Not all nutrition bars are created equal.
Not at all actually!
At this point there are SO MANY different options out there for “healthy” nutrition bars it’s hard to know which ones are actually good for you and which are simply candy bars in disguise.
For this post I decided to do a little taste test/ ingredient review on 5 “healthy” nutrition bars that I’ve seen all over social media lately. I tried multiple flavors of each bar before writing this and randomly chose the flavors I took pictures of. This post is NOT sponsored and all my thoughts are my own.
I also wanted Bryce’s opinion on the bars. He came home when I was in the middle of taking these pictures so hey why not- 2 opinions are always better than 1 plus Bryce had some pretty hilarious comments when I made him test soda alternatives so I knew his reactions wouldn’t disappoint. I wrote down EXACTLY what the first things to come out of his mouth were…some positive and some well…not so much.
My Thoughts On 5 Of The Most Popular Nutrition Bars:
ingredients: dates, egg whites, almonds, cashews, cacao, coconut, sea salt, natural coconut flavor
*gluten free, soy free, dairy free, no added sugar
- 210 calories
- 22 carbs (13 from sugar)
- 12 g protein
My thoughts: I love the concept of a bar with very clean ingredients however I do not like the consistency of these bars at all- they are just way too chewy almost to the point where they are not pleasant to eat. I do really enjoy the flavor of these though. Considering the ingredients are so clean it’s amazing how good they taste. If you like a chewy bar you’ll love RX Bars.
Bryce’s thoughts: “Chewy….not much flavor at all which is probably good because you don’t want to just taste fake sh*t. I also like that it’s not powdery”
Lara Bar Organic with Superfoods
ingredients: dates, almonds, coconut, cacao nibs, kale, cocoa powder
*organic, gluten free, no added sugar, non-gmo, vegan, dairy free
- calories: 200
- 25 carbs (18 from sugar)
- 3 g of protein
My thoughts: Who on earth tasted this bar and thought it was good? I’m so disappointed because I love regular Lara Bars but these are AWFUL! I took notes tasting each bar and here’s what I wrote “this has the worst aftertaste…it reminds me of something…soap?.” Bad just BAD! Plus only 3g of protein- what’s the point of even eating these?
Bryce’s thoughts: “I hate it…it’s disgusting”
ingredients: coconut nectar, whole grain brown rice protein, dark chocolate (cocoa liquor, dried cane syrup, cocoa butter), coconut oil, coconut, oats, cocoa liquor, sunflower lecithin, sea salt
*organic, non gmo, gluten free, vegan
- 230 calories
- 21 carbs (13 from sugar)
- 11 g of protein
My thoughts: I love chocolate so I knew I’d love square bars. I’m a little disappointed in the ingredients…I really don’t know what half of them are but these bars taste SO GOOD and the texture is great! There’s a crisp outside shell then a soft chewy inside. Love these but more for a treat!
Bryce’ thoughts: (FYI Bryce hates chocolate) “I hate chocolate…just way too chocolaty”
ingredients: brown rice syrup, almond butter, protein blend (sprouted brown rice protein, pea protein), bananas, puffed brown rice, sunflower seeds, walnuts, coconut sugar, cinnamon, natural banana flavor
*organic, pareve, vegan, non-gmo, gluten free, soy free, dairy free
- 270 calories
- 34 carbs (13 from sugar)
- 10 g of protein
My thoughts- HOLY BANANA. The second I opened this bar these was a very potent banana smell which i didn’t mind but woah. These bars are VERY sticky and I found them to smell way better than they actually tasted. The bars are pretty bland and I don’t know about the first ingredient being brown rice syrup…no thanks.
Bryce’s thoughts- “It smells great and I love bananas but is super chewy. I do like its cinnamon banana flavor. Don’t mind the flavor at all but a little too chewy”
ingredients: peanut butter, honey, nonfat dry milk, dried whole egg powder, rice protein, flex seed oil, sunflower seed oil, sesame seed oil, olive oil, pumpkin seed oil, dried whole food powders (kale, flax seed, rose hip, orange, lemon, papaya, tomato, apple, alfalfa, celery, kelp, dulse, carrot, spinach)
*gluten free, 20+ super foods, non-gmo, organic, kosher
- 330 calories
- 26 carbs (18 from sugar)
- 17 g of protein
My thoughts: Honestly I’m not just saying this because I work for Perfect Bar. These have been my favorite bars for years because they’re made from REAL FOOD and taste amazing. They have a soft texture that isn’t sticky and you can tell these bars are fresh! There are no hints of artificial sweeteners in them just delicious honey. Some people freak out about the calories but I love having these at like 3pm…I’m not hungry until dinner and don’t snack on crap AND Perfect Bars are packed with healthy fats– LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Bryce’s thoughts- “I like this one the best, it actually tastes like what it’s suppose to taste like…there’s no surprises.”
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Out of these 5 bars which is your favorite?
Have you ever tried any of these bars?
What do you look for in a healthy bar?
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