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ProBar - Whole Food Energy Bar

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Updated June 28, 2012

ProBar

ProBar

Wendy Bumgardner © 2006

The Bottom Line

The ProBar is a tasty energy bar whose ingredient list makes you feel pure and wholesome. It uses natural nuts, seeds, and dried fruit to make a tasty bar much higher in fiber than most energy bars, with 6 grams per bar. At 380 calories, they recommend eating only half at a time for better calorie control. The consistency of the bar is excellent - no coatings to melt, easy to break in half, but it doesn't crumble, easy to chew. Really perfect for munching while walking.
Reviewed: 5-21-06

Pros

  • Whole food/raw food energy bar with natural ingredients
  • Vegan, no preservatives
  • High fiber, good fats
  • Great taste, a new favorite
  • No coating to melt, easy to chew but non-crumbly

Cons

  • Lacks many vitamins - enjoy in conjunction with a balanced diet.

Description

  • Whole food and raw food nutrition bar with natural ingredients, no preservatives.
  • 380 calories per bar - you should split the bar for two portions.
  • 18 grams fat - 4.5 grams saturated, from nuts, seeds, carob chips.
  • 50 grams total carbohydrate, 6 grams fiber.
  • Sugars are both simple and complex.
  • 9 grams protein from nuts and seeds.
  • Soft, non-crumbly consistency good for eating while walking, no coating to melt.
  • Whole seeds and nuts and dried fruit may irritate some with sensitive digestive tracts.
  • Taste is fantastic, very satisfying, a new favorite!

Guide Review - ProBar - Whole Food Energy Bar

I am not a slave to whole foods or natural foods, but it's great to find an energy bar that tastes great, has all the right qualities for carrying on your walk, and is also 100% natural, vegan, and has no preservatives.

Ingredients

The ProBar uses nut butter as its first ingredient - peanut butter or almond butter, depending on the flavor of bar. Then come 16 more whole foods, many of them raw foods, inluding raisins, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, almonds, etc. They use a variety of natural sweeteners and natural fats, but no additives or preservatives.

Nutrition Facts

The ProBar should be used as an energy bar - it is high in sugars and fats, low in protein. If used as a meal replacement or recovery bar, supplement it with a protein and vitamin source. Because of the high energy density, ProBar recommends using only half a bar at a time during exercise as an energy source.
Calories: 380
Carbohydrates: 50 grams, with 6 grams of fiber.
Protein: 6 grams
Fat: 18 grams, with 4.5 grams saturated fat, 0 trans fat, provides omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Low in vitamins.

As an Energy Bar for Athletes

The ProBar is marketed as an energy bar for athletes. It's high amount of carbs will provide endurance energy, especially for distance walkers and hikers. With the large number of natural seeds, walkers should test it out for tolerance before using it in a competitive event.
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