I’m so glad it’s Thursday, which is officially blog day for me. This has to be the most excited and frustrated I’ve been prior to posting. Why? Well I’ve been excited because on Monday this week, a tasty looking box from Nom Foods arrived on my desk. The frustration has been that I’ve had to wait until today to tuck into these amazing little bars.*
*I realise now after just writing this paragraph that really I’ve basically been an idiot. Why didn’t I just eat them when I wanted and write the review afterwards? Why did I convince myself that I had to wait until today to even try them? Sometimes I wonder how I get through day-to-day life on my own. I guess my mum was right, I AM special.
Before I get down to the nitty gritty (note these bars are neither nitty or gritty), I wanted to quickly congratulate Nom Foods on two recent achievements:
1. It’s official: NOM is in the Oxford Dictionary.
2. Nom Bars are going all international on us after recently being snapped up for distribution in the UAE by Wellbeing International. Next time I’m there for work (which is twice a year, if you’re asking), I’ll be tracking some down.
Great work guys!
Where can I get my hands on these pheNOMinal bars?
I’m glad you asked. You can pick the bars up at Tesco Extra nationwide in their Lifestlye aisle alongside other healthy, organic and ‘free-from’ products.
You can also find them at Whole Foods Market stores – basically the best shop ever.
If that’s not enough, then check out the full list of stockists throughout the country.
I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s wayyyy too easy to pick up a snack bar, labelled as healthy, only to find out you’re about to fill your body full of refined sugars, sweetened fruit and soy extract. Yummy.
That’s why I think you’re going to LOVE Nom Bars. They’re organic, free from refined sugars, and dairy free.
The combination of coconut oil, cacao nibs, oats and low GI unrefined sugars makes them a perfect pre-workout and intra-workout (for an endurance session) snack, or, if like me you’ve just got absolutely drenched on your cycle home from work, a rewarding treat which is a little bit of heaven in bar form.
Ok, probably time I moved onto the section that you actually clicked on this link for…THE REVIEW.
A wonderful welcome to the world of Nom. To look at it, you think it might be crumbly and run the risk of losing half the bar on the floor. If this happens to you, whatever you’re eating, just stick to the 3 second rule and nobody will judge you (apart from everyone that’s seen you pick up food from the floor at the bus stop). Thankfully, it’s not crumbly, it’s just amazing. A delicious coconut and oat flavour with a perfectly chewy texture, and a subtle hint of cacao to finish off. Beautiful.
Ingredients: Oats,coconut oil, agave nectar, coconut palm nectar, oat bran, cacao nibs.
Nutrition (per 52g bar):
Saturated Fat: 7.1g
My favourite, I think. I’ve had bars with banana in before and sometimes the banana flavour is quite overwhelming. If I wanted something that tasted banana-ry (real word), I’d eat a banana. The beauty of these is that you get a hint of banana, all caught up in some chewy, coconut-y (again, 100% a real word) goodness.
Ingredients: Oats, coconut oil, agave nectar, banana chips, coconut palm nectar, oat bran, cacao nibs.
Saturated Fat: 7.1g
CACAO & RASPBERRY
The first thing that hits you with these is the raspberry, but it’s a nice hit, not a Mike Tyson left-hook kind of hit. Think more resting your head on a goose feather pillow, and you’re more or less there. Next comes the cacao. If you’re like me – a dark chocolate fiend – then it’s a taste you’ll want to savour. Mix all of that up with the coconut oil and you’re onto something real special.
Ingredients: Oats, coconut oil, agave nectar, coconut palm nectar, oat bran, cacao nibs, freeze dried raspberries, cacao powder.
Saturated Fat: 7.1g
On the back of each bar you’ll find storage instructions, which in all honesty are pretty redundant. It’s a real life fact that you will not get around to storing these for longer than 20 minutes, as they’ll be screaming your name from the cupboards.