Review: Savoury Tooth Not-Sweet Snack Bars
I was getting ready to get back to work so I got new pants, as I’d lost enough weight that my pant size had changed. Whilst in Kathmandu looking for suitable pants, I came across some interesting snack bars and thought I’d give them a go. Given that my job entails me sitting at my desk tapping out code and putting out electronic fires, I eat a lot of food bars as they’re fast and easy. However, mindful of my diet, I was intrigued to see these are not sweet-candy bars like many trail snacks are, I’ve covered some in the past.
These protein bars are primarily made of a whey protein concentrate purported to lower blood sugar levels when consumed before a high glycemic meal. They feature a polydextrose binding agent, where something like treacle or molasses might be used in other food. The one used in the Savoury Tooth bars is a low GI soluble fiber with prebiotic properties. It helps to slow down the digestion process, alleviating blood sugar spikes and reducing sugar rush effects.
The bars are heavily spiced, using woo-seeming ingredients like turmeric for their active polyphenol (known as curcumin) which are purported to help provide an ideal intervention for type 2 diabetes. Ginger, chilli, cinnamon, coriander, lemongrass and garlic have also been shown to help lower blood sugar levels.
Importantly, these bars taste amazing and had a really nice texture. Not too hard to bite or chew, but dense and rich, not mushy or pasty. The seeds in the bars gave each bite a variety of texture. Food fatigue is a real thing, and having some variety makes a lot of difference. Remember that when you’re loading up your bunker or bug-out bag.
The Savoury Tooth bars come in “Thai Green Curry” and “Thai Peanut Stay”. Both really do taste like their names. For me, after a few chews and rolling the bite around in my mouth, the flavours emerged and I found myself recalling street meals I had in the streets of Bangkok and Singapore. I’d go as far as to say these were authentic flavours. Jut a hint of spice, certainly enough to get the mouth juices flowing, but not so much as to drive me to rinse my mouth out or reach for milk (and certainly enough to satisfy the Texan in my culinary history). They’re not Jakarta Crazy-Wings hot by a long shot, but not vanilla thickshake either.
From a nutritional perspective, the Savoury Tooth protein bars are great after any workout. Each 50g bar offer s 870kJ of energy, or 10% of a 2000cal daily diet, 21-19% of the protein intake, 13% of the fat and 6% of the carbs. There is quite a lot packed into these little bars, but with the heavy seed and spice content the bars come with a reasonably short best-before dates After only a few months the rich aromatics would age poorly.
I’ve found the couple I bought to be very tasty and fun to eat, and a perfect break from other sweet snacks. Not as satisfying as beef-jerky, but still, a good pre-packaged snack.
Low in sugar with complex carbs but high in protein and dietary fiber, and gluten free to boot, these seem to be really viable healthy alternatives to other candy-like sports and protein bars. I’m not a big fan of woo and straight edge vegan/paleo lifestyles, but these healthy bars don’t rankle me as soy-based, cruelty-free fair-trade hippie-bars might. They’re more the granola-eating, merino-wool-beanie-mountain-climber type of food. plenty of bang for your mass!
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About the Author: Josh Orth is a second generation expat currently dwelling in the arguably civilized outskirts of Melbourne, Australia. He’s lived in deserts, jungles and urban sprawls around the world and traveled/adventured into assorted inhospitable places around the world and has a keen sense of the speed with which the trappings of ‘civilized Western life’ can disappear. This has led him to begin writing about his interests and observations when it comes to the gear, skills and other necessities of self reliance of being equipped for whatever a capricious, occasionally indurate life might throw at him. This isn’t by any means to say our eccentric friend truly experiences genuine vorfreude about dystopian life, but if he had to he might not complain. Read more by Josh at Apocalypse Equipped.