En route to a midlevel after work walk and we stopped at a petrol station to grab an energy boost, with the usual chocolate bars and crisps staring at me I wanted to find something different that would at least make me look like I was trying to stay healthy-ish! Fitting the bill was the Trek Protein Bar, with its “Sticks with you, keeps you going” tagline and your typical trekker atop a mountain range as a background it seemed the perfect option.
What do you get?
The Peanut & Oat bar I had on the day contained the following:
|Energy||1001 kJ||1472 kJ|
|Energy||239 kcal||352 kcal|
|Protein||11 g||16 g|
|(of which sugars)||26 g||38 g|
|(of which saturates)||1 g||1 g|
|Fibre||5 g||7 g|
|*equivalent as salt||<0.1g||<0.1g|
It has to be said this British made bar has a lot going for it as it boasts nothing artificial , no syrups or added sugar, it has 1 of your 5 a day, easy to digest, naturally vegan wheat and dairy free.
** Allergy information: may contain traces of nuts, peanuts and sesame seeds.
What they say
With 11-12g of protein per bar, these beauties are at the top of the sports nutrition food chain! Made with a delicious combination of fruits, oats and nuts to keep you going, these healthy snacks are ideal for refuelling after the gym, and they also make great breakfasts on the go. Try one and see for yourself!
Part of the Natural Balance Foods family, Trek bars are billed as perfect for gym and fitness fans or even a breakfast on the go. Coming in 3 flavour variations:
- Peanut & Oat
- Mixed Berry
- Cocoa Brownie
On the official website you can get a hold of 12 bars for £13.99, which works out as £1.17 each bar, slightly below what I paid in the petrol station for a single bar. Although I have seen them being sold on Amazon for as little as £12.22 – which works out as £1.02 per bar.
It would be unfair to paint the whole range with the same taste brush, but as I’m a peanut “nut” it would make sense that the Peanut & Oat bar would appeal to me the most. But it’s with regret I would have to report the taste was distinctly average, and after 1.5 hr uphill slog the Trek should have been awesome!
It has all the ingredients and talks the talk but when it comes down to it I just couldn’t decide what the Trek bar was aiming for, with a strong nod towards gym goers with its 11g protein content but with a name obviously aimed at the mountain trekker and indeed a branding ident to re-enforce that message. In the end I feel they aim to please the masses and fail to meet the high expectations of the individual, be it the avid gym goer or the day trekker.
Not the worst but by no means the best tasting bars I’ve tried, and at the price stated you could do better. In fact if looking for a price busting source of energy why not try your hand at a homemade bar as posted back in March? http://twcymru.mudandroutes.com/2013/03/14/fruit-and-nut-bars/
Trek now also have a new Flapjack range, so if I find these in the petrol station next time round I’ll post another blog entry to give you the verdict.