Monday, May 21, 2012

Review: thinkThin Crunch Cranberry Apple and Mixed Nuts

I first heard of thinkThin bars from celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson. I enjoy Tracy's fun and engaging dance workouts, but I've had trouble following some of her nutrional advice due to my vegan diet. I was glad to see that thinkThin was finally expanding into the vegan market by offering three thinkThin Crunch Fruit & Nut flavors without honey or dairy.

  • Nice texture - crispy, chewy and crunchy
  • Vegan and Gluten-free
  • Available in many retail stores
  • Affordable
  • Lower in sugar than most fruit and nut bars
  • Not organic
thinkThin Crunch bars pack almost twice as much protein as I've seen in most fruit and nut bars. Although eight grams is still less than many "energy" bars, one bar is a satisfying snack or breakfast for me. I love how they have been developed with lower sugar in mind; the cranberry bar has eight grams while the bluberry has only six.

There is a nice mix of textures: soy crisps and almonds provide crunch while the sweeteners help make it chewy. However, the main disadvantage to these bars is that they don't contain any organic ingredients. At a regular price of almost $2 per bar, I would've expected to see some organic ingredients. If you can find them on sale, then these tasty treats can be a good deal.

Also available on Cranberry, Blueberry, and Cherry flavors.

Nutrition Highlights (Cranberry Apple and Mixed Nuts):
170 calories (80 from fat); 8g protein, 8g sugar

Ingredients (Cranberry): 
Almonds, Soy Crisps (Soy Protein Isolate, Tapioca Starch), Peanuts, Cranberries, (Cranberries, Pineapple Juice, Sugar, Sunflower Oil), Brown Rice Syrup, Chicory Fiber, Cashews, Dextrose, Apples, Natural Flavors, Soy Lecithin, Citric Acid, Sea Salt.

Product Ratings (out of 5)


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