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Raw Review – Raw Rev Glo Bars

Raw Rev Glo Bars I recently got a sample of Raw Rev’s Glo Bars and I’m pretty much drooling just thinking about them. I have always liked other Raw Revolution bars, and these have a bit more protein. These come in 3 flavors:

  • Mixed Nuts, Caramel & Sea Salt
  • Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt
  • Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt

Raw Rev Glo Bars

Things I love about them:

  • They taste really, really, good.
  • Most of the ingredients are organic and raw.
  • There aren’t crazy ingredients. The ones with chocolate chips in them do have sugar, but it’s a pretty small amount.
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  • The overall nutrition is great. For such a natural bar, they pack between 10-15 grams of protein, and only 2-5 grams of sugar.
  • They are decent size bars. They are either 180 or 190 calories each, but they are a normal size. (As opposed to other mini 100 calorie bars that are the size of my thumb.)
  • The chocolate chunks are tiny (and the sugar is low). I don’t care for bars with huge chocolate chunks because it tastes more like a candy bar and is usually not very healthy

Raw Rev Glo Bars
Cons:

  • They taste like a candy bar without all the sugar and weird stuff. Why is this a con? Because I went through a box of 12 in a little over week. (I did share a few with my husband though!)
  • My favorite is the Mixed Nuts, Caramel & Sea Salt bar (it is SO good), but it has the least amount of protein, 10 grams, and the highest amount of sugar at 5 grams.
  • They are a little bit oily, so they’re not ideal to leave in the car as an emergency snack if you’re out running errands all day.
Raw Rev Glo Bars
My favorite

Generally, I keep a handful of these kinds of bars in my car or bag in case I’m out all day and need a quick pick me up. I’m definitely adding these into my rotation of bars. You can find these on Amazon, but you can get 20% off your order from http://shop.rawrev.com/ using code “contact”.

If you try these or other Raw Rev bars, let mo know what you think!

NuZest Vegan Protein {Review}

NuZest Clean Lean Protein
I’m a bit of a sucker for vegan protein powders. I started with whey (yuck) before I was vegan because I thought I needed more protein and kind of fell for the “healthy” marketing. Now, I realize that I get enough protein in my regular diet, but I like to make shakes for breakfast because they’re delicious and keep me full for a while. I also like to add a few scoops of protein powder to homemade pancakes and waffles to bump up the protein we eat at breakfast. And of course it makes me feel like I’m being healthier when I make a mug cake and use protein in place of regular flour.

My usual go to protein was always Sun Warrior, but I’ve also branched out to Vega, Orgain Organic (gotta make sure you get the plant based one because they also have whey ones), and other hemp and soy powders that I don’t remember the brand names of.

I recently got a few free samples of NuZest, a new (to the US) soy free, dairy free, GMO free, and gluten free protein powder. I was really excited to try these, and I wanted to try them in the different ways I usually use protein powder.

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Texture

I mixed the strawberry and cappuccino in a shaker cup (on two different days, not together), and they are by far the smoothest powders I’ve ever had. Actually, I’ve never had a protein powder that I could just shake and drink, usually I shake it and then whisk it to get the clumps out. This was totally smooth. I made the chocolate in a blender with peanut butter and frozen bananas and obviously had no issues with clumping or it being gritty.

I used the vanilla in a mug cake and it wasn’t gritty at all. It fluffed up just like normal flour would.

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Taste

The strawberry tasted like strawberry milk but without the overly sweet, fake strawberry flavor. I was both nervous and excited for that one and purposely tried it with just almond milk in a shaker. I was pleasantly surprised.

I was really looking forward to the cappuccino one because I haven’t had coffee at all this year, and I kind of miss the flavor. It was good but not as strong as I was hoping for. I did dilute it more than the directions said though, so that was probably my own fault. I used 16oz of cashew milk instead of 12oz.

The vanilla was also good. It kind of had a super sweet vanilla flavor (but not bad) similar to other vanilla protein powders. It was awesome in a mug cake with chocolate chips.

I made the chocolate in a blender with peanut butter and frozen bananas. Somehow I missed taking a picture (probably because it was so good and I just wanted to drink it all), and it was delicious.

Ingredients and Nutrition

The ingredients are probably the most important part (along with taste) and they all seem to check out. There aren’t any weird ingredients, artificial colors, or flavors. There’s barely any measured sugar (0g in the plain, and 0.17g in the chocolate).and it gets it’s sweetness from Thaumatin, a protein from an African fruit. (I only looked it up because they were definitely sweet, but no sugar is listed in the ingredients anywhere.)

nutrition

There are between 90-100 calories in a serving and between 20-22 grams of protein, which is pretty good for a vegan protein. There are less than 2 carbs in a serving, and a very small amount of  fat less than .5g. Sodium is a little higher than similar proteins, but nothing too crazy.

amino profile

I don’t know a lot about Amino Acid profiles, but I know that it can be difficult to make sure you get the right combination. This protein has all 9 Essential Amino Acids , plus 9 others.

Price

It’s definitely one of the higher end vegan protein powders available, but it’s about the same price ($45 for 500g) that  I started buying Sun Warrior when I first found it. Hopefully, after it’s been out for a while, the price will come down a bit. It’s definitely a good buy for the ingredients (and lack of crappy ingredients), the taste, and the texture.

Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Recipe: Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Peanut Butter Protein CookiesThese cookies are really delicious and they’re healthy! They’re a cross between an oatmeal raisin cookie and a peanut butter cookie. You can add in raisins and chocolate chips if you like, or leave them out if you don’t.

There’s no added sugar in these. The sweetness comes from the banana. I prefer to use unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and natural chunky peanut butter (no sugar added).

This recipe makes about 12 cookies, and you could totally eat all of them in one sitting with no guilt. Okay, with minimal guilt. Make these in advance and they are great for a quick breakfast to grab while running out the door.

Peanut Butter Protein Cookies
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Peanut Butter Protein Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookies, dessert, breakfast
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oats or oat flour
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter (or almond, cashew, sunflower, etc)
  • 1 Tbsp almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp raisins (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp mini chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Lightly spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Grind oats in food processor.
  4. Add in protein powder and chia seeds. Blend both until well mixed.
  5. Add peanut butter, banana, and almond milk and blend on low until a dough forms. Add more milk if needed.
  6. Stir in raisins and/or chocolate chips.
  7. Form into tablespoon size cookies and bake for 8-10 minutes.

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