Sunday, February 19, 2012

PureFit Bar Review


A few weeks ago I was introduced to a delicious nutrition bar from PureFit.  I was very excited to try these bars because they boasted to be "the all-natural, gluten-free and wheat-free, dairy-free, vegan, kosher, high in protein, diabetic-friendly, that tastes great nutrition bar."


How Did They Taste?
PureFit Bars come in 5 delicious flavors: Granola Crunch, Almond Crunch, Berry Almond Crunch, Chocolate Brownie, and Peanut Butter. I honestly really liked all of the flavors, but I think peanut butter was my favorite. They all had a very similar taste and texture though, if that makes sense. One thing I will note is that the texture is pretty thick and chewy, so you will probably want to have something to wash these down with. This isn't necessarily a bad quality though...kind of like eating a peanut butter sandwich!


Nutritional Facts & Thoughts
One bar contains 210-220 calories, 24-25 grams of carbohydrates (10-14 grams of sugar), 2-4 grams of fiber, 18 grams of protein, and 6-7 grams of fat.

I really appreciate the nutritional breakdown of these bars. They follow the "40/30/30" ratio of the Zone diet (40% carbs, 30% protein, 30% fat). I also liked how they had a high amount of protein but still had a sensible amount of calories in them. A lot of bars that I see are unfortunately just the opposite; too high in calories and too low in protein.

The ingredients in PureFit bars (can be found here) are all-natural. PureFit bars do not contain any artificial sweeteners, trans fatty acids, or hydrogenated oils. PureFit bars also do not contain any wheat, gluten, or dairy. This is important because these ingredients can easily cause tummy troubles, whether you are allergic to these things or not. They also have a low glycemic index and they are diabetic-friendly, meaning that you won't crash after eating one. PureFit bars are also Kosher and Vegan, making them a great choice for pretty much anyone.

PureFit bars also claim to not melt in their packaging, so they are great to take on the go.

Performance
I tried using these bars for my shorter weekday afternoon runs and they worked great.  I ate half of a bar before my run because I'm always a little hungry and tired after work, and I ate the other half after my run to hold me over until dinner was ready. They didn't cause any tummy problems and gave me the energy I needed to not feel tired on the run.

Although I didn't try these while biking, they also seem like they would be a great snack to take on a long bike ride, especially since they don't melt.

Price
The price of a box of 15 PureFit bars from the PureFit website is $34.35. That comes out to $2.29 per bar.  In my (very cheap) opinion, this is a little pricey. However, remember that you get what you pay for. When you order additional boxes the price per box goes down (4-6 boxes is $32/box, 6-9 is $30/box, and 10+ is $28/box). There is also a sample kit available for $9.95 which contains 5 bars (one of each flavor) if you aren't ready to commit to a whole box.

If you would like to order a box of PureFit bars from the PureFit website, you can use the coupon code PROMO25 for 25% off of your first order.

I did a little searching and found that you can buy a box of PureFit bars from Amazon for $27.99 with free shipping, which takes the price down to a more reasonable $1.86 per bar. There is also a "subscribe & save" deal on Amazon where you have PureFit bars automatically delivered on a regular basis (you choose from every 1 to 6 months) and the price goes down to $26.59 per box ($1.77 per bar). It looks like this is only for the Berry Almond Crunch bar and the prices are different for each flavor.

Final Thoughts
Overall I really liked these bars. I loved the nutritional aspects as well as the taste.  If I could find a good deal on these bars I think I would eat them on a regular basis.  One thing I wish PureFit would sell is larger boxes with multiple flavors because I feel like I might get sick of one box being all one flavor.  Other than that minor detail, PureFit bars definitely get my stamp of approval...


They also get a stamp of approval from someone else...

On the back of the PureFit bar wrapper: 
"Millions of dogs and cats are euthanized each year because shelters can't find homes for them.  Rather than buying your next pet, PureFit encourages you to consider adopting from a shelter and save a life."



Legal mumbo jumbo: I was contacted by PureFit and asked to try these bars. I was sent 5 bars free of charge and I was not otherwise compensated for this review.  The opinions expressed above are my own.  I did not feed my cat any PureFit bars. 

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