Savory Snacks Offer Food for Thought

Hungry? Grab some bison. OK, it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as the famous Snickers tagline, but it’s a snack that could soon be found on your meeting’s midafternoon break tables. Savory snack bars are making a big entry into the market this year. “Given that virtually all snack bars featured dessert flavors just three years ago, it seemed inevitable that consumers would demand variety in their mobile snacks, including savory, meal-like flavors,” says Danny Grossman, CEO at Slow Food for Fast Lives, which produces its own line of savory bars. “We expect these bars will be very popular at events and conferences, where participants would like to avoid the sugar rush/crash cycle by selecting a balanced, vegetable-based snack.” With ingredient lists featuring protein-rich lean meats, vegetables, seeds, grains and even spices, savory bars are gaining popularity among the health-conscious set trying to stay away from sugar, both the real and fake varieties often found in snack bars, as well as gluten. Here are three bars to try out, depending on how adventurous you are. On the road? A barbecue-or lamb-flavored bar might be a nice alternative to a Sbarro slice in the airport. 0518_CLWeb_savorybar5 Slow Food for Fast Lives The West Coast-based newcomer makes savory bars in flavors like California, a healthful blend of almonds, kale, pomegranate and quinoa, or Indian, made with cashews, cumin, cauliflower and coconut. 0518_CLWeb_Savorybar3Epic Not for vegetarians, Epic bars are high in protein and flavor and come in varieties like Bison Bacon Cranberry, Lamb Currant Mint and Pulled Pork Pineapple. 0518_CLweb_Savorybar4 Kind The popular gluten-free, seed-and-nut bar brand’s new Strong & Kind line includes bold flavors such as Honey Smoked BBQ, Roasted Jalapeno and Thai Sweet Chili.