In what may be the most delicious PR pitch ever, I recently received a box full of Attune Wellness bars and an accompanying email that suggested them as a good on-the-go snack hack. In my experience, energy bars (or protein bars, or health bars, or whatever you want to call them) are better snacks for me than for my kids, simply because they don't like the taste or texture very much. I figured that if Attune bars could pass muster with the Dornfest Spawn, they were worth talking about.
The "wellness" part of the name owes to the presence of probiotics — the super good-for-you live active cultures that mingle, cavort and party with the little guys already living in your digestive tract. The supposed result: a healthier, happier digestive system, and hopefully, a stronger immune system as well. Probiotic-enhanced foods are popular in Europe (when we were in the UK and France a couple years ago they were all over the place), but are only now becoming popular here.
Attune bars come in two varieties: Yogurt & Granola and Chocolate. The Yogurt & Granola bars are nubbly, chewy, and come in fruity flavors, and the Chocolate bars look like…candy.
Which variety do you think my kids (and I) went for?
The chocolate bars come in three flavors: dark chocolate, mint chocolate (my weakness) and chocolate crisp. (There's also a white chocolate bar, but I consider white chocolate an impostor, so I won't discuss it here.) These were some luscious yummies, and between the small size (which keeps the calorie count at 100) and the probiotics, I felt rather saintly eating them. Interestingly enough, one Attune chocolate bar contains more active cultures, less sugar, and more calcium than many sweetened yogurts. Still feels more like a treat than a snack, but it's a nice alternative.
The granola bars tasted good as well, but still didn't make it past my kids. No surprises there. For what it's worth, I liked the Lemon Creme Attune bar more than Lemon Luna bars, which I used to buy by the case at Trader Joe's.
You can find Attune bars at Safeway, Whole Foods and a bunch of other grocery stores. You can also purchase them online at attunefoods.com. Use the coupon code FM001 for 20% off your online order.