After entering to win an Attune giveaway on another blog, I was approached by the company to review their chocolate pro-biotic bars. I have to admit, I was a bit excited, because this is my first real review ever! Now granted, I review things all the time, but on my own dime. I promise to be completely truthful about any products I review, whether I purchase them myself or are asked to review by a company. I have never tried Attune products before so I was excited to try something new, as always. 🙂
Attune products are vegan and gluten-free. Their pro-biotic products include chocolate bars, granola bars, and granola munch.
Some stats on their chocolate bars:
- Most clinically tested probiotic strains
- 3-8 grams of sugar
- Excellent source of calcium
- Only 80-90 calories
- 3 grams of fiber
- Take it on the go
The bars arrived wrapped in a material to keep them cold with a refrigerant pack. The bars are supposed to be refrigerated for reasons I’m not sure of, but I’m guessing it has something to do with the pro-biotic cultures.
I received three different flavors to try: Chocolate Crisp, Almond Milk Chocolate, and Raspberry Dark Chocolate.
Yes, I sampled chocolate at 7 a.m. in my p.js. 🙂 I woke up at 5 a.m. and couldn’t sleep (even though it was a non-work day) and waited a little too long to eat breakfast. Low blood sugar always puts me in the mood for chocolate.
I went for the Chocolate Crisp, which the Attune describes as “Real, rich chocolate with rice crisps for a familiar, tasty crunch that’s just right!”
They are so right about the “familiar taste”. This bar tastes A LOT like a Nestle Crunch Bar.
Ironically, my nails were color coordinated with my chocolate sampling efforts.
I liked the Chocolate Crisp, but honestly prefer dark chocolate. I will definitely be sampling the Raspberry Dark Chocolate flavor next. I LOVE raspberries and dark chocolate – it’s my favorite fruit and chocolate combination.
But what about the nutritional value?
Ingredient Statement: Milk Chocolate Coating (evaporated cane juice, chocolate, cocoa butter, inulin, non fat milk, calcium carbonate, Anhydrous Milk Fat, soy lecithin [an emulsifier], vanilla), Organic Brown Rice Crisps (organic brown rice flour, organic molasses, calcium carbonate), Probiotic Cultures (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Bifidobacterium lactis).
I try to limit the amount of things I eat with unrecognizable ingredients. But let’s be honest here – I’m no food scientist, so it’s quite possible that some of the ingredients I don’t recognize are perfectly harmless. If you are curious about Inulin and calcium carbinate, click on the links to do a bit of research. I’m personally okay with things like this being in some of my food, but definitely not all of my food.
I also thought it would be interesting to compare ingredients with the actual Nestle Crunch bar. Okay, maybe just interesting for me.
Nestle Crunch Ingredients: milk chocolate (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, milk, lactose, milkfat, soy lecithin, vanillin-an artificial flavor), crisped rice (rice flour, corn flour, barley malt extract, sugar, slat, traces of wheat gluten).
So when you compare the two, the Attune bar obviously is a better choice, even if the pro-biotics were not present.
What I like about the Attune Bars so far:
– portion control (80-90 calories in a little package)
– taste (not as rich as a real chocolate bar, but still very good – there has to be a bit of a trade-off when there are only 6 grams of fat in a chocolate bar)
– ingredient list is much better than your typical candy bar
– it’s gluten free
I didn’t list pro-biotic cultures as something I like, because I do not really have any digestive issues. Although I’m sure there is room for improvement, I’ve never sought-out pro-biotic products. If I did have issues and benefited from these types of products, I would love being able to consume them in chocolate bar form. So, if you have “digestive challenges” or are just a fan of pro-biotic products, you should definitely try these, especially if you’re sick of eating yogurt.
I’ll definitely keep you in the loop about the other flavors. If you’re interested in trying them yourself, you can purchase them online at their website. You can also purchase them from a lot of healthy grocery stores and even some more basic grocery stores. There is a store locater on their website.
Don’t worry, chocolate was not my most important meal of the day. I had my most very favorite breakfast to gear me up for a long day of sitting on the couch and looking for a J-O-B.