So, I finally had a chance to crack into that shipment of Paleo Bars sent to me by My Healthy Eats over the weekend!
I decided to try out the Cashew & Cocoa Bar first, because, well … CASHEWS ARE MY JAM and who doesn’t love chocolate?
At a hefty 289 calories per bar, I will point out that these babies should likely be considered a meal replacement versus a snack – unless you’re a much bigger person. As a 135 lb woman, 289 calories is a substantial chunk out of my day, so I decided to have the bar as my dinner on Tuesday night.
First and foremost: these bars are moist, thick, and LOOK LIKE REAL FOOD.
If you recall my experience with Julian Bakery’s Paleo Protein bars, this is a DRASTIC –and much appreciated– difference.
Seriously, this actually looks really good. Big chunks of nuts, NO MOLD (again, see my review of Julian Bakery’s bars), and a pretty substantial-looking bar.
I was most impressed by the TEXTURE: it was soft, chewy (think brownie, not tootsie roll), and had a dessert-like flavor on first bite.
Similar to a LaraBar or the RXBars, the main ingredient of these bars is dates. This is what gives it a sweetness and the moist, thick texture that is such a departure from the Julian Bakery bars.
My husband tried a bite and thought I was having a dessert bar; so that’s definitely a vote of confidence!
All in all, I liked these bars, but I probably wouldn’t have them daily.
Here’s my voting/opinion in summary:
TEXTURE: Perfect! Moist, chewy, and brownie-like.
FLAVOR: Good, but not much different than a LaraBar.
CALORIES: HIGH – 289 is a substantial snack!
SUGARS: The bar is marketed as a “low carb” option, but this is NOT THE CASE. While it doesn’t have added sugars, the first ingredient is “date paste,” which is very naturally sugar-dense. This bar packed a whopping 24g of sugar, which is more than I normally aim to eat in a day. I would strongly advise against these bars if you’re following a Ketogenic or low carb diet.
PROTEIN: The bars are marketed as high protein, but with only 8g of egg white protein –it’s literally the last ingredient– I would consider these to be more of an energy bar versus a protein bar. I told my husband I plan to use the bars as carb-supplements while doing my marathon training this Fall.
Overall, I found the bar tasty and a decent option for those following a Paleo, Primal, Whole30 or vegetarian eating plan. I wasn’t floored by it, but I did find it substantially better than Julian Bakery’s Paleo bars.
That being said, I doubt I’ll be ordering any for myself. At over $4 per bar (almost double what Quest Nutrition and RX Bars charges), it’s definitely not in my price range. On top of that, I aim to eat less than 25g sugars MAXIMUM per day (realistically, I try to avoid sugar fully, as I’m following a hybrid Keto-Paleo diet), so these don’t fit well into my Macros.
For someone not concerned about carbs/sugars and who has more money to burn, these could be a good option. They do taste good, and I’m sure they’d be a nice treat warmed up, but they’re not a viable option for me to consume daily, both from a financial and nutritional perspective.
MY HEALTHY EATS BARS IN REVIEW:
- Paleo/Primal/Whole30 compliant.
- Vegetarian option!
- Natural ingredients (not 100% sure if they were organic, but I didn’t research it).
- No junk fillers.
- Available on Amazon for easy/expedient delivery.
- Very high in sugar (24g of sugars alone in the bar I ate)
- High calories (between 250 to 289 in the three flavors they offer)
- Relatively low in protein (only 8g)
- Very pricey: Almost $37 for 9 bars! (yikes)
I do plan to try the other flavors this weekend (planned for the days I do my LONGEST training runs for my upcoming marathon), so I’ll post again if I have any additional feedback about them!
Bon appetit, my friends!