Blogger Inspired Quest Bar Recipes Booklet Now Available!

Predator LogoA representative (Shout out to Claudia!) from Predator Nutrition, which is a Nutritional Supplement online retailer, contacted me recently. She mentioned that her company has come out with a mini cookbook or “booklet” that contains some neat and yummy looking treats made with the very popular Quest Bars!

One of these recipes was inspired by the Vanilla Almond Crunch Quest Bar, which I did a Review of here.

Therefore, I highly encourage you to go check out the Recipe Book soon! Spend a bit of time checking out the recipes and try your hand at these yummy recipes! Also, I’d suggest that you get a little “creative” yourself with any of your Quest bars. Perhaps you will come out with a great recipe, too! If you have a “baking bug,” submit your recipe to Predator Nutrition and see what comes of it!

According to Predator Nutrition, the Booklet is “a beautifully made online-magazine style resource with 5 unique Quest Bars inspired recipes (including a recipe for the Vanilla Almond Crunch Quest Bar!), which I’m sure readers hearing about and looking into Quest Bars would find very appealing.

BookletFive bloggers portrayed just how creative a person can get with a protein bar. Whether you are a long-time Quest Bar fan and “eater” or if you are unfamiliar with Quest Bars or protein bars in general, this Recipe Bookt is for anyone!

You can find the recipe booklet at: http://www.predatornutrition.com/blog/2014/02/07/quest-bars-recipe-book/

Here are the five titles of the recipes with photos!

1. White Chocolate Raspberry Cookies
2. Pumpkin Banana Chocolate Chip Bread/Muffins
3. Apple Pie Bites
4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Overnight Oats
5. PB & Banana Pop Tart

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See anything that looks yummy to you! I encourage you to check out the Quest Bar Recipe Book here!

Oh, and while you are over at the website, feel free to browse around if you need any Supplements. Here again is their website! Go check out Predator Nutrition’s Website.

Additionally, here are a few other links for Predator Nutrition:

Store:  http://www.predatornutrition.com/
About:  http://www.predatornutrition.com/blog/about/
Blog:  http://www.predatornutrition.com/blog/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/prednutrition
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/prednutrition
YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/user/predatornutrition

 

“Frozen Bean” *New!* 1/2 Fat, 1/2 Sugar Gourmet Beverage 50/50 Powder Mixes – Java Chip

DSCF1481A representative from “Frozen Bean” was so generous and gracious by reaching out to me and asking me if I would taste and write a Review for their **NEWLY Launched** 50/50 Blended Drinks. These new powdered beverages are 1/2 the sugar and 1/2 the fat as their original line. DSCF1482*Disclaimer: I am not paid for my Review, therefore, my opinions and recipe is entirely my own and not biased. With that being said, here we go…

Here’s some information about the company of Frozen Bean:

“The Frozen Bean is a leading manufacturer of specialty desserts and beverages for the food service industry. We use only the finest ingredients sourced from around the world, delivering products that far exceed the market in taste and quality. Our research staff has developed FroBean Logodelectable blends of specialty desserts and beverages that are simple to make and as your own gourmet treats.

At the Frozen Bean our customers matter most, we are constantly researching and developing new flavors in efforts to provide the best tasting and highest quality products to our customers. We strive for the success and growth of our clients around the world.”

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Frozen Bean generously sent me least 1-2 packet samples within EACH of their 7 product lines which are:
– Ice Blended Coffee
– Chai Teas
– Creme Blends
– Frullati
– Carnival Blends
– Ice Teas
– Base Mixes

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How I Used the Frozen Bean powder:

DSCF1486I chose to just try 1 package/packet “flavor” in order to get this Blog Post Review published. I can typically tell whether I’m going to like a product, it’s product line or company’s items with just tasting/sampling 1-2 of their items. Therefore, I chose 1 of the 4 package “Top Most Unique, Yummy and Interesting” sounding flavors in the sample pack I received.

