It’s been a while since I’ve done any product reviews. I actually have a great, long list of items I love that I need to share pretty soon. But this is a special post about really great products with “ingredients that you can see and pronounce,” to borrow the very accurate phrasing from KIND snacks. This isn’t something I’ve always paid attention to, but I’m beginning to be alarmed by all the unnecessary additives and artificial ingredients in foods. When I have to purchase snacks and other foods, I'd prefer that they be made of the ingredients I’d use if I were making them myself.
No doubt, I could probably make the KIND bars and granola myself. But I don’t. And sometimes, I find myself out and about and in need of a snack and I’m happy to have a healthy option. Not just for me, but for my daughter, also. Recently, KIND has expanded their product line and added some awesome flavors, too. They sent me a package of bars and clusters to try out and I have loved each and every one. I have to say that my favorites are the Cashew and Ginger Spice, Madagascar Vanilla Almond, and the Almond and Coconut. I’ve sprinkled the Cinnamon Oat Clusters on Mini Eats’s cereal to make it a healthier meal and she loves it. She really loves the flax seeds!
Along with new flavors of bars and clusters, KIND also has a new product line called Strong & Kind, which is geared more toward the power protein bar eaters with flavors like roasted jalapeno and Thai sweet chili. All KIND Healthy Snacks are made from whole nuts, fruits, and whole grains and other all-natural ingredients and flavors. They’re a delicious way of getting your body essential nutrients like fiber, protein and antioxidants when you’re on the go. You can find them in most groceries, but for the best selection, see their online store.
I also recently received a product called Stur. It’s a flavored liquid water enhancer. When I first heard from the Stur team, I didn’t think much about it other than, yeah, I’d love to try something that will make Nashville’s water taste better. I’m originally from Memphis—which has artesian well water that is amazingly good—so I struggle to drink as much as I should here of what we call “Cumberland Punch” (so named for the river, which is our water source).
Stur was developed by a man who wanted to help encourage his pregnant wife to drink more water. But the other flavor enhancers were full of ingredients that concerned him. On a recent trip to Target, I checked them out myself (Mio, Vitamin Water, Dasani, Crystal Light and even Kool-Aid and the tea makers have gotten in on this trend). Though many of the unpronounceable words are vitamin supplements, I saw a lot of dyes, preservatives, and artificial sweeteners as well as propylene glycol. No wonder he didn’t want to give those to his pregnant wife! Stur uses stevia extract (an all-natural, plant-derived, zero-calorie sweetener) and natural vegetable dyes for color. There are no preservatives or caffeine and only vitamin C from citric acid is added. Even better—one little squirt makes a 16 ounce glass of water taste great!
So far, I’ve only tried the fruit punch flavor, but I plan to buy more. I’m really excited about orange mango, tea + lemon, and mint cucumber. I also like that this is a good way for me to get more water into Mini Eats without more sugar. I love the carrot juice blend I buy for her from Trader Joe’s, but this is a great option for later in the evening and certainly for when we’re out and about. Stur is easy to carry along in a purse or pocket. I haven’t yet seen Stur in stores, but you can buy it online as well through amazon.com.