Review: Sencha Naturals

by Jenn (eating bender) on August 31, 2008

Hello, blogosphere!

I realize my schedule is a bit mixed up this weekend (blame it on the golf, it’s all golf’s fault), but since we didn’t really have an exciting Sunday brunch this weekend, I figured I would give you a new review today instead :mrgreen: Ready, set, ok!

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Adela from Sencha Naturals, a company that makes vegan, gluten-free bars and mints that are infused with green tea. She was nice enough to send me a package with samples of each flavor to review for the blog!

Over the course of a week at work, I made my way through each of the Green Tea Bars and gave the Green Tea Mints a try, too. Thanks again to Adela, and without further ado – my review!

Note: The quoted material is from the Sencha Naturals site!

Sencha Naturals Green Tea Bars

From the reading material I was given on these bars, I’ve found some pretty outstanding facts about their nutritional value. Each whole grain bar has “the equivalent of three cups of green tea in terms of polyphenol content.” AND, each bar is also:

  • 100% natural and vegan
  • 80% organic
  • Wheat and gluten-free
  • Fair-trade certified
  • Decaffeinated

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Original

Description:

“An exquisite blend of lightly roasted organic brown rice complimented with a medley of antioxidant rich goji berries, nuts and seeds. A perfect pairing of whole food nutrition infused by its green tea counterpart.”

Ingredients:

Almonds, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Dates and Dried Plums, Organic Brown Rice, Goji Berries, Matcha Tea and Green Tea Extract, Concentrated Soy Protein, Rice Flour, Natural Flavors, Spices, Sea Salt, and Lo Han Guo. Contains Soy, Almonds and Pistachios.

Review:

I was amazed by just how much this bar smells like green tea! When I pulled it out of the packaging, it was as if I was holding green tea in solid form. As you can see from the picture, this bar is made up of several different nuts and fruits packed together. It was definitely more of a nutty texture and taste than sweet, and the green tea taste permeated throughout the bar. My favorite parts of the bar were those pumpkin seeds and it definitely kept me full for at least 2 hours. If you are a person who loves green tea, I would highly recommend this bar because that taste is definitely present.

Nutrition:

  • 220 calories
  • 9g fat
  • 29g carbohydrates
  • 3g fiber
  • 12g sugar
  • 9g protein

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Delicate Pear

Description:

“A sweet medley of ripe pears, dates, and prunes accented with hints of ginger and green tea. A succulent blend that provides sweet overtones balanced with whole grain nutrition.”

Ingredients:

Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Roasted Soybeans, Almonds, and Sesame Seeds, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Dates and Dried Plums, Glacéd Pears, Organic Brown Rice, Concentrated Soy Protein, Rice Flour, Matcha Tea and Green Tea Extract, Natural Flavors, Spices, Sea Salt and Lo Han Guo. Contains Soy, Almonds and Pistachios.

Review:

Again upon opening the package, the smell of green tea couldn’t be mistaken. This time, however, there was also a slight smell of pear – which would make sense, of course 😉 In terms of taste, this bar wasn’t all that different from the original. The only real difference in the ingredient list is the pears, so it’s not surprising that there wasn’t much difference in taste. Of course, the pumpkin seeds were still my favorite part of the bar and the green tea taste was present throughout again!

Nutrition:

  • 220 calories
  • 8g fat
  • 30g carbohydrates
  • 3g fiber
  • 12g sugar
  • 9g protein

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Lively Lemongrass

Description:

“A sophisticated sensation of fresh cut lemongrass mingled with ginger, green tea and lemon peel. An ecletic fusion of flavors that will enliven your palate one tingle at a time.”

Ingredients:

Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Roasted Soybeans, Black Sesame Seeds and Flax Seeds, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Dates and Dried Plums, Organic Brown Rice, Glacéd Lemon Peel and Crystallized Ginger, Concentrated Soy Protein, Rice Flour, Matcha Tea and Green Tea Extract,Natural Flavors, Spices, Sea Salt and Lo Han Guo. Contains Soy, Almonds and Pistachios.

Review:

The lemongrass version was by far my favorite of these bars. The addition of the lemon flavor was much more present than the pear version, which provided a nice contrast and an extra boost of good taste compared to the others. Again, this bar is definitely for someone who already likes the taste of green tea. Overall, I’d say these bars are a relatively light treat, and the ingredient list is very promising because most – if not all – of them are beneficial to your health!

Nutrition:

  • 220 calories
  • 8g fat
  • 29g carbohydrates
  • 3g fiber
  • 12g sugar
  • 9g protein

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Green Tea Mints

The mints also boast a slew of health benefits in that they are 100% natural, vegan, wheat/gluten/sugar-free and contain decaffeinated Fair Trade Green Tea.

Delicate Pear

Description:

“An exquisite medley of fresh pear extracts artfully blended with green tea exudes sweet overtones with a subtle tea essence. A perfect blend of yin and yang.”

Ingredients:

Organic Green Tea Extract, Pear Extract, Sweet Fennel, Natural Flavors, Turmeric (color), Lo Han Guo, Sorbitol, Xylitol, and Calcium Stearate.

Review:

These mints are very different from the typical burst of cool, minty flavor you’d find with Tic-Tacs or Ice Breakers. Instead, they use the light taste of pear and the powerful taste of – you guessed it! – green tea to give your mouth a breather 😉 They also aren’t very chewy, so keep that in mind. Personally, I’m the girl who bites into something right away instead of letting it dissolve in my mouth, but maybe these mints will help me slow down and absorb all the flavors there are to offer? No matter what, they are very unique and certainly a welcome change from the usual minty blasts.

