New Topic of the Week: Best Tasting Yet Healthy Protein Bars

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  1. Quote Originally Posted by The Solution View Post
    Birthday Cake >> Blueberry >> Mint >> Donut >> Red Velvet >> Cherry

    Thats my preference. But you shouldnt need to microwave a protein bar or a cake bite to have a good tasting product.
    Well no, you missed the point I was making.

    An unmicrowaved cake bite is still better than any of the protein bars I’ve tried, which is most of the ones worth mentioning.

    But when you microwave the bites for just 10 seconds, the comparison becomes unfair to other protein bars. It’s not even close how much better they are. To suggest that a protein bar should have points docked for tasting considerably better when slighly heated up even though it still comfortably holds the #1 spot in texture without microwaving downplays the part where we get a protein product that dominates and then doubly dominates when heated up, which was even an intentional design feature of the product!

    Red Velvet —> Blueberry —> Mint —> Birthday cake —> Cherry —> Donut

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    Sinister Labs SinFit Protein Bar Review



    Taste

    Caramel Crunch - When opening the wrapper you see a caramel glaze with white icing on top of the bar. First bite was incredibly rich and packed with sweetness like eating a caramel sauce you would buy in the grocery store. The small white lines resemble an icing in flavor. The added richness reminds me of a glaze on top of a cinnamon roll. The inside is soft and resembles that of a brownie (just like all the other flavors). I started to get vibes of a butterscotch flavor the more I bit into the protein bar. When it comes to flavor if you enjoy a sweet caramel & Butterscotch combination this will be right at the top of your list of must buy protein bars.

    Texture

    The texture on these is very close to a FitCrunch, MyBar, and NitroTech Crunch Bar. The outside glaze provides a delicious flavor and a crunch. The middle is a very soft brownie like texture. These bars are becoming very popular because they give you the best of both worlds. Another nice thing about these is they do need to be microwaved,(quest) and they are not so soft you can piece them with your fingers (Fitjoy, Mission 1).



    Formula



    Per Bar:
    Calories ~ 350
    16g Fat
    28g Carbs
    30g Protein

    The macro profile is very similar to FitCrunch in calories. This was also very similar to the Olympus Labs bar in which I got to beta-test. The protein is made up of WPC and WPI. What some consumers may not like is the added vegetable oils to the bar but that does help with the fat content. Corn syrup may raise an eye, but what I like is these are not very heavy fiber bars, which can settle very heavy and give me digestion problems. These are flavored with sucralose and have added maltodextrin to enhance the sweetness of the flavor.

    Cost

    This is what may scare some people away. In grocery stores you can find them for around $2.50-3, and if you order them direct on their webpage its $35 for 12 bars. For an average protein bar consumer $3 may be pushing the budget for an on the go meal replacement bar. Remember if you want one of the best tasting protein bars you will get what you pay for. The calories are higher, so it is not a small snack like a quest bar, or a Snap Nutrition Bar that is less than 200 calories. These are filling and will hold you over for another meal. For how good these tastes I would highly suggest picking them up.


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    Animal SNAK Protein Bars Review



    Taste

    Rich Chocolate Peanut Butter – This bar is a duo of peanut butter and chocolate glaze. What I do appreciate is how each flavor is in an equal ratio, which smothers your taste buds with both flavors. The chocolate is dense and packs a bold flavor, while the peanut butter is creamy and smooth. Take a Reese peanut butter cup and mesh it into a protein bar with all natural ingredients. This is the closest thing I could compare it to. Very well done!



    Peanut Butter, Honey & Oats – The coating on the bar is a pure peanut butter flavor. Since the Animal Snak bar uses nothing but natural flavors you can taste the creaminess and density of the peanut butter. Once you dig into the bar the raw oatmeal texture is noticed as well as the sweetness of the honey in the aftertaste. Each flavor compliments each other perfectly as nothing overpowers one element. All in all a very good bar that really hits each aspect as expected.



    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chips – The coating on this bar is very similar to Peanut Butter, Honey & Oats. The major difference to this bar is it is packed with chocolate chips and chopped peanuts. The texture of the crunchy peanuts and chocolate chips mesh very well with the rich peanut butter glaze. You get the saltiness of the peanuts to help increase the amount of flavor each component provides. Overall I really liked this bar because of the huge chocolate chips and peanuts, and most of all because I am a peanut butter junkie.



