AMRAP Nutrition Bar Review
For the past four years I’ve eaten very little processed food. At first it was a difficult transition because I was accustomed to pre-packaged, low-fat convenience foods. As my clean eating lifestyle has evolved, I’ve begun to focus on high-quality, local, whole foods that are as close to their natural form as possible. Thus, my reason for eating a mostly Paleo diet.
The great thing about this transition is that my food options have been simplified. I’ve found new “connivence” foods like whole fruit, jerky, hard-boiled eggs and nuts. But the one thing I’ve missed is grabbing a protein bar. They were always so simple after a workout!
Now I’ll admit that I’ve tried a few different bars over the last four years. Sometimes out of habit and other times out of sheer desperation. The thing is, the longer I eat whole foods, the more acute my taste buds have become. I can taste artificial sweeteners, chemicals or any of those ingredients you can’t pronounce immediately! And you know what’s in most protein bars? Artificial sweeteners, chemicals and ingredients that you can’t pronounce.
When the OAMM team told me to expect some AMRAP bars in the mail, I was somewhat hesitant but also excited. If you know anything about Crossfit, you will probably find the name brilliant as I did. Since I’m a huge Crossfit fan, I couldn’t wait to try one after an AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible) workout!
When the time came to try one, I opened the box, grabbed a bar and started eating. Now, to be honest, I didn’t read the label or do any research before trying these. I didn’t even know I was going to write this post. So, I just ate one out of necessity.
The first bite threw me off a bit. My super sensitive taste buds could taste something that wasn’t real food. It was slightly off but nothing like the bars I’ve eaten in the past. So I grabbed the package and looked at the ingredients:
- Raw Almond Butter
- Unsweetened Coconut
- Egg White Protein Powder
- Raw Sesame Seeds
- Raw Almond Chunks
- Raw Honey
- Ground Cinnamon
- Sea Salt
Egg White Protein Powder. That was it! Real ingredients…but in a protein powder form. Not chemical. But not in it’s most natural state. Whole eggs wouldn’t really work too well in a protein bar, right?
I kept eating. Over the next few weeks, the bars came in very handy during situations where I didn’t have time to boil an egg or cook some chicken.
I actually enjoyed having a whole foods, Paleo approved snack option in the house!
But there were a few other things I liked when it came to the AMRAP Bars:
- There are 8 in a box. This may not seem like a big deal to some, but most bars usually come 5 or 6 bars to a box. I’m not sure why, but having 8 made it seem like the 2 boxes given to me by the AMRAP team lasted forever.
- The size of the AMRAP bar is just right. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve eaten a bar in three bites. I don’t know about you, but chewing and taking some time with my food helps me feel satisfied. I didn’t count exactly how many bites it took to eat the bar, but it was definitely more than three! I’d guess between 6-8 bites.
- The AMRAP bars were more filling than other protein bars. The size and the real food ingredients made the AMRAP bar more filling and satisfying. When I eat real food, I tend to need less of it to get full (like how one apple fills me up the way an entire bag of potato chips does). Maybe you can relate.
Overall, I’m thrilled to have been able to try the AMRAP bars and will be adding them to my grocery list in the future. It’s a relief to finally be able to feel good about eating a protein bar again!
What about you? Have you tried the AMRAP bar yet?