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3 'Pure Protein' Products Worth Trying

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6/25/2013 10:00 AM   :  46 comments   :  21,034 Views

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Protein is an important part of any healthy diet and has been shown to help you feel full longer. But some of the best sources of protein like eggs, chicken and milk aren't easy to carry with you on the go. And having a healthy, protein-packed snack on hand for emergencies will prevent you from making bad food decisions out of hunger. I know that I've made some less-than-stellar snack choices when I've found myself at the gym a little longer than I planned and I start to feel shaky because it's been too long since my last meal.
 
Now, I always make sure I have a protein bar, nuts or beef jerky with me at all times. I just toss something in my purse every morning before I head out for the day and I never have to worry about getting caught without a great snack. So I was super excited when Pure Protein offered to send us some samples of their bars and powders to try. I've tasted many different types of protein products over the years and I admit that I'm a little picky. But I approached each of the Pure Protein products with an open mind and I'll share my thoughts about each one below.
 
Pure Protein Soft Baked Protein BarDouble Chocolate Vanilla Crunch
This bar has a satisfying crunch when you bite into it and a balanced chocolate and vanilla flavor like cookies and cream. The texture is less chewy than a typical protein bar. This would be a great choice for a first-time protein bar user or someone who thinks they don't like protein bars. I'm planning to add this bar into my regular rotation! With its balanced ratio of protein to carbs, this is a great bar to eat either pre- or post-workout. If you eat it pre-workout, give yourself about an hour to digest the bar before you begin. (Find them on Amazon.com and other fine retailers.)

Nutrition Facts: 190 calories, 17 grams of protein, 8 grams of fat, 14 grams of carbohydrate (5 grams of sugar, 4 grams of sugar alcohol)
 
Pure Protein Protein BarChocolate Peanut Butter
If you're expecting a chocolate peanut butter cup, you'll be out of luck. But the flavor is a light blend of chocolate and peanut butter that most people who are fans of protein bars will really enjoy. The texture is chewy and smooth, which forces you to slow down when noshing this snack (that's a good thing in my book). With it's extra protein content, this bar would be great after a strength-training workout to aid in muscle repair. (Find them on Amazon.com and at Target, Walmart.)

Nutrition Facts: 200 calories, 20 grams of protein, 6 grams of fat, 16 grams of carbohydrate (2 grams of sugar, 6 grams of sugar alcohol)
 
Pure Protein Whey Protein PowderVanilla Cream
The best thing about whey protein powder is how versatile it is. There are tons of great protein powder recipes that use vanilla protein powder to add a nutritional boost to things like pudding, yogurt and oatmeal. You can also mix it with water, milk, almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk to make a tasty protein drink. Add fruit to make a perfect pre-workout snack. Since I usually do a combination of strength training and cardio in my workouts, I prefer to fuel with a protein shake before each workout because it's easy to digest and doesn't upset my stomach, no matter how hard I exercise. (Find them on Amazon.com and at Target, Walmart.)

The ultimate test for protein powder is to mix it with only ice and water. If it's drinkable in that form, then it will work well in just about any recipe. Blended with 8 ounces of water and two ice ice cubes, the Pure Protein Vanilla Cream was totally drinkable, if a little plain. The texture is smooth, not at all chalky.

Blended with two ice cubes and 8 ounces of unsweetened coconut milk, the Pure Protein Vanilla Cream starts to shine. It's much thicker, more like a milkshake but not overly sweet. For a more dessert-like option that really takes it into milkshake territory, blend the powder with two ice cubes and 8 ounces of vanilla almond milk.

For my final test, I tried the powder in my regular pre-workout fruit protein shake. The Pure Protein Vanilla Cream paired nicely with the tart berries. The vanilla flavor gave the whole thing the taste of a fresh berry cupcake.

Nutrition Facts: 150 calories, 25 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrate (2 grams of sugar)
 
Megan's Pre-Workout Berry Protein Shake Recipe

8 ounces of unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup of frozen mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

Mix in a blender with one or two ice cubes. You'll need a straw for this super-thick shake!
 
