Thursday, November 8, 2012
I was recently introduced to a fantastic, relatively new company called NudeFood. Hailing from Colorado, NudeFood specializes in organic, nutrient-dense, raw & vegan nutrition bars for the purist food lover in all of us. I was a bit skeptical at first, because most "nutrition" bars have what I can only describe as a sawdust taste and texture, but NudeFood has really hit the nail on the head with their product. Tasty, nutrient-packed, gluten-dairy-soy-GMO free products that come in a wide array of yummy flavors.
"Our bars and blends are 100% Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free, Corn-free, Whey-free and Non-GMO. Our meticulously sourced ingredients are blended raw, in a process intended to feature their natural integrity and nutritional potential."
NudeFood's mission is simple: "To feed people good food — with the understanding that a well-nourished body is the foundation for a mind engaged and a spirit uplifted."
No doubt there. You can immediately tell that NudeFood uses only the freshest ingredients when you peel open one of their bars. They even smell fresh. And they taste pretty darn delicious. Like ripe fruit, dates, seeds, nuts and coconut, all mashed into one delicious bar. Well, sort of. I was given a selection of their NudeFood bars to sample, ranging from fruity to an almost savory cocoa blend. Check these out...
Let's start with my favorite- The Pineapple Pomegranate Walnut bar. The combination of almond, pineapple, cranberry, pomegranate and sunflower seed is tangy and not too sweet, with a texture like smooth almond paste. An overall satisfying bite and unexpected flavor combo that I really enjoyed.
Next, we have the Mocha Coconut Cream bar. This one is packed with dark chocolate, hazelnuts, Himalayan salt, dates, almonds and coffee beans. A decadent nutrient bar loaded with vitamin E. I'm not gonna lie, when I opened this bar, it smelled like a fresh cup of coffee... Loved it. The nice thing about the NudeFood bars is that you can substitute a meal and feel completely satiated due to their nutrient-loaded nature, without feeling that taste is sacrificed.
On to the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk bar- what's not to like? Just the title sounds amazing, and it truly is a mega-packed-peanutty-good alternative to that PBJ sandwich you were thinking of having for lunch. I'd have to say this is one of NudeFood's most healthful bars, loaded with vitamin E, vitamin B6 and iron, not to mention peanuts, golden flax and Madagascar vanilla.
Last (but certainly not least) of my sample selection was the Cherry Vanilla Macadamia bar. When I bit into this, I felt like I was sipping some exotic, spicy-sweet cider. The cinnamon is powerful, and the tart cherry flavor really gives it a kick. It literally made my mouth water! This would be a great post workout bar to have on hand, to give a little extra pick-me-up after a long day of surfing or that half-marathon you just completed.
"NudeFood Bars are packed with important minerals, including selenium, magnesium, zinc, copper, and potassium. They also contain plenty of protein, beneficial fiber, and good fats... We pride ourselves on not needing to add any synthetic vitamins or preservatives. By using only the highest quality, all natural, and when possible, organic ingredients, we can offer some of the most delicious, nutritious foods around."
Not only does NudeFood produce great nutrition bars, you can also find a selection of Ultra Dense Breakfast Boosters:
"The Breakfast Boost is our whole-food smoothie booster/oatmeal enhancer/yogurt promoter/salad additive/soup topping/crust creator/sundae garnish and so on, as you please... Base ingredients include California almonds, organic sunflower, flax and hemp seeds, and cinnamon, providing an abundance of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. These elements are blended in ratios scientifically formulated to nourish your being. The Original Spirulina Blend features ancient super-food Spirulina. Considered one of the oldest organisms on the planet, Spirulina is good for the immune system, and helps with brain, eye, blood, and heart health, plus more! With zero sugar added, this simple blend is a powerful boost for any meal."
They also have an Unbaked Cookie available that is a great snacking alternative for folks with gluten issues and/or dietary preferences. The cookies are made with raw honey, fruits, nuts and juices, all of which are organic. Yum!
Kudos to NudeFood for their fabulous organic, vegan, healthy products... If you haven't figured it out yet, the NuDe is short for, you guessed it, NUtrient-DEnse. Shop online at: www.nudefood.com.
Ok, so now that I have stuffed myself silly with NudeFood bars, I think it's about time for an afternoon siesta. Actually, I'm off to marinate a pork loin, roast some potatoes and bake some blondie bars for Friday funday. Stay tuned...