One thousand two hundred bars. I thought I had miscalculated, so I ran the numbers again and again. Same result. I couldn’t believe that in 6 months I would potentially eat 1,200 bars while thru hiking the Pacific Crest Trail!
I knew I had to add A LOT more variety to my current selection, so I tried many new bars from large and established companies, as well as bars from smaller companies. Things I always look for in bars are: a short list of quality, organic ingredients I can pronounce that are minimally processed.
And that’s exactly what I found with Nii Foods! The bars are also gluten free, vegan and soy free.
When we hiked the PCT in the summer of 2016, Nii Foods offered the following four flavors:
Dates and nut butter are the base of all Nii Foods bars. All of the bars (except the Coffee Awake bar) also include organic sunflower seeds, organic sprouted quinoa and organic hemp seeds. Very nutritious and very healthy!
For most companies however, this is where it can go very wrong. Some manufacturers add low quality ingredients to make their ‘healthy’ bars more palatable while others don’t add enough variety and all their flavors taste the same.
Nii Foods has done a great job of making each flavor unique.
The Peanut Butter bar is creamy and crunchy at the same time thanks to dark chocolate chips sprinkled throughout the bar. Peanut butter and chocolate are a perfect combo!
The Almond Chocolate Chip bar has a great chocolatey taste but isn’t overly sweet. It’s the first flavor Nii Foods made and it’s one of my favorites! This bar has a great crunch thanks to bits of almonds and dark chocolate chips. Oh, did I mention this is a complete protein bar? It’s like having your cake and eating it too!
The Berry Cashew bar is very fruity, moist and chewy. It’s a perfect blend of fruits, nuts and seeds. Organic dried cranberries and blueberries are a delicious complement to the creamy raw cashew butter.
Lastly, the Cherry Coconut bar is tart (but not overly so) and refreshing. The organic, dried Montgomery cherries also taste great when paired with raw cashew butter. It is balanced, tasty and very different than any other bar I’ve ever had.
My only gripe with this and the Berry Cashew bars were that on warm days, the bars would stick to the wrapper. To solve that problem I ate them before 11am.
But even with this slight nuisance, every time I pulled out a Nii Foods bar from my food bag I smiled. From the California desert, through the snow covered Sierra Nevada mountains, and the North Cascades of Washington, I enjoyed Nii Foods bars for 2,650 miles, from Mexico to Canada.
And you know what? I’m still eating them!
If you’re looking for a high quality, whole food, delicious and filling bar, give Nii Foods bars a taste.
*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*
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