I know I am not the only one who wants to eat everything in sight during half or full marathon training. A bad habit of mine is not eating enough before or after a run. If I do not eat enough, what do you think happens? I get stomach cramps after a run or have one of those workouts where I feel like my legs are lagging.Years ago, I used to eat another brand of protein bars before 5K races, but have since stopped that practice. Now I tend to use protein bars as after a race as the protein content seems to keep any stomach cramping from happening. Premier Protein sent a box of their Protein Bars for me to try. The flavours included in the box were Dark Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Yogurt Peanut Crunch.
Each bar contains:
- 30 grams of healthy protein
- Is a good source of calcium
- Three grams of fiber
- Is Gluten-Free
Protein bars are meant to support an on-the-go lifestyle. Because of my work schedule, I find myself going out for training runs in the middle of the day or whenever I have a free hour. During busy track and field season, I tend to keep a gym bag in my car with a change of clothes, my GPS watch, shoes and a few snacks, like a Premier Protein bar. I can quickly grab a protein bar, eat a bit of one and be ready to go for a run. Another great use for protein bars is when you are stuck in traffic for over 2 hours due to an Ottawa Senators Game and come hangry! True Story…
The Premier Protein bars have a standard “protein bar” taste to them. A bit chewy with a touch of peanut butter or chocolate flavour. I thought I would like the Chocolate Mint flavour the most, but actually I really like the Yogurt Peanut Crunch the best. The Yogurt Crunch felt a bit lighter than the chocolate-based bars. I’ve had other Protein bars that have a bit too much chocolate taste that leaves the mouth a bit dry. The Premier Protein bars seem to be more of a cross between a traditional protein bar and a granola bar. Obviously, the products contain peanut products, so be aware if a family member has a peanut allergy or bringing the protein bars to school. Overall, the protein bars were filling and did not cause any GI distress if I ate a bar before a workout.
The Premier Protein bars come in a pack of 18 bars with 6 bars of each flavour. The 18 pack in available at Costco (along with their Protein drink, which I’ve had before and like). The bars are individually wrapped and perfect for grabbing and putting in gym bag or storing at the office for a quick, easy, protein-filled snack.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Premier Protein and product was provided free of charge from Premier Protein. I was sent my sample pack in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.