First of all, I know that I have mentioned to all of you that I’ve stopped Blogging. That is true, but on occasion (perhaps once per month), I may accept an offer from a company to send me some samples, then do a Review of them. The reason I’m not blogging much, is that I have a really full-time job that is keeping me busy, plus other personal pursuits. That being said…I did accept an offer for some samples to be sent to me…
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A representative from Detour® was kind and generous enough to send me a 12-pack box of 2 of 3 flavors of their NEW!* Blueberry and Apple Cinnamon Detour® SMART bars!
Detour just recently launched a new category of bars, of which come in the form of being naturally sweetened oatmeal bars. The Detour® SMART bar is certified gluten free! It also has just 130 calories, four grams of sugar, and is a great source of fiber and protein. Detour SMART bars come in Blueberry and Apple Cinnamon, and SOON to come will be the Cranberry Flax flavor all of which are topped with a Greek style yogurt drizzle.
Here is how Detour® announced this new line of bars: “Award-Winning Detour® Brand Enters Natural Foods Category With Gluten Free Oatmeal Bars
New Detour SMART Bars are gluten free, sweetened with Stevia and made with high quality whey protein to nourish the body. Now that’s SMART.”
“The new Detour SMART bars are independently certified by the Gluten Free Certification Organization to confirm they meet strict gluten-free standards. Each bar has just 130 calories and four grams of sugar. Like all Detour products, the Detour SMART bar is made with high quality whey protein to nourish and replenish the body, and the grains and fruit provide a balanced source of fiber and a nutritious foundation for maintaining good health. Detour SMART bars are lightly sweetened with Stevia, a zero-calorie, natural sweetener.”
Not only that, but check this out…these SMART bars have already received recognition in the world of health food:
“Detour’s entry into the natural foods category is already attracting attention. In August, the new Detour SMART bar was selected as a finalist in the “Snacks – Bars” category in Convenience Store Petroleum’s (CSP) 2013 Retailer Choice Best New Product Contest.”
You can read more about Detour® here:
“Detour® is owned and manufactured by Forward Foods LLC, which produces and markets high protein bars and shakes. Detour was launched in October, 2002, with the goal of revolutionizing the world of high-protein snack bars. We began with whey protein, the highest-quality protein available, which contains all the essential amino acids for muscle recovery and repair. And, then we focused on making the most delicious bars and drinks possible. The results are award-worthy! Our Original Detour Protein bars, Lower Sugar bars, and Lean Muscle bars & shakes all prove that you can have it all: outstanding performance and great taste.”
My Reviews & Ratings:
Blueberry – 5.0 out of 5 — Appearance-wise, when I took the first bar out of it’s clean, convenient & very appealing package, the bar reminded me of those cute little Pillsbury’s Toaster Struedels! However, because I looked at the nutrition label, I knew that they were much more healthy. I LOVED the taste of these and these are my FAVORITE of the two flavors! Taste-wise, the blueberry was delicious. I enjoyed the mild sweetness and “traditional” yumminess of this oatmeal bar, and the blueberry fruit “filling” was just simply excellent, and didn’t taste artificial. Texture-wise, again, it looks just like a mini-struedel, with it’s lovely soft exterior. Overall, it has a solid yet slightly moist consistency and stays together well, as it doesn’t melt or crumble like a lot of chocolate covered bars. Convenience-wise, it’s a great on-the-go bar to grab a few to place inside your purse, gym bag or stash some at your desk at work. They also can be easily eaten while in your car, as they won’t crumble all over.
Apple Cinnamon — 4.5 out of 5 –These have the same consistency, of course, as the Blueberry flavor. Taste-wise, they are also excellent! They have such a delightful combination of “apple” and “cinnamon.” The cinnamon adds just the perfect “zest” or “spice” to enhance the main apple taste of the filling. This SMART bar flavor reminded me of eating a warm bowl of Apple Cinnamon Quaker Oatmeal on a cold day — yet Detour bar “wraps” it up into a nice bar form.
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Nutrition: These bars are excellent! Most snack bars are much lower in protein than general “protein” bars, but most commercial snack bars high in carbs and sugar. However, these SMART bars are different and I like the nature of having a low-calorie healthy option. They are JUST what I was hoping for, as far as my own personal desires in a “Snack” bar-type category. They have lower sugar than other leading snack bars (like Chewy or Nutra-Grain), are less than 130 calories each, are designed to support a lean body, satisfy your hunger, are made with natural food ingredients, are gluten-free, and contain a solid amount of high-quality whey protein.
Blueberry — (Per bar) 130 calories, 2 g fat, 4 g sugar, 18 g carbs, 10 g protein.
Apple — (Per bar) 130 calories, 2.5 g fat, 4 g sugar, 18 g carbs, 10 g protein.
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Overall, I give these bars two-thumbs up!These Detour SMART Bars ARE definitely a SMART Choice! I highly recommend these Detour® SMART bars and encourage everyone to try them out.
(*Note: Keep in mind, my “Snack-Bar” category of bars is something that ranges between 80-130 calories, 1-4 g of fat, and 5-10 g of protein, etc. My own personal “Protein-Bar” category falls into the range of having more like between 180-260 calories, 10-30 g of protein, 4-8 g of fat, etc.)
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Here are some great links and resources for Detour:
- Website: http://www.detourbar.com/
- Detour SMART Bars: http://www.detourbar.com/smart/
- About: http://www.detourbar.com/company/about-detour/
- Blog: http://www.detourbar.com/news/cat/blog
- Athlete Testimonials: http://www.detourbar.com/athletes.html/
- Detour In the News: http://www.detourbar.com/news/cat/press/
- Online Store: http://www.detourbar.com/products.html/
- Store Locator: http://www.detourbar.com/company/find-detour-products/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DetourBars
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/detourbar
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Question for My Readers: Have you ever tried Detour’s SMART bars or products? If so, which ones, and which are your favorites?