Where have these savory snack bars been all of my life? I confess to enjoying the convenience of bars at least once or twice a week, but am overwhelmed at times by the added sweeteners. I need long-lasting fuel, not a sugar rush! Slow Food For Fast Lives could be the answer for many of us who are trying to cut back on sugars.
At just 6 grams of sugars per bar (9 grams in the Moroccan) and with an incredible list of ingredients, these savory snack bars are truly respectable real food. The Indian, for example, contains cashews, cauliflower, lentils, coconut, peas, mango, potatoes, and spices. Yes, in a bar!
Slow Food savory snack bars also contain 3 to 4 grams of fiber 4 to 6 grams of protein per bar, but shun protein powders in favor of nuts and whole gluten-free grains. Note that all varieties, except for the Californian (contains honey), are vegan. Here are my tasting notes:
California (Almond, Kale, Pomegranate, Quinoa) – This is quite literally a superfood grain salad dehydrated into a bar! It has a good, unique flavor blend with lots of little quinoa bits throughout, ever-present greens, chunky nuts, and frequent bites of dried blueberry. I’m not a big kale fan, so I was surprised that I liked this snack as much as I did. It wasn’t a “love”, but the taste profile grew on me more and more with each bite.
Thai (Peanut, Chili, Brown Rice, Bell Pepper) – Wowwy! The heat in this one really sneaks up. It was a shocker to my taste buds at first, then a delicious sweet and savory flavor emerged, but the final aftertaste was a little bitter and harsh in my opinion.
Indian (Cashew, Cumin, Cauliflower, Coconut) – I adore cruciferous vegetables, but even for me, the cauliflower scent and flavor was a little overwhelming. Once it mellows, the overall taste is quite pleasant. I think I would love these savory snack bars tamed with the addition of carrot and a little less cauliflower.
Moroccan (Pistachio, Currants, Carrots, Ginger) – Of course my favorite is the one with the most sugars! A completely different texture than the others, the Moroccan has a chunky, sticky, chewy bite. For more zing in the aftertaste I think these savory snack bars could use another pinch of salt, but otherwise, totally tasty and one that I would reach for.
I’ll definitely have my eye on Slow Food For Fast Lives. Their savory snack bars are exactly what I’ve been seeking.
Certifications: These savory snack bars are labeled as gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegan (minus the California), but at the time of our review, they did not have any of these certifications. They are kosher OU-D, which means that though they have no dairy ingredients, other products may be run on those lines which do contain milk-based ingredients.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, select Slow Food For Fast Lives Savory Snack Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian. Select varieties are soy-free and/or vegan. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Slow Food For Fast Lives website at www.slowfoodforfastlives.com.