Therefore, I wanted to try the “Java Chip 50/50 Ice Blended” powder. I was impressed that Frozen Bean includes complete “Mixing Directions” for making:
1.)  Ice Blended Drink –> Using the FB powder + IceJavaChipIcon
2.)  Hot Drink –> Using the FB powder + hot milk or coffee
3.)  Iced Drink –> Using FB powder + water or milk + Then, pouring liquid into a glass with ice.coffee

However, I wanted/felt like making some type of “pudding/thick smoothie” using the Frozen Bean Java Chip to make something with the texture and consistency more like a Starbucks Java Chip Frapaccino, Wendy’s Frosty, or Frozen Dessert.  So, here is how I made Mine:

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1/2 package/packet = 40 g = 4 Tbspns Frozen Bean Java Chip Ice Blended Powder
1 whole banana
1/2 cup Fiber One Honey Clusters Cereal (this is my favorite cereal at the moment)
1 Vanilla Nonfat Chobani Greek Yogurt

Blend all 4 ingredients well together in a blender. Pour into a glass or bowl and enjoy!   Makes 1-3 Servings.

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Calories (Estimated):
* If Divided into 2 servings –> Then, 1 Serving = 240 calories, 4.5 g fat, 30 g carbs, 15 sugars, 3 fiber, 9 g protein
* If Divided into 3 servings –> Then, 1 Serving =  160, 2.7 g fat, 20 g carbs, 10 sugars, 1.5 g fiber, 4.5 g protein

 My Review and Ratings:

Frozen Bean Java Chip 50/50 Iced Blended Mix/Powder  5.0 out of 5 — Now, I do understand that the banana, cereal and yogurt I added to my “Healthy Pudding” may somewhat “skew” my opinions about the Frozen Bean powder. However, I actually really don’t think that these 3 home ingredients will cause my opinions about the powder in a negative manner. I have used several protein powders, and even used different hot chocolate flavors (ex: Swiss Miss “Candy Cane Hot Chocolate”) when making my pudding/smoothies. Therefore, I wanted to see how the Frozen Bean Java Chip 50/50 powder would “enhance” my creation.

I’m happy to say that I was VERY impressed! First, when I began dumping the powder into my blender, I was surprised and delighted to find that a few huge chocolate chips came pouring out along with the powder. There aren’t a large amount of chocolate chip morsels, yet there’s a decent amount, and just the fact that Frozen Bean included them in the powder was awesome. As for the powder, I could clearly taste both the “chocolate” flavors and the java/coffee accents were wonderful! Yet, the java/espresso/coffee had just enough “subtlety” yet “spice” so that it wasn’t overpowering and didn’t have any bitter taste that some coffee flavored products can sometimes have. Oooohhh….and the chocolate-y decadent flavor this powder gave my pudding was sooo delicious, smooth, and rich.

Honestly, this was just as good…no…actually BETTER than a Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino! Starbucks

Conclusion: I highly recommend Frozen Bean’s 50/50 Powders. Although I haven’t yet tried any of the other flavors they sent me, I am EXTREMELY excited to. I also may use these powders as an INGREDIENT by pouring some in my COOKIE BATTERS when I make a batch!

And… three other flavors I plan on tasting/using next are the “Cotton Candy,” “Bubblegum,” and “Orange Creamsicle” flavors next.more

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Nutrition Information for Java Chip 50/50 Ice Blended Powder:

JavaChipIconOkay, I actually had to do some math on this to figure it all out. These are estimates, based upon the “label” on the packet that says: 1/2 fat, 1/2 sugar. Frozen Bean does not yet have their nutrition information on their website.

According to the Nutritional Information for the “Regular/Original” (Full Fat/Full Sugar) Java Chip Ice Blended Drink” is:

1 pkg =  2 Scoops = 2.8 oz = 80 g = 8 Tbspns.

If divided by 2 —> Then, 1 scoop = 4 Tbspns:   Calories = 230, Fat = 9 g, Carbs = 37 g, Sugars = 26 g, Protein = 3 g

**However, this being noted above, the “recommended serving size to make a “batch” of the drinks is actually 2 “scoops” from their 3.5 lb bag. Each scoop, again is about 40 grams or 4 Tbspns.

