Rockin’ and Rolling All Right

It seemed like a good idea at the time.  Labrada Rockin’ Roll protein bar was next to the Power Crunch bars at the Vitamin Shoppe.  I’m always on the lookout for something, please God, that will taste good, not be sickeningly sweet tasting, and not contain so much sugar that you get a bottle of insulin free with each purchase.  The Labrada Rockin’ Roll bar seemed like it might fit the bill.  The outside looked almost like peanut brittle – lots of delicious nuts held together by we don’t know what but it tastes good so who cares.  Inside was a delicous nougat – and of course, no one knows what nougat is, but we all want our nougat to taste like that which is in a Snickers bar.  This comes pretty darn close.  I took one bite, placed the bar on the table, and little beams of sunshine glowed from it while beautiful harp music played in the background.  The thing that stands out most is the texture.  The nuts are NUTS – not nut pieces, faux nuts, nut fragments, or nut like substances.  These are real, honest to goodness, crunchy peanuts.  Under the peanuts is what looks, smells and tastes like real caramel.  It’s sweet, it’s yummy, and I am wondering how sick I am going to be after I eat this bar.  Brighid walks in and I make her try it.  She is my protein bar guinea pig.  I know the other two kids will eat pretty much any of them, but Brighid gives you an honest opinion.  She wanted to know how many more I bought.  She was already splitting them up with me. 

The thing that I liked best is that it isn’t covered in that artificial chocolate like substance most protein bars use to seduce us.  This is covered in peanuts.  The thing I liked least is that one bar will not only set you back 290 calories, it will also use up about half of the fat grams you should have over the course of the entire day.  In one bar.  16 grams of fat to be exact, which for some  gastric bypass post-ops  means rockin’ and rolling your way to the bathroom after you eat it.  I didn’t get to eat the whole thing, thanks to sharing it with Brighid, but I certainly could have, and I would have worried about the effects.

So, here’s the low down on nutrition:

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 Bar (70g)
Servings Per Container: 12
Amount Per Serving
Total Calories 290
Calories From Fat 150
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 3.5g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 350mg
Potassium 150mg
Carbs 25g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 2g
Protein 21g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 4%
Iron 8%

Ingredients:
Dry roasted peanuts, lean pro nut roll protein blend, (soy protein isolate, milk protein isolate, whey protein isolate, calcium caseinate, whey protein concentrate, sodium caseinate), maltitol , gelatin, polydextrose, glycerine, fractionated palm kernel oil, peanut flour, gum arabic, lecithin, butter, natural and artificial flavors, sucralose (Splenda Brand), potassium sorbate.

For the amount of calories and fat, the protein value was hardly worth it, but for taste alone, this was a sometimes bar for me.  I know I won’t be able to eat a whole one, but I can certainly enjoy the bites I can take and still feel like I won’t get sick from it.