Friday, August 17, 2012

Adventures in Eating: The Simply Bar Challenge

An odd thing has happened since I started running last year. I've noticed that I am weeding a lot of bad habits out of my diet and trying to find yummy good habits in exchange. A snacker by nature I'm constantly on the hunt for better options. This hunt led me to The Simply Bar and the Simply Bar Challenge.

What was the challenge? The Simply Bar sent me four of their most popular protein bars in exchange for my opinions on a survey. While they did provide me with the bars no other compensation was provided the thoughts below are mine.

I was excited and scared to try the challenge. I have tried protein bars in the past. But I've never managed to take more than a couple of bites before tossing it in the trash. The good thing about the challenge was I was going to have to TRY so I could really see what the Simply Bar was all about.

I started off safe for me and the first one I tried was the Peanut Butter Chocolate. The thing that stood out to me wasn't that it didn't look like a protein bar. It looked like a rice crispie treat.

I had this as a mid afternoon snack at work and much to my surprise, I loved it! No weird texture or flavor, just yummy goodness. The best part? It kept me full the rest of the afternoon and curbed the four o'clock snacking that I often fell prey too. I was still full around dinner time which led to a sensible portion for dinner and led to no after dinner snack.
The next one I tried was the cinnamon pecan for breakfast in place of my normal protein shake. I was super leery of this one as I have a weird quirk where I generally don't like nuts in food. Guess what? I still loved it and once again I found myself full, no between meals snacking. Quite honestly this was even better than my normal protein shake in that it kept me fuller longer.

I tried the next bar after my long run, the caramel peanut and the final bar , lemon coconut after dinner with similar results.

Here are the impressive numbers for my label reading friends and yet another reason I was hoping I would love them. They looked too good to be true. Especially in comparison to the other popular protein bars.

 Nine ingredients, 16 grams of protein, an easy 160 calories, 4 grams of fat, 3 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of fiber. Not to mention that they are certified gluten free and dairy free.

It was hard for me to believe that something that looked so good would taste good and deliver all that was said it would deliver. But The Simply Bar lived up to the hype I built up in my head. The Simply Bar, is simply amazing!

I am quite excited to say that this girl has a favorite protein bar and a new weapon in my eating well arsenal. Hello, the Simply Bar, welcome to my life. I can not wait to order more and am especially excited to try their Cocoa Coffee protein bars.

Thank you to the Simply Bar for letting me take part in your challenge and for changing my opinions on protein bars. Have I piqued your interest?  Check them out for yourself at www.thesimplybar.com. You will be so, so happy you did.