Thus, in calculating the total Nutrition Info/Math for 2 full scoops of the Full Fat/Full Sugar Java Chip powder is: 460 calories, Fat= 18 g, Carbs = 74 g, Sugars = 52 g, Protein = 6 g.

Therefore, the WHOLE package of the Frozen Bean Java Chip 50/50 mix is 2.8 oz or 80 g. Also, according to the label on the package the “50/50″ means 1/2 fat and 1/2 calories. Because the nutrition information for this new 50/50 Product Line is not yet on their website, I did the math myself. Therefore:

1 whole/full package/packet = 2.8 oz = 80 g
Calories: 230, Fat = 4.5 g, Carbs = 17 g, Sugars 13 g, Protein = 3 g

ice**Again, bear in mind that in my “Recipe” I used only 1/2 of the entire package/packet because the packet was really quite “thick.” Therefore, 1/2 of the package was actually equal to what Frozen Bean says is “1 Scoop” or 4 tbspns. My recipe made about 2 servings of my “pudding.” If you wish to “follow” my recipe, follow steps exactly.almond milk

However, if you want to make more of a Smoothie/Drink Beverage that is more liquid in form, I’d suggest that you add either 1/2-1 cup Almond or Soy Milk, or Coffee or 1 cup ice. It all just depends on what you are going for.

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You can find more information on Frozen Bean here:

Main:  http://www.thefrozenbean.com/
Products:  http://www.thefrozenbean.com/products/
+ Ice Blended Coffee        + Chai Teas       + Creme Blends
+ Frullati        + Carnival Blends        + Ice Teas      + Base Mixes

Contact Info:  http://www.thefrozenbean.com/contact-us
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/FrozenBeanCorp
Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/FrozenBean/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/theFrozenBean

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Questions for Readers:
Have you tried any of Frozen Beans Gourmet Beverages before?

Of all of the 6 Product Lines that Frozen Bean offer, click here to view, which 1-2 flavors sound the tastiest/yummiest to you?

*New!!* Yoplait Blended Greek Yogurt – Vanilla & Coconut

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First of all, I know that I have mentioned to all of you that I’ve stopped Blogging. That is true, but on occasion (perhaps once per month), I may accept an offer from a company to send me some samples, then do a Review of them. The reason I’m not blogging much, is that I have a really full-time job that is keeping me busy, plus other personal pursuits. That being said…I did accept an offer for some samples to be sent to me…

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logoI give a “Shout-Out” to Katy, from Yoplait, who sent me some wonderful samples of their new Greek Blended Yogurts. She sent me 2 flavors: Vanilla and Coconut. Please note that my opinions are my own and I am not being paid by Yoplait to say anything specific towards their products.

That being said, feel free to read more here About Yoplait. First, Yoplait has several product lines:brands

Here’s a bit more about the company:

MottoA pretty basic idea: goodness is better than badness. And SO goodness is better than just plain goodness. Yoplait is striving for so goodness. In ourselves, the yogurts we make and in the way we behave. We’ve sort of been about this for a long time, but now we’re trying to make it more of a mission, and to include more people on the journey of spreading so goodness. Ultimately, we’re focused on making so good yogurt, and here’s how we see it: you can eat something that tastes amazing but isn’t that good for you. You can eat stuff that’s really good for you, but doesn’t always leave you yummed up. So good yogurt does both. All of you is happy, not just your tongue. And while so goodness will never be perfect, we’ll keep working on ways to make our yogurt more so good than it is today. We also support causes that you care about. Like fighting breast cancer. We’re thinking we should do this in an even bigger way. We’re figuring that out and want your input. People say life is really about the little moments of so goodness. There are big moments – we all know what those are – but since they don’t happen as often, we’ll stay focused on doing our part with the little moments. As we go forward together, we want your help spreading so goodness. There is actually way more good going on than people talk about. Let’s talk about it. Let’s share it!