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Comments

  • 46
    Love this product! I've been using it for years!! My favorite drink is the Whey Protien Powder with mixed frozen berries & chia seeds-yum! - 10/18/2013   4:52:10 PM
  • 45
    I have a protein shake every day at noon before my workouts start. And since I don't eat breakfast, it really helps keep me tuned up until dinner. I throw a banana in with the Vanilla Body Fortress brand and some crushed ice and into the blender. Smooth, vanilla and banana set each other off well, and I have half of my protein for the day! I LOVE them. And there are studies to support that the protein powder helps with people who have high blood sugar. My father has one every day for me and since he's started it, his A1C has dropped 1.4 points. LOVE THESE PRODUCTS! And who can have a milkshake every day for $20 a month? Not at the drive-thru at McDonalds! - 10/15/2013   12:11:39 PM
  • 44
    I go back and forth between natural versus artificial means of getting nutrition every day. I am also a gastric bypass alumna. I do use the Pure Protein bars sometimes, even though they have unnatural ingredients. As far as protein bars go, I like the taste of these better than others I've tried and they have under 200 calories for 20 grams of protein. Sometimes I just want something sweet with a cup of coffee and though as the tester said these don't taste like a candy bar, they have more nutrients than a candy bar. I am interested in the Clif bars with 20 grams of protein that someone in a previous comment said are all natural. I will try them. I also eat Greek yogurt as an alternative to the protein shakes. 20 g of protein in 8oz of plain Greek yogurt. Same as a protein bar with no artificial ingredients. However, I think most people who are "dieting" eat artificial stuff on occasion to save calories. Special K products, reduced fat mayo, etc. I give credit to those who are able to "eat clean" on a consistent basis. Best wishes to everyone on your journey to health. *checked on the Clif bars, they have 100 more calories than the Pure Protein. 270 versus 170.* - 8/1/2013   7:15:23 AM
  • 43
    I love these bars. I am hypoglycemic & have to eat before I ca get home after working out. These taste good on the go. I don't like the fact it has sugar alcohol, butoverall it is a good product. o& are great - 7/29/2013   4:40:06 PM
  • 42
    I love these bars. I am hypoglycemic & have to eat before I ca get home after working out. These taste good on the go. I don't like the fact it has sugar alcohol, butoverall it is a good product. o& are great - 7/29/2013   4:40:04 PM
  • NORAJUNE
    41
    You can even use the protein powder to make muffins and cookie bars, just substitute half the flour for the protein powder. To decrease the sugar, use splenda or equal. - 7/28/2013   7:11:10 PM
  • ELLY2017
    40
    Real food is better than these industry-designed things. The calories and price are high and where is the fiber? Better off with an apple and peanut butter, a cheese stick and celery, cottage cheese with chives, etc. etc. - 7/23/2013   1:26:14 AM
  • BREADMAN02
    39
    more product placement ads. you really think were that gullable. - 7/21/2013   10:59:35 PM
  • 38
    What a well placed method of advertising!!! OK lets just ALL admit WE ALL need protein to not only survive but to help with weight loss. I am a bariatric patient (gastric Bypass) and Protein shakes ARE a staple in our diet so that we CAN get our required 80-90 grams of protein each day. I have tried them ALL!! I like the 5 Star Isolate, and the Body fortress Isolate. They are easier to digest according to all of the nutritional info that I have been given pre during and post surgery. I love both of them and I use them in many different ways, The obvious smoothie, to pudding, ice cream, and many other items. Isolate protein is to put it simply easier to digest and for what ever reason is more of a pure protein?? I am NOT a nutritionist!!! I only know what I have been told and taught, so I am sharing my knowledge in hopes that it may help someone else with their owns weight loss journey. Good Luck.. - 7/18/2013   5:54:38 PM
  • 37
    So basically this was an ad for Pure Protein, which does not taste good, BTW - 7/16/2013   7:34:39 PM
  • 36
    I've tried the bars, and didn't like the taste...besides the fact that the sugar alcohol didn't agree with me. I carry Zone Perfect Bars with me. They have all the carbs and protein I need when caught away from home and need a snack. - 7/11/2013   2:05:46 AM
  • 35
    Addendum to my original comment, I checked the bars and in addition, they have sorbitol AND maltitol, sugar alcohols that can wreck your digestive system!! And over 15 ingredients! Use plain whey protein powder! - 7/8/2013   10:43:18 AM
  • 34
    OMGosh! I use this all the time! I love it with skim milk, flax seed, and a frozen fruit, blend it and you have a yummy smoothie! - 7/4/2013   1:25:47 PM
  • PEACENCARROTS
    33
