Simply Wellness Bars: Formulated for Digestive Health

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product by:
Wellness Foods
Version:
Coconut Almond FODMAP, Apricot SOOTHE, Lemon Coconut 0 FIBER
Price:
$2.49 per 1.4-ounce bar

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Rating:
4
On January 4, 2016
Last modified:February 16, 2017

Summary:

The FODMAP bar was our top choice, both for household dietary needs and for overall flavor. We loved the wholesome ingredients and "just sweet enough" taste (only 4 grams of sugar per bar!), but did find the heavy oat base just a bit too dense. Nonetheless, the size is perfect for a hearty, sustaining snack, and worth stocking up on (when sales hit!) to have a tummy-friendly option on hand.

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. I have to admit, I think they could be a trendsetter with this concept.

Simply Wellness Bars - FODMAP and for better Digestive Health

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.

Tasting Notes for Simply Wellness Bars

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. It’s a perfect fit for one of my family members. It’s designed 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 and chewier. They’re also a lot 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. The addition of psyllium husk reportedly helps to regulate digestion. It 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. Mayble also a touch of moisture to balance those hearty husks.

Simply Wellness Bars - FODMAP and for better Digestive Health

The Facts on Simply Wellness Bars

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.

About Author

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.

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