Monday, August 11, 2014

That Time I was A Taste Tester For Pure Protein

I am always up for trying new products and when it's food, it's all the better ( with in reason of course). Have you been checking out the "Peek in Our Week" posts that we've been doing on Sundays?   Lately we've been trying to mention a product or two that we've tried throughout the week.



I've been trying this new product all month so of course I thought it deserved it's own post. 
Pure Protein is a client of Runner's World and they were looking for some taste testers to sample their products. Runner's World contacted me and asked if I would be one of the testers. I of course said "Yes".

I have to admit that I was a little hesitant at first because I haven't always been a huge fan of protein bars. I've often thought that they were dry, thick, and and tasteless ( I've come to find out that it was only a certain kind of protein bar that taste like this).

The flavors I was sent were Chocolate Salted Caramel, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Dark Chocolate Coconut.  The day that my shipment arrived I had just come home from the grocery store and I was really craving some caramel cookies ( I didn't buy them). So of course the first  bar I tried was the Salted Caramel. OMG, everything I ever thought about protein bars being dry and tasteless went right out the window!  This was FABULOUS!

                  Here are the three flavors that I was sent to try and their nutritional content.

I can't decide which is my favorite flavor. I eat one bar for breakfast each day before my run. Without trying to sound too "commercial-ly" I want to tell you this true story. Last Wednesday I decided to switch things up a bit so I just had a slice of whole wheat toast with peanut butter on it. I then went out for my run. By mile 2, I was completely sluggish. I don't ever feel like that on days when I've eaten a Pure Protein bar for breakfast.

On days where I know that I will be going back out for a run in the evening when Scott gets home, I'll have one for a snack before we go.
 
Tiny pieces of goodness! This is the Dark Chocolate Coconut and it tasted like the chocolate coconut eggs that you get at Easter time!

I never took notice of these bars at my local grocery store until I decided to actually look for them last week. I was quite surprised when I saw the additional flavors that were available.

Don't these flavors look yummy? I have enjoyed the Pure Protein bars that I was sent so much that when I finish up my supply, I will certainly be buying them at the grocery store. I should have actually stocked up this week because I noticed they were on sale for  $1 a bar!

I do not have to say this, but I believe Pure Protein bars are an excellent source of tasty protein pre or post work out. I'm not too sure I would use it during my workout/run because I run outside and I worry that it might start to melt.  To me, they don't taste like the average protein bar ( they are much tastier). I would actually want to eat these even if I wasn't working out/running. They also curb my cravings for sweet things like cookies and brownies!   ~M

Which flavor would you want to try? Have you been pleasantly surprised by a protein bar that tasted great? if so, which ones?

* Even though I was compensated for my experience, all opinions are my own and after testing these bars I will certainly become a paying customer of Pure Protein.

39 comments:

  1. Interesting. I always thought protein bars tasted chalky and dry as well so I don't think I've tried any in years. Maybe I should try them again. I sometimes struggle with getting in the protein I need since I'm a vegetarian. The s'mores and salted caramel flavors sound amazing.

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    1. I've tried the salted caramel ( just had one for breakfast today) and they are great! Best protein bars i've tasted so far!

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  2. I will definitely have to try these. All of the flavors sound delicious!!

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    1. I was excited to see them in my local grocery store!

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  3. I've never tried those bc honestly they never really appealed to me. You make them sound good though so perhaps I will give them a try. I get bored of bars after a while and like to switch it up

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    1. I really think you would like these. They are more candy bar like ( think snickers) and less protein bar like.

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  4. Those all sound delicious!! I usually eat the Clif bar protein bars when I need to but the flavors this brand has sound so good!

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  5. OMG Pure Protein Bars are my favorite! It's almost like eating a candy bar. I've never seen the chocolate cocoanut in any of the stores here, but am very intrigued by it. I stalk up when Kroger has them on sale or buy them at Costco. Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Deluxe, and Chewy Chocolate Chip are my favorite. I use them as a recovery as they are easily stored in my desk.
    @heatherlas

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    1. Yes, they are more like a candy bar! I do hope to try some of those other flavors!

