Disclosure: I received a free box of Dr. Mercola Peanut Butter Pure Power Protein Bars from Mercola in exchange for writing a review on the blog. As always, the opinions are my own.
Hello divas! It’s Thursday which means the weekend is almost here. I don’t know about you but I will be soooo glad when it gets here. Usually on Thursdays I share my favorite healthy recipe of the week here at Divas Run for Bling. But today I am stepping away from that to share my review of a new protein bar, Dr. Mercola Pure Power Protein Bars.
I was contacted by Mercola to do a review of their new and improved Pure Power Protein Bars. These bars are a totally vegan choice that provides a whopping 14 grams of protein per bar, without the use of soy, dairy, gluten, genetically modified ingredients, or high fructose corn syrup. They are 100% organic and made from three different organic vegan protein sources. The Pure Power Protein Bars contain:
- Sprouted Oryzatein™ Rice Protein with a “biological value” higher than egg protein!
- Easily digestible, non-hydrolyzed Organic Pea Protein
- Creamy Organic Peanut Butter made from unblanched peanuts for its rich nutty taste, as well as its high-quality plant protein content
- 56% Cacao Fair Trade Dark Chocolate Chips for added antioxidants and decadent flavor and crunch
- A light touch of added sweetness and moisture from naturalOrganic Tapioca Syrup
They are environmentally “green,” too – each bar is produced with 100% solar renewable energy in an organic, kosher, gluten-free facility.
Both my hubby (also a runner and athlete) and I tried these bars in a variety of ways. We tried them out post-workout, as an afternoon snack and as a meal replacement. Below are the pros and cons of the bars.
- Taste. We had the peanut butter flavor and it was oh so yummy. There were even some tiny bits of chocolate chips in the bars.
- A “green” bar. We loved that the bars were vegan, gluten free, soy free, GMO free and certified organic. I will be the first to tell you that neither of us have any food allergies nor are we vegetarian or vegan, but we try to eat as clean as possible and pay attention to what we are putting into our bodies so these bars are great for this.
- 14g of protein. The bars have 14g of protein which makes these bars great for post-workout or for an on-the-go snack that will keep you feeling full longer.
There are not many cons to these bars. We really enjoyed them but below are some things that others might want to consider.
- Calories. Each bar is 220 calories. Which is fine if you are like my hubby and are not watching or trying to lose weight. But for me, even with the nutrients I was getting with the bar, that is a lot of calories for a snack when you are trying to stay under 1500 for the whole day. It worked out pretty well on days I had multiple workouts, but not on my off days.
- Meal replacement. I used it as a meal replacement of sorts a couple of times. The calories were pretty good for this as was the amount of protein. However, the bar doesn’t have as many nutrients as a typical meal replacement bar would have. This bar works best as an on-the-go snack or pre or pos-workout bar.
- Texture. My hubby and I didn’t mind the texture too much, but if you don’t like bars that are super chewy, this is not for you. Also, there are bits of chocolate chips in these bars. The best way I can describe the texture would be to say it’s similar to chocolate chip cookie dough.
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