Pros: 15 grams of protein; great granola/chocolate taste.
Cons: Neither low carb nor low fat.
I've never been much of a breakfast person even though I do enjoy a big bowl of Cheerios every now and then. But now that I'm working 12 hour shifts at the hospital, going to work on an empty stomach spells disaster for my diet with all the junk food that's constantly sitting around. So when I saw these new Slim Fast High Protein Chocolate Chip Granola Meal Bars when they hit the market a few months back, the 15 grams of protein per bar peaked my interest. For I've used other Slim Fast products over the years and this one seemed a major improvement when compared to other meal bars they've made in the past. And since I love both chocolate and granola, these new bars that are advertised to help control hunger and to help build lean muscle sounded yummy tasting at the same time. Read on to find out more about a convenient yet satisfying nutrition bar that will help keep you filling full longer than other traditional choices.
~~~The High Protein Bars~~~
Designed as a supplement to their Optima shakes and diet program, these Slim Fast High Protein Chocolate Chip Granola Meal Bars contain 190 calories each and have 21 vitamins and minerals. By reading the ingredients listing, it appears they use soy rice as the protein source. In addition to the impressive 15 grams of protein, these meal-on-the go bars have 20 grams of carbohydrates and 6 grams of fat. So they are neither low carb nor low fat for those following other special diets. They claim the extra protein will help build lean muscle and help control hunger at the same time. These nutrition bars are both naturally & artificially flavored so they do taste quite good. According to product details: Research has shown that diets high in protein and dietary fiber are satiating. Slim-Fast High Protein bars are high in protein (15g). When consumed as part of a diet rich in protein and fiber like the Optima diet, High Protein meal bars contribute to hunger control. So there seems to be a good mixture of protein, carbs, and fat to keep the body satisfied longer than bars that have more sugar but less protein. For me, high protein bars are an acquired taste, but this Slim Fast High Protein Chocolate Chip Granola Meal Bar does a good job of hiding the high protein taste. It's great when you've just got to have a chocolate fix without the extra calories, too. But keep in mind there's partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil also listed in the ingredients, which isn't even close to being a healthy fat.
~~~Packaging, Price, & Availability~~~
A 12 count box of these Slim Fast High Protein Chocolate Chip Granola Meal Bars are currently $12.99 online at drugstore.com. Each bar is 1.69 oz.(48g) in weight and can also be purchased in a 5 count box for around $4.99. Buy an individual bar for about $1 each to see if you like it before splurging on the larger count boxes. I've seen "$1 off" coupons in the Sunday newspaper for these new high protein bars, so this helps somewhat with the cost. Both the box and individual wrappers are gold colored with an appetizing picture of what the bar itself actually looks like. Consume before the expiration date found on both the box and each wrapper for best taste. Once the weather cools down and I don't have to worry about the chocolate melting during shipping, I plan on purchasing a 12 count box of these Slim Fast High Protein Chocolate Chip Granola Meal Bars online here:
With all the brands of nutrition bars out there to chose from, it can be very confusing when deciding which one to buy. Some are low fat. Some are low carb. And some are high protein like this one. As stated above, I've always liked most Slim Fast products, so choosing this Slim Fast High Protein Chocolate Chip Granola Meal Bar seemed logical as I eventually try out their new products sooner or later. While they also have ready makes shakes available in this line as well, I just can't stomach them as they typically taste like the metal can they come in. Another flavor of these meal-on-the-go bars is the Peanut Granola, but I love chocolate, so the Chocolate Chip Granola sounded much more appetizing. The bar itself is about 4.5 inches long and almost 1 inch thick. There's a layer of chocolate on the bottom with a mixture of granola with chocolate chips thrown in found on top. It smells fresh upon opening out of the wrapper as well. I have braces, so it's difficult for me to bite into the bar as it doesn't crumble apart easily. So pinching it off bite by bite works just as well. The bars are convenient to grab on the go as I can throw one in my purse on my way out the door to eat later. Just keep them cool or at room temperature or you'll have a melted mess. I find that eating one before my morning walk/run keeps me going longer as I don't run out of fuel as fast as I would if exercising on an empty stomach. To me, there aren't enough calories provided for this Slim Fast High Protein Chocolate Chip Granola Meal Bar to be a true meal substitute, but as a tasty snack when you want something sweet, it more than passes the test. And best of all, the extra protein keeps me full longer than other similar type bars have in the past.
Serving Size: 1 Bar (48g)
Calories (Energy): 190
Calories from fat: 50
Soy Rice Crisps (isolated soy protein, rice starch), Rolled Oats, Corn Syrup, Milk Chocolate Flavored Chips (Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Milk Protein Isolate, Cocoa, Cocoa (processed with Alkali), Nonfat Milk, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor), Milk Chocolate Flavored Coating (Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Sugar, Milk Protein Isolate, Cocoa, Cocoa (processed with Alkali), Nonfat Milk, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate, Gelatin, Glycerine, Sugar, Water, Canola Oil, Oligofructose, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Soy Lecithin, Guar Gum, Salt, Maltodextin, Artificial Flavor (includes caramel color), Soybean Oil, Soybean and/or Canola Oil, Rosemary Extract, Ascorbic Acid (antioxidants added to protect flavor), Calcium Phosophate, Potassium Phosphate, Magnesium Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E Acetate, Niacinamide, Ferric Orthophosphate, Calcium Pantothenate, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin A Palmitate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Thiamin Mononitrate, Biotin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenite, Phytonadione (vitamin K1), Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)
Warnings: Contains peanuts, soy and milk. May contain wheat, sesame, almond and pecan.
Better as a tasty snack verses being used as a true meal replacement, this Slim Fast High Protein Chocolate Chip Granola Meal Bar keeps me feeling fuller longer because of the extra protein it contains. Other bars often give me a sugar high and then I crash soon after wards. But not this one. There's a steady, balanced amount of protein, carbs, and fat, so this bar is very satisfying in both calories sources as well as the texture and taste. Sometimes I'll grab one when I'd otherwise skip breakfast altogether. And at other times, I'll eat one before exercising so I won't run out of fuel. I like that the protein source is soy rice, but I don't like seeing the partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil so high up on the ingredients listing. It's not perfect, but easily worth the four star rating. In conclusion, I highly recommend this Slim Fast High Protein Chocolate Chip Granola Meal Bar for it's convenience, fresh taste, and higher protein content. Good luck and stay healthy :-)
***Here's some basic information on the Slim Fast weight loss program:
SLIM-FAST OPTIMA?: To lose weight, mix and match your favorite foods with Slim-Fast products according to the Slim-Fast Optima Diet Plan. For complete details, contact the Slim-Fast Weight Loss Center at 1-800-SLIMFAST or visit slim-fast.com. Find your current weight in our daily diet chart, and select your food plan. Include physical activity, drink plenty of water, track your success and call us for help.
If you want to lose weight & are under 18, pregnant, nursing, following a diet recommended by a doctor, have health problems such as diabetes, or want to lose more than 30 lbs., see a doctor before starting this or any diet. Do not lose more than 2 pounds a week after the first week. Rapid weight loss may cause health problems. Do not use as a sole source of nutrition. Eat at least 1,200 calories a day.
***Other Slim Fast products that may be of interest:
Slim Fast Optima Powder Shake Mix
Slim Fast Chocolate Peanut Low Carb Snack Bar
Slim Fast Chewy Granola Bars
Slim Fast Meal-On-the-Go Bars
Slim Fast Shakes
Ultra Slim Fast Powders
Slim Fast Powders