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  6. My favorite protein bar too! I love Pure Protein- the peanut butter chocolate one is what I practically live on! 20 gr protein in a chocolate bar? YES please!

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    1. I'm pretty sure the peanut butter chocolate one is my favorite too!

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  7. I am a sucker for bars! Especially coconut!

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    1. These ones taste just like chocolate coconut easter eggs!

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  8. I never tried the smores flavor but Pure Protein is my FAVORITE protein bar because it actually has lots of protein but it doesn't TASTE like it does. I think the flavor I normally get is peanut butter. :) That is cool that you got to be a taste tester!

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    1. Peanut butter is my favorite one. I don't like real s'mores, but i'm kind of intrigued by the s'mores flavor and may have to give it a try!

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  9. A protein bar that tastes good AND doesnt feel like you are chewing on a tire? Count me in! And the flacvors sound amazing too.

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    1. Haha, yes! Some protein bars do taste like rubber. Good analogy Frank!

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  10. I LOVE the taste of PURE protein. Love the peanut butter, never tired the caramel. I used to buy them at Costco, but switched as while I loved the taste and consistency and low sugar, trying to go a more natural route. These things are super delish though! We take them to Disney for pick me up snacks when we can't make it to the quick serve lines. :-)

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    1. Good idea to take them to the parks with you. Have they ever melted?

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  11. Those do have a great amount of protein. I actually have never even heard of these. I'm not a chocolate lover, but I adore caramel:)
    I also like that they are not too high caloried either, they could really be used as breakfast!

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  12. Yup, I eat one every day for breakfast on days that I run!

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  13. I always think it's hard for me to find protein bars that actually taste good. I will be looking for these the next time I go shopping. thank you for sharing.

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  14. I love these. Typically we buy them at Costco and it comes with 3 flavors. I haven't seen the salted caramel before, but am definitely going to have to try it. Chocolate PB is my go to flavor.

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  15. interesting - i'm not a huge fan of protein bars either! glad to hear you liked these!

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  16. These look so good! I would definitely like to try the chocolate deluxe, chocolate chip, and chocolate coconut! Glad to hear they are good, too!! I'm going to look for them in my grocery store next time I go.

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  17. I've tried a couple of the different Pure Protein flavors, but haven't had them in a couple of years. I agree, their texture is better than most bars - dense, chewy, and don't have a gritty aftertaste.

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  18. Those look and sound amazing! I would definitely go for the salted caramel.

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  19. I haven't tried protein bars in a few years - like you I thought they were pretty nasty. I'll have to give these a try - especially that chocolate/coconut one - yum!

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  20. I haven't heard of these, but would be interested to try them.

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  21. That s'mores one looks yummy! I tend to stay away from chocolate flavors protein bars because the dryness tends to ruin the indulgent flavor. I'll definitely give these a shot! :)

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  22. Yum those sounds great! Always love trying new products too so I may have to check these out. Thanks for sharing :)

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  23. Those flavors all sound awesome! I definitely want to try these out now. I hate typical protein bars because they have a weird aftertaste, but you make these sound so yummy!

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  24. I will have to try these when I see them. I will eat pretty much anything that is chocolate salted caramel flavor! :)

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  25. I think I have seen these at maybe Walmart but I have never tried them- I think it is the packaging- not sure. I will have to give them a second look now- the dark chocolate coconut one sounds yummy!

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  26. Salted caramel sounds delicious!! Yum! Actually, all of these flavors sound yummy! What's the calorie count on these?

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  27. I'm a LUNA bar fan and a ZonePerfect bar fan. :) And yes, it does surprise me when they taste non-chalky and yum!

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  28. They contacted me to try their product a while back. I'm so jealous because I didn't get the dark chocolate coconut! :) I would love to try that one!

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