Product Review: SMART Bar by Detour Bar

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*The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Detour Bar.*

I woke up this morning so sore.  It *almost* put a smile on my face.  I’m sick like that.  It’s been awhile since my legs were so sore that I wanted to huddle in the corner and weep like a wee babby.  The more heavy into the ultra distance training world I’ve gotten, the less I’ve been able to get in my weight training.  Hence, after returning to the gym from a 3 week hiatus because of tapering then recovering from the Squaw Peak 50 miler, it felt like coming home when I finished off my last of 400 squats completed as part of a 30 minute workout.  That is, it felt like coming home to the pain cave.  It’s amazing how quickly the body adapts or loses the types of fitness you put on it.  Although I am sore, it doesn’t deter me one bit from my usual incorporation of weight and cross training into my ultra training regimen.  It most certainly has it’s place.  Only 3 days after completing a grueling 50 mile race with heinous elevation gain and being on my feet for nearly 12.5 hours, my legs felt almost no soreness.  Really.  That is why I weight train.  The strength gained and quicker recovery periods have sold me.

The intense muscle tear down and re-build that occurs during my training requires proper fueling.   I am constantly on the hunt for healthy snack options that fit the bill.  Some of my requirements in a post-workout snack are low sugar and high protein.  There are a lot of great protein bars out there but if I check the sugar content, I’m almost always disappointed.

Between my training schedule, a part time job and being a wife and mom, I seriously feel like I live out of my car.  It has been tricky to find clean, filling, protein packed, on-the-go snacks that leave me filling full.  When I got my shipment of SMART Bars by Detour Bar, it was like the Heavens had parted and the perfect answer had landed on my doorstep.

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Detour Bar as a whole has a variety of different products, all focusing on nutritious, high quality protein with low sugar.  The SMART Bars are made with organic whole oats which makes them a great source of fiber.  And for all of you looking for awesome gluten-free snackage, these are certified GLUTEN FREE.  Party time.

I was immediately impressed when I opened the shipping box to find my SMART Bars encased in cold packs.  Cool.  Very cool.  Not many companies will do that with their shipped products.  I received a box of Apple Cinnamon and a box of Blueberry to try out.  My kids were so stoked (they always think anything that arrives on the doorstep is magical), so I offered each of them one to try.  If they can pass the kid taste-test than we know this will be a regular household item.  Both of my 6 and 9 year old daughters loved the Apple Cinnamon (not stoked on the Blueberry which is fine cause that’s my favorite).  I’ll be honest about the flavor, if you’re not hot on the taste and texture of oatmeal, this may not be your thing.  I personally love oatmeal and the fact that you can combine whey protein and oatmeal in one bar and make it taste as natural as it does is impressive to me.

So here is the best part: turn over the package and read the macros.  BOOM.

My fingernail polish is awesome.

Seriously, compare this bar to the competition and you’ll not likely find anything that tastes this great with these macros.

*130 calories

*10 grams whey protein

*4 grams of sugar (holy smokes that’s awesome)

*3 grams dietary fiber

I just happened to be leaving two days after this shipment arrived on a 5 day backpacking trip to Havasupai Falls near the Grand Canyon (if you don’t know what that is, google it and you will drool).  Everything that we needed for 5 days had to fit in a pack on our backs that we had to hike 10 miles into the canyon with.  I figured this was the perfect time to put SMART Bars to the test.  I had such limited space in my pack that I had to be very picky with the quantity and quality of the food I put in.  I threw 8 bars into my pack and can’t tell you how grateful I was to have something that was easy, healthy, protein packed, and kept me feeling full during several of our hikes down into the waterfalls.

So after waking up with trashed legs, I decided to focus on some upper body and core strength at the gym today.  I was happy to throw a SMART Bar into my purse to enjoy after I was done.  This girl loves her protein.

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Whether I need a quick snack I can throw in my purse for a post-workout refueling or a mid-day snack to hold me over until dinner, I think SMART Bars will be on my shopping list.  Woot woot for new snack finds!

If you want to know more about SMART Bars by Detour Bar or to find where you can order them, go to:

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