It’s so hard to find healthy proteins bars on the market these days. Whether you realize it or not, many of the leading protein bars today are packed with GMO’s and loaded with refined sugar. I was so happy when NuGo asked me to review their Dark Protein bars: natural (vegan!) protein bars coated in real dark chocolate, none of the fake stuff. NuGo is the only company to make REAL Dark Chocolate coated protein bars for many lifestyles. NuGo’s REAL Dark Chocolate melts in your mouth, releasing a luscious flavor. Other ‘dark chocolate’ protein bars substitute unhealthy palm kernel oil for the natural cocoa butter, raising the melt point above body temp, making it waxy and too sweet. For those of you with dietary needs, they have gluten and soy free products as well! But I’m just going to focus on the delicious Dark bars J They each have 200 calories (not that calories matter; count nutrients!), 2 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein!
I was lucky enough to try three mouth-watering flavors: Mocha, Mint, and Coconut. The Coconut was definitely my favorite; it almost tasted like an Almond Joy candy bar, but with a crunch (and so much healthier). The crunch in all three of the bars comes from the non-GMO Soy Crisp and the non-GMO Brown Crisp rice, which adds an amazing texture. The Mocha had a delicious, but not too overwhelming, coffee/caramely taste. And the mint, of course, was so delicious because mint and chocolate are one of my all time favorite combos. The dark chocolate on three of these bars complements their specific flavors so well, and the chocolate literally melted in my mouth. That sounds like a cliché, but it actually happened.
Whether you’re looking for a sweet pick-me-up to beat those mid-afternoon cravings, or you’re looking for a protein-packed dessert, these bars are your new best friends.
The NuGo company itself is also extremely active in the health community: Read and sign the petition created on change.org by NuGo Nutrition to create a FDA standard for dark chocolate. https://www.change.org/petitions/dark-chocolate-food-labeling-tell-the-fda-to-stop-the-deception
You can order NuGo Dark sample packs with free shipping in the US on: http://www.nugonutrition.com/products/dark/
Or use the store locator to find NuGo Bars in the US. (Most Whole Foods carry.)