I subscribe to an awesome monthly beauty box called Birchbox. If you haven’t heard of it, I suggest you check them out because I love it (Ipsy is quite nice also and comes with a cute makeup pouch with every shipment). They’re both around $10 a month (it may be slightly cheaper if you buy a whole year up front) and they send you about 5 samples every month. Now that I think about it, maybe I’ll do an unboxing in the future…Anyway, a few months back I received my box and was pleasantly surprised to see some nutrition bars included. I had never tried a nutrition bar before and since I was in one of those health kicks, I was even more excited to try them. The first thing you might think of when you hear nutrition bar is flavorless, followed by hard and disgusting. Well, let me tell you..that was far from what I had experienced after eating these. They were pretty darn tasty! I believe there were 2 different brands included, but I don’t quite remember which ones…sorry :/ Anyway, fast forward a few months and I’m still thinking about them. I did a little online research and came to the conclusion that the Luna bars would be a good option for me. I headed out to good ol’ Target and picked up an individual Caramel Nut Brownie bar. The individual bars were $1 and the 6-count boxes were just under $6. There were so many flavors to choose from including: Chocolate Dipped Coconut, Blueberry Bliss, Peppermint Stick, Nutz over Chocolate and LemonZest. These bars are advertised as “Whole Nutrition Bar for Women“, with 4 Core essential vitamins and minerals that are essential to women -calcium, iron, folic acid and vitamin D – plus 8 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber
Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate is all you see when you first open the package. Looks pretty good, right? Next thing I noticed was how quickly the chocolate began to melt in my hands while trying to snap a picture. It is summer right now, so that is to be expected, but next time I’ll definitely eat the bar while still partially in the packaging to avoid this messiness. The texture of the bar is hard to describe….it’s sort of like eating a rice krispy treat, but more condensed and a little bit grainy? Tastewise, it was pretty good. It didn’t really taste like a brownie or caramel, which is funny, but I still really liked it. To me it just tasted like chocolate with a hint of something else going on in the background.. Overall, I thought it was good and would definitely consider repurchasing, but there are so many more flavors I’d like to sample first.
FYI: Besides the regular Luna Bar, there is also Luna Protein and Luna Fiber bars
Also on my radar: Quest Bars. Have you tried these? If so, let me know your thoughts.
Nutrition Facts: Serving Size 1 bar
Calories: 180, Total Fat 6g, Sat. Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 150mg, Potassium 180mg, Total Carb. 26g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Insoluble Fiber 1g, Sugars 13g, Other Carb. 19g, Protein 8g.
Vitamin A 20%, Vitamin C 20%, Calcium 35%, Iron 30%, Vitamin D 15%, Vitamin E 30%, Vitamin K 10%, Thiamin(B1) 10%, Riboflavin(B2) 40%, Niacin(B3) 40%, Vitamin B6 80%, Folate 100%, Vitamin B12 80%, Biotin 25%, Pantothenic Acid 40%, Phosphorous 20%, Iodine 35%, Magnesium 10%, Zinc 35%, Selenium 35%, Copper 10%, Manganese 25%, Chromium 25%, Molybdenum 25%
Quick Update 8/15: Review of Chocolate Dipped Coconut. Didn’t really enjoy this one. I know a lot of people really like this particular flavor, but I just have to disagree. When I first opened the package I noticed all the chocolate on top was melted Not good. Then I took a big bite expecting to sink my teeth into some nice succulent coconut. Nope. No coconut center in this bar. Just some rice krispy-like things in the center and a chocolate coating on the bottom. The flavor was odd too. It was more chocolatey than anything, but with a hint of coconut. Not coconut in a good way though. More like coconut oil….from a bottle of suntanning oil that you accidentally got on your food and ate….ick! On to the next…