Published on September 24, 2013
Getting enough nutritional fuel into the body on the run – particularly on the longer runs – is an eternal problem, but RunningMonkey firmly believes that variety is the key to success and avoiding excessively sweet product goes a long way towards making things palatable. A favourite for us is definitely the nutritious and undeniably delicious range from 9Bar, so packed with good things it’s a miracle they aren’t twice the 50g bar size.
The Original 9Bar combines sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and poppies with a carob topping, and serves up a whopping 277kcal from the 50g bar – 14.6g of carbs (13.1 from sugars), 9.2g of protein and good doses of omega 3 and 6. They also contain the likes of zinc, magnesium and potassium, excellent for replacing body salts lost through sweat on the run. But as important as what the makers put in, is what they leave out – no artificial additives, wheat, dairy, gluten, lactose, yeast and egg free. Impressive credentials indeed.
The four other original flavours, Pumpkin, Flax, Nutty (RunningMonkey’s favourite), Organic, all offer up the same, or similar, levels of nutritional excellence and the latest additions Peanut, Fruity and the deliciously different Savoury Sweet Chilli will all be making it into our kit bag for the next long run.
Made in Wales, 9Bars really offer something different and are set to give some of the bigger players in the crowded market a run for their money. They are available widely on the high street as individual bar for around 95p and online in box sizes ranging from six to 25 bars. Further details and online purchase at 9Bar.com
This review, in adapted form, has also appeared on our sister site TriGear.co.uk