By now we’ve all heard of the low-carb, Paleolithic diet. The “Paleo” craze isn’t exactly new; the idea of confining diets to foods available in pre-agricultural days has been knocking about for some time.
It’s not the easiest of diets to follow though, with only a few foods allowed in the mix – meats, fish, eggs, veg, fruits, nuts and seeds – it can be hard to be inventive with your evening meals. In fact, the list of taboo foods is continually growing – wheat, corn, rice, quinoa, legumes, dairy products, vegetable oil and sugars.
Protein Active, a brand dedicated to high-quality sports nutrition at affordable prices, aims to tackle this with its all-new “Paleo Protein Bar”. The protein bar makes for a convenient way to supplement your protein intake, without stepping away from your diet. The main attraction is that its ingredients seem Paleo-friendly: Egg protein, pea protein, almond oil, Vitamin Premix.
It’s starting to sound too good to be true; does it still taste good? It’s coated in Carob Powder, which is an alternative to chocolate. One tablespoon of carob powder includes: 25 calories, no fat, no saturated fat, no cholesterol and six grams of carbohydrate. By comparison, one tablespoon of cocoa powder contains 12 calories, one gram of fat, no saturated fat, no cholesterol and 3 grams of carbohydrate. So while it’s not hugely dissimilar to chocolate, Carob is relatively fat-free and contains three times as much calcium as cocoa powder.
The main selling point is that you aren’t going to lose any teeth chewing it, either; it has a very smooth and crumbly texture. For those that quite like the chewy consistency of most protein bars, this might actually be a downside. But at £15.79 for 15 bars, it’s hard to complain. And the most important thing is being able to ingest your protein fix quickly and without effort. That’s exactly what the Paleo Protein bar does and, at 25g of protein per bar, it does it well.