Though I’m not a big protein supplement person myself, when I do consider a protein powder, my favorite thus far is Vega. Dairy-free protein powders are a tricky thing on their own – too gritty, too powdery, or simply too green. I think this is why the demand and supply of vegan protein bars is growing so rapidly. At Expo West, I sampled little bites of at least twenty different bar brands, and that was just a fraction of the options. But naturally, as a Vega fan, I had to trial the new Vega One Nutrition Bar.
It comes in three flavors Chocolate Almond, Chocolate Cherry, and Double Chocolate. Thus far, I’ve only fully sampled the Chocolate Almond variety, but I got a bite of one other at the show, and can confirm that each seems to have a similar bar base and chocolate robe.
For those of you interested in the health aspect of the Vega One Nutrition Bar, I would personally call this a protein bar plus, and even a small meal replacement (and yes, they are quite filling!). It has a nice balance of protein (15 grams), plant-based fats (11 grams – from almonds, chia seeds / oil, and cocoa butter), and fiber (6 grams) with a fairly low sugar count (12 grams) considering the sweet and chocolate-y taste. But beyond these whole food basics, each bar is infused with a greens blend of alfalfa grass, spinach, broccoli, and kale; antioxidant-rich “superfoods”; and some gut-loving probiotics. Plus, like all of the Vega products that we’ve trialed to date, these bars are vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free.
The Vega One Nutrition Bar is names as such, because it contain their popular Vega One protein powder blend. It is definitely a protein bar in texture with a soft center that is lightly chewy and has a somewhat powdery finish. They add bits of interest with a few nuts and whole chia seeds. I think I would have liked the chia seeds better blended in, but they weren’t off-putting.
I enjoyed the overall flavor, which was much like you would expect of a chocolate “greens” bar, but the robe of semi-sweet chocolate escalated it to a more delicious level.
We had several other tasters on the job, and responses were along the lines of “pretty good” and “tastes like a Balance Bar” (from those who eat dairy).
I do love making bars at home, and buy “snack” bars on occasion, but since I’m not a big protein bar purchaser, the price on these is a little bit out of my budget. But for a meal replacement-style protein bar that packs in a lot of goodness and high quality ingredients, it is likely within reason and a great option on the go, after a workout, or for a quick breakfast.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, the Vega One Nutrition Bars are vegan, vegetarian, egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Vega website at www.myvega.com