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And here is a bit more about Yoplait’s *NEW!* Blended Greek Yogurt line:

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My Reviews & Ratings:

So, first of all, I honestly wasn’t feeling too “optimistic” when I knew I’d be receiving Yoplait’s Greek Yogurt samples, just simply because I’ve been loving, and have been feeling that THE BEST Greek Yogurt is Chobani, Oikos, Fage, Voskos, Zoi, Brown Cow and StonyField (most of which you can read Reviews of on my Blog here) have been amazingly good. As well, honestly “Yoplait” the brand, I’ve just simply honestly internally “labeled” as kind of a “big-corporate-generic-brand” for years, so I wasn’t sure their Greek Yogurt would “match-up” or even exceed those of the “true-Greek-originated” brands. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised! The taste ranks up there with the others, and with 140 calories, that’s pretty moderate for a cup of yogurt, although I tend to like the 80-100 cal cups. But with Yoplait’s Greek Yogurts having 11 g protein, that’s pretty awesome. Read below….VanillaTop

SmallVanillaBlended Greek Vanilla4.5 out of 5 - I am honestly not a big fan of just plain Vanilla Yogurt but it’s a classy flavor. I love French Vanilla creamer, Lactose-Free Fro-Yo, and Vanilla “flavored” things like coffee, but for some reason Vanilla Yogurt just isn’t sweet enough for me. However, Yoplait’s Vanilla Yogurt truly has that nice classy french vanilla bean taste. Texture-wise, it’s just as thick and rich like other Greek brands.

Nutrition: 1 serving = 140 calories, 0 g fat, 22 g carbs, 18 g sugar, 11 g protein.VanillaFront

SmallCoconutBlended Greek Coconut5Stars5.0 out of 5 - I sincerely love coconut flavored things as long as the items don’t have any of the coconut flakes CoconutTopwithin them. I simply don’t like the texture of them. This yogurt did not disappoint at all. In fact, I really appreciated and love this specific flavor. Chobani and several other Greek Yogurt Brands don’t include coconut. This flavor had a lovey “tropical-like” creaminess, and was smooth and rich all around.

Nutrition: 1 serving = 150 calories, 1 g fat, 23 g carbs, 19 g sugar, 11 g protein.

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Overall, I think I’m going to start purchasing Yoplait’s Blended Greek Nonfat Yogurt at my local grocer because the taste matches up with an is just as healthy (high protein) as other brands. Not only that, but Yoplait tends to be cheaper/less expensive/more affordable, than the other “Greek” brands. As well, Although I haven’t tasted the remainder flavors in this Yoplait Blended Greek Nonfat Yogurt line, I definitely want to taste all 4 of the others: Pineapple, Tangerine, Strawberry, and Blueberry.

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Questions for My Readers:  Have you eaten any of Yoplait’s (regular dairy) yogurts or Greek yet? If so, what are your favorite flavors?

*New!* Detour SMART Bars

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First of all, I know that I have mentioned to all of you that I’ve stopped Blogging. That is true, but on occasion (perhaps once per month), I may accept an offer from a company to send me some samples, then do a Review of them. The reason I’m not blogging much, is that I have a really full-time job that is keeping me busy, plus other personal pursuits. That being said…I did accept an offer for some samples to be sent to me…

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Detour logoA representative from Detour® was kind and generous enough to send me a 12-pack box of 2 of 3 flavors of their NEW!* Blueberry DSCF1140[1]and Apple Cinnamon Detour® SMART bars!

Detour just recently launched a new category of bars, of which come in the form of being naturally sweetened oatmeal bars. The Detour® SMART bar is certified gluten free! It also has just 130 calories, four grams of sugar, and is a great source of fiber and protein. Detour SMART bars come in Blueberry and Apple Cinnamon, and SOON to come will be the Cranberry Flax flavor all of which are topped with a Greek style yogurt drizzle.

Here is how Detour® announced this new line of bars: “Award-Winning Detour® Brand Enters Natural Foods Category With Gluten Free Oatmeal Bars
New Detour SMART Bars are gluten free, sweetened with Stevia and made with high quality whey protein to nourish the body. Now that’s SMART.”

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The new Detour SMART bars are independently certified by the Gluten Free Certification Organization to confirm they meet strict gluten-free standards.  Each bar has just 130 calories and four grams of sugar. Like all Detour products, the Detour SMART bar is made with high quality whey protein to nourish and replenish the body, and the grains and fruit provide a balanced source of fiber and a nutritious foundation for maintaining good health. Detour SMART bars are lightly sweetened with Stevia, a zero-calorie, natural sweetener.”

