REVIEW – I guess you could say that I’m obsessed with meal replacement bars. Let me preface that by saying that I’m obsessed with low-carb keto-friendly meal replacement bars. Why? Because they are an easy option for a quick breakfast, or lunch when you don’t feel like taking the time to cook and for me, they won’t spike my blood sugar. The latest brand that I have had the opportunity to try is BTR Bars. Let’s check them out.
What is it?
BTR Bars (Better Bars) are plant-based, keto-friendly, low carb protein bars that are available in four flavors: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip BLISS, Dark Chocolate Brownie RECHARGE, Cherry Chocolate Chip ZEN, and Cinnamon Cookie Dough ENERGY.
The company was founded by Ashley Marie who created the brand from the personal mantra of her parents which was “Be BOLD, TENACIOUS & RESILIENT” otherwise known as B.T.R. When her parents were diagnosed with cancer, she became their caretaker and since she had a background in nutrition, she created the bars out of necessity because she was constantly on the go.
I used to eat Nature Valley protein bars almost every day for breakfast. They are super tasty but when I started getting serious about my health (again) a few months ago, I took a closer look at their nutrition and ingredients and decided to look for healthier alternatives. For me, I look for keto-friendly low-carb options that won’t cause my blood glucose to spike. BTR Bars are such a bar. Each BTR Bar is 150-170 calories, 6-10g of protein, and 3-6g of net carbs.
Each BTR Bar flavor has its own set of ingredients, but they are similar to this list from the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip BLISS bar:
I really like the fact that there are no weird ingredients in these bars. Everything is real and nothing is artificial including the sweeteners. Yay!
Taste and texture
But how do they taste? When I opened the wrapper on my first BTR Bar, I wasn’t impressed by the look of the bar but I found the taste to be really good. The Peanut Butter Chocolate chip reminded me of a peanut butter cookie, the dark chocolate brownie made the chocolate lover in me happy, and the Cinnamon Cookie Dough actually tasted like cookie dough and not some weird chemical version of that flavor. The only flavor that I haven’t tried is the Zen flavor which is a cherry chocolate chip. Of the bars I’ve tried, the dark chocolate brownie (Recharge) is my favorite.
The bars have just the right amount of sweetness and the texture is soft and chewy without being crumbly or sticky.
Note that the BTR Bars use a blend of pea protein, almond protein, and pumpkin seed protein. If you’re sensitive to pea protein, you might experience some gastro “issues” if you eat too many bars in a short time. I’m a little sensitive to pea protein… if I eat too many of them, I will expel toxic fumes. Just a TMI FYI for you 😉 Even with that problem, I still like these bars. They taste good, don’t have a gritty or sandy texture like other pea protein bars that I’ve tried, and they make a good quick breakfast or low carb snack.
What I like
- Real ingredients, no junk
- Low carb
What I’d change
- Find an alternative for pea protein for people who might be sensitive to it.
I’ve found yet another excellent alternative to sugar and junk-filled protein bars that I used to eat every day. BTR Bars are a healthier alternative that both tastes good and is good for me. They are a little pricy at about $2.70 per bar, but you can subscribe and save %15 which brings the price down to $2.30 per bar. This is typical of special healthier keto-friendly protein bars though. And as they say, you get what you pay for. I like them so much that I’m going to start buying them for myself, so that tells you a lot!