Product Review – Bora Bora Organic Almond Sunflower Bars
You eat snacks, don’t you? Most of us do. And if they’re good snacks — natural, healthy foods that aren’t too high in refined sugars, salt, or the dreaded high-fructose corn syrup — we can even feel good about eating them. At least that’s what I told myself when I set out to review a couple of natural and organic goodies for this website.
From time to time, at Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) we receive sample items for review. As I’ve said in previous posts, those items are free, and it’s fair to keep that in mind. We do our best to be unbiased, but we’re not immune to feeling bad if we can’t say something nice. So, Joe and I decided, if we really don’t like something, we simply won’t review it. No point adding to the negativity of the world.
Sometimes, however, we purchase the items we review. And that’s the case with the food item I’ll write about today. We’ve been trying to eat more healthy foods, and with access to all sorts of good choices on our e-Commerce site (Blatant bias alert! Earnings from our e-Commerce site support BPGL, but you can most likely find this item in your local food co-op, too), I took some time to make a selection.
Because Joe is supposed to stay away from certain foods, our choices were a bit narrower than many of yours might be. Here are the criteria we used to identify the snacks we purchased:
1. Healthy snacks with no pineapple, oats, cashews, or milk products. Unless you have similar sensitivities, this doesn’t really apply to you. If you are sensitive to gluten, peanuts, or other foods, you’ll need to make a list of your own.
2. Made of organic or natural ingredients. Natural was okay, but organic food was definitely preferable.
3. A good value for the money. Value is a relative term, of course, but what it meant to me was to find a dense food, filled with nutrition for a reasonable price.
So, I set about finding two snack bars to purchase. Because of the way our e-Commerce site works, some of the items from the earth-friendlier side of the shopping site are available only in bulk. That turned out to be true of the two foods that I purchased.
I looked at a few of the many stores offered on the green side of the e-Commerce site and found several items to choose from. But if they met the last three criteria, they frequently didn’t meet the first one, because many of the items contained one or more of the foods Joe shouldn’t eat. Other than that, it was a surprisingly easy quest. We settled on the Almond Sunflower Bar from Bora Bora Organic Bars and another bar, which I’ll review in another post.
Bora Bora Organic Bars — Almond Sunflower
This one’s densely packed with healthy ingredients. The bars are sweet, but not too sweet; chewy without being a jaw breaker; and — in both Joe’s and my opinions — delicious. They also met all three of our criteria:
1. With “raisins, peanuts, sunflower seeds, agave syrup, almonds, Brazilian nuts, walnuts, crisp brown rice, rice syrup, and pumpkin seeds,” we were already salivating just by reading the ingredients list. And no pineapple, oats, cashews, or milk products to be found.
2. Although the ingredients list doesn’t specifically say “organic raisins, organic peanuts, organic sunflower seeds” and the rest, the label indicates that the bar is organic. That’s comforting.
3. The appearance of value starts with the delicious, healthy ingredients. Every one of these Bora Bora bars is densely packed with nutritious foods. On a couple of occasions, we each ate a bar at lunchtime instead of taking on something bigger.
But that’s not the only part to the value equation. The other is cost. At $1.71/oz., these 1.4 oz. Bora Bora bars are not cheap. But, if you factor in the shopping discount ($4.30 for the case of 12), then figure out the cost per oz., you get $1.45/oz. To put that in a bit of perspective, at the advice of a friend who is a naturopath, today at our local co-op I bought some items for making an herbal tea. The herbs ranged in price from $0.82/oz for scullcap to $1.88/oz. for white willow bark. (And I won’t even eat those.)
What else might someone dislike about Bora Bora Organic Almond Sunflower Bars? Take a look at the table below.
|Serving size: 1 bar|
Amount Per Serving
|Calories from Fat||
Amount Per Serving and/or % Daily Value*
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your calorie needs.|
Given the fat content, a Bora Bora bar probably isn’t something to try if you’re on a diet. On the other hand, if you eat this product instead of chips, candy, or sodas, calorie for calorie, it seems like you’d have to be ahead with the Bora Bora Organic Bar. And, take a look at the following features:
- All Natural
- 100% USDA Organic
- Certified Vegan
- Gluten Free
- No Sugar or Preservatives
- Trans Fat Free
- Low Sodium
- Low glycemic carbs
If any of these matter to you, odds are they matter a lot. The Almond Sunflower bar may not the perfect food (that’s an apple, in my book), and it’s no weight-loss item, but it makes a nice alternative choice for a healthy snack. To find out whether it’s right for you, check the ingredients and nutrition facts with care.
And if you try this organic bar — or want us to review another one — please let us know in the comments field. We value your opinion.
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