    Double Chocolate Brownie – The milk chocolate coating and moist brownie aspect of the bar really created a fantastic one two punch. If you are not a diehard chocolate lover this bar may be too strong to your liking. What I do enjoy is the mixture of dark and milk chocolate that encompass the bar. The inside texture is soft and provides the brownie texture you would get in a SinFit and Fticrunch bar. The surmounting amount of chocolate is like you are chewing on fresh fudge.



    Texture

    For an all-natural protein bar these are extremely soft, and by soft I mean you can puncture them with your fingers. I figured these would be dense like a FitCrunch, SinFit, or a MuslceTech NitroTech Crunch, but that is not the case. The bar has a nice coating/glaze on top that provides extra flavor and richness. Overall I like these because right out of the wrapper they are great to eat. Some protein bars are a little too hard which require you to either let them sit out in the heat or be microwaved to be tolerable. Then there are some companies who are too soft they taste like laffy taffy. You could heat them up for a few seconds to have the glaze melt, but not necessary.

    Formula



    Per Bar:
    Calories ~ 350-375
    12-15 G Fat
    34-39g Carbs
    6g Fiber
    25-27g Protein

    Animal Snak uses whole food ingredients like rolled oats, peanut butter, and protein from milk. They also use real honey into the formula and mix these in kitchen aid mixers. These provide up to 27g of protein a bar with no artificial flavors or sweeteners. Some people get a lot of bloating on protein bars due to high sugar alcohols. Since there are no added sugars, which help this, will digest very easy. Animal Snak was made to be an effective meal replacement bar that resembles whole food. Animal did a great job on doing so.


    Cost

    Box of 12 - $18.80
    Singles - $2
    Animal Snak had an intro sale of 20% off a box (~$24) making them around $1.56 if you bought a case of 12. For a protein bar that resembles a whole food formula make up and packs a ton of quality calories it's a very hard deal to pass up. If you just want to try out one bar you can find them for around $2 on multiple webpages. That is going to be cheaper then picking up anything local in a grocery store, which is a fantastic deal. Given the flavor, profile, and texture of these bars I would highly suggest them for someone who wants a very easy digesting and great tasting product.

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  4. I saw people talking about Meadow's Best Bar Ever, but Google yields nothing. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I'm usually a fan of Quest and One bars.
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    Redcon1 MRE Bars Review



    Taste

    Blueberry Cobbler –A cobbler is blueberry dish covered with a batter, dumpling, or biscuit crust.. You do taste a small portion of oatmeal in the aftertaste, but you get a bold buttery undertone and a fresh blueberry flavor. The density of both the blueberry and the crust of a cobbler compliment each other perfectly. The balance in this bar is fantastic, and there is no artificial taste, which is common with fruity flavors on the market. This beats the One Blueberry Bar and Quest Blueberry by a mile.


    Banana Nut Bread –The banana flavor shines upon the initial bite. The banana flavor is rich and lasts all the way through the aftertaste. The nut flavor is a faded in the aftertaste. The texture plays perfectly with this flavor as the outside has that smooth banana flavor and the inside provides the complimenting crunch of a nut. The only other bar I could compare this to is Quest, and it is hands down light years better.


    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip – There are small little chunks of oats on the inside of the bar as the outside provides the chocolate chip glaze. The milk chocolate is outstanding. With how rich and bold the flavor is it helps amplify the filling of the oats. The texture is identical to eating a fudgy no bake cookie. This is the clear-cut winner of the three, and an absolute home run. If you were to choose one flavor I would pick this one with ease!


    Texture

    The texture of the protein bar is very similar to a MP’s Combat Crunch Bar, Grenade Carb Killa, and ProSupps MyBar The outside is layered with a coating and small crispies to help enhance the texture. The inside has a soft consistency even with the whole food makeup of the bar. The inside is not like a brownie as the Fit Crunch and SinFit bar resemble. Overall the crunchy outside shell and smooth inside give it a great one two punch to get the best of both worlds.

    Formula



    260 Calories
    9g Fat
    29g Carbs
    6g Fiber
    20g Protein

    Just like the MRE Powder the protein sources are made up of chicken, beef isolate, salmon, and Egg. The major carb sources are rolled oats, blueberries, yams, and sweet potatoes. RedCon1 markets this as a whole food bar due to the ingredient profile. What separates this bar from others on the market is the all -natural approach just like Universal did with the Animal Snak bars. For many people too many artificial sweeteners and sugars can cause a ton of bloating. These bars are the exact opposite and settle with ease.

