Today, we’re talking protein bars.
Not just any protein bars. Customizable protein bars.
To be honest, most protein bars are really gross. They not only taste weird but they can have a gritty texture and a leathery, stale outter “shell”. Some bars use artificial sweeteners and fillers that can bulk up the sugar and carb content, making them a poor choice for a protein bar.
But fear not, health geeks.
There are a few good companies out there producing really high quality products. Questbar, for example, has been one of my favorite companies for some time now. Up until recently, when I was given a box of YouBars to try, I relied solely on Quest for my protein bars.
But along came YouBar with its clever, individualized concept.
For those of you who haven’t heard of YouBar, here’s all you need to know:
YouBar is a company out of California that offers fully customizable and fresh protein bars.
How does it work?
- Visit their website at www.youbars.com
- Pick your bar size (S, M, L)
- Pick your base, protein powders, nuts, seeds, fruits, sweeteners, etc.
- Name your bar and place your order
- Your fresh, handmade bars will be shipped in 1-5 business days.
What’s cool about these protein bars is that as you are creating your own unique bars, YouBar gives you all the nutritional facts on the right side of the page, so you’re always fully aware of what you are ordering…and eventually eating.
For those of us who not only count calories, but sugar, carbs, etc—this is pretty awesome.
And if too many choices overwhelm you, YouBar has a selection of popular bars that you can choose from as well.
My favorite bar is the popular Training 33. It packs 10g of protein in just 180 calories and contains organic dates, organic figs, organic flaxseed and cacao nibs, as well as honey, almond butter, and cinnamon. It’s a bar that I could eat every day; sweet enough to curb a craving with no weird aftertaste that some artificial sweeteners leave.
YouBars are soft and chewy, but not so chewy that it might break a tooth (like some, *ahem*, other bars). What’s most impressive is that they have a fairly short-lived shelf life (see photo above–Best By 11/30/13). This is a good thing. This is a sign that these bars are fresh and REAL*.
*Words of wisdom: never trust anything that doesn’t expire within 6 months after purchasing.
**Tip: keep the bars in the freezer to keep fresher, longer.
I definitely recommend YouBar to anyone looking to incorporate protein bars into their diet, or looking for a wholesome brand to try. YouBars are delicious and they keep you full–just as any good protein bar should!
AND…just because you follow my blog, you can get 10% off your next order of Youbars—just use the discount code SPOON10 during checkout to redeem this offer!
Also, check out my Instagram (@Kelley_in_Philly) for a chance to WIN a free box of YouBars!!
What brand of protein bars is your favorite?