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Not only that, but check this out…these SMART bars have already received recognition in the world of health food:

Detour’s entry into the natural foods category is already attracting attention. In August, the new Detour SMART bar was selected as a finalist in the “Snacks – Bars” category in Convenience Store Petroleum’s (CSP) 2013 Retailer Choice Best New Product Contest.”

You can read more about Detour® here:

Detour® is owned and manufactured by Forward Foods LLC, which produces and markets high protein bars and shakes. Detour was launched in October, 2002, with the goal of revolutionizing the world of high-protein snack bars. We began with whey protein, the highest-quality protein available, which contains all the essential amino acids for muscle recovery and repair. And, then we focused on making the most delicious bars and drinks possible. The results are award-worthy! Our Original Detour Protein bars, Lower Sugar bars, and Lean Muscle bars & shakes all prove that you can have it all: outstanding performance and great taste.”

My Reviews & Ratings:

blueberry Bluepic BlueupcloseBlueberry –   5.0 out of 5 — Appearance-wise, when I took the first bar out of it’s clean, convenient & very appealing package, the bar reminded me of those cute little Pillsbury’s Toaster Struedels! However, because I looked at the nutrition label, I knew that they were much more healthy. I LOVED the taste of these and these are my FAVORITE of the two flavors! Taste-wise, the blueberry was delicious. I enjoyed the mild sweetness and “traditional” yumminess of this oatmeal bar, and the blueberry fruit “filling” was just simply excellent, and didn’t taste artificial. Texture-wise, again, it looks just like a mini-struedel, with it’s lovely soft exterior. Overall, it has a solid yet slightly moist consistency and stays together well, as it doesn’t melt or crumble like a lot of chocolate covered bars. Convenience-wise, it’s a great on-the-go bar to grab a few to place inside your purse, gym bag or stash some at your desk at work. They also can be easily eaten while in your car, as they won’t crumble all over.

appleApplePicApple Cinnamon4.5 out of 5 –These have the same consistency, of course, as the Blueberry flavor. Taste-wise, they are also excellent! They have such a delightful combination of “apple” and “ciAppleUpClosennamon.” The cinnamon adds just the perfect “zest” or “spice” to enhance the main apple taste of the filling. This SMART bar flavor reminded me of eating a warm bowl of Apple Cinnamon Quaker Oatmeal on a cold day — yet Detour bar “wraps” it up into a nice bar form.

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Nutrition: These bars are excellent! Most snack bars are much lower in protein than general “protein” bars, but most commercial snack bars high in carbs and sugar. However, these SMART bars are different and I like the nature of having a low-calorie healthy option. They are JUST what I was hoping for, as far as my own personal desires in a “Snack” bar-type category. They have lower sugar than other leading snack bars (like Chewy or Nutra-Grain), are less than 130 calories each, are designed to support a lean body, satisfy your hunger, are made with natural food ingredients, are gluten-free, and contain a solid amount of high-quality whey protein.

Blueberry — (Per bar) 130 calories, 2 g fat, 4 g sugar, 18 g carbs, 10 g protein.

Apple — (Per bar) 130 calories, 2.5 g fat, 4 g sugar, 18 g carbs, 10 g protein.

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Overall, I give these bars two-thumbs up!These Detour SMART Bars ARE definitely a SMART Choice! I highly recommend these Detour® SMART bars and encourage everyone to try them out.

(*Note: Keep in mind, my “Snack-Bar” category of bars is something that ranges between 80-130 calories, 1-4 g of fat, and 5-10 g of protein, etc. My own personal “Protein-Bar” category falls into the range of having more like between 180-260 calories, 10-30 g of protein, 4-8 g of fat, etc.)

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Here are some great links and resources for Detour:

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Question for My Readers:  Have you ever tried Detour’s SMART bars or products? If so, which ones, and which are your favorites?

