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When Hunger Strikes, Reach for NudeFood’s Nutrient-Dense Bars and Breakfast Boosts

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Product Review by EvG team member Lauren Stewart: 

Everyone could use a healthy, raw snack they can feel good about. When hunger strikes on the go, it's nice to pull food out of your bag and quickly refuel without sacrificing quality ingredients and nutrition. That's where products like NudeFood are handy. 

According to the company website, NudeFood is short for "Nutrient-Dense Food." After reading the ingredients and testing each of their products, I would definitely say they hold true to their name. NudeFood is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, raw, organic, and of course, nutrient-dense. Their products are free of refined white sugar and flour, and are packed with healthy ingredients. As advertised on their packaging, they have "Zero Empty Calories." Also, the organic coffee, cacao powder, and chocolate used in NudeFood products are sourced only from Fair-Trade Certified importers. Nice!

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NudeFood consists of nutrition bars, Breakfast Boost powders, and raw Honey Cookies from their sister company, Licious Organics. Here is a breakdown of all the flavors and my opinion on them.

NudeFood bars: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk, Cherry Vanilla Macadamia, Pineapple Pomegranate Walnut, Mocha Coconut Cream*, Walnut Brownie Mint, and Chocolate Hanuman Chai.

  • The bars are flavorful and sweet, but not overly sweet. They are similar to Larabars, but with a softer, smoother texture.
  • The flavor variety is great. For example, the Cherry Vanilla Macadamia contained ginger and cardamom spices that provided a slight kick to balance the sweetness. Definitely my favorite!
  • These would be great for anyone needing a healthy snack throughout the day, especially after a workout.

Ultra-Dense Breakfast Boosts: Spirulina, Antioxidant Berry, and Coconut Pecan Probiotic*

  • Initially, I assumed these would be exactly like a protein powder in texture, but they are grainier and nuttier.
  • The Antioxidant Berry flavor made for a perfect breakfast mixed in with some plain almond yogurt, and the Coconut Pecan was a nice complement to a bowl of whole grain cereal.
  • I imagine these would be fun to add into pancakes or other baked goods too for additional flavor and nutrition.
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Honey Cookies: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cranberry Almond, and Cherry Berry

  • Note: As suggested by the name, these cookies contain honey and are therefore not strict vegan. If you avoid all types of honey, enjoy their bars and Boost powders instead.
  • In contrast to the smoothness of the bars, these cookies are bulkier in texture, with more prominent nut pieces. They are also pretty heavy on the coconut flavor and texture. The Cherry Berry cookie is nut-free.

My only complaint would be that the fat content is pretty high in all of the products. However, knowing that it is coming from healthy fat sources in the nuts makes up for it. Also, though there are added sugars in NudeFood, they all come from less refined and nutritious places like dates and low-glycemic sources like coconut sugar.

I can say for sure that I would use NudeFood products again, especially the Breakfast Boosts in my morning almond yogurt. So if you like healthy, raw, whole food snacks, I say give NudeFood a try.

Which NudeFood product most interests you? Tell us in the comments below.

*According to the NudeFood website, the Mocha Coconut Cream bar and Coconut Pecan Probiotic Boost contain coconut cream powder that contains trace amounts of casein, so just these two flavors are not technically vegan.

Lauren is a webmaster in Austin, TX, where she enjoys creating healthy vegan treats, hanging with her pets and boyfriend, and occasionally writing about both on her blog, Kale and Cupcake.

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