ProBar Meal Bar Review
Energy bar company, ProBar, have expanded their line and rebranded some of their products as of late. I got my hands on a sample box of Meal Bars and the following are my thoughts.
Described as “The Real Whole Food Bar”, the meal bars certainly deliver with a slew of ingredients that don’t simply taste whole, but can be seen as well. The fruits, oats, seeds and nuts can all be seen in the bar instead of mashed up or processed in some way before getting squished together like other bars. It lends to a “bird-seedy” texture at times, but the ingredients are held together with enough brown rice syrup, peanut butter and other fruit sugars that the sweetness is prominent, but not overbearing like a candy bar and the bird seed taste is subtle.
Interestingly, these are referred to as Meal bars and deliver 360-390 calories and 9-11 grams of protein with each bar, which allows you to actually replace a small meal. Other energy bars actually dissuade you from eating them as meal replacements, but not these. I think Meal bars would be great for cyclists always on the go who just don’t have the time to sit down and eat or haven’t prepared any bulky meals to take along. Nutritionally speaking, the whole food ingredients pack these suckers with all kinds of other good stuff (15% iron, Omegas, carbs, etc.).
I do have a critique though. It should be noted that these sell for around $3, which is about twice the price of most energy bars, but this is probably due to the bulk of the whole food ingredients more than anything else. With that said, the package size is very deceiving. As evidenced in this photo, the bar only takes up about half the packaging, which always leaves me feeling a little ripped off after dropping $3 on one of these, thinking I’m getting a large and filling meal. I wouldn’t go so far as saying these will keep you full for hours, but they are dense enough to keep you satisfied for a bit.
Ultimately, I really like the nutritional density in these bars and the idea that I can eat one on the bike in place of a small meal. I also like the whole ingredients that lend to a whole food taste (the “peanut butter” tastes like the actual peanuts) instead of an artificially flavored, over-sugared candy bar. They come in a number of flavors ranging from Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip to Superberry and Greens to Koka Moka.