Monday, July 28, 2014

Taste of Nature: Review

 
 Taste of Nature is a company that was officially founded in 2008 and is based out of Ontario, Canada. Taste of Nature specializes in manufacturing premium granola bars which are made with certified organic ingredients from family businesses and farms. Taste of Nature's Mission is to provide customers with the most minimally processed and highly nutritional bars -- the closest thing to what nature has to offer. They produce small batches of their bars to allow for maximum freshness. Taste of Nature is fully committed to reducing their ecological footprint; they use green business practices in their manufacturing, packaging, and shipping. They also recycle food waste.



Taste of Nature has received several awards for excellence, including: 2009 Silver and Bronze ALIVE Award of Excellence, 2010 Gold and Silver ALIVE Award of Excellence, 2011 LIVERight Award, and the 2011 Premier Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. It is not hard to see why! Taste of Nature's bars are 100% certified organic and made with non-GMO ingredients. They contain nothing artificial -- no hard-to-pronounce chemicals, no preservatives, and no additives. There are also no sweeteners (artificial), no animal products/dairy, no cholesterol, no wheat, and low sodium. These bars are vegan friendly, certified Kosher and gluten free, so they work for a wide variety of special diets. Taste of Nature bars also have a low glycemic index. What else makes them so great? The fact that they pay attention to detail, and care about every single ingredient that goes into each bar. Taste of Nature's ingredients are not ordered in bulk - they are sourced. Taste of Nature uses WHOLE nuts and seeds in their bars, and tests the ingredients before they are used.

Right now, Taste of Nature currently offers thirteen different flavors of organic bars, including: Argentina Peanut Plains, Brazilian Nut Fiesta, California Almond Valley, Niagara Apple Country, Nova Scotia Blueberry Fields, Quebec Cranberry Carnival, Canadian Maple Forest, Caribbean Ginger Island, Himalayan Goji Summit, Mediterranean Pistachio Passion, Persian Pomegranate Garden, Polynesian Coconut Breeze, and Louisiana Pecan Parade. Taste of Nature was kind enough to send me six different flavors in exchange for my thoughts!



 Canadian Maple Forest

Canadian Maple Forest contains, per bar, 190 calories, 12g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 35mg of sodium, 19g of carbs, and 3g of protein. It contains the following ingredients:

Pecans*, apricots*, Brazil nuts*, agave nectar*, brown rice syrup*, raisins*, whole grain brown rice crisps*, maple syrup*, sunflower oil blend* (sunflower oil*, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract*), maple flavour*, vanilla flavour*, sea salt, agar

This bar is amazing! When you open the package, you are met with a rich, maple smell...like someone just created homemade pancakes and poured maple syrup all over them. The sweetness of the maple is balanced by a smooth blend of the Brazil nuts and pecans. You can just taste a hint of sugary apricot. This bar could make anyone love nuts. I think it is a great substitute for breakfast.


Persian Pomegranate Garden

Persian Pomegranate Garden contains, per bar, 160 calories, 8g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 0mg of sodium, 21g of carbs, and 3g of protein. It contains the following ingredients:

Cashews*, walnuts*, agave nectar*, figs*, cranberries* (cranberries*, apple juice concentrate*, sunflower oil*), apples*, pomegranate juice concentrate*, brown rice syrup *, whole grain brown rice crisps*, raspberries*, sunflower oil blend* (sunflower oil*, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract*), agar

This bar definitely has an "exotic", other-worldly taste. Is is softer and a little chewier than some of the others. It is hard to put the flavor into words, other than the fact that it is a sweet treat that tastes almost "tropical". When I look at the ingredients of Taste of Nature's bars, I am always surprised. I wouldn't peg myself as a walnut or a fig fan, but when all of these flavors are mixed together, it creates a wonderful concoction. 


Brazilian Nut Fiesta

Brazilian Nut Fiesta contains, per bar, 190 calories, 12g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 5mg of sodium, 17g of carbs, and 2g of fiber. It contains the following ingredients:

Raisins*, peanuts*, agave nectar*, sunflower seeds*, almonds*, Brazil nuts*, brown rice syrup*, walnuts*, whole grain brown rice crisps*, pumpkin seeds*, sunflower oil blend* (sunflower oil*, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract*), agar

This bar is not as sweet as the other Taste of Nature bars, and reminds me more of a basic trail mix. It still has a ton of flavor, but it is a lot more "nutty" and "earthy"; this bar is great for anyone who does not have a sweet tooth and wants a good snack in between meals. My boyfriend said this was his favorite bar, just because it is so versatile -- he doesn't always crave sweets, but this bar fits into any meal plan!


California Almond Valley

California Almond Valley contains, per bar, 180 calories, 11g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 10mg of sodium, 18g of carbs, and 10mg of sodium. It contains the following ingredients:

Almonds*, raisins*, sesame seeds*, agave nectar*, sunflower seeds*, brown rice syrup*, pumpkin seeds*, whole grain brown rice crisps*, sunflower oil blend* (sunflower oil*, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract*), agar

This bar has just a touch of sweetness from the raisins and agave nectar, but is chock-full of that earthy, nutty taste as well. I like how you can taste each of the different flavors of nuts in this bar! I would crumble these bars up to put on top of my Greek yogurt in the morning, just to give it that extra boost. I want to purchase more of these bars for when school starts, because I will need all the energy in the morning that I can get!


