For a year now I have been on the PROBAR train and it’s time to relay my knowledge to the readers of gear.com. The shelves at REI seem to be more full of random energy and protein bars than past years. Before you lose the ‘bar lottery’ again walking away with a gross option, here is what PROBAR has to offer.
PROBAR vs. fruition
The quick and dirty difference between PROBAR and fruition is texture and calories. Most PROBAR bars are above 350 calories whereas fruition have 160. When I hand people a PROBAR I tell them that right away, “This is a meal replacement. Use it wisely.” The texture of fruition is very soft and looks like the ingredients have been mashed up and ground together. You can identify just about every nut and fruit in a PROBAR. Not bad, just different.
My Favorite Flavor
For the last 6 months hands down it has been Nutty Banana Boom. I’m a sucker for banana nut bread so I’ve leaned towards that one. I suggest if your going to dive into the PROBAR world, try to find a couple favorite flavors so you don’t wear yourself out on one. Recently Superfood has really impressed me and more often a Koka Moka is in my briefcase on the way to work.
Koka Moka is the ultimate coffee lovers bar. Big chunks of chocolate. Subtle coffee taste. A perfect mate for your hot bean in a cup. The PROBAR team really has a flawless quiver of flavors so if you don’t like one, try the one next to it. Cocoa Pistachio doesn’t really impress me but I was surprised to like Kettle Corn. Kettle Corn sort of fills that creepy interest I have in buttered popcorn Jelly Belly’s. The real question is, how does PROBAR come up with this stuff?
I really like strawberry fruition. The best part of fruition is it’s easy to chew for my vegan two yr old. Yes, I just stated my two yr old is vegan. fruition has been a lifesaver since his eating options are limited. I like not having to go on a treasure hunt in his car seat to find broken pieces of bar. He usually hangs on to fruition rather than chuck it across the car like other food we give him.
Quality and Quantity
With past bars I always felt a sacrifice had to be made with my bar choice. Here are the three things to look at when buying a bar:
- What is it going to do for me?
- How crappy does it taste?
- How much?
The sustainability you get with PROBAR really exceeds any bar I’ve tried. I’m not going to name names but PROBAR is made with whole food. The bar doesn’t have a sugary taste because the oompa loompas making the bars aren’t trying to buy you off like a cheap date. One benefit of the texture of the bars is they don’t fall apart easily. I’ve yet to have one crumble in my bike jersey. This is great because you most likely won’t slam a whole bar at once. The texture makes it nice to break a little off as you go.
With whole food you get what you get. Amazingly Art Eggertsen, founder of PROBAR, mixes the ingredients just right to really have a party in your mouth while creating unique flavors. Shop around for a flavor. Kick off your first experience with PBnJ if your unsure. That is a crowd pleaser and PROBAR’s newest addition to the bar family. Overall, PROBAR doesn’t taste crappy.
This isn’t the cheapest bar. Online you can get a PROBAR for $3.29 and a fruition bar for $2.29. Be prepared to pay a bit more at the one and only bike shop in the teeny town you just pulled up to. With a high amount of sustainability and delicious taste, it’s worth it. Knowing that I don’t have to sacrifice taste for benefit or taste for cost makes this my only choice.
PROBAR made a bar that you can share with your kid that they will actually eat. It doesn’t get more simple than that. Make sure to pace yourself when you first try a bar. These aren’t energy bars. They are meal replacement bars that provide energy. Hit the team up on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with new flavors and health scuttle.