    Cost

    $3.49 for a single bar or $34.99 for a box of 12. This is the retail price off the Redcone1 main webpage. As many fans know RedCon1 does a ton of intro sales and deals, so do not be surprised to see the price of these bars drop. There is a 20% discount right off the main Stack3d Page making it $27.99/Box or $2.33/Bar. Due to the makeup of the bars this is why their price point may be a touch higher (Just like their MRE Powder is higher for a MRP).



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  6. Great review as always; definitely going to try these out

  7. Dang going to have to order a box of each, honestly wasnít expecting much. Their isolates taste bad specifically the birthday cake one.
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  8. I just tried a couple of the Sytha-6 Crisp and Powercrunch bars. I thought that they were pretty good tasting. I don't want to go back to the "solid dough" (non-crunchy) bars now
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  9. Quote Originally Posted by Sparkss View Post
    I just tried a couple of the Sytha-6 Crisp and Powercrunch bars. I thought that they were pretty good tasting. I don't want to go back to the "solid dough" (non-crunchy) bars now
    Same here. I used to eat quest and quest type bars all the time. The two you mentioned are my top two favorites now, even though the macros may not be as good as quest.
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  10. so far I have tried these flavors from them:

    Powercrunch Chocolate Mint
    Powercrunch Peanut Butter Fudge
    Powercrunch Salted Caramel
    Syntha-6 Protein Crisp Peanut Butter
    Syntha-6 Protein Crisp Salted Toffee Pretzel

    All were pretty good, none I would shy away from eating again. I am heading out to the local GNC to pick up a few more flavors to try out (I always buy single bars each first, before I go in for a box of anything). The Powercruch are avail on Amz, but TBH for the small price difference and not wanting melted bars (per some reviews on Amz), GNC's price per box is comparable (or rather close enough). Syntha bars aren't on Amz that I saw, but it is not like I eat a ton of bars, so just picking them up locally may be the way to go with them as well.
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    Quest Nutrition Protein Cookie Review



    Taste

    Peanut Butter – While I am a peanut butter fiend this was one of the least enjoyable of all the cookies on the Quest cookie line. The peanut butter flavor is great, but the creaminess or saltiness associated with peanut butter is lost. The cookie is moist just like what you would expect which is a plus. The downside is it is missing two vital elements to create a great peanut butter flavor.


    Double Chocolate Chip – The double chocolate chip was a good cookie that was similar to the regular chocolate chip. The only place it fell short was the boldness of the chocolate in the actual cookie. The flavor just was not strong enough to really separate itself from the original or oatmeal raisin. The chocolate chip inclusion helped amplify the chocolate flavor, but for a double chocolate chip it just needed more.


    Chocolate Chip – This is almost identical to a regular chocolate chip cookie. The baked cookie has a soft consistency that breaks in your fingers. The cookie has a slightly butter undertone with rich chocolate chips. This was one of their best flavors. Simple but executed well.


    Oatmeal Raisin - My personal favorite of all the flavors. The density of the oatmeal shines in the cookie. There is just the right amount of raisins to give it an extra kick of sweetness. With how soft the cookies are it really remind you of a fresh baked oatmeal raisin cookie out of a bakery. This one was fantastic, but I am partial to oatmeal raisin, so this one really hit home!

    Texture

    Out of the wrapper you can tell these are baked cookies. Most protein cookies on the market are glorified circular protein bars. These have a different texture and feel to them to resemble a real cookie. What I do like is they are a bit rougher then most cookies, which you can puncture with your hand. This gives you the chew of a true cookie while not being hard as a rock like some protein bars can be. The texture is just right to give you the best replication of a cookie.

    Formula


    14-17g Fat
    18-25g Carbs
    15g Protein
    9g Fiber

    Protein → Milk protein isolate and whey protein isolate. The inclusion of butter may turn some people off, but this helps the texture and consistency of the product. The soluble corn fiber (when quest made the change to use this in their bars) won some customers and lost some. I find these cookies settle much easier then a lot of their protein bars do. The best part is there is only 1gof sugar in the cookies.

