I’ve mostly given up things like potato chips, cookies, and other processed snacks that used to be my go-to in between meals. I really don’t miss them at all. But I still love a good snack, so I’m always in search of minimally processed yet flavorful options. I stumbled upon Evolution Harvest snacks at Starbucks when I was picking up a green tea. They’ve got them right up at the counter so it was easy to tack a few onto my purchase.
Over the course of a few weeks, I have tried two of their nut blends and two different snack bars. They all tasted great but I wondered if they were true to their marketing. After a little research, I found out that Evolution is actually owned by Starbucks so I was even more skeptical of a huge corporation’s promise to deliver a better snack.
They really do taste GREAT. I enjoy the nut combos, and the snack bars have a nice balance – not too earthy and not too sweet.
So, are they really better options? Let’s compare the Evolution Harvest Roasted Soybean Pepita Almond snack bar to one of my old favorites, a Nature Valley Trail Mix bar. This isn’t an apples to apples comparison because they are two different styles of bars, but I think it’s pretty clear from the ingredients that we have a definitive winner here… 9 ingredients in the Evolution bar vs. 18 ingredients in the Nature Valley bar, many of which are highly suspect (high maltose corn syrup, sugar, fructose, maltodextrin…)
I won’t commit to saying that the Evolution Harvest snacks are perfect but I feel good about recommending them as a better snacking option – especially over some of the more common packaged snacks that market themselves as healthy. If forced to choose between a bag of Lay’s potato chips and a Nature Valley granola bar, you might be better off choosing the potato chips – at least they only contain potatoes, oil and salt!
Give Evolution Harvest snacks a try if you can find them at your local Starbucks, and let us know what you think!