Protein bars can serve many useful purposes, such as starting the day with a healthy source of protein, carbohydrates and fat, fighting junk food cravings during the day and refuelling after a hard workout.
A wide variety of protein bars are available, and when shopping for a protein bar, one must consider not only price but also quality and nutrition content. For those who put quality and nutrition first, 180 Nutrition has developed a line of products that fit into virtually any healthy diet, including whole foods, plant-based, diabetic and gluten-free diets.
180 Nutrition protein bars include the Superfood Bar and the WOD (CrossFit Workout of the Day) Bar. The main differences between the Superfood Bar and the WOD Bar are the size of the bars and the ratio of carbs to protein. While both protein bars contain a mix of nuts, nut butters, seeds, shredded coconut and stevia for sweetness, the 45-gram Superfood Bar contains 20 grams of carbohydrate and 11 of protein for a roughly 2:1 carb-protein ratio, and the 60-gram WOD Bar contains 25 grams of carbs and 15 of protein for a 5:3 ratio. In a nutshell, the WOD Bar is bigger and delivers a higher proportion of protein, although both are high in protein compared to the total number of calories.
180 Nutrition customers find a great deal to like about the Superfood and WOD Bars. The RX Review, an international website for CrossFit and related health and fitness news, has mostly positive things to say about 180 Nutrition products and about the WOD Bar in particular. Since many CrossFitters adhere to the Paleo diet, the WOD Bar – like all their other products – is gluten-free and Paleo-friendly. The downsides identified by consumers have less to do with the products themselves than with actually getting them. At $5 per 60-gram bar, the cost may seem a bit steep compared to many other products on the market, but the difference in price is largely owing to the superior quality and freshness of the ingredients. 180 Nutrition products are only available for purchase online in Australia and in select CrossFit gyms around the world at present, although they are expected to become available in the United States in late 2013.
Whether you are looking for a protein bar that will help you recover after a hard workout or a healthy snack that will help you reach your weight loss goals, the 180 Nutrition protein bars may be exactly what you need.