Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Papa Steve's Protein Bars [Product Review]

Want to hear a funny story?

Ever since connecting with Steve, owner of Papa Steve's No Junk Protein Bars, on Twitter, I'd been anticipating the arrival of a sample pack of a brand-spankin'-new clean protein bars. I mean, I was very excited about this.

A couple of weeks went by after my correspondence with Steve, and still, no pretty box arrived at my door. As I was writing him an email one night, asking if he had forgotten about me, my sweet husband came up behind me and started reading over my shoulder.

"Who are you emailing?" he asked.

"This guy, Steve, who makes these clean, supposedly delicious, protein bars," I said. "I was going to review a sample pack of them and post it on my blog, but I never got them."

"Uh oh," my husband backed up from me and just stared. "They're in the freezer."

"What?"

"Ya ... I forgot to tell you I found them on our doorstep a couple weeks ago and the label said 'Store in Freezer,' so I just threw 'em in there. ... I'm pretty sure I told you ..." he said.

Well, he didn't tell me, and I had to explain this whole thing to Steve, who was just emailing me, probably wondering why the heck I hadn't given him any feedback yet.

Ultimately, these bars were totally worth all the confusion and anticipation because they are just what they promise ... utterly delicious.

Who knew rolled up oats, nut butter, coconut and dried fruit would taste so good all smashed together? Well, actually, that sounds pretty good anyways, but these kind of convenience bars are hard to find without harmful additives like soybean oil, emulsifying agents, added sugar or wheat.

Here are some of my other thoughts about Steve's No Junk Protein Bars:

  • 20 grams of protein is about as much as 1 scoop of whey isolate protein powder
  • They are made and packaged fresh, by hand, to be shipped to your door
  • Their short, whole food ingredients list makes me happy
  • Steve and his company strive to reflect God's love through their products and distribution (and it totally shows)
  • They have gluten-free and dairy-free options
  • All 8 flavors rock
  • Lots of interesting posts on their site blog
Steve sent me a sample of each of these yummy flavors: Apple Cinnamon Crunch, Blueberry Almond Crunch, Almond Cranberry Crunch, Almond Coconut Crunch, and Peanut Butter Choco Chip.

All of them were scrumptious, making a traditional granola bar taste like cardboard. They are comparable to the popular Quest bars, which is a great compliment in my book because those bars are equally fantastic.

I was also impressed at how long they lasted for being fresh. I stored them in the freezer, and more than a month later, my Blueberry Almond Crunch bar still tasted as fresh as the others. Another pleasant surprise was that I could eat it straight from the freezer without chipping a tooth — no defrosting necessary.

I only had two drawbacks about these protein bars.
  1. They're a bit pricey ($35.88 for a box of 10)
  2. They're a little high in sugar (because of the dates)
In the long run, these bars truly are a great addition to your diet and a healthy choice. Papa Steve even explains the importance of each ingredient, and how it's role affects your health, which I really appreciate. 

I definitely recommend Papa Steve's No Junk Protein Bars because I love finding people who really care about others and sharing the treasure of health and wholeness.

Have you tried a new protein bar or at-home-recipe for lately? Do you think you'll try these bars out?

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