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PowerBar Harvest Review By Marc S.
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PowerBar Harvest Review
PowerBar Harvest has added great taste, whole grain, and even a good serving of protein to a light snack that packs a lot of energy.
As a student usually on the go and very busy, nutrition is probably the last thing on my mind. But no matter the reason why it might be difficult to prepare a meal or prepare a quick snack, PowerBar has your back. Ok, so there are many companies making energy bars, but PowerBar Harvest isn't just packed with calories and meant to give you a quick pick me up, it offers sustained energy. The PowerBar Harvest energy bar is made with whole grains to give you more than just a sugar rush. That's right, PowerBar Harvest does give you immediate energy, but the whole grains means that you'll also get long run energy too. It's hard to actually give full credit to the energy bar itself, but I did feel as if I did have more energy immediately after eating a PowerBar Harvest, more so then just a granola bar or fruit bar. So let's look at what I thought about the PowerBar Harvest.
After a long day at school I prefer not to eat too heavy before going to the gym. At the same time, I also need something for energy that I can take with me and last in my backpack all day while I'm in classes. There aren't many energy bars that offer what the PowerBar Harvest has. As the packaging suggested I took it approximately 30 minutes before the time it took me to get to class to start my workout and I was on an empty stomach at the time, so this was pretty much the only thing I had eaten for 6 hours. The PowerBar Harvest was great, it gave me enough energy to workout chest and maintain my strength and not feel overly hungry the whole time. I've had just regular granola bars before, but they usually make me even more hungry cause of the high sugar to pretty much low nutrition values.
So now I'll talk about how the bar actually tastes and what I liked about it. The flavour I tried was Double Chocolate Crisp, however PowerBar Harvest comes in many varieties including; Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Toffee Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Strawberry Crunch, and Apple Cinnamon Crisp. With flavours like these it's hard to believe that there is as much nutrition packed in these bars as there is. The PowerBar Harvest was very good, the crisp texture made it lighter than the denser more traditional types of energy bars out there and having it dipped in chocolate didn't hurt either. There's nothing bad I can say about the taste of this bar. That being said, after eating it you always feel like you just ate something unhealthy, but careful thought went into what they put in this bar. It is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth as a snack and definitely has the functionality of an energy bar for outdoor activities like running, hiking, kayaking, or even just lifting weights, sports or general exercise.
There are a few reasons why I think the PowerBar Harvest does better than most energy bars when it comes to providing longer energy. The whole grains that they use, which is the main ingredient (whole oats) in the bar, are not simple carbohydrates. Whole Oats are complex carbohydrates which unlike simple carbohydrates (sugar, fructose, white flour, etc) digest at a much slower rate. That slower digestion is what promotes that sustained energy that makes you feel fueled longer. PowerBar Harvest also has sugar in it to offer a more immediate energy as well to make it more functional. There are also vitamins and minerals in the PowerBar Harvest which give you a more balanced nutrition. Because you are eating it at times where you may have not had a meal or ate less than you normally do you may need vitamins and minerals which you would have received given that you did eat a full meal. There is also a balance of fats in the PowerBar Harvest that are essential to energy as well. The fats in the bar can be used by the body as energy and are even found in some energy products alone. The most notable of the fats found in PowerBar Harvest is Linoleic Acid, which is found in the product CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) a common weight loss formula. The PowerBar Harvest has a whole serving of whole grain, 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 23 vitamins and minerals. That is more nutrients then some people eat in a meal all condensed into a 56 gram bar! I am a health conscious individual and often times I stay away from energy bars, granola bars, and cereal bars because most of them are no better than candy bars for you. But I couldn't argue that the PowerBar Harvest had much more to offer. Although I am sure they could have reduced the amount of sugar and chocolate in this particular bar to make it more of a healthier snack, the truth is it's not something you're going to eat when you're sitting down watching tv, it's there to provide you with energy for going out, playing golf, going to the gym, having a run, or just a busy day of walking around. Not to mention it's an easy way of getting a serving of whole grains!
If you like to live an active lifestyle or if you just don't think you have the time to prepare something nutritional or need a quick breakfast on the go, the PowerBar Harvest is there for you. People who are avid hikers to people who just like to play a round of golf will find many benefits to having a PowerBar Harvest energy bar handy. In my case, as a snack before workouts, it did improve my energy levels at the gym so I wasn't just a zombie going through the motions. For what it costs, you couldn't buy a snack at any restaurant that offered better nutrition and it definitely would not be any healthier for you. It's the perfect portable, convenient, tasty and good for you snack to take on any activity that you know you're going to need long lasting energy for.
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