Review: Garden of Life Organic Fit High Protein Weight Loss Bars (All Flavors)
Aug. 12, 2018Leave a comment
Today, I’m going to do a review on Garden of Life Organic Fit High Protein Weight Loss Bars. All flavors. This includes Peanut Butter Chocolate, Chocolate Fudge, and Sea Salt Caramel. I purchased these protein bars a while back. Finally, I’m sharing my experience with them. When I first purchased these protein bars, I was looking for a nice protein-filled snack that’ll help me burn fat at the same time. My thoughts have changed since then, haha! Anyways, let’s start off with the Peanut Butter Chocolate flavor!
# 1. PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE
The Peanut Butter Chocolate flavor was my favorite out of the three. This one was the last one I purchased out of the bunch. It was out of stock from what I remember. There’s a good reason why. The bar tastes like peanut butter with a layer of chocolate coated at the bottom of the bar. What it looks like (photo above). Mix the peanut butter and chocolate together and viola! You get a peanut buttery, chocolate flavored bar! Of course, of course. There’s really nothing special about the coated layer of chocolate or the peanut butter. It is what it is. When the bar is broken in half, there’s nothing grand inside the bar. There is a crisp to this bar when you take a bite into it. The crisps are visible in the top layer of the bar too. It kind of reminds me of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, but I guess it’s a much healthier version of it. Healthier as in that it contains fiber, minerals, and a good amount of protein! It only has 1 gram of sugar compared to a true candy bar! The texture is not smooth or gritty. It’s somewhere in the middle. I find the Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar highly addicting because I’m in love with peanut butter! It’s satisfying without feeling guilty. If you’re interested in Garden of Life Organic Fit High Protein Weight Loss Bars, have a mad love for Peanut Butter and all things Chocolate, start off with this one. You won’t regret it! Don’t blame me if you get addicted to them. I’m not responsible for anyone’s addictions. 😀
#2. CHOCOLATE FUDGE
Here we have, the Chocolate Fudge flavor. The top layer looks like the Peanut Butter Chocolate. The bottom reminds me of a snickers bar! OMG! 😀 The Chocolate Fudge was my first love until I took a bite into the Peanut Butter Chocolate! I wish I could say that it tastes like chocolate fudge completely, but it doesn’t. The chocolate fudge isn’t up there like what I hoped for, wanted it to be. Yes, yes, if you know me, I’m very picky about my chocolate. The Chocolate Fudge is OK, but it still needs a lot of work to make it better. It doesn’t hit my inner chocolate fudgie spot. Like the Peanut Butter Chocolate, it has crisps inside the bar. I like that. This protein bar was sweet. Even though it doesn’t have the best chocolate flavor, I rather eat this than a sugary, unhealthy chocolate bar. I would like to add that there is a powdery aftertaste to it. I’ll buy this again if they didn’t have my #1 choice. Average at best.
#3. SEA SALT CARAMEL
Just like the other two, there are crisps are in this one too. To me, that seems to get repetitive and boring. The Sea Salt Caramel has a caramel taste to it, but it’s light and not overpowering. On the bland side. It’s not sugary, sweet like a chunk of fresh, homemade caramel. Ever eaten one of those before? They’re sticky, chewy, and super sugary. This one, for some reason, has a gritty, powdery feel to it in my mouth. I didn’t like that weird feeling in my mouth. I didn’t like the flavor, texture, taste much. I’m actually a fan of Sea Salt Caramel flavored snacks too, so this was a bummer. Out of the three, I was very excited for this one. Sadly, the Sea Salt Caramel flavor didn’t live up to my expectations. I won’t buy this one again. I expected so much from it! I’m so disappointed!!
PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE: Organic soluble tapioca fiber, organic peanuts, organic vegetable glycerin, organic pea protein, organic chocolate coating (organic cocoa nibs, organic erythritol, organic tapioca fiber, organic cocoa butter, natural licorice flavor, organic stevia extract (leaf), organic sunflower lecithin, organic vanilla bean extract), organic pea crisps (organic pea protein, organic tapioca starch), organic sprouted brown rice protein, organic peanut flour, organic acacia fiber, organic flavors, organic Svetol® green coffee bean extract, organic ashwagandha, sea salt, organic cinnamon.
