Healthy Snack: Jigsaw Bars

Healthy Snack: Jigsaw BarsMost protein bars use substandard ingredients, cause stomach bloating and taste like over-sweetened candy.

So when I received a sample of Jigsaw Bars, I was skeptical.

When I opened the box and started examining the list of ingredients, I quickly realized that something was missing from that list. I read the list of ingredients again just to be sure that I did not miss anything.

Hmm, I still do not see soy protein isolate, sugar, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated palm kernel and soybean oil (hello U-Turn), sucralose, and nonfat dry milk solids.

What is going on here? Intrigued but still skeptical, I was ready to take a bite. The bars come in two flavors: chocolate (180 calories) and coconut-almond (190 calories). Each bar contains 12 grams of protein, 2-3 grams of fiber and surprisingly, real fish oil.

That’s right, actual fish oil, no funny business with plant-derived omega-3s that your body actually needs to convert into usable forms of EPA and DHA.

In case you are wondering, there is no fishy after-taste. The coconut-almond bar is a bit crunchier than the chocolate one, while the chocolate bar is a bit sweater – both bars taste great.

Jigsaw Bars are sweetened with natural sugar substitutes: erythritol (which I often recommend and personally use instead of sugar) and xylitol.

If I had to choose only one flavor, I would probably go with the chocolate flavor, but that is only because I love chocolate.

I like the emphasis on making the bars “easy on your digestive system.” The bars are also trans-fat free and do not contain gluten, artificial flavors or preservatives.

So am I actually saying that Jigsaw Bars are perfect? Well, if I were to be very picky, I would take out glycerine and xylitol. I would also increase protein to 20 grams, fiber to 5 grams, and add more fish oil, but these changes would push calories above 200.

Do I give Jigsaw Bars my stamp of approval? Absolutely! When I am on the go or traveling, and do not have the time to sit down for a real meal, I would use them without hesitation.

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