If you’re always in a hurry when it comes to food, but want to stay fit and trim, you might like the idea of meal replacement bars. Here’s a review of new nutritious vegan bars from French company Feed. There’s also a chance to win a box of ten, plus some crunchy chocolate snacks worth nearly £50.
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I’ve always been in two minds about meal replacement bars and shakes. I’m a firm believer in whole food cooking from scratch. On the other hand there are times when we all need something super convenient. And if I’m going to eat convenience food, I want it to be healthy and nutritious.
This is where the French company Feed. comes in. Their meal replacement bars are good quality, healthy and nutritious and they actually taste good too. Recently, I’ve been trying out a few of them for you. I know, I’m too kind.
I’ve been taking them to work for lunch on the days I work away from home. And goodness me, what a relief it is not to have to make sandwiches in the morning. Especially as it’s usually two minutes before I have to fly out of the door in order not to miss my train.
Of course packed lunches don’t just have to be about sandwiches. For more lunch ideas you can see the recent post I did about 31 vegan lunch recipes. But I find sandwiches are generally the quickest and easiest thing to make and eat at work. My favourite is my homemade mushroom pâté. But let’s be honest, these bars are even easier.
The bars are GM free and made in France. And of course, if you prefer the idea of shakes, Feed has you covered.
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Meal Replacement Bars
So, not only have I not had to make work sandwiches recently but I’ve really enjoyed eating the Feed meal replacement bars. I thought they wouldn’t last as long as my usual lunch, but actually they take just as long to eat, if not longer. They’re delightfully chewy, so it’s not a case of just taking a bite and swallowing. There’s a lot to get your teeth into.
The bars are also surprisingly substantial. When I’ve finished one, I feel fully satiated. You’re meant to consume them along with a glass of water, so that must bulk them out quite a bit. As well as protein and good carbohydrates, they’re full of fibre. So I expect that plays quite a big part too.
Each bar states that is it convenient, balanced and affordable.
I’ve already stated how convenient I find them. It’s so much easier than making lunch to take to work. The bars are super handy too. They aren’t to heavy to carry around and they don’t take up much space either. So keep a couple in your bag for when you’re out and about or your desk drawer at work. They’ll keep for a good few months.
The bars, however, are not just a replacement lunch. You can have them for breakfast or supper. Or even as a snack. You know what you need.
As well as for work, these meal replacement bars are perfect for other activities too. We haven’t done a long walk along the coast in quite a while. It’s been way too wet, but when we do, these Feed bars would be just the thing. Likewise they’d be good to take as a post workout meal, especially the Light bars. Or if you’re just too busy to cook or need to chill out.
The Feed bars state that they provide 100% of your nutritional requirement. All the protein, fibre, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins and minerals your body needs. They’re gluten-free, lactose-free and vegan. So unlike many similar products, there are no whey proteins to be found.
If you’re trying to count your calories, these bars are perfect. A complete meal replacement bar is only about 400 calories and you know exactly what you’re getting.
Feed claim that their bars are affordable. I’m not really sure how true that is. I make my own lunches to take with me when I’m away from home, so I’m not really sure how well these compare price wise. But they are good quality. And you’ll know you’re getting a balanced nutritious meal, which might not be the case with other products. If you regularly buy your lunches, these meal replacement bars may be perfect for you.
As you’d expect from the elegant French, the packaging is chic. It’s clear and light in colour with no in-your-face overcrowded graphics and text. The colour of the main ingredient is reflected in the outer edges of the otherwise white wrappers.
Meal Replacement Bars – What Do You Get?
The bars are both vegan and gluten-free, but they do contain nuts. The plant proteins come from soya, peas, chickpeas, almonds and sesame seeds. Rice, buckwheat and amaranth are some of the grains used. The main sweetener is agave syrup.
When I’ve tried meal replacement bars and shakes in the past, I’ve been put off by how sweet they are. The Feed bars are sweet, but only slightly so. And definitely not enough to put me off. Put it like this, they don’t taste like pudding. In fact I’ve really enjoyed the bars I’ve tried so far. But it would be nice if they could make some nicely flavoured savoury ones.
Feed: The Complete Meal
There are eight different flavoured meal replacement bars in this range. Feed have tried to make them really easy to eat, so they come semi sliced. In other words, it’s really easy to break pieces off the bar rather than feel you have to munch on them whole. Although that’s perfectly fine too. They weigh 100g, contain around 400 calories and cost £3.
- Banana & Chocolate
- Lemon & Amaranth – I really like this one.
- Apple & Cranberry
- Coconut & Chocolate – I really like this one.
- Red Berries
Two of the bars are even organic, though at £4.50, they do cost more. This is what Feed say about them:
“This range exclusively uses organic ingredients chosen by the michelin-starred chef, Thierry Marx. We have included four vegetable proteins with interesting nutritional profiles: rice, pumpkin, flax and hemp proteins, as well as olive and rapeseed oils, fruits, and superfoods, such as baobab fruit pulp, spirulina, moringa, achiote, acerola, tulsi and amalaka fruits, all rich in vitamins and minerals.”
- Fig & Almond – I really liked this one.
- Cranberry & Chocolate
There are only two meal replacement bars in this range, but I really liked both of them. They’re coated in a thin layer of chocolate, so resemble a classic chocolate bar in some ways. However, they’re only slightly sweet and much better for it. They weigh 70g and contain around 250 calories. It appears that you can only buy these as part of a larger pack.
- Blackberry and Chocolate with konjac
- Sesame and Chocolate with konjac
Crunchy Chocolate Snacks
When it comes to snacking, these crunchy chocolate balls are the business. They have a similar crunch and texture to Maltesers, but with much less sugar. They also have a lot more in the way of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. I really like them, but because they’re not laden with sugar and fat, I find I can stop at just a few.
A 90g pack can be consumed as a meal replacement as it provides all the nutrients you need. It comes in at 388 calories and costs £4.50. Great for sofa surfing.
I’m actually really impressed with these Feed meal replacement bars. They’re tasty, filling, nutritious and not overloaded with calories. When I’ve eaten them for lunch I’ve not felt hungry for the rest of the day. They’re vegan and gluten-free, so they’re accessible to most of us. I was thrilled to be able to eat them during Veganuary.
I wouldn’t want to have them very often as I’d quickly miss the salad and vegetable ingredients I usually have. They’re also too expensive for me to indulge in on a regular basis. But as an occasional work lunch, they’re ideal. Especially when you’ve left it too late to prepare anything yourself for work. Or is that just me?
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Feed Meal Replacement Bars Giveaway
Feed. is offering one Tin and Thyme reader ten of their replacement meal bars together with a bag of their crunchy snack chocolates. The bundle is worth around £50. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified.
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