Thank you to LUNA Protein for providing me a LUNA Protein sample pack to review. The opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint.
I have to be honest: I would never hire myself to write a review of protein bars.
I don’t go to the gym, I don’t lift weights, and I don’t enjoy eating protein bars at all. In fact, when my kids asked me what a protein bar was, I described them like this:
“Well, they’re made for grown-ups and they have protein and vitamins and stuff in them, but they taste really yucky on their own so they cover them in chocolate to make you want to eat them.”
Would you hire me? Yeah — probably not.
All that being said, LUNA sent me a box of their LUNA Protein Bars and I approached them with an open mind. I’ve had LUNA bars in the past and they were OK, but not something I would ever seek out or purchase. I was willing to have my mind changed though.
I decided to think of the them as a filling, chocolatey between meal snack. You see, I’m one of those terrible mom cliches. I fix my kids a healthy breakfast every morning and pack up lunches for them. But in the morning rush I often forget to eat breakfast myself. Then around 11 am when I’m at the park with Augie or out running errands I realize that I’m starving. So I put the LUNA Protein bars in my bag to have on hand for a mid-morning snack.
So what did I think?
Eh. They were all right.
They were filling enough to tide me over until lunch but they were still under 200 calories. Each bar has 12g protein, 3g fiber, calcium and folic acid. They’re high in sugar — averaging 14g per bar — and that makes them really, really sweet. But even with all that sweetness they still had that yucky protein bar flavor. Of the five flavors I tried — Cookie Dough, Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and Chocolate Cherry Almond — the Chocolate Cherry Almond was my clear favorite. It was almost delicious, but not quite.
Would I buy them? No, probably not. (Sorry, LUNA!)
OK, so have I sold you on these bars? Would you at least like to try them? If you are a protein bar lover, you might get your chance!
LUNA is offering 5 LUNA Protein Prizes to Wendolonia readers. Each box includes a sample pack of LUNA Protein as well as a bonus treat from LUNA. The giveaway will be open to U.S. residents only.
To enter: Please leave a comment below telling me your true feelings about protein bars. Do you like them? Love them? Do you think they’re kind of yucky like I do?
I’ll close comments on Friday, September 2 at around 9 pm, then I’ll randomly select 5 winners. Please be sure to enter your email address when you leave your comment. Winners who don’t respond to the notification email within 48 hours will forfeit their prize and another winner will be selected. Good luck!