Hefty, fulfilling and pleasantly sweet are the first words that came to mind after I polished off my first eatCLEAN Vegan Whole Food Bar from Trace Minerals.
I’ve been a fan of Trace Minerals electrolyte drinks since I first sampled them a few years ago. So I was intrigued when I saw their new eatCLEAN Vegan Whole Food Bar.
eatCLEAN Organic Vegan Whole Food Bar is a Functional Find
As expected from such a nutrition-focused company, the eatCLEAN bar is the epitome of functional food. This hefty snack blends energizing and sustainable organic foods (like almond butter, dates, flax sprouts, quinoa sprouts, and sesame seeds) with organic brown rice protein and their proprietary trace mineral complex for a complete package of protein, healthy fats, fiber, minerals, and fruit sugars. Each eatCLEAN bar even boasts 10% of the RDA for calcium and iron, but remains low-sodium.
The texture of eatCLEAN is somewhat of a classic energy bar. Each bite is soft, just a little chewy, thick, and relatively smooth. The sprouted additions added nice textural interest.
In terms of taste, eatCLEAN is sweet, but not too sweet. Hints of tapioca syrup compliment and enhance the dates and raisins rather than turning the bar into a sugar fest. Dairy-free chocolate chips add melty, sporadic little surprises of deliciousness.
Though I typically prefer bars with less overall sugars, I wasn’t left with that post “candy bar” after enjoying one for breakfast. Rather, it kept me going for 3 solid hours! It also left me satisfied rather than longing for sweets (a side effect I sometimes suffer with nutrition bars!).
Ingredients: organic almond butter, organic dates, organic tapioca syrup, organic brown rice protein, organic bio sprouts – flax, organic raisins, organic bio sprouts – quinoa, organic sesame seeds, organic dark chocolate chips – non-dairy (organic cane sugar, organic cocoa liquor, organic cocoa butter, organic vanilla), concentrace trace mineral complex. contains almonds and soy
Nutrition (per 2-ounce bar): 260 calories, 13g fat, 26g carbs, 5g fiber, 21g sugars (includes 8g added sugars), 10g protein.*
The Facts on eatCLEAN Vegan Whole Food Bars
Price: $2.99 per 2-ounce bar
Availability: eatCLEAN Vegan Whole Food Bars are sold at supplement shops and can also be ordered online from Vitacost.
Certifications: eatCLEAN Vegan Whole Food Bars are Certified Organic, Certified Vegan, and Certified Kosher D (for dairy equipment, not ingredients; see our Understanding Kosher Guide).
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, eatCLEAN Vegan Whole Food Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy protein-free (they use soy lecithin), vegan, and vegetarian.*
For More Product Information: Visit the Trace Minerals website at www.traceminerals.com.
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.
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Tasy & fulfilling
Making a solid entry into the competitive bar market, this on-the-go mini-meal offers substantial, sustainable energy. With a base of almond butter and dates, the flavor is pleasantly sweet yet satisfying. I loved the addition of sprouted flax, sprouted quinoa, and chocolate chips; fitness buffs will like that they add brown rice protein and trace minerals.