Bars to homemade granola bars, they are thicker, chewier, and more dense with oats than you might expect. The generous smatterings of almonds and coconut offer a light, comforting sweetness. Overall, it tastes “nourishing”, and while I didn’t mind the lower sweetness (just sweet enough, really), I did find myself longing for a touch more flavor. Maybe another pinch of sea salt, a dash of vanilla or a smattering of spices? To note, it does have a rich, fatty feel (though it is 10 grams, not out of control in my opinion) from the peanut butter and especially the coconut, and 5 grams of natural protein from the oats, peanut butter, and quinoa.
SOOTHE (Apricot) – This variety has similar ingredients, with a slightly more unctuous oat texture, but the addition of psyllium husk reportedly helps to regulate digestion, and may be a good fit for those with a history of Ulcerative Colitis, IBD, Crohn’s or IBS. Truthfully, we both enjoyed the Coconut Almond FODMAP flavor better, but the Apricot wasn’t bad at all. I think some cinnamon would maximize the overall flavor a little more, and a touch of moisture to balance those hearty husks.
Certifications: Simply Wellness Bars are Certified Kosher Dairy (they are not made with dairy, but this indicates that dairy may be present in another product made on the line) and Non-GMO Verified. They are also labeled as gluten-free and vegan, but we did not note certifications for these.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Simply Wellness Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Wellness Foods website a www.simplyprotein.com.