Friday, November 7, 2014

Review: Slow Food For Fast Lives California Bar

I've taken a look at three Slow Food For Fast Lives products so far on the blog and while two of them were oddly appealing, the third was a big miss.  I mentioned in that third review that I was terrified to review that product because it was so weird but I was even more terrified to review today's Slow Food For Fast Lives California Bar.  Just look at the ingredients on the wrapper...not exactly things that you typically think of in a snack bar and unless you are a vegetarian or a health nut, you rarely think about most of those ingredients in the first places.  Still, they were kind enough to send me free samples, so despite my perceived terror, I knew I still needed to review this bar.  For the purposes of the hard numbers, this one comes in at 1.4 ounces and has 140 calories and five grams of protein.  It's also all natural, gluten free and all that kind of fun stuff too.

I took this out of the wrapper and the very first thing that came to my mind was Popeye.  This whole bar smelled just like one of those frozen blocks/boxes of spinach (after being cooked) that you can buy at the grocery store that look and sometimes taste far from appealing.  Being reminded of that immediately wasn't a great start for this bar and did nothing to quell my fears of this bar.  Upon closer examination, I saw that there were ample large almonds spread throughout the mix along with the named kale, dried pomegranates, quinoa and also spinach.  The exterior of the bar was CAKED in chia seeds and when you looked this in its totality, it really was a health nut's delight.

I took my first bite, which was difficult to do because this bar was tough I might add, and I immediately was overcome by a ton of that kale/broccoli/spinach flavor combination.  That flavor lingered for a while which was kind of upsetting and gross, but after a couple of seconds, I finally started to get a hit of the tang from the pomegranates and the spicy sweetness from the honey and cinnamon that were also mixed in this bar.  That hit of extra flavor wasn't enough to overpower that green vegetable flavor though and I basically found myself eating a vegetable snack bar.  Sure, it did have some crunch from the almonds and some graininess from the ample chia seeds, but it really was just a bowl of Popeye's dinner.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Don't get me wrong, I like vegetables and I like kale, broccoli, spinach, etc., but this bar was just too wrong for me.  The extra sweet and spice at the end of the bar tried its best to save this bar, but in the end, this bar was just too weird for me and gets a FLY BY IT rating.  It's not that it was horrible, but it just wasn't a flavor that I could get behind and want to eat again.


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