1.0 out of 5 starsNew recipie = lower protien and more sugar, this is a candy bar
ByChrison 14 June 2017
The usual trick of poorer quality ingredients. Eat a mars bar and scoup of whey protein instead, it's healthier. Learn to read ingredients and nutritional profiles people then you will see through the scams. Old bar 24g protien, new bar 20g protien with 25% more sugar.
Better than expected: surprisingly heavy and quite dense, they're also tasty and chewy. Have been eating one either before or just after a little workout which is often all my spare time allows, and they help me keep some definition. Have bought 2 packs now, will stick with them, very happy with them.
I use protein bars as a way of maximising my protein intake for muscle building, I am attempting to gain maximum muscle strength to support arthritic joints should joint replacement surgery not be feasible. I'm not a body builder but I've certainly tried enough products to know exactly what I'm getting. These are some of the best I have tried. The recommendation is that they be used as a post - exercise recovery bar and as a between meal bar - at 300 calories they have quite a high calorific hit. Unlike many oatmeal based bars these do have a proper chewy flapjack texture. You won't need a bottle of water to wash these down though, they are really moist, sweet but not too sweet with a very light milk chocolate couverture base. I would have preferred 'proper' dark chocolate rather than milk baking chocolate, both as a balance for the sweet bar and for the extra health benefits, but that's a minor point, it's just a thin layer.
I found that one bar after cycling - the only aerobic exercise I can safely undertake - was really filling. I need to watch my weight gain so won't be eating two a day. These are really high in fibre at 6g for a 90g bar, so will keep things moving on the digestive front as well.
Far more portable than a 100g pot of protein enhanced quark or shake type drink and no nasty surprises if you forget about this in your gym bag. They also make a good breakfast meal replacement if required although this isn't a recommendation on the box.
I'm a 33 year old female and work out 4-5 days a week, a mixture of dance and gym stuff. I eat quite healthily on the whole, apart from I have a very sweet tooth and enjoy a bit of cake. I generally try to avoid chocolate bars as a habit but do need a mid-afternoon snack to tide me over until dinner time, so I typically have either a piece of fruit or one of these if I want a few more calories: Grenade Carb Killa High Protein and Low Carb Bar, 12 x 60 g - Caramel Chaos
TASTE & TEXTURE
This bar is described as an "oat and raisin high protein flapjack with creatine, half covered in a milk chocolate couverture coating".
I'm not quite sure what a couverture coating is but looking at the bar in real life can only presume it's a fancy way of saying "the bottom half is dipped in chocolate"
It's quite a solid bar as flapjacks go, but definitely more of the chewy textured flapjack. It doesn't have a crunch to it. The raisins aren't that prominent but add a little bit of texture. The chocolate is a tasty addition.
I find it a really nice yummy snack. I've tried many different protein bars and many of the other Maximuscle protein bars taste very odd with a dry grainy unappealing texture. This one is completely different and it also has about 50% more calories than your average protein bar if you're looking to gain mass.
NUTRITIONAL INFO (per 90g bar)
311 cal per bar / 20.4g protein / 41.1g carbohydrates (9.0g sugars) / 6.1g fibre / Salt 0.3g / Creatine Monohydrate 3.4g / Creatine 3.0g
The bar is quite a reasonable size, and unlike other sweet treats I actually find that if I eat one of these for breakfast I have sustained and steady energy until lunch, instead of the feeling of being a bit shaky before lunch if I've had a cereal based breakfast or too many sugary snacks.
Touted as "Progain size" I checked their website and the marketing blurb reads:
"For individuals looking for muscle growth - protein is the key. Maximuscle Progain flapjacks offer a convenient way to boost the protein content of your diet whilst providing complex carbohydrate and added creatine to support repeated bursts of high intensity exercise (when a minimum 3g of creatine are consumed per day)."
It's hard to judge whether or not I've seen any muscular gains from eating a few of these bars, but I have been eating them for breakfast and find that they're enough to fuel a workout and also get me through to lunch. If you wanted to gain serious mass you can add 1-2 of these bars on to your normal food for the day rather than eating them as a meal replacement.
With a decent protein hit (20.4g) and a large dose of fibre (6.1g), these are certainly beneficial to me and I've noticed that I've looked more lean and fit just by replacing my snacks with either this flapjack or one of the Promax bars (Lean or Restore, which I'm also trialling on Amazon Vine).
The whole Maximuscle range has been certified not to contain any banned substances, which will be a big bonus for people who are competitive athletes, but some of the ingredients do seem a bit odd if you're a health-conscious person (E numbers etc.)
Protein bars and indeed the range of protein supplements available seem to ahve exploded over the last few years. Advances in ingrediants and products mean now more than ever you can get tasty supplements. I remember trying a protein bar almost 20 years ago and I couldn't describe the taste in polite conversation. These thankfully are light years ahead.
The progain protein flapjacks are part of a wide range designed to support different stages of training. With 41g of carbs, 20g of protein and 3.4g of creatine these are designed to help you bulk/gain. Practically a meals worth in one bar with only 300 calories they are a great alternative to a post workout shake or a mid morning snack etc.
I keep these in work and I have one around 3 before the gym or on the way home after the gym. Depends where you want to fit them in. These would also make a filling mid morning snack or possibly a meal replacement. Portable and more convenient I prefer these to a shake as sometimes you just want to physically eat something.
taste wise, they are actually reasonably good as far as these things go. Moist enough not to be hard going I like the chocolate coating but despite that it is on the bland side which isn't necessarily bad. Great for a variety of situations.