It’s time for my first product review! I’m excited to start sharing this type of content with you. To start, I’d like to briefly explain my main goal in sharing my thoughts on products:
The purpose of these product reviews IS: to increase your knowledge of label reading and choosing healthy options, especially when it comes to packaged convenience foods. To help you feel empowered to make choices that are best for you and your situation on any given day, and to help you feel more at peace with making food choices. Knowledge is power!
The purpose of my product reviews is NOT: to tell you what to eat and/or what not to eat; to tell you what food is “good” or what food is “bad”; to encourage restrictive dieting or fear around certain types of foods. That could not be further from my goal!
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I’m excited to share my thoughts on my first product: RX BARS!
Cost of RX BARS
I went to Target to get a 4-pack of RX BARS, and the cost was $6.89 for the box ($1.72 each). A single bar at Target costs $1.99.
On Amazon they cost $19.44 for a 12-pack ($1.62 each).
On the RX BARS website, the cost for a 12-pack is surprisingly $25.99! That was the highest cost I saw. So just a heads up, definitely get them on Amazon or at your local grocer…
Compared to other protein bars, such as CLIF bars, LARA bars, and Luna bars, the cost of RX BARS is comparable to their competitors.
The cost of products like this often comes from the protein source. Whey protein isolate, a common form of adding protein to these bars, is expensive. Aside from that, many consumers prefer products with ingredients that are organic and/or have ethical sourcing, which can increase costs (albeit for a good cause :)). These types of consumer preferences drive the market and therefore the cost is affected by that.
Do you think RX BARS are expensive? Are they too expensive? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
How Do RX BARS Taste?
Overall I was surprised by the taste. The chocolate chip flavor that I tried was very good. It wasn’t too sweet, and it had a nice texture. Many times protein bars can have a chalky texture because of the whey protein powder. This one didn’t. It uses dates to bind everything together, and that did make it stick to my teeth! Besides that, though, I really had zero complaints in the flavor department. I enjoyed eating it!
RX BARS Nutrition Breakdown
From the RX BARS website…
I was pleased with the nutrient breakdown here! I think these have a good amount of protein for part of a meal or a snack. They also have…
–5g of fiber, which is a good amount, especially for a bar this size.
–2mg of iron in this particular bar, which is an awesome bonus for us as women, since we are at a higher risk of iron deficiency.
–No added sugars. The USDA recommends limiting added sugars, and this one has zeroooooo. I definitely give these points for having awesome flavor while keeping the sugars low! If you want to know more about what added sugars are, why they should be limited, and how to limit them check out this blog post!
–Low in sugar. When I look at protein bars or snack bars, I am always keeping an eye out for how much sugar they have, since some can have almost as much as candy bars!
–Great ingredients. Call it tricky marketing, “green-washing,” or whatever you like…but I’ll admit it: I like when I am familiar with the ingredients on a label. It makes me feel safer eating something when I recognize the ingredients. That is one of RX BARS biggest selling points as far as their own marketing efforts go, and it works.
However, it should be known that just because you don’t recognize the name of something doesn’t mean it’s not safe to consume. A great example is when people call water “dihydrogen monoxide.” It’s easy to make that sound scary and unfamiliar, but in reality we all come into contact with it multiple times a day. End rant.
Overall, this bar is great. I think it would make a great snack or portion of a breakfast. It’s easy to transport in a gym bag, purse, or backpack. And it’s not terribly expensive!
What RX BARS Are Good For…
These bars are great for…
-pre or post workout snack
-part of a balanced meal
-those with gluten allergies (it is gluten free)
-eating a filling snack that will give you lasting energy (due to the protein and fiber!)
What RX BARS Aren’t So Good For…
I don’t have much to criticize with these! But here are a few things you should consider. Think twice or avoid these if…
-those with allergies to almonds, cashews, or eggs
-you don’t like eating things that stick to your teeth
-you intend to use them as a meal replacement
-if you’ll use them as a “healthier” candy bar replacer so you can “be good”…just enjoy candy in moderation, friend! And I do mean enjoy it!
And that’s IT you guys! Is there anything else you want to know? What questions do you still have? Did I leave any juicy (or chocolatey) details out? What product should I review next? Let me know below!
This content is not sponsored in any way. All products were purchased with my own money. I receive no compensation for any of the links included in this post.