Pro Bar Meal Replacement Bar – A Backpacker’s Review
Starting at $30.59 for box of 12 on Amazon
- Certified Gluten Free
- Certified Organic
- Non-GMO Project Certified
- 70% Raw Ingredients
- Net weight: 3 oz
Pro Bar has an interesting story behind it. The company is currently owned by Jeff Coleman. He came across the product when living in Park City, Utah in 2002. Back then Pro Bar was a small company that made and sold only locally in Park City. Jeff was so impressed by the taste and nutrition content of Pro Bar that he worked to fund and grow the company, eventually buying it. The current President, Jules Lambert, soon joined the company as director of sales. Jules set out on a 2 year road trip with the mission of introducing the bar to a larger, more diverse audience. Pro Bar has now grown to a nationally well-known and liked brand.
Real Food Ingredients
Pro Bar’s mission statement is “Pro Bar creates delicious, convenient, healthy, plant-based food products. We strive to become the leading provider of REAL FOOD choices, always maintaining our commitment to quality, sustainability, and fantastic taste.” Pro Bar is certified organic, made in the USA, and uses only real food ingredients. They do not contain any artificial colors or preservatives. The main ingredients of dried nuts, seeds, fruit, rolled grains and grain sweeteners have naturally long shelf lives and help the product maintain a decent shelf life without added preservatives. There have been some reports of mold on older bars that were not kept in the freezer. This does not bother me personally, but rather assures me that they are made from real food. Its not normal for food to last years or even months, and it only does so when there are loads of preservatives added. If you want to buy in bulk, be sure to freeze the unused portions until you are ready to eat them.
Pro Bar’s delicious bars are made by blending ingredients together, rather than baking. These bars are easy to digest because they are:
- Made from 70% raw food ingredients
- Lower in protein than other bars
- Higher in healthy fat than other bars
Protein is the body’s last resort for energy and after using up all available carbohydrates, the body turns to fat for energy.
The daily recommended maximum amount of sugar per day is 25 grams (6 tsp) for females and 37 grams (9 tsp) for men. Pro Bars contain between 16 and 26 grams of sugar in just one bar! Sugar is now believed to be the cause of some of the world’s leading causes of death, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Sugar consists of glucose and fructose. One of the main reasons sugar is so harmful is because of the fructose. Besides the natural sugars from the fruit in these bars, the main sweetener Pro Bar uses is brown rice syrup. Brown rice syrup is made from brown rice and is essentially all glucose, no fructose. Glucose can be metabolized by every cell in your body, but fructose can only be metabolized by the liver in significant amounts; therefore, glucose does not have the same negative effects on the liver as fructose. Brown rice syrup has a very high glycemic index and does not include any beneficial nutrients. Pro Bars are still a much better choice than other bars made with cane sugar, preservatives, or artificial ingredients.
I have to say, Pro Bars are probably my favorite tasting bar. They are a hefty, dense bar but yet still soft with a tiny bit of a crunchy consistency. They are not gooey like bars made with dates and they’re definitely not crumbly or gritty like some protein bars I’ve tried. Pro Bars are fairly sweet but that is because they contain a lot of sugar. You have a lot of different options on flavors. The meal bars come in twelve different flavors, ranging from nutty to chocolaty to fruity.
Starting at $30.59 on Amazon
Pro Bar Flavor Comparison
|Flavor||Calories||Fat (g)||Protein (g)||Carbs (g)||Sugar (g)||Description||Price (Box of 12 Bars)|
|Almond Crunch||370||18||9||48||19||Good for almond lovers, sweet almond and creamy cashews||$34.99 on Amazon|
|Koka Moka||370||17||9||48||22||Mocha and coffee flavored||$32.28 on Amazon|
|Original Trail Mix||360||16||9||49||16||Trail mix wrapped up in a bar. Nuts, grains, and fruit||$32.28 on Amazon|
|Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip||390||22||10||43||21||Peanuts with dark chocolate chips||$32.28 on Amazon|
|Peanut Butter||380||20||11||43||19||Simple but delicious peanut butter and oats||$32.28 on Amazon|
|Superfood Slam||370||18||10||47||23||Berries, dark chocolate, and greens||$30.59 on Amazon|
|Superfruit Slam||350||15||8||51||24||Conglomeration of fruits||$34.20 on Amazon|
|Wholeberry Blast||360||16||8||51||26||Almond butter base with strawberries and blueberries||$32.28 on Amazon|
|Chocolate Coconut||370||17||8||50||23||Rich crunchy coconut and light chocolate||$36.99 on Amazon|
|Superberry and Greens||360||15||8||50||22||Spinach, spirulina, broccoli, mixed with superfruits and contains prebiotics and probiotics||$32.28 on Amazon|
|Banana Nut Bread||390||21||9||44||18||Banana bread with chia and flaxseed, great for breakfast||$42.06 on Amazon|
|Oatmeal Chocolate Chip||390||21||`9||44||19||Lots of energy filled with nuts, seeds, oatmeal, and chocolate chips||$42.06 on Amazon|
Overall, I would recommend Pro Bars. They are seriously delicious tasting and are made with organic, real food ingredients. The one drawback is that they do have a lot of sugar, but compared to other bars its pretty comparable. I wouldn’t eat these on a daily basis as part of a healthy plant based diet, but for the trail or for traveling they work well. Pro Bars are definitely convenient to throw in a pack or suitcase and have as a breakfast. They are perfect for backpacker’s practicing a no-cook meal plan. On road trips, I take a bunch of these and eat one with coffee for a quick breakfast or to tide me over between meals. My favorite flavor is plain old Peanut Butter!
Have you tried Pro Bars? If so, what do you think and what are some of your favorite go to meal bars?