Over the summer I was fortunate enough to be a blogger at the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly expo in Mass and was able to meet tons of great gluten-free and free from the top allergen companies! One of the companies I came across was Zing Bars and were so excited to receive a box filled with bars to try. My daughter is a competitive dancer and practices two days a week for 3-4 hours right after school and most nights doesn’t eat dinner until after dance. So we have been in the hunt for a protein packed on the go allergen-friendly snack when we are racing in between school and sports. What sold me on trying these great bars for my kids was that the people who made them are all nutritionist and had originally made the bars to sell at their practice so they first hand knew what people were looking for!
So what is inside a ZING Bar?
Zing Bars are 100% natural with absolutely no artificial additives, sweeteners or flavors.Each bar has a nut butter base—peanut, almond or cashew—with added protein, fiber, agave nectar and either fruit or organic fair-trade dark chocolate.
So in addition to the fiber in the fruit and nuts, they add inulin from chicory root fiber, which has a number of great benefits:
- Inulin acts as a food source for the “good” bacteria in our gut, helping them out-compete the “bad” bacteria, like yeast
- The extra fiber from the inulin slows the release of sugar into our blood stream, preventing blood sugar spikes
- Inulin also makes us feel full, part of the reason Zing Bars satisfy for hours
Each Zing Bar contains between 10 and 13 grams of vegetable protein, the equivalent of nearly two ounces of lean turkey or chicken. Protein boosts metabolism, builds muscles, and supplies the raw nutrients for cellular repair and maintenance. 5 or 6 grams isn’t enough to make a difference, while 20 to 30 grams, like you find in many muscle building bars, creates a chalky, artificial taste without providing any added metabolic benefit, since your body can’t use that much all at once. 10 to 15 grams is the sweet spot, which is why they use that amount.
Low Glycemic Sweetener…
Artificial sweeteners, on the one hand, have many side effects and are responsible for the highest volume of calls to the Center for Disease Control. Plus they’re…well…artificial.
Most natural sweeteners, on the other hand, like honey, sugar and maple syrup are high glycemic and spike blood sugar. Did you know that 1 in every 2 American adults have erratic blood sugar, known as diabetes or pre-diabetes? The main cause is diet, in particular too much sugar and refined foods but the sweetness is important for taste and as an energy source and there’s only one—agave nectar. Agave is the best all-natural choice. Agave nectar releases blood sugar very slowly, which, in combination with fiber, protein and healthy fats, means a “slow burn” of long-lasting energy.
WHAT NO ADDED VITAMINS???
I was very shocked when I turned the bars around and saw no added vitamins but was pleased to see the reason why they do not add extra vitamins to their bars. Many bars on the market are fortified with synthetic vitamins and minerals, which can give a misleading impression that a food is healthy as a result. There is growing concern that eating too many foods fortified with synthetic vitamins and minerals may result in unhealthy nutrient levels, especially in children. They have opted to use real foods instead of synthetic nutrients to deliver complete nutrition, much like nature does.
Why We LOVED ZING Bars…
In a house that has as many food allergies as we do it is so hard sometimes to find a quick and easy protein bar that is not only healthy but allergen friendly. My daughter is a competitive dancer and spends 8-12 hours a week in dance class, most days she goes right from school to dance and has to eat on the run. I love that we finally have a high protein bar that she can eat on the run and that helps give her energy for hours until she eats dinner after dance class. We also loved the variety of flavors they had to offer and that they actually taste great, unlike most protein bars that have a cardboard taste to them! My son loves them in his lunch and for snack time and considering he is one of the pickiest eaters in the world and gets distracted very easily at lunch time. I know that he at least is getting some protein and nutrients at snack time when he is bringing these to school. These bars are great, tasty and full of nutrients for people who have food allergies or are living a more vegan lifestyle and I would highly recommend them to anyone trying to find a high protein healthy snack made by a nutritionist!
Zing was so generous to give all of my readers 15% off your first order at www.zingbars.com using code FALLINTOZING at checkout! Make sure to like them on the following social media sites as well!