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Monday, December 6, 2010

Kardea Bars for Calories on the Run?

Kardea offered me some free samples of their nutrition bars.  Shortly after accepting I received 4 flavors in the mail: Chai Spice, Banana Nut, Lemon Ginger, and Cranberry Almond.  All have 140 calories a piece, 7 grams of protein and 20 grams of carbs (21 for the Cranberry Almond). 

I tried the two most appealing flavors first:  Banana Nut and Cranberry Almond.  I found them much lighter, not as thick and chewy as some of the other name brand bars that I’ve tried.  Both flavors were appealing, especially the Cranberry Almond with its tiny chunks of fruit.  Yummy.

I left the Lemon Ginger and Chai spice for last, 1) because I’m still not sure whether I like ginger and 2)  Chai spice didn’t sound that appealing as well. (I’m more a banana and cranberry type of girl – peanut butter too, but I didn’t receive a peanut butter flavor).  Anyway, I have to say that I enjoyed both flavors that I left for last.

I munched on these Kardea bars both during runs and as recovery calories for smaller runs.  And now that I’ve consumed all samples, the jury (mine, that is) is in:  I give Kardea bars a thumbs-up for the following reasons:

  1. Good taste & interesting flavors
  2. Calorie amount (I prefer small amount of calories throughout my long runs as opposed to the bigger bars that pack a lot more calories)
  3. They’re small to pack

My Favorite Flavor:  Cranberry Almond



  1. Gotta love free bars...I got a bunch from Clif that I need to write up!

  2. Definately love the free bars. This was my first. Hoping for some free shoes next :)) (fat chance, I'm sure)

  3. Cool! Rockin the freebies! I am always looking for good bars to try out. Pretty picky about them because they are so dense.. so I will have to check these out. :)

  4. Hi Kate. I found these much less dense than Cliff bars. But they still are somewhat dense. They're not at all grainy though. I definately prefer the flavors over the Cliff Bars.