I was lucky enough to find these bars in my local Whole Foods. I was very excited to give them a try, as they are vegan, and so not just gluten free, but dairy free as well. From the MyVega website “Vega bars contain no refined sugars or oils, artificial flavors, gluten or soy; and are GMO and pesticide-free.” Off to a good start there. My friend Kelly had good things to report on their Sport Performance Optimizer which you can check out by clicking here.
The ingredients in the chocolate flavor (the one I tried, of course-did you really think I would have bought the berry flavor?) are as follows:
Dates, hemp protein, organic sprouted whole flax seeds, almond butter, agave nectar, almonds, coconut, cocoa powder, sesame seeds, raisins, organic sprouted mung beans, organic wheat grass, natural chocolate flavor, lemon juice, organic dulse.
Excellent-all recognizable words.
Nutrition facts for the bar look good as well. 1 bar provides the following nutrition value:
-240 calories which include
-10 grams of fat (hemp protein has a naturally higher fat content, and fat also comes from the almond butter, flax and
sesame seeds, and the almonds.)
-30 grams of carbohydrate (which includes 6 grams of fiber)
-10 grams of protein
In addition, the Vega bars are made from raw foods. From the MyVega website:”Unlike traditional cooked and processed bars, Vega bars are 100% raw, alkaline and enzymatically alive, requiring less energy to digest and providing a greater net energy gain. An ideal snack for people on the go, Vega bars provide high quality convenient nutrition without compromises.”
I excitedly buy the bar, wait until I get in the car to tear into the wrapper to try it….
I personally am not a fan of the taste.
It has a chewy texture, not unpleasant. Similar to a Larabar without the chunkies. The flavor is a a bit bitter-chocolate, like cacao nibs if you have tried those. What I didn’t like was a faint “slimy” for lack of a better word aftertaste-effect. I’m guessing that could be from the dulse (a very nutrient-rich seaweed.)
Don’t let my opinion stop you from giving these a try though. They are a bit expensive in my point of view, it was 3.29 for 1 bar. If you are intolerant to dairy, this may be a convenient option to keep in a bag or purse. The nutrition profile and ingredients are pretty stellar for a commercially produced product. Try for yourself and see what you think.
I also have some rice protein powder and gemma (pea) protein powder on the way, so I’ll be experimenting with those in homemade protein bars in recipes soon. I’ll post up my experiments that aren’t “baking fails.” (Had 1 yesterday. It was ugly. REALLY dry protein brownie sawdust.)
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