Full disclosure: I don’t like energy or sports bars. I equate them with the diet bars that I used to eat obsessively in college that tasted mildly like candy bars and mostly like cardboard. When I became what I now consider a more serious runner, I have continued to turn my nose up to almost every type of well loved and respected bars: PowerBars? No thanks. Cliff bars? Gross! Picky Bars? Ok, I guess but only because I really want Lauren Fleshman to like me.
When I got the opportunity to review the Vega Chocolate Coconut Almond energy bar to Fuel My Better, I figured I would just be able to tolerate them and then my bar-loving spouse would have another box full of treats to fuel his workout.
Oh how wrong I was!
Each function-focused bar features:
- 27 g carbs from whole food ingredients
- High and low glycemic carbohydrates for immediate and sustained energy
- 1 g Omega-3
OK! Sweet! But honestly, what matters to me, is taste and consistency. I took my bar out for a spin on my second long run of my fall marathon training cycle. I thought about the bar the whole first half of the run — mostly about how I hoped it was tasty and palatable otherwise that second half home was going to be long and grumbly. I busted open my bar at mile 5 — and YUM!