    Cost

    You can get a box of 12 cookies for around $20-24 depending on the website and sale being ran at the time. If you are a cookie fan this is good alternative to buying the real thing. I personally enjoy the texture compared to most cookies on the market from other companies. The flavoring is good, and the price is reasonable. I would rank these the best cookies out there on the market. I personally am not a fan of Len & Larry, and these edge out MuscleTech and Prosupps.

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  12. Does the peanut butter cookie have hunks of peanuts in it?

    I have heard the oatmeal raisin was the best out of all of them too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjkitzman View Post
    Does the peanut butter cookie have hunks of peanuts in it?

    I have heard the oatmeal raisin was the best out of all of them too.
    No peanuts or else I would of noted that in the review. Just basic regular PB cookie
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  14. Right now, I'm using the RXBar Coffee Chocolate protein bar as my mid-day snack.

    Ingredients = Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Cashews, 100% Chocolate (Cacao), Coffee, Sea Salt, Natural Coffee Flavor

    12g of egg white protein, 4g of fiber, 200 calories
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    Animal SNAK Frosted Oatmeal Raisin Protein Bar Review

    Taste

    Frosted Oatmeal Raisin - Upon opening the wrapper Animal uses a yogurt glaze with real oatmeal and raisins scattered throughout the bar. The first bite has a sweet and luscious flavor to it just like a frosted oatmeal cookie. The yogurt taste was pure and there was nothing artificial at all about it. The sweetness of the raisins pairs perfectly with the glaze to provide a nice compliment to the bar. The chewiness and density of the oatmeal give this a texture, which crumbles in your mouth. Animal Snak did a damn good job replicating one of my favorite cookies into a meal replacement bar. Nitpicking this to a 10 I was expecting a bit more of a pop from the glaze to suit the raisin and oatmeal center. Overall this is very well done considering you are getting everything from natural and whole food sources.
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    Texture

    For an all-natural protein bar these are extremely soft, and by soft I mean you can crumble them with your fingers. I figured Animal Snak would be dense like a FitCrunch, SinFit, or a MuslceTech NitroTech Crunch, but that is not the case. The bar has a nice coating/glaze on top that provides extra flavor and richness. Overall I like these because right out of the wrapper they are great to eat. Some brands are a little too hard, which require you to either let them sit out in the heat or be microwaved to be tolerable. Then there are some companies who are too soft they taste like laffy taffy.


    Formula



    Per Bar:
    Calories ~ 350
    10 G Fat
    40g Carbs
    7g Fiber
    25g Protein

    Animal Snak uses whole food ingredients like rolled oats, peanut butter, and protein from milk. They also use real honey into the formula and mix these in kitchen aid mixers. These provide up to 27g of protein a bar with no artificial flavors or sweeteners. Some people get a lot of bloating on protein bars due to high sugar alcohols. Since there are no added sugars, which help this, will digest very easy. Animal Snak was made to be an effective meal replacement bar that resembles whole food. Animal did a great job on doing so.


    Cost

    Box of 12 ~ $20-25
    Singles - $2
    For a protein bar that resembles a whole food formula make up and packs a ton of quality calories it's a very hard deal to pass up. If you just want to try out one bar you can find them for around $2 on multiple webpages. That is going to be cheaper then picking up anything local in a grocery store, which is a fantastic deal. Given the flavor, profile, and texture of these bars I would highly suggest them for someone who wants a very easy digesting and great tasting product.

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    Quest Nutrition Maple Waffle Protein Bar Review




    Taste

    Maple Waffle – Going into this bar I expected it to carry over a lot of similarities from the Quest Waffle Cereal Bar. After taking a few bites this was almost an identical replica of that bar just in a harder shell not made of cereal or krispies. The maple flavor is dominant as the syrup is a faint aftertaste. The maple was distinct in each and every bite, but it needed to be enhanced to make it truly stick out. Replicating a breakfast dessert such as a maple waffle would take a lot of calories and a higher caloric content, but for 200 calories Quest did a good job.. I personally rank this one down the list of quest bars I have had, but your mileage may vary.



    Texture

    Out of the wrapper you can notice the bar has the usual quest bar texture with the added flakiness from the mix-ins included inside and outside of the bar. Since quest moved back to the OG Formulation the bar is much softer then the previous corn syrup model. Not to mention these digest much easier and are not hard as rocks.


