Monday, March 14, 2011

NatureCrops Quinoa Nutrition Bars

A friend of mine turned me on to NatureCrops and the company sent me 3 of their Quinoa Nutrition Bars.

Now if you've never tried should! Even if you aren't Gluten Free Quinoa is an awesome addition to any diet and adds great variety to dishes typically served with rice, potatoes or pasta. It's a grain, but it's also very high in protein and the amino acid lysine. I love Quinoa because it takes on the flavors of whatever you cook it with. I've eaten it as a breakfast cereal with bananas and cinnamon, or as a burrito stuffing with jabaneros and black beans!

I was very excited to get these bars...someone wanted my opinion...and my kids thought I was pretty important too (but that didn't make them clean their rooms any quicker!)

I was pleasantly surprised by their texture. I thought they would be hard and crunchy but they are chewy. They are sweetened with organic brown rice syrup and organic honey and come in 3 flavors: Quinoa, Almond & Sesame seeds, Quinoa & Strawberry, and Quinoa & Prunes.

Unfortunately, I wasn't at all crazy about their taste...they were too bland for me.  As I said, Quinoa takes on the flavor of what it's prepared with and there's just not enough of the other flavors to make this bar tasty :(

I do have high hopes for the company though!
NatureCrops bars are produced in facilities that guarantee they are gluten-free, vegetarian, Halal and Kosher. They also take their social responsibility seriously  by paying fiar prices for organic quinoa and buying from local cooperatives in the Andes mountains that support the farmers.

These don't make my list of tasty take-a-long treats,  but I will be keeping my eye on NatureCrops for future offerings! You can too check them out


Jennifer said...

I'm glad you got to try these... think they'd be better smerared with Nutella? ;) Nutella is GF, right?

Babs said...

Isn't EVERYTHING better with nutella? I personally don't keep the stuff (nutella) in the house because its too much of a trigger frosting...and I know I can't be trusted!

I'm sure these would be good WITH something. But for me, that defeated the purpose...finding something grab and go that's tasty is unless I wanna keep nutella in the car (ahem, read above) then they're just not a keeper for me.