Today, SHAPE approved KIND Healthy Snacks is launching four bars in their new line of KIND Nuts & Spices. When I heard there was a new variety of KIND bars coming out I preordered all of the new flavors stat! It’s not that I’m bored with favorites dark chocolate cherry cashew and peanut butter & strawberry, I’m just excited to try more. Plus, the new nuts and spices collection is lower in sugar meaning no post-snack sugar shock.

In addition to five grams of sugar or less, each bar boasts five to seven grams of protein, at least five grams of fiber and no weirdo sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners, which can cause digestive discomfort. Plus, artificial sweeteners have been linked to weight gain and don't satisfy your sweet tooth the way sugar does. KIND Nuts & Spices are all-natural, gluten-free, low glycemic, non-GMO, and low in sodium.

New flavors include:

  • Dark chocolate cinnamon pecan, the perfect stand in for your pecan pie cravings
  • Madagascar vanilla almond, a lovely breakfast treat
  • Dark chocolate nuts & sea salt, which is my pick for naughty salty sweet cravings
  • Cashew ginger spice for when you’re craving something spicy and sassy

This morning I crumbled a Madagascar vanilla almond bar into a plain Chobani Greek yogurt for a satisfying, high protein (25 grams) breakfast that is keeping the midmorning stomach grumbles at bay. For 300 calories on the dot I had what felt like a decadent morning meal with under 15 grams of fat and 11 grams of sugar.

Starting today KIND Nuts & Spices will be available at grocery stores nationwide and at www.kindsnacks.com. What do you think? Can sophisticated spices replace dried fruits and sugars in your afternoon snack or will you miss the other sweeteners? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.

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