    Formula

    6g Fat
    24g Carbs
    20g Protein
    16g Fiber

    Quest went back to their original formula. Not only has this pleased a large portion of the quest community, but the general supplement consumer as a whole. It makes them digest easier (for myself) and many others. This is a unique flavor that you do not see much of on the market, and they did a good job when you try and manipulate syrup into a protein bar.


    Cost

    Quest retails for about 24$ making it right around 2$ a bar. If you were to buy a single bar off the main quest website it would be around 2.39$ per bar. Buying in bulk saves you around 40 cents a bar, but all in all if on sale its pretty cost effective for 12 bars for around 20$. When you factor in flavor, and factor in good calories for less than 200 calories a bar it's a pretty nice convenient investment. Keep an eye out because you can see box’s drop as cheap as $14-16 which is a great time to stock up.

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    8. Chocolate Peanut Butter
    9. Cinnamon Roll
    10. White Chocolate Raspberry

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    Grenade Carb Killa Brownie Review



    Taste

    Fudge Brownie – Just from opening the pack the aroma of fudge and milk chocolate is strong. Taking my first bite the brownie is extremely soft and can be punctured with your finger. The bar is composed of a soft center, thick milk chocolate layer, and a rich frosted topping. Scattered throughout the bar are little pieces of walnuts, which give it this treat a crunchy compliment. The flavoring composed to a brownie is very well done as the fudge and milk chocolate layers combine perfectly. What I like best is how you get a luscious touch of sweetness in the aftertaste to take the milk chocolate to another level. Personally the flavoring on these are fantastic, and if you want a great protein snack to curb your sweet tooth these will get the job done. I like these better then the fudge brownie grenade bars when it comes to taste.

    Texture

    Out of the wrapper the bar is extremely soft which is what you would expect from a brownie. Both the top and bottom layer are composed of the same texture even though they are flavored differently to a small degree. The added walnuts give this a nice bite to make it a well-rounded fudge brownie you would buy at a bakery. This is not a protein snack you will have to throw into a microwave to enjoy. Some bars and cookies on the market are hard and rough in texture this is a complete 180, which makes it enjoyable right out of the wrapper.



    Formula





    220 Calories
    11g Fat
    27g Carbs
    15g Protein
    7g Fiber
    14g Sugar Alcohols

    The Macro breakdown is not bad on these bars. Most bars are around the 20-25g protein range which this brownie falls short on. The fat and carb macros make this a well-rounded MRP brownie. Personally the biggest downside is the large amount of sugar alcohols, which can cause a lot of digestion and bloating issues. For those who do not have a steel stomach I would suggest staying away because it can sit very heavy. Overall it's a decent breakdown, but I would prefer to see the protein intake a touch higher for a protein snack.

    Cost

    For 12 brownies I am seeing around $26 for a box. If you want to crunch numbers that amounts to $2.10 per protein brownie. Granted this is a new product on the market, so there will be sales to have them for cheaper. Considering how well this is flavored I can see this being a hit. I would personally invest in these if the sugar alcohols were lower (since they do not agree with me). I foresee these selling well once more consumers get the opportunity to try a sample or go into buying a box blind. If you were a fan of the fudge brownie grenade bar this brownie will be a worthy investment. More retailers should be picking these up in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled.
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  18. Robert Irvine baked bars are legit! Quest bars to me taste like chalk and are that odd gummy/chewy texture. I tried their oreo bar and it wasn't very good.
  19. New Topic of the Week: Best Tasting Yet Healthy Protein Bars


    Iím on my phone and did a quick search but canít see any reviews. I saw the three initial flavors review by bob but is there any feedback from anyone on the MRE Crunch peanut butter cup bars?
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    New Topic of the Week: Best Tasting Yet Healthy Protein Bars


    Sprinkled donut is really good. Peanut butter crunch is ok.



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  21. Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    Sprinkled donut is really good. Peanut butter crunch is ok.
    Alright cool. Iíll try both. I hate any type of seafood so the salmon protein inclusion just messed with me lol.
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    In no way do you taste that. Lol. I like them for that texture. Itís a change from the syntha 6 bars which I love.



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  23. Really interesting?

  24. Quote Originally Posted by booksbooks View Post
    Apple something and a chocolate peanut butter one that tasted like a PayDay.
    Same here; not bad
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