PowerBar ProteinPlus Bars
PowerBar ProteinPlus Bars are food bars that come in several flavors and sizes and can be used as protein and energy bars. Due to their content, they should be used for boosting energy levels before and during workouts and competitions and after workouts for faster recovery and regeneration. If needed, they can be used even as meal replacement, just be aware of their macronutrient content.
ProteinPlus Bars come in several sizes: 61g bars containing 20g of protein, 90g bars containing 30g of protein and 72g bars containing 22g of protein per bar - reduced sugar bars. Bars come in several flavors: Chocolate Crisp, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cookies n Cream, Vanilla, Chocolate Brownie, Dulce de Leche etc.
Note: Not all flavors come in all sizes.
ProteinPlus Bars are available as single bars, packs of 15 bars (61g bars) and packs of 12 bars (72g and 90g bars).
Nutrient content is given in the following table:
|Flavor||Protein||Total Carbs||Fiber||Sugar||Sugar Alcohol||Total Fats||Saturated Fats||Calories|
|Chocolate Crisp 61g||20g||27g||4g||12g||0g||5g||3g||210kcal|
|Chocolate Peanut Butter 61g||20g||25g||4g||12g||0g||6g||3g||210kcal|
|Chocolate Peanut Butter 72g||22g||30g||1g||1g||17g||9g||4g||270kcal|
|Chocolate Brownie 90g||30g||34g||<1g||30g||0g||11g||4.5g||360kcal|
|Dulce de Leche 90g||30g||35g||<1g||32g||0g||11g||4.5g||360kcal|
Other flavors have nutrient content very similar to the content of corresponding size bars.
These bars have very similar protein sources: 61g and 90g bars protein sources are soy protein isolate, calcium caseinate and whey protein isolate, while 72g bars (bars with reduced sugar content) protein sources are whey protein isolate, calcium caseinate and soy protein isolate.
Note: the order with which proteins are cited on the package, corresponds with the relative amount of protein in supplements in general.
As one can see, most of the calories come from proteins and carbohydrates. These bars contain relatively large amount of sugars (or sugar alcohol), especially 90g bars.
These bars taste - great, just like any similar candy bar, but they come with nice amount of proteins, unlike 'ordinary' candy bars. These protein sources are relatively fast, but not as fast as pure whey proteins. Personally, I don't like soy protein, but the amount of soy protein in these bars is relatively low in regard to total daily protein intake - if you have sound and balanced diet.
Due to differences in content, 61g bars (containing absolutely and relatively less sugar than 90g bars) can be used for breakfasts, daily snacks and around workouts and sport events. These bars also contain 4g of fibers and are not digested as fast as 90g bars. 90g bars should be used around workouts and sport events - due to their high sugar content, they are not suitable for breakfasts and daily snacks, unless you are skinny ectomorph trying to pack on some weight.
72g bars are low in sugar, but have ~17g of sugar alcohol per bar. If you really want to avoid sugar and don't mind calories from sugar alcohol, then consider these bars.
Price - these bars come at acceptable prices, especially larger (12 and 15 bars) packages. When found on sale, price is even better.
Recommendation - these bars are NOT classic meal replacement bars, except maybe 61g bar. Of course, all three bars can be used as meal replacement by skinny people trying to increase daily calorie intake and with 210, 270 and 360kcal per 61g, 72g and 90g bars, these bars really can increase daily calorie intake.
If you like outdoor activities that includes plenty of physical activity, consider protein bars like these - they will provide you with plenty of energy and with building blocks for your body to recover and regenerate.
For more reviews and recommendations of these bars, feel free to check these Amazon links (each link opens in the new window):
Long story short - I really like my Post Workout Meal (PWM) shakes after workouts. But, from time to time, I can't drink it for various reasons; or I participate in certain prolonged physical activity that prevents me from eating normal food or having Meal Replacement Powder (MRP) shake; or ... In all similar situations, I can recommend food bars like these bars. Personally, being an endomorph, I can't recommend these bars as meal replacement bars, except maybe 61g bars for breakfasts, but if you ectomorph or mesomorph on bulking diet - go for it! :)
Just be sure that these bars fit you daily macronutrient intake.