    I've been interested in trying these products. I'll look for them at Target. - 7/3/2013   11:08:41 AM
  • LINDAM.1
    32
    Biochem raspberry whey, Cranberry-raspberry juice - 7/2/2013   6:13:04 PM
  • BFOX272
    31
    I'd have to agree with SANDLADY48, the artificial sweeteners make this a less than desirable product. I'll stick with my Clif Builder's bar; as much or more protein (20g), natural and organic, a lot more vitamin content, no sugar alcohols ... the list goes on. I was wondering why Spark would recommend this "Pure" product, but then I noticed that this is a "sponsored blog". In other words ... pure BS. - 7/2/2013   10:48:52 AM
  • 30
    How can a product be pure or safe if it contains Acesulfame Potassium and Sucralose? TWO kinds of artificial sweeteners! Not in my cupboard - 6/30/2013   6:30:48 PM
  • 29
    Sam's Club has a box of 3 varieties for a better price (about $1.00 per bar). As a diabetic, the carb to protein is perfect for those blood sugar lows too! - 6/30/2013   12:13:37 PM
  • 28
    These are protein bars, not really energy bars. The pure protein shakes are delicious. The bars are a bit heavy, but are great to get in protein after a workout. The taste is great, not chalky! - 6/29/2013   11:19:47 PM
  • DELLMEL
    27
    Don't care for energy bars. - 6/28/2013   4:55:08 PM
  • 26
    I LOVE their bars!! While the chocolate peanut butter is very good, as is the one that has caramel in it, my all time favorite is the strawberry shortcake flavor! I always have one with me so if I need to eat in a pinch I've got something with me that tastes good and is good for me. - 6/27/2013   8:34:03 AM
  • 25
    i have tried the choclate and strawberry ill have to try the bars the mousse sounds good - 6/26/2013   10:11:36 PM
  • 24
    cant wait to try the soft baked protein bars, i currently use the chocolate protein powder, but cant wait to try the vanilla and mix up some new recipes. - 6/26/2013   8:43:49 PM
  • 23
    I love the Pure Protein bars! I never thought that this would be something I would like but they are great on the go like before Zumba. I agree with others that I would prefer to eat real foot but its a good option that prevents me from getting off track when I'm somewhere with limited options. - 6/26/2013   8:27:19 PM
  • 22
    I rather have my nutritions from real food rather than these lab made processed food. I agree that they are handy on the go but never as a constant replacement. - 6/26/2013   6:09:48 PM
  • ELECTRALYTE
    21
    I recently got some of these bars at Walmart and LOVE them.
    So much better than the Fiber One, and other cereal and sugar junk out there that are really just a high carb candy bar. - 6/26/2013   2:22:23 PM
  • SJIVERSON
    20
    I made the high protein low sugar Blueberry Muffins yesterday, using the Pure Protein powder. They were so moist! Thanks!! - 6/26/2013   10:37:50 AM
  • 19
    I too get my protein from nutrient-dense foods and take good fats to fill me up and provide fuel for my body. Most of these products are filled with chemicals and hidden fructose. - 6/26/2013   10:27:12 AM
  • 18
    forget shakes!! I whipped some whipping cream with some protein powder and had a fantastic and satisfying mousse.. mmmmmmm - 6/26/2013   10:09:32 AM
  • DARLAD8
    17
    In my opinion, Pure Protein bars are the best tasting protein bars on the market. They have great texture, flavors, and the best ratio of calories to protein and other nutrients. I buy boxes of them at Costco and they're very inexpensive. - 6/26/2013   9:50:01 AM
  • BANDOMOM1
    16
    I rather eat protein from food, not from something created in a lab. You never know what these things can effect.. And my rule is "If you Can't pronounce something,its NOT good for you.... - 6/26/2013   9:12:33 AM
  • 15
    Not much of a chocolate lover in the morning but this is a great combination with a couple tablespoons of low fat powdered peanut butter. - 6/26/2013   8:48:57 AM
  • CRISTALCONNORS
    14
    Love the vanilla powder. So versatile! - 6/26/2013   8:10:33 AM
  • 13
    I use pure protein chocolate or vanilla flavors and I love them.
    Some times I add coconut milk, some times regular or almond milk.
    Cherries, berries, banana, yogurt, kale, spinach, grounded flax seeds, verever is available. I also made the pure protein bars no bake that I found in this site....tasty! - 6/26/2013   6:37:47 AM
  • 12
    I love pure protein bars! - 6/26/2013   5:35:20 AM
  • 11
    My nephew who is 19 recently ended up in the hospital in ICU for over a week because of protein supplements like this. It permanently damaged his kidneys. Please! Please! Please! Think good and hard about any type of supplement and the long term uses of it. I'm not saying it will hurt you, it may not effect you at all, but it certainly did Tyler. He's a football player for Bluffton University here in OH and also weight lifts. He was using this instead of supplementing his diet with protein he could have gotten from food.

