I’ve been a fan of PowerCrunch Protein bars for several years now. I was introduced to them in my first job out of graduate school and loved the flavor and texture. They remind me of wafer cookies (you know, the chocolate, vanilla and strawberry wafer cookies?) They have several flavors and always growing. While it varies a bit by flavor, most bars contain15 grams of protein and only 10 grams of total carbohydrates. To date these bars include:
– Peanut Butter
– Peanut Butter Fudge
– Triple Chocolate
– Berries and Cream
– Cookies and Cream
– French Vanilla
– Chocolate Mint
These bars are available on Amazon and other retailers. (Aff Link):Power Crunch Protein Energy Bar, Chocolate Mint, 1.4-Ounce Bars, 12 Count
As much as I’ve loved these bars, I’ve never tried the PowerCrunch Whey Protein Powders. I decided it was high time to give it a try and share my feedback! I chose Vanilla because I can use it in Protein Pancakes and other recipes more easily than Chocolate. Here are my quick thoughts and whether or not I would buy this product again:
– Nutrition is good: great protein count and while 7 grams of total carbohydrate is my higher end on a protein powder, it still fits my guidelines.
– First try: 2 scoops powder + 10 oz unsweetened almond milk = too sweet. Mr. W didn’t enjoy it because of this. I liked it enough to finish it, but agreed it was very sweet.
–Second try: 2 scoops powder + 8 oz water and fistful of ice (blended) = very good. The sweetness was dialed down using water. I didn’t drink the ice as it was too “chunky” for me but it did chill the drink very well. It didn’t actually blend the way you think of a Starbucks frap blending :) Next time I could make it in a shaker cup with ice and pour it into a glass without the ice.
–Third try: Banana protein pancakes. It was a different texture than powders I’ve used in the past. The color of the batter was darker than usual and it was a little “stickier” but the final pancake was still delicious.
Buy it again? Yep. I would buy this again because the price was reasonable at $31.89 for 26 servings (2 scoops is one serving, cost = $1.23 per serving). It was filling and had a great taste with water.
Quick note to weight loss surgery patients. While protein shakes are wonderful during your preop diet and healing diet right after surgery, I don’t recommend protein shakes once you’re about a month out of surgery. However, it’s great to have a protein powder on hand for recipes such as the protein pancakes!
Purchase here from Amazon (aff link):Power Crunch Proto Whey, Vanilla Creme, 2.1 Pounds