My husband Ciaran and I have started drinking green shakes for breakfast – incredibly healthy, but not terribly filling…
By mid morning – he had been getting hungry and feeling a bit low on energy. So, I picked up 5 different protein bars – each boasting organic ingredients, wholesome ingredients and/or raw ingredients. This is about finding something to feed those cravings better than a cup of coffee and bag of chips!
So, let’s find out from Ciaran how they performed…
18 Rabbits – Haute Diggity Date
This is pretty good – crunchy and coconutty. Sweet, but not too sweet – it goes down well with a cup of tea. If I had a complaint, I would say that it’s a bit too chewy – my jaw felt like it had had a good workout by the time I finished it. But would I eat one again?
Trek – Peanut and Oat
So hungry this morning – time to break out the energy bars! Ok, this one is dense. It’s like a bar of gold bullion, only made out of dates. Sweet again – sweeter than the 18 Rabbits bar, but no added sugar so I guess it’s just the fruit. This bar is coldpressed together, so it doesn’t have the same chewiness, but that’s no bad thing.
Kind Fruit + Nut – Almonds and Apricots
Hmm, I actually said over the weekend that I had no interest in yoghurt bars, but this is actually pretty good. Big chunks of almond inside, so it has a good crunch without being overly chewy. It feels lighter than the other bars, but packs in 210 calories, so should keep me going.
Ma Baker – Giant Bar Raspberry
Ok, this is pretty big. It’s double the weight of the other bars and I don’t reckon I can eat it in one sitting. So might be a good option for people who like to snack on things over the course of the day. It’s sweet and crumbly, but the raspberry flavour doesn’t really cut through. Update: I was only able to eat a quarter of it.
Clif Bar – Cool Mint & Chocolate
I love the feel of this bar, even from inside the packaging. Feels chunky and crunchy. And the bar itself doesn’t disappoint – it’s rich, dark and minty. In fact, I might go as far as to say that this is my favourite – a good crunch, not sweet and solid but not too chewy. Yes, we have a winner!
I picked them up at Cold Storage and Brown Food Paradise. They each cost around 2 – 3 dollars… maybe not an everyday food, but not a bad idea to have a few handy…just in case you have one of those days!