Taking A Break…Or An Ending…

takingabreakTo My Readers:

I just wanted to let you all know that…again…I am taking a break from blogging. I am currently undergoing a pretty significant transition in my life (a good one) and I am not sure when…or even if…I will be back to blog. I have sincerely enjoyed tasting, eating and posting reviews for all the products I have and appreciate all the companies who have sent me their products. If this is the “end” of this blogpage, that is fine, as sometimes things are done for just a season of life. I hope you have enjoyed and have appreciated the brand/company/product information and descriptions I’ve provided, my personal opinions of taste, nutritional goodbyecontent, texture, product recommendations, etc. Thank you for all the Facebook “Likes” and Twitter “Tweets” you have given me, and all the valuable and appreciated Comments you have made. If I don’t return to blogging, I hope you all enjoy re-reading some of my posts and I sincerely wish you all happy and healthy living.

Larabar’s New “ALT®” Bars

I have already posted Reviews of other LÄRABAR flavors which you can find on my Blog here.

LÄRABAR was awesome enough to send me a box of free samples of their *Brand-New! ALT®, the Alternative Protein Bars™!

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First, before I go on, I just loved the packaging that the 4 flavors came in. Look at the cute mini-canvas bag, complete with “ALT®” logo all nestled within lovely rippled paper cushioning. I love the funny “Motto” of this new ALT® line ….

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I received these yummy bars about a week ago and have devoured all 4 of them as post-workout snacks. I am just pumped that has finally jumped onto the “High-Protein” bar bandwagon (if you don’t know yet, I love and prefer high-protein bars).  As LÄRABAR notes, most High-Protein bars use whey or soy for their protein sources, but what sets these bars apart is that the company uses peas….yes….peas (!) as their protein source! I was honestly a bit worried that these bars would taste…well pea-ish. I was grateful, however. The dates, brown rice syrup and other ingredients do a good job at “masking” any green veggie taste of the peas.

The great thing about these is that they all contain at least 10 g of protein. How LÄRABAR They are similar to the original line of CLIF Bars  in Nutritional Content, as both bars contain between 210-240 calories and 10 g of protein. However,  ALT® bars have a bit less in Carbohydrates than CLIF Energy Bars, as the ladder tend to be in the 40′s g of Carbs, whereas ALT® hang around in the upper 20′s-low30′s g Carbs. Sugar content is a bit different also. CLIF Bars tend to be around the 24 g Sugars, whereas ALT® bars hang around 18 g. I personally don’t mind Carbs, and I’m not watching my Carb intake, but I appreciate ALT® bar’s lower sugar content (“extra” sugar really isn’t good for anyone).

Anyways, I have tasted all 4 flavors and here is what LÄRABAR says about this new ALT® line:

“ALT®, the Alternative Protein Bar™, is the first-ever bar with added protein from LÄRABAR! Many bar brands use soy or whey protein, but ALT uses an alternative protein source: peas. Vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and non-GMO, ALT also uses a wrapper that is 31% renewable.”

And now with my taste descriptions and ratings:

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BigCinnApple Cinnamon Apple Crisp4.5 out of 5 – All 4 bars have a texture similar (nutty, seedy, somewhat sticky, crumbly) to their regular line of Larabar’s (You can read my previous posts for more detailed description). This bar had a lovely combination of apples and cinnamon flavorings, and I could taste the undertones of dates, and as usual the nuts. CinnAppleIngredientsThis bar reminded me a lot of my Mom’s Cinnamon Apple Crisp…but obviously in a hard “energy bar” form. This bar has a lighter and “traditional” taste than the other three. This bar also has the lowest number of calories and fat than the others. So, this is a good flavor if you happen to be “watching” those things.

Nutrition: 210 calories, 6 g fat, 30 g carbs, 19 g sugars, 3 g fiber, 10 g protein.NameLemon

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Lemon-Pound Cake4.5 out of 5 -First of all, I love the whole idea of this particular flavor.

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It’s unique both in title and flavoring. Immediately, I thought of Starbuck’s Lemon Vanilla Loaf Cake. I really liked this ALT® bar flavor, too. It had a really refreshing lemony taste. A good flavor to eat after a Summer-time workout, along with a glass of lemonade.