    ~ Donna - 6/26/2013   5:27:05 AM
  • 10
    Kidney stones anyone? - 6/26/2013   3:40:12 AM
  • 9
    Pure Protein is tasty but their products dont have much Fiber content which is important to me on a high protein diet - 6/25/2013   9:06:57 PM
  • 8
    I've used Pure Protein products for a few years and really like them. It is the only one my son who has also had a heart attack, as have I, will drink. I've not given him the bars yet as I am afraid he'll overdo it. The trick is to use them for the extra protein and to block hunger.
    I highly recommend these products as I've run it by our family physician and he likes that there are not harmful extras and very little soy, which has been found to be overrated! - 6/25/2013   6:57:37 PM
  • 7
    I love Pure Protein Blueberry Crumb Bar and the Strawberry Bar. I do not eat the chocolate bars so I can't say anything about them. This weekend while rafting they provided Granola Protein Bars that were good but for the same calories the Pure Protein Bars have double the soy protein and they are very delicious. I have been eating these for about 5 years and plan to continue as long as they are on the market! - 6/25/2013   5:44:44 PM
  • 6
    Will try these for sure!! - 6/25/2013   5:14:39 PM
  • 5
    If you like a protein milkshake, that is super thick and almost like soft serve ice cream, use cottage cheese.

    Yes, I said cottage cheese which sounds crazy but it works great. I use 1 scoop protein powder, heaping 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1/2 frozen banana in chunks and 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 3-5 ice cubes, 1 packet splenda, then just enough milk to get the blades to suck everything in and blend properly (1/4 cup or less) so good. Almost as thick as a dairy queen blizzard and I often use a spoon for this bad boy. - 6/25/2013   2:47:23 PM
  • AUBREY_25_99
    4
    I don't understand why it's so hard to tote a hard boiled egg, a piece of leftover chicken or beef, or whatever other protein you may have lying around your refrigerator. Real, whole foods are infinitely better for you than any of this processed crap. Yuck! - 6/25/2013   2:35:33 PM
  • 3
    I use the vanilla isolate...I use 1 cup of almond milk with half a banana, two strawberries and ice....devine!! Sometimes, I will throw in some blueberries in to that mix and it is fantastic!! - 6/25/2013   12:52:55 PM
  • BALLETLOTUS
    2
    An allergy free alternative is Hemp Protein...I use the chocolate Manitoba Hemp Protein powder with a banana and some almond milk and it's fantastic! Great for gluten free diets too! Has the extra bonus of 8g fiber. - 6/25/2013   12:05:19 PM
  • 1
    I love Pure Protein products. Yummy and good source of protein. Added bonus: they support MS Bike events. This will be the 3 year our family participates in the City to Shore bike fund raiser for Multiple Sclerosis. I love making fruit smoothies with the powder, but blenders kept breaking. Recently got myself an Oster blender which has metal parts, rather than plastic which a lot of them have. - 6/25/2013   11:03:22 AM

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