What would happen if a Larabar and a container of whey protein powder had a baby?
I have to admit I’ve pondered this question. I know, I’m weird. I’m OK with it.
I’ve also had that combination more than once when I’ve been stuck without a “real food” meal. Both of these items are shelf stable and require no real prep. Just add water to the protein powder, shake shake shake your bottle and you’re done. I enjoy Larabars, but there is essentially no protein in them, and need an additional protein source to make it more of a complete snack.
Whey protein and the fruit and nut bar have had their love child.
And it’s name is VixiBar.
I’m going to let Kate, the creator of VixiBar, explain.
“At VixiBar™, we believe eating natural, pure, delicious food that your body can use leads to the extraordinary ability to do… anything! As a Fitness Consultant and athlete, I had a hard time finding a bar to eat or recommend to my clients. I wanted something with only natural & pure ingredients. It had to be GREAT TASTING, with no added sugars, free of gluten, soy and lactose, but with whey protein (non-rBGH). It hit me one morning after a classic Colorado run..”
Sounds good, right? I contacted Kate to ask her a question, and she kindly supplied me with bars for this review. Before we get to the good stuff, I want to make one clarification. The bars do contain whey concentrate, which can contain very small amounts of lactose. That was actually the question I had asked Kate. She qualified that the whey protein she uses is primarily isolate (which is lactose free) and small amounts of whey concentrate. The amount of whey concentrate and therefore lactose in each bar is very small, but worth considering. Just don’t eat 10 of them in one sitting, yes?
Frankly, eating 10 in one sitting would not be out of the realm of possibility, even if you are not on “Man Vs. Food.” These bars are tasty, and not too big. They are about the size of a Larabar, have the portability of a Larabar, but the added benefit of protein. Score. They currently come in 10 flavors (!) and each flavor sounds yummy. I was sent the Peanut Butter and Jelly, Cherry Biscotti, Peanut Butter Cup, Chocolate Macaroon and Apple Crisp bars to try. The other available flavors are: Coconut Bliss, Peppermint Patty, Cherry Brownie, Pumpkin Pie, and Peanut Butter Banana.
|Serving Size: 1 Bar (1.7oz)||Sodium 19mg|
|Calories: 230||Total Carbs 25g|
|Total Fat 10g||Fiber 5g|
|Sat. Fat 1g||Sugar 17g|
|Cholest. 5mg||Protein 12g|
|Ingredients: Dates, Almonds, Cherries, Natural Whey Protein(non-rBGH isolate and concentrate), Natural Vanilla and Caramel Flavor|
As you can see, no funky ingredients and a good nutritional profile.
As far as the flavors I tried, they were all tasty. They were a tiny bit dry, but given the whey protein content that is difficult to overcome and still keep the all good stuff ingredients. My least favorite was the Chocolate Macaroon, which surprised me. The Peanut Butter and Jelly tasted like Peanut Butter and Jelly! The Cherry Biscotti was very good, and the Apple was exceptional and more moist than the others.
Overall, these are excellent bars to have around in a pinch when a hunk of meat and some veggies aren’t an option. The ingredient list and nutrition profile are some of the best I’ve seen. Plus, I love their tagline–”The Natural Sweetness of Life(TM)”.
Please check out VixiBar and support an up and coming, allergy aware small business. At $26 for 12 bars, these are competitively priced with other bars on the market.
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