Nutrition: 210 calories, 9 g fat, 23 g carbs, 14 g sugars, 3 g fiber, 10 g protein.

PBNamePBAltBigPeanut Butter Cookie4.5 out of 5 – If you love both cookie dough and peanut butter, I think you’ll like this bar. Despite the natural seediness/nuttiness of typical Larabar’s, this ALT® bar tasted like that decadent smooth peanut butter-y cookie dough, as if you were licking it out of the bowl. It’s honestly not the most PBIngredluscious cookie-dough or peanut butter taste I’ve had in other bars, but Larabar does a decent job.

Nutrition: 240 calories, 10 g fat, 27 g carbs, 18 g sugars, 3 g fiber, 10 g protein.

And…..for my FAVORITE ALT® bar flavor…..

PumpkinNamePumpkinBig (2)PumpAltPumpkin Pie5Stars5.0 out of 5 – First of all, personally, I LOVE mostly everything pumpkin flavored. Unfortunately, most of the time, pumpkin is one of those “seasonal” flavors where companies and restaurants only come out with pumpkin flavored things in October (Starbuck’s Pumpkin Latte, Wendy’s Pumpkin Frosty’s, Fro-Yo Store’s Pumpkin PumpIngredflavors). Anyways, I loved this bar. The cinnamon nicely compliments the pumpkin which is the main/first taste when I bit into the bar.  This one is a “hit” for the ALT® bar line. Nutritionally, this bar also “ties” the Cinnamon Apple Crisp flavor bar in the lowest amount of fat.

Nutrition: 220 calories, 6 g fat, 30 g carbs, 18 g sugars, 3 g fiber, 10 g protein.

Overall, I recommend LÄRABAR ALT® bar line. Although they don’t contain the highest amount of protein (I love my bars to be packed chock-full of protein with between 15-30+ g per bar, such as with Pure Protein bars, ProMax bars, Detour bars, Quest bars, Premier Protein bars, MetRX bars, PowerBar Protein Plus bars, CLIFBuilder’s bars and TheSimplyBars.

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Here are some great links and resources for LÄRABAR’s and the ALT® line:

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Questions for My Readers:  Have you eaten any of LÄRABAR’s ALT® bars yet? If so, what are your favorite flavors?

Halo PROBARS

 I have already posted Reviews for 2 other flavors of PROBARS. You can read these here and here.

However, if you have not yet already, you can read more about PROBAR here.

Today, I am posting a Detailed Product Description Review for the Halo PROBARS!

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My Reviews & Ratings - 5.0 out of 5 – HALO ProBars

If you have not yet figured it out from the multiple reviews I have done over the course of the past 2 months. Back in October 2012, PROBAR send me so many samples of all their PROBARS! They sent me a whole box of their Original bars, a few from their Sweet & Savory line and entire box of their Fruition bars, and finally, a box of 3 bars each for the 4 flavors of their Halo bars. I’ve already posted my reviews for the first 3 lines, and therefore, in this next week, I’ll post my reviews for these Halo Bars!

Chances are pretty high that even before you visited my Blog, you’ve already seen or heard of this company prior to my reviews for PROBAR. However, I guess I cannot bring them to the forefront how delicious and amazing these nutrition/energy bars are! They can be a healthy snack, pre- or post-workout bar, dessert, meal-replacement, or just a great tasting product to eat in general for any reason.

PROBAR’s line of Halo bars comes in 4 different flavors Rocky Road, S’mores, Honey Graham, and Nutty Marshmallow.

I completely agree with PROBAR description of their Halo line as: “Satisfying your sweet tooth with zero grams of guilt. Introducing Halo™, the delicious between meals treat that’s designed to do your body good. With natural whole food ingredients and heavenly taste, these bars have such big flavors they take on a personality all their own”. The packaging of these nutrition bars alone made us want to try them out, but the simple ingredients and nutritional information is what actually made us want to seek our teeth into these tantalizing nutrition bars.”

First, Halo Bars contain unique and healthy ingredients, all 4 of their flavors are absolutely delicious, seductive and tempting. I love the fact that all 4 of them are of the “sinful” nature flavors, with chocolate, graham crackers, peanut butter….yummm…all those dessert and candy-like flavorings. Also, their texture rocks, as they are soft and chewy. I also appreciate that they are all dairy-free, you can find them almost anywhere food is sold.

