Sunday, August 31, 2014

My Favorite Vegan Products: Day 7

Hi Friends!

Today's the last day of my series, My Favorite Vegan Products and I'll go back to normal posting starting this coming week. I often get asked which products I love and use the most so this series was my way of sharing some of my daily favorites aside from regular whole foods I buy at the store.

Today's product is one I'm especially excited about since it's a new formulated product by a popular company. It's also a great option for those of you looking for a protein bar but don't want one made from whey or one that contains a high amount of calories or sugar.

The Simply Protein Bar...

The Simply Bar is 100% vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, non-GMO, and has more protein and fiber with less fat and sugar than any bar on the market. It also contains NO artificial flavors or preservatives.

So what's in it? Non-GMO soy crisps which are easy to digest and packed with protein and isoflavones. I know, I know- soy? Yes! Soy gets a bad rap but if you choose a non-GMO variety, it's actually incredibly healthy for you. For starters, regardless of the myth, more studies BACK soy on combating breast cancer instead of those that say it promotes it. I also find that soy doesn't upset my stomach, nor does it cause an allergenic reaction.

I despise the weird, slimy texture of Quest Bars, so I love that these are both chewy and crunchy! It's like a mix between a granola bar and a rice krispy treat (yet so much healthier than both!)

The Simply Protein Bar comes in several flavors. My favorites are the Cinnamon Pecan, Cocoa Raspberry, and Lemon Coconut (top favorite). I can't wait to try the Maple Pecan and Cocoa Coffee flavor next!

*The older varieties of the bars used to contain brown rice syrup and tapioca syrup, which added excess sugars. The new variety actually only uses glycerite, which is a natural sweetener made from vegetables and completely sugar-free. (View my post on glycerin if you have more questions.)

These bars are only 140 calories, seamless to digest, and I love that they're so filling and light on my stomach. I have one with a piece of fruit for a fast lunch or a quick grab and go breakfast if I'm running late and have to be at work.

Simply Protein also makes a whey protein bar but obviously, that's not the kind of bar I go for anymore. Why not whey? Whey is extremely acidic to your body and all animal products are hard on your kidneys, heart, and your digestion. They also contain cholesterol whereas plant-based foods LOWER cholesterol.

I have tried every bar out there and I have to say, these vegan bars are my new favorite for a processed option (since we can't have time to make our own stuff ALL the time).  I've never seen one with such great nutrition stats with such few ingredients.

They also have a new Fruit and Nut bar variety made from pea protein that I can't wait to try next!

Thanks to Simply Protein! I can't wait to see more flavors of these yummy bars! Get your own on Simply Bars at Vitacost where you can order 4 bars at a time if you don't want to invest in a whole box (and even get $10 off with my link!)

Want to make your own protein bars at home? Check out how on my healthy protein bar post!

Have a great Sunday everyone and don't forget to enter the giveaway!!:)