I received an assortment of Nugo Dark Bars as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
We all like snacks, some of us (raises hand) likes snacks a bit more than others. However, falling into the trap of snack bars well that can get a bit tricky. Most are really a candy bar in a marketing disguise of something healthy. When I look for a snack bar I search for an option that won’t just give me a sugar rush, but instead provide some nutritional value.
Over the past month, I the had the opportunity to try Nugo Nutrition Bars. Nugo offers a variety of nutrition bar options, including vegan, high protein, low sugar and even gluten free, with all providing some type of nutritional value. My sample box was from the Dark Chocolate line and included coconut, peanut butter, chocolate chip, mint and salted pretzel flavors. What makes this line unique is the real dark chocolate made from cocoa butter and non-fat solids. This pure dark chocolate has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and even improve performance when consumed before a workout.
Ingredient factor aside, what matters most is how does it taste? I have to say, I really enjoyed the bars. I am not a huge fan of chocolate, so I wasn’t sure how I would feel about these bars, but I was pleasantly surprised. I even shared a few with my boyfriend and they won him over as well. The bar itself is a crispy rice base with a flavored chocolate coating. The chocolate coating wasn’t too thick, and didn’t melt when holding or storing a bar. The rice bar was dense and held a ton of flavor. Bonus points for being vegan and gluten free. My overall favorite was the salted pretzel, with the perfect balance of salty and sweet.
You can find Nugo Bars at quite a few grocery store chains (in Los Angeles, they include Sprouts, Vons and Whole foods) or on-line. I would recommend trying out a sample pack to see which flavor you like best before investing in a whole box. The price I found in stores in LA is about $1.70 a bar and on-line purchases come in at about $1.60 a bar. However, if you use code BIBRAVE1 at checkout you receive 15% off your order until Feb 8, 2017.