I have an inherent bias against products whose names are spelled in "inventive ways," so NuGo "Smarte" Carb Bar was almost a no go. However, always curious to try a new nutrition bar, I put aside my skepticism and decided to give NuGo Smart Carb Sugar Free Chocolate Black Cherry Bar a go. I have to admit, what really drew me to the package was the 16 grams of protein advertised on the front of the wrapper, not the picture or the fact that this bar is sugar free.
The basic composition of the bar includes crispy soy nuggets dipped in sugar free milk chocolate. As for the appearance - the soy nuggets are an ... interesting color. They're very unnaturally pink. I think it must be from the beet color listed in the ingredients. Very strange. Almost strange enough to make me reconsider trying the bar, but since I had already spent my $1.50, I closed my eyes and took a bite.
This bar tasted much better than it looked, thankfully! The milk chocolate coating mixed well with the cherry flavor, and the crispiness was just right. I was satisfied for a couple of hours after eating this, which is one of my requirements in a nutrition bar. It's not very sweet - and contains sugar alcohols, but I didn't notice any adverse effects from this.
In addition to 160 calories and 16 grams of protein, each 50 gram NuGo Smarte Carb Sugar Free Chocolate Black Cherry Bar has 4 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of which is saturated fat (6% and 12% of the daily value), 8% of the DV for sodium (200 mg), and 24 grams of carbohydrates which includes 7 grams of fiber (27% of the DV), plus 30-40% of many vitamins and minerals.
Overall, I thought this bar was enjoyable and quite different from what I'm used to. For diabetics and others watching their sugar intake, you'll experience a bar with no off flavors and a decent taste PLUS 16 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber and relatively low calroeis. You can purchase this online at NuGoNutrition or Amazon.com. Since I don't fall into those 2 categories, I wouldn't give up my favorites for this (Kashi and Zone Perfect).