Nutritionally, Halo bars are pretty healthy. overall, they have between 150-200 calories, which is very decent for a snack/energy bar. Second, They are fairly decent in their fat content too, ranging from 4.5-6 grams, and although they weren’t designed to be “Protein” bars, they contain a bit of protein, ranging from between 3-5 grams per bar. Additionally, all 4 bars are VEGAN which means they contain no dairy, and they also are low in sugar, ranging only between 10-14 grams per bar.

Here are my Reviews & Ratings for each flavor:

S’mores –   5.0 out of 5 This bar has a wonderful combination of peanut butter, chocolate chips, and marshmallows which mix really well. PROBAR seems to really try to emphasize the marshmallow aspect of each bar, because that allows you to feel indulgent without having to actually be too high calorically. The texture of the bar is a nice and “gritty” almost on the outside, but the inside is pure soft and chewy goodness. They had plenty of sweet and soft marshmallows which I loved. Yet, the individual flavors for each bar could be tasted. I LOVED this S’mores flavor. It was pure nostalgic goodness of being around a camp-fire with homemade S’mores — all wrapped up in an energy bar.

Nutrition: 1 bar = 150 calories, 4.5 g fat, 25 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Rocky Road –   5.0 out of 5 - These bars are a rockin’ combination of chocolate, peanuts, marshmallow, and oats. I was surprised that these few simple ingredients make it “feel” like there’s big flavor, and definitely reminded me of and tasted much like Rocky Road ice-cream…the stuff I used to get from Baskin Robbins. This bar is great or in a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream from the freezer aisle. I’m pretty sure that anyone who merely likes chocolate will really enjoy this bar, as it absolutely bursts with chocolate and marshmallow goodness.

Nutrition: 1 bar = 160 calories, 8 g fat, 20 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Honey Graham – 4.5 out of 5These bars taste like such a good wrapped-up package of yummy Honey Maid Graham Crackers, the kind I loved as a kid and our slather peanut butter all over and crunch for an after-school snack. PROBAR did a great job at making this bar delicious and healthy at the same time. These Honey Graham bars were the only bars that wasn’t loaded with marshmallows, but that didn’t really matter as much because it has a really great combination of honey and graham crackers. What an inventive flavor.

Nutrition: 1 bar = 150 calories, 5 g fat, 24 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Nutty Marshmallow - 4.5 out of 5 – As the title of this bar bar implies, this bar flavor is loaded with peanuts, marshmallow, and oats. This bar was a little more salty/savory than the other bars in this HALO line, but that’s to be expected by the “Nutty Marshmellow” name. But, I appreciated that. This line, overall, isn’t overly sweet. It seems too often that nutrition/protein/energy bars are either too bland and dull or too sweet and just saturated with sweeteners that actually end up making them more sugary than most commercial candy bars. This bar does a great job at balancing both the peanuts and marshmallows, and is another creative flavor part of the whole HALO line.

Nutrition: 1 bar = 150 calories, 6 g fat, 22 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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I truly love how and I personally believe Halo PROBARS really live up to their mission and goals. Art Eggertsen, founder of PROBAR, describes the company’s mission for their bars: “At PROBAR, we’re all about delicious, organic, unprocessed foods! Food from nature is better than food from the lab — it tastes better, it looks better, and it’s sustainable. So, the next time you need a delicious meal, grab a PROBAR and enjoy the goodness of whole foods.”

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AND…..my FAVORITE of the Halo Bars? 

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This S’Mores Halo Bar flavor of Halo PROBARS reminded me of this recipe of these “S’mores Cupcakes” on “Diva’s Can Cook” Blog. You can view the baking steps & recipe here.

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Here are some great links and resources for PROBAR:

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**STAY TUNED – Within the next 3-4 days, I’ll be posting my Reviews for the remaining 3 flavors of Halo PROBARS!

Question for My Readers:  Have you tried the Halo PROBARS yet? if so, what do you think?