Quebec Cranberry Carnival

 Quebec Cranberry Carnival contains, per bar, 180 calories, 11g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 10mg of sodium, 19g of carbs, and 5g of protein. It contains the following ingredients:

Peanuts*, raisins*, agave nectar*, sesame seeds*, almonds*, cranberries*(cranberries*, apple juice concentrate*, sunflower oil*), pumpkin seeds*, brown rice syrup*, whole grain brown rice crisps*, sunflower oil blend* (sunflower oil*, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract*), cranberry flavour*, agar

This was my favorite Taste of Nature bar that I tried, even though I am not a huge fan of sesame seeds! It had all the right flavors, and the cranberries were scrumptious. I felt like I was getting to cheat on my diet because of the sweet taste, but without having to feel guilty about it. This was the perfect snack for a busy day!




Himalayan Goji Summit

Himalayan Goji Summit contains, per bar, 180 calories, 11g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 5mg of sodium, 17g of carbs, and 5g of protein. It contains the following ingredients:

Peanuts*, raisins*, sunflower seeds*, almonds*, agave nectar*, goji berries*, brown rice syrup*, raspberries*, sunflower oil blend* (sunflower oil*, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract*), agar  

You can purchase Taste of Nature's products at many local retailers throughout the United States and Canada - especially in health food stores or grocery stores. If Taste of Nature is not available around you, you can always order their bars online, here. A case of 16 Taste of Nature Bars currently costs $28.89. Family-packs of Quebec Cranberry Carnival, Niagara Apple Country, and Brazilian Nut Fiesta are available (5 bars) for just $5.52.

As you can see, this bar didn't even last long enough to be photographed! My unknowing boyfriend grabbed it out of the box because he couldn't wait to ask me if it was a "review item". He took it to work as lunch, and he loved it. He said it gave him a natural energy boost, and he really liked the flavor of all the seeds and fruits blended together. He had never eaten a goji berry before. He is interested in grabbing some more of these bars next time we visit the store!

All-in-all, I was very impressed with Taste of Nature's organic bars. I love the all-natural ingredients and the lack of artificial sweeteners. You won't miss the artificial ingredients at all! The unique flavor combinations and natural sweet taste of the agave nectar and brown rice syrup are so much better than granola bars from other leading brands. You can tell that Taste of Nature really cares to make a quality product. I couldn't believe how many whole chunks of nuts that these bars had, compared to other brands, who tend to skimp out. Each bar packed its own punch, and there really wasn't one that I disliked at all. These bars are great any time of the day, and keep you sufficiently full. I love that I have finally found a healthy granola bar option that I actually love! I definitely recommend these bars to anyone.


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42 comments:

  1. Weird, I've never tried their bars before.

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  2. Those look really good. I love granola bars and those flavors look interesting.

    Michelle F.

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  3. Those look delicious! I love snacks that are good for you and easy to take along on outings.

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  4. I recently tried these as well. I think they are perfect pick me ups.

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  5. I love Taste of Nature. Most people eat a random granola bar they got from the store and think it's healthy. It's not. It's full of processed sugars. These are all natural, which I love.

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  6. Taste of Nature looks delicious. I've been looking for a healthy, tasty, on the go snack, and I think I just found it!

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  7. These look delicious. I love whole food snacks whenever I can get them.

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  8. Those look amazing and they are also good for you! I'm def trying them out, thanks!

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  9. Thanks for sharing your review. These look amazing!

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  10. I love granola bars. These ones look so fresh!

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  11. These look delicious and a lot healthier than other things out there. I'd love to try them.

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  12. i love these types of snacks they really do help. lately my oral health hasn't been the greatest so eating hard things can sometimes be tricky great reveiw

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  13. My kids would devour these bars. I love that they are healthy for you and taste good. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I love those types of snacks they are so yummy. I will have to try these out I have never heard of these.

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  15. Great product names - very seductive. Especially the goji summit one.
    Finally something I can eat.

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  16. i love things like this! they are so handy when i go out of the house or go to events!

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  17. Yummy! I haven't had a snack bar in so long. LONG LONG time. My son won't eat them so we don't really bother with them. Gonna have to try these. They look good.

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  18. I definitely need to try these! I'm a huge fan of granola bars and so is my family!

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  19. I'm a tiny bit addicted to granola bars and the "Canadian Maple Forest" sounds fantastic do they sell the bars in the US?

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  20. You forgot to mention how much sugar. I love the natural snacks. I am not a big fan of the one already packed though.

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  21. Those look so yummy and healthy. I love natural healthy snacks!

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  22. These are one bar that I really like. They are natural and delicious.

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  23. Those look so yummy. I love a good nut packed granola type bar for that boost of energy. I will have to get some of these.

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  24. i am a big fan of nuts + seeing those photos made me crave for my dose of delicious nuts. i have ran out of supply but i will make sure to grab some at the grocers tomorrow :)

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  25. I don't like nut bars but I know people that do and I'm sure they'll love these options. Thanks for pointing them out!

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  26. I'm going to see if I can find these. I have a 3-day seminar coming up and they suggested we bring granola bars.

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  27. Those big chunks make me happy. I'd try these, easily if I came across them in the store.

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  28. They look yummy! Well except the cranberry and pomegranate ones :) I may have to try those out. I am always on the lookout for tasty bars I can take on the go.

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  29. Wow this are perfect snacks for health conscious individuals. I would like to try the maple syrup and cranberry flavor. Looks like a yummy treat for all ages!

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  30. I don't do well with artificial sweeteners, so I totally appreciate that these don't contain them. I'm excited to try a few.

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  31. I'm looking forward to trying them. We don't eat sugared or artificially flavored products.

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  32. These look interesting! I'll have to check them out!

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