South Beach Living Snack Bar Delights in Whipped Chocolate Almond Snacks was something I picked up to help tide me through a weekend getaway. Almonds and chocolate are a classic combination as well as a favorite of mine, so the combo - not to mention the "whipped" quality - proved too intriguing for me to resist, which is probably why I spent the $7.99 on a box of 6 bars, instead of buying it individually like I would normally do.
I unwrapped one of the small 28 gram bars while travelling and took a bite. Initially, the almond-chocolate combination seemed artificial and strange, but then found myself enjoying the bar more and more with each bite, as I got over the super sweet flavor (these bars contain sugar alcohols). The almonds studding the nougat-like center were a nice touch. Alas, the bar was gone before too long, so I didn't really enjoy the experience much.
Each one of the South Beach Living Whipped Chocolate Almond Snack Bar Delights provides 100 calories, 5% of the daily value for total fat and sodium, 10% of the DV for saturated fat, 3 grams of fiber (12% of the DV), 6 grams of sugars, 4 grams of sugar alcohols and 6 grams of protein. There is also 20% of the daily value for calcium.
I have been having a love affair with Mocha Bars. I just had a delicious ZonePerfect Dark Mocha Bar the other day, but the 18% of the daily value for saturated fat left me looking at other options. I decided to try a South Beach Living Fiber Fit Mocha Bar.
The first thing that popped into my mind after opening a South Beach Living Fiber Fit Mocha Bar was, "this is small! The texture is gooey, chocolatey and slightly dense with a bit of crunch from the crisped rice. It appears as though there is a layer of peanut butter on top of the intense mocha base and under the adorning chocolate drizzle. However, looks can be deceiving because there is no peanut butter taste in the midst of all of the mocha (which is good because otherwise the name of the product would be way off).
The one thing I dislike about the texture is some small and slightly hard pieces dispersed throughout the bar. I am not sure if these unpleasant aspects are attributed to the hydrolyzed soy protein or one of the MANY other items contributing to the long ingredient list. Then again, these little hard bits do not completely consume the product and may not be as apparent to some taste buds.
A 35 gram South Beach Living Fiber Fit Mocha Bar provides 120 calories, 6% & 13% of the daily value for total and saturated fat, 9 grams of fiber (36% of the DV), 7 grams of sugar, 3 grams of sugar alcohol and only 2 grams of protein.
I love going to the $0.99 store because you can find some awesome steals (like Back to Nature Banana Walnut Bakery Squares). A couple of weeks ago, I purchased South Beach Living Strawberry Harvest Crunch Cereal for ... $0.99 a box. Actually I got two because I thought, "how bad could it be"... and plus,these (and all other South Beach products except for the bars) have been discontinued, so I didn't want to run the risk of discovering a delicious cereal, only to never be able to have it again.
The cereal looks intriguing on the box with a vibrant picture of crunchy flakes, bright strawberries and cute heart shaped cereal bits. But, pour some into a bowl, add milk and your whole crunchy, abundant, overflowing cereal dreams come crashing to the ground. The flakes are so thin and small (almost like they have been smashed before being placed into the bag) that they soak up the milk right before your eyes. I had to refill my bowl with more milk two times because the super absorbent cereal was undoubtedly at work.
Each bite, while mostly mushy, has a bit of crunch and a nice lightly sweet strawberry flavor, which is about the only nice thing I can say about this cereal. However, you will probably consume about twice as many calories when compared with your average breakfast cereal because after the flakes have sopped up the milk, your bowl will appear about half full (playing tricks with your mind).
I'm a big fan of the South Beach Living (formerly Diet) line, so when I saw their Snack Bar Delights in the grocery store, I had to try some. I was deciding between the two available flavors - Chocolate Raspberry and Chocolate Mint - and ended up going with the latter. I bought a box of 6 for $5.49 which is not too bad since each bar works out to be less than $1.00 (... well not too bad if these bars taste good).
First thing I did when I got home was take out a bar and check out the label. Each 28 gram bar provides 100 calories, 6% of the daily value for total fat, but 15% of the DV for saturated fat, plus, 20% of the DV for fiber, 5 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein.
I wasn't too pleased with the high saturated fat content, but I bit into a bar anyway, and was delighted with the taste. Ooh, it's chewy and rich, and the mint flavor was perfect - not artificial, but definitely delicious. Whereas I wasn't impressed with the Chocolate Mint flavor of the Doctor's CarbRite Diet Bar, I was with this South Beach version.
As a college student on the go, I have come to rely on nutrition bars for when I'm hungry between classes and do not have time to seek out healthy food. I am a huge fan of the Fiber One Bars because of their high fiber count and delicious taste, but I have been getting a little bored with them, so I decided to try out another fiber-packed bar- South Beach Living's Fiber Fit bar in S'mores.
When it comes to taste and appearance, I would never know this was not a naughty candy bar. There is a thick layer of marshmallow atop a chocolate covered granola bar, with chocolate drizzle over the top of the marshmallow ... delicious! I felt like I was eating a real S'more around a campfire. I had to check over the label while I was eating to make sure I hadn't misread the calorie count, which was only 120. I was surprised that something this delicious and dessert-like could pack in 9 grams of fiber as well (35% of the recommended daily value).
I am not generally a big fan of the South Beach Living frozen entrees, which has actually been discontinued, but South Beach Diet Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Harvest Wheat Crust Pizza has been my one exception. Therefore, I figured that a few of their other frozen pizzas might be worth a shot, so I scooped the Buffalo Style Chicken Pizza. After 18 minutes in a 425 degree oven, I was fully prepared to dive in.
The "harvest wheat crust" is the perfect thickness; it is chewy, but thin enough that you still get some crunch. The sauce adorning the hearty base is not your average marinara. Instead, it is comparable to what you would find dripping off of a restaurant style buffalo wing. The special sauce gives the pizza a kick, but not to the point where it is unbearable (and I am not usually one for spiciness). The chicken has a great texture and, while there is not an over abundance, you get enough to satisfy your taste buds in each bite. My one complaint is the cheese (a very important factor when it comes to pizza). It does not melt in a gooey "pizza" way, like the front of the box displays, but just hardens a bit and melds together.