Where’s the Beef?! (No Cow Bar Review)

Hey everyone!! Long time no blog!

It feels like an eternity since I last posted, life got pretty busy with competition prep, work, and grad school applications. But I’m back!! ūüôā

Competing in my first figure show was a whirlwind of an experience, I actually placed second in my class! It got me even more addicted to the sport of bodybuilding than I ever thought possible. I’m currently taking a long offseason to add some quality size to my frame…EAT ALL THE THINGS! ūüėÄ

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Since my diet isn’t as strict during offseason, I can fit some treats into my macros. Additionally, I¬†have two free meals a week that go untracked. So, when I stumbled across D’s Naturals¬†No Cow Bars towards the end of my prep, I made sure to bookmark their website to try out there stuff as soon as offseason began.

What makes No Cow Bars so unique? They have the macronutrient profile of many other high fiber protein bars on the market, but they’re made without milk products or whey protein! They’re soy free, dairy free, vegan, gluten free, and high fiber.¬†Perfect for plant-based, vegan¬†athletes or people just trying to grab a healthier snack.

I contacted the company and they graciously sent me samples of their three current flavors: blueberry cobbler, peanut butter cookie dough, and mint chocolate chip!

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So without further ado, here’s a taste review! ūüôā

(Note, I was not paid or endorsed to say anything about these bars. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.)

Taste: Blueberry Cobbler: I gave this bar to my mom as a snack for work (hence no picture). She said it tasted very fruity with major emphasis on the blueberry. The little freeze dried blueberries in the bar provided a lot of flavorful zing! 

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough: Reminded me of the powdered peanut butter PB2 in flavor. Sweet but not overpowering, tiny chunks of chocolate and peanuts, more peanut buttery than chocolate.

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Mint Chocolate Chip: IDENTICAL to a thin mint Girl Scout cookie. Little mint chunks in the bar really added to the overall flavor. I got kind of tired of the flavor by the time the bar was over though.

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Texture: Each flavor was VERY soft, almost dough-like. The peanut butter cookie dough was a bit grainy, but not bad. The mint chocolate was probably the softest and best texture. All had tiny chunks of chocolate, fruit or nuts in them. I didn’t try them heated, but I bet they’d taste like fresh baked cookies.

Smell: Blueberry Cobbler: Grandma’s fresh pie ūüôā Peanut Butter Cookie Dough: A brand new jar of peanut butter or a Reese’s cup!¬†Mint Chocolate Chip: Thin mint cookies all the way!

Price: $29.99 per box (Store locator on their website, may be able to find them cheaper locally)

Nutrition: 20-21g of quality plant protein, 25g carbs (19 of which fiber), between 2.5-5g fat, 2g net sugar, and roughly 200mg sodium.

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough: 

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Overall:¬†I probably would buy again and highly recommend them! The texture was a lot better than other high protein bars on the market and they digested well. The only thing I’m not a fan of is erythritol since it has the tendency to¬†upset my stomach, but I had no ill-effects from these.¬†I can’t wait to see what other flavors they come up with!

Thanks again D’s Naturals for allowing me to do this review!!

If you’re interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to check out D’s naturals’ website, Facebook page, or Instagram (@DsNaturals)

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ANSI Gourmet Cheesecake Protein Bar

ANSI Gourmet Cheesecake Protein Bars

20131212_143703 I heard about these new bars on Instagram the other day and¬†was immediately drawn to them because of the flavor¬†choices and the stats. Here’s some facts about the bars from their website:

  • 20 grams of Isolate Protein
  • 100% All Natural
  • Gluten Free
  • High Fiber (17-19g)
  • Stevia¬†Sweetened
  • No Soy Protein
  • No Gelatin
  • No Sugar Alcohol
  • No Hormones¬†rBST & rBGH
  • Less Sodium (under 90mg)
  • Low Net Carbs

Similar macros to that of a Quest bar but claiming to be softer and more delicious?¬†You KNOW I had to try them. I contacted the company and they kindly sent me a free bar to review! I got the “Strawberry Supreme Cheesecake” version. 20131224_181709 Taste:¬†Initially, the bar’s taste¬†was bursting with strawberry flavor but¬†had a bizarre, and somewhat lingering, chemical aftertaste.¬†

Texture: The bars were chewy but semi-chalky. Like a microwaved Quest bar but not as dense.

Smell: Smelled just like a strawberry cheesecake. Very appetizing! 20131224_181635 Gluten-filled counterpart: A strawberry cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory but with a cough medicine-y aftertaste. 

Price: $28.99 per box

Nutrition: 20g of quality protein, lots of fiber, lower fat than a Quest bar, and much lower sodium than a Quest bar. More ingredients than Quest bars, but all quality and healthy. Nothing bad to say here! 20131212_143721 Ingredients: rBST/rBGH Free Isolate Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate), Corn and/or Tapioca Fiber, Inulin, Honey, Almonds, Organic Palm Fruit Oil, Cranberries (Cranberries, Sugar, Sunflower Oil), Strawberries, Yogurt Powder (Whey Protein Concentrate, Nonfat Dry Milk, Yogurt Cultures), Natural Flavors, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Stevia Extract (Reb A), Monk Fruit Extract.

Overall:¬†I probably wouldn’t buy this bar again. Although it had similar nutritional stats to a Quest bar and had an enticing smell, the aftertaste and price were subpar.¬†amazing texture. I did like that they are handmade each week, so it makes it a bit more worth it. The other flavors may be better, so I can’t say I’m not a fan of them all. These Gourmet Cheesecake Protein Bars come in three delicious flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake, Strawberry Supreme Cheesecake and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake.