PROBARS are “Whole Food Meal Replacement” which are 100% vegan and are made with organic ingredients. Each PROBARS contains at least 15 whole foods to help you sustain your energy through the day weather you are an athlete or eating small chunks as a snack in-between meals. PROBARS have either peanut butter or almond butter as well as natural sweeteners to “glue” the bar together. No preservative or chemicals. Depending on the flavor, the 15 whole foods are somethings like raw sunflower seeds, flax seeds, raisins, sesame seeds, cashews, almonds, dates, rolled oats, fennel seeds, etc. Sounds like all the good ingredients us foodies love and adore. The ingredients lists are long, but not in a bad way, just packed with real and all recognizable ingredients. Each bar is wide and pretty much a square shape. The 85 grams in each bar is a lot bigger than other bars on the market. Just for a quick comparison, Clif bars are 68 grams, Luna Bars are 44 grams, Larabars are 45 grams, and Pure bars are 48 grams. The bar does not crumble like a granola bar, but are easily breakable. Has a crunchy and chewy texture. I would describe these as a hybrid of a Larabar and a KIND bar.
Cocoa Pistachio: A sweet and savory combination of delicious roasted pistachios, unsweetened dark chocolate, peanut butter, raw coconuts, sesame seeds, just to name a few ingredients. You can’t go wrong with pistachios and chocolate, right? Lots of whole nuts and seeds. I took great caution to give them a good chewing. The unsweetened dark chocolate were a little melted, but still good. The bar contains 400 calories, 9 WW, 25 grams of fat (7 grams saturated), zero cholesterol, 350 milligram of sodium, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of protein.
Maple Pecan: I really like the maple flavor mixed with the nuts and grains. I ate this for breakfast which kept me going for hours without snacking. Very tasty! One bar is contains 400 calories, 9 WW, 22 grams of fat (5 grams saturated), zero cholesterol, 200 milligram of sodium, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 20 grams of sugar, and 9 grams of protein.
Nutty Banana Boom: Another flavor I like to eat in the morning. Taste like someone baked a batch of banana bread with an overdose of nuts and seeds. Naturally, a more nutty and seedy version of banana bread. Delicious. The bars contain 380 calories, 9 WW, 20 grams of fat (6 grams saturated), zero cholesterol, 70 milligram of sodium, 150 milligram of potassium, 47 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber, 21 grams of sugar, and 9 grams of protein.
Apple Cinnamon Crunch: Another one of my favorite flavors. The apple pieces are delectable and the cinnamon flavor pairs nicely with the apple taste. A nuttier version of a slice of apple pie. The bar is 370 calories, 9 WW, 19 grams of fat (5 grams saturated), zero cholesterol, 90 grams of sodium, 130 grams potassium, 47 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber, 22 grams of sugar, and 9 grams of protein.
Sesame Goji: Abundant in sesame seeds and goji berries. Love the nutty taste of the sesame seeds. The goji berries did not really taste like anything, but I still love my goji berries. The bar contains 400 calories, 9 WW, 24 grams of fat (5 grams saturated), zero cholesterol, 360 milligram of sodium, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of protein.
Koka-Moka: Great chocolaty bar with mocha flavor. Great pick-me-up in the middle of the day. The bar contains 360 calories, 8 WW, 18 grams of fat (5 grams saturated), zero cholesterol, 30 grams of sodium, 210 milligram of potassium, 46 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 24 grams of sugar and 9 grams of protein.
Really high in the calorie department so I tend to eat half of it at a time. Even as a snack, I think 200 calories on a bar is too high for me. I normally break my Larabars and Clif bars in half. Eating only 1/4 of the bar seems pretty dinky tho. PROBARS are made with tons of good stuff of foodie approved ingredients, but too much of a good thing can be bad for you so watch our for those calories if you are not particularly active. All the ingredients in PROBARS are recognizable and good for you, but the portion size is gigantic for everyday eating. Good thing I hear that PROBAR is coming out with a lower in calories food bar called fruition in August 2009. PROBARS are perfect for those active people who hike and camp all day without access to “real” food. Then again, these are marketed as “The Whole Foods Meal” so the high calories is justifiable. In the spirit of trying out PROBARS for what it is, a meal replacement, I substituted a couple of meals with PROBAR and I am happy to report that they did keep my satisfied like a meal would have. I did not feel full, but I did not feel hungry either.
Retails: $3.29 @ PROBARS
My Cost: Free
Calories: 350 to 450
WW: 8-10 WW