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I hope this review will prove helpful to some of you! I haven’t seen these bars in any grocery stores but I checked the online locator at the Sencha Naturals site and it turns out they’re at World Market near me. If you’re interested, check it out :)

1 Megan September 1, 2008 at 6:13 am

These look pretty good! I think I might have to check my World Market for them…since I still can’t find the PB Larabar…lol! I like how they are sweetened with Lo Han Guo.
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Megan ~ I actually didn’t know what Lo Han Guo was until I tried ’em!

2 Christie September 1, 2008 at 6:38 am

Thanks for the review… I have never seen those bars… but not sure if i would like the green tea flavor of them. ENjoy your MOnday!
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Christie ~ Yeah, the green tea flavor definitely took some getting used to for me!

3 ChocolateCoveredVegan September 1, 2008 at 7:05 am

Oooh Lucky! I loooove when companies contact me and offer free food! What’s better than food that not only tastes good and is healthy, but is FREE?!
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CCV ~ The answer to your question is NOTHING! :)

4 glidingcalm September 1, 2008 at 7:30 am

Wow! Those are neat! I’ve never seen them! I love how they look like they would have a lot of good “crunch” and “chew”. Monch Monch. YUM! And as CCV said….what’s better than free food?!
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glidingcalm ~ Haha, Monch Monch – I like that :)

5 gina (fitnessista) September 1, 2008 at 7:35 am

ooooh i saw those mints at fresh market yesterday– didn’t get them, but thought they looked way good!
thanks for the great reviews! gotta love samples 😀
hope you’re having a wonderful labor day weekend!
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gina (fitnessista) ~ If you try them, let me know what you think!

6 VeggieGirl September 1, 2008 at 8:06 am

No worries, my friend – you’re busy having fun and being with family!! I’m glad to see you still posting though, of course :-)

Wow, those green tea bars and mints are vegan and gluten-free? Awesome! Ahh, but wait – they’re not soy-free. Grr. Ah well, 2 out of 3 isn’t bad 😉
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VeggieGirl ~ Darnit! I didn’t realize soy was another check on the list. I’m on a quest to find something new for you to try, since you always help me out :)

7 misswhiteskirt September 1, 2008 at 1:25 pm

awesome reviews!! I had never heard of that company or green tea bars, but they seem like they’d be yummy to try. that’s so cool you got free samples :)

have a great Labor Day, Jenn!!

http://www.misswhiteskirt.wordpress.com

8 Heather September 1, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Great review!! I’m at World Market about… um… every three days, so I’ll have to look for these :)

9 Laura September 1, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Wow, those sounds interesting, thanks for the review! I’m really loving you blog. I was wondering though if anybody would be willing to send me a spooky smores or honey graham flavor of the Clif Z bars. I can only by them in boxes for more money then I’d like to spend but I heard they are cheap to by single ones. I’d be glad to send back a dollar or two to repay anyone! Just let me know. Thank you!
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Laura ~ I haven’t seen any of those around me yet either, unfortunately! Hopefully someone else can help you out!

10 wholefoodswholeme September 1, 2008 at 4:09 pm

these look fascinating!! so great that you got these free samples too – i would be so happy if i received free food!! haha. green tea is such an interesting flavour, these are really creative.

11 livelearneatblog September 1, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Love your blog! These bars look so good! Different from the normal stock of bars that are out there on the shelves today..

I’m Erin, new to the blogging world and have loved reading yours! Have a great Labor Day!
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livelearneatblog ~ Welcome to the blogging world, Erin! You should include a link to your blog :)

12 Grounded Fitness September 1, 2008 at 5:37 pm

I’ll take one of every single one, please :)

http://www.groundedfitness.com

13 Nicole September 1, 2008 at 5:58 pm

I SO have to try these products! I loooove green tea!

14 HangryPants September 1, 2008 at 6:39 pm

This looks really good. I hope they have them by me!

15 Kristie September 1, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Wow, I would love to try those, they look and sound like they would be really good! Especially since they are green tea based.

16 jenngirl September 1, 2008 at 8:08 pm

Great review! Those bars look good, and I do love green tea! :)

17 Katie September 1, 2008 at 8:44 pm

Wow how cool!

Did the company just contact you out of the blue?
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Katie ~ Yes! I don’t know how they found me, but I’ll take it :)

18 blueberryhil September 1, 2008 at 8:45 pm

I love those mints, especially the lemongrass flavor. I was dissapointed to discover that they contain sorbitol, which gives me a stomach ache in large quantities. I wouldn’t call the mints healthy given the sugar alcohols, but they certainly taste good and are a great alternative for non-mint lovers.

And I am jealous of all of you famous folk who get free samples sent to you. 😉

19 Danielle September 1, 2008 at 9:01 pm

You are becoming quite the critic 😉 and I’m so jealous, I LOVE anything and everything green tea! Mmmmm!

20 Caroline September 1, 2008 at 10:36 pm

Ooh! Those look great! I’m such a World Market junkie, so I’ll look for them next time I go!

21 Fit Bottomed Girls September 2, 2008 at 10:33 am

I love green tea, so I’m sure I’d love these. :) So many bars, so little time!

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