The Peanut Butter Chocolate contains calcium, iron, thiamine, niacin, magnesium, zinc, and manganese.
CHOCOLATE FUDGE: Organic soluble tapioca fiber, organic vegetable glycerin, organic almonds, organic pea protein, organic chocolate coating (organic cocoa nibs, organic erythritol, organic tapioca fiber, organic cocoa butter, natural licorice flavor, organic stevia extract (leaf), organic sunflower lecithin, organic vanilla bean extract), organic pea crisps (organic pea protein, organic tapioca starch), organic sprouted brown rice protein, organic cacao, organic acacia fiber, organic carob, organic flavor, organic Svetol® green coffee bean extract, organic ashwagandha, sea salt, organic cinnamon.
The Chocolate Fudge contains calcium, iron, riboflavin, magnesium.
SEA SALT CARAMEL: Organic soluble tapioca fiber, organic almonds, organic vegetable glycerin, organic pea protein, organic pea crisps (organic pea protein, organic tapioca starch), organic sprouted brown rice protein, organic acacia fiber, organic flavor, organic Svetol® green coffee bean extract, organic ashwagandha, sea salt, organic cinnamon.
The Sea Salt Caramel contains calcium, iron, vitamin E, riboflavin, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum.
About Garden of Life Protein Bars & Tips:
1. PROTEIN SOURCES:
All plant-based. Organic peanuts, organic almonds, organic pea protein, organic sprouted brown rice protein.
2. FIBER SOURCES, HOW MUCH, ADVICE:
Organic soluble tapioca fiber, almonds, peanuts, organic acacia fiber to name a few. Fiber is abundant in plant-based foods! Even cacao nibs contain fiber!
Remember to drink LOTS of water. Don’t be lazy. Drink water all day and every day!! This is very important to keep your digestive system moving properly. With these bars that are high in fiber, if you don’t drink tons of water, you’re going to feel bloated! So drink water, water, and MORE water!!
FYI: (PB = 13g, Fudge = 14g, Caramel = 13g)
Stevia, erythritol, organic vegetable glycerin (dominant in all three, at the top of the ingredient list), natural licorice flavor, organic vanilla bean extract, cinnamon, organic carob, and such. You can see where most of the sugars come from even though it states 1 GRAM of sugar by glancing at the ingredients list!
Oh, and the crisps are from organic pea protein and organic tapioca starch (all three).
4. TRULY VEGAN???:
All of these protein bars have been manufactured in a facility that also processes egg, milk, peanut, soy, and tree nuts. Yes, it is still vegan regardless. 🙂
5. 225 MG SVETOL GREEN COFFEE BEAN EXTRACT:
Green coffee bean extract is known to help with weight loss due to the higher content of Chlorogenic Acid. Chlorogenic Acid is known to have health benefits. Green coffee can be used to control blood sugar, metabolism, and reduce blood pressure to name a couple of benefits. Please do your own research on this. I will not be held responsible if Green Coffee is used irresponsibly. There is a negative to Green Coffee. Isn’t there a negative or negatives to everything?? YES! It depletes/blocks minerals in the body. If you have any experience with teas, coffee in general, you are probably aware of this already and know how to manage your meals to prevent nutrients from being blocked. I feel that Green Coffee is a bigger topic that I can go into more detail. So, I’ll stop right here. This is just a short summary of what it is and what it does. :]
6. 150 MG ASHWAGANDHA:
This is an herb. It does have health benefits. Some are reducing stress, cortisol, blood sugar levels, depression, etc. Again, a short summary, idea of what it is.
It truly is. This bar staves off hunger, for me, for a good 5 hours. Sometimes, even longer. It must be the fiber that’s in it. Slows down digestion very well and gives me energy.
The calories are between 190-200. This is pretty good for just a snack.
Macros are practically the same in all bars 7-8 grams of fat, 26 grams of protein (half is fiber), and 14-15 grams of protein.
Sodium is between 85mg-120mg. The sodium content is on the low end if you’re watching your sodium consumption.
Whew! That is a lot of information, but I’m glad I made it through! I hope this helps anyone that’s interested in adding these particular protein bars into their diet! Or…other protein bars that are similar! Thank you for reading! I love you all! Toodles! 🙂
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