South Beach Living Crispy Meal Bars

South Beach Living Crispy Meal Bars

The “South Beach Living” line of products is produced by Kraft Foods, which manufactures frozen meals, snacks, dressings, cookies and bars suitable for the South Beach Diet.  The bars are designed to be relatively high in protein, with reduced carbs, fat and calories.  The Crispy Meal Bars come in five flavors: Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cinnamon Creme, Caramel Peanut and Vanilla Creme.

Manufacturer’s Description: SOUTH BEACH LIVING SANDWICHES CRISPY MEAL BAR CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER Keep that classic combination of Chocolate and Peanut Butter close at hand with our Crispy Meal bar—even when you’re on the run. Every bar is packed 23 vitamins and minerals, 19 grams of protein, and loads of rich chocolate and peanut flavor. Buy individually or in 6-packs.

Product Label:

Serving Size 60g
Servings per package 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210
Calories from Fat 60
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 350mg
Total Carbohydrate 26g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 1g
Protein 19g
Vitamin A 50%
Vitamin C 100%
Calcium 10%
Iron 25%
Vitamin E 100%
Vitamin K 25%
Thiamin 25%
Riboflavin 25%
Niacin 25%
Vitamin B6 25%
Folic Acid 25%
Vitamin B12 25%
Biotin 25%
Pantothenic Acid 25%
Phosphorus 20%
Iodine 25%
Magnesium 15%
Zinc 25%
Selenium 25%
Copper 25%
Manganese 25%
Chromium 25%
Molybdenum 25%
Ingredients: SOY PROTEIN CRISPS (SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, TAPIOCA STARCH, SALT), MALTITOL SYRUP, PEANUT BUTTER (ROASTED GROUND PEANUTS), INULIN (FOR FIBER), FRACTIONATED PALM KERNEL OIL, GLYCERIN, MALTITOL, OLIGOFRUCTOSE (FOR FIBER), CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, MILK PROTEIN ISOLATE, NONFAT MILK, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, CHOCOLATE, COCOA, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, PEANUT OIL, SOY LECITHIN, BUTTER (CREAM, SALT), HEAVY CREAM, SALT, MONOGLYCERIDES, CARRAGEENAN, CARAMEL COLOR, FISH GELATIN, SUCRALOSE. VITAMINS AND MINERALS: BETA CAROTENE, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, FERRIC ORTHOPHOSPHATE (IRON), VITAMIN E ACETATE, PHYTONADIONE (VITAMIN K1), THIAMIN MONONITRATE (VITAMIN B1), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), NIACINAMIDE, VITAMIN B6, FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN B12, BIOTIN, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, POTASSIUM IODIDE, MAGNESIUM OXIDE, ZINC OXIDE, SODIUM SELENITE, COPPER GLUCONATE, MANGANESE SULFATE, CHROMIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM MOLYBDATE.

Comments: I picked up three flavors of the Crispy Meal Bars at my local grocery store: Chocolate Peanut Butter (described above), Chocolate and Caramel Peanut Butter.

The bars are reminiscent of Rice Krispie or granola bars, in that they have a cereal-like base composed of soy crisps. The bars more-or-less lived up to their name (although I thought they were more crunchy-chewy than “crispy”), and were sweet, without being overpowering. The bar flavors were pretty good, too.

Despite the name, however, I’d hesitate to call these “meal” bars…yes, they contain a decent amount of protein and are fortified with a range of nutrients, but the calories are low, and they simply aren’t as satiating as genuine food. Rather, I’d see these bars as “value-added” treats or – at best – an occasional snack or dessert. And the emphasis should be on “occasional” from a practical perspective as well: these bars are fairly high in sugar alcohols, which are useful if you’re trying to cut cals/carbs, but can also cause diarrhea and flatulence if consumed in excess.

Taste: (4.0 / 5)
Quality: (3.0 / 5)
Efficacy: (4.0 / 5)
Value: (3.5 / 5)
Average: (3.6 / 5)

Author: elissa

Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

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