If you have followed my blog or follow me on Twitter, then you’ll know that I had gastric bypass surgery in November of 2009. You’ll probably also know that my biggest nutritional focus is protein. Protein is a vital component that provides energy and muscle mass. Without enough protein, I get rundown and fatigued. Some of my hair will begin to fall out. And depending on how deficient I am in protein and how long I go without it, I could begin to experience more serious problems, including edema (collection of fluid under the skin), slow healing process with wounds, muscle soreness and weakness, and even loss of muscle. Because if my body doesn’t get enough protein, it’ll steal it from itself, essentially. I’ve dealt with this before, unfortunately, in the first few months after surgery. I got so rundown from the physical trauma of surgery and the long period of readjustment to eating and drinking that I wound up getting sinus infection after sinus infection, and then pneumonia when I was just three months post-op. Not to mention the hair loss I experienced after surgery (though some of this can be attributed to the sudden nutritional changes I forced my body through), and the general fatigue and lack of stamina.
Having such a tiny stomach (a standard post-op gastric bypass patient will have a stomach pouch that is about the size of a large egg) poses a big problem when it comes to making sure I am taking in enough nutrients each day. Aside from the handful of vitamins I have to take each day, I also need to take in a minimum of 60g of protein. Obviously I can’t eat the amount of meats, dairy products, beans, nuts and other high-protein sources to get what I need, so I rely on supplements. Specifically, I use protein powder supplements for 1-2 main meals a day, and when I’m in between meals or are grabbing something while on the run, I’ll rely on protein bars.
I must admit: I have a love/hate relationship with protein bars. One one hand, they’re great because they’re non-perishable, portable, and easy to eat while I’m on the go. They’re small enough that I can keep a few in each of our cars and in my purse, and obviously they have a great shelf life, so I don’t have to worry about using them up before they spoil. On the other hand, well, in my nearly two years of trying different protein bars, they suck. They’re generally thick, chewy, and they have that distinct protein aftertaste. And the non-palatableness (new word, you like?) isn’t always worth gritting my teeth and pushing through when the bar itself offers only 6g-10g of protein.
So when I read about Supreme Protein, I knew I had to give them a whirl. About Supreme Protein: Delicious, nutritious and convenient, Supreme Protein® just might be the ultimate functional food. Each sensational flavor is nutritionally designed to significantly impact your physique-enhancing goals.
From its premium-quality protein blend—powered by ultra-pure whey isolate as its primary source—to the truly amazing taste, Supreme Protein® has emerged to become a leader in the protein bar market. In fact, no other product of its kind has earned more accolades and awards than this gourmet brand.
Protein is my necessary evil, and while I have been known to suck it up — or in this case down — it’s still nice to have be able to enjoy what I’m eating. Supreme Protein is also available in powder form, but as I am up to my eyeballs in protein powder at the moment, I was more interested in their bars, each of which deliver 15g or 30g worth of protein (Supreme Protein bars are available in two sizes). Supreme Protein uses whey isolate protein as its primary protein source in their bars and powders, which is preferrable to other types of protein isolate because whey contains muscle-building amino-acids, as well as enhancements for the immune system. Supreme Protein’s protein bars are available in seven appetizing flavors:
- Caramel Nut Chocolate
- Chocolate Caramel Cookie Crunch
- Cookies ‘n Cream
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
- Peanut Butter Crunch
- Peanut Butter Pretzel Twist
- Rocky Road Brownie
Supreme Protein generously provided me with three boxes of protein bars to review! I received Caramel Nut Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Jelly, and Peanut Butter Pretzel Twist. I have been using these bars as supplements for my meals over the past two weeks, and I have to say, out of all of the brands of protein bars I have tried in the last twenty months, Supreme Protein Bars beat the pants off of them. The flavors are true to their description: I can taste the jelly in the Peanut Butter & Jelly; I can differentiate between the caramel and the chocolate flavors in the Caramel Nut Chocolate; and there are actual bits of pretzels in Peanut Butter Pretzel Twist (so there’s more than just flavor). The great flavors of the bars work well at mostly obscuring the all-too-noticeable taste of protein, and the aftertaste is quite minimal – probably only somewhat noticeable to me because I am so used to the taste of protein and can recognize it right away. In terms of texture, Supreme Protein Bars aren’t as dry or gritty or chewy as some of the other protein bars I’ve tried; in fact, I would almost liken Caramel Nut Chocolate to a Snickers bar.
Now that I’ve had the opportunity to sample Supreme Protein Bars, I definitely plan on ordering mine! Taking in enough protein via supplements such as protein powders and bars is something I will do every single day for the rest of my life, and since these bars taste so good, I might as well stock up! Would you like to give Supreme Protein Bars a try? Be sure to enter the giveaway!
Three winners will be randomly selected to win one box of Supreme Protein Bars.
How to enter
Mandatory entry: Leave a comment telling me that you want to win!
You can earn additional entries (one each) by doing the following:
- Follow Supreme Protein, @Supreme_Protein, on Twitter
- Follow me, @kissmykitty, on Twitter
- Like Supreme Protein on Facebook (psst… doing so enters you into their giveaway too!)
- Like Jenn.nu on Facebook (there’s a handy “like” button at the bottom of this entry)
- Become a member on Google Friend Connect (widget is to your right)
- Tweet the following to your public Twitter account: #Win 1 of 3 boxes of Supreme Protein bars at Jenn.nu! http://bit.ly/jennspbg #giveaway
- Blog about the giveaway on your own blog. Please include a link to this giveaway, to SupremeProtein.com, and to Jenn.nu.
Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.
The Supreme Protein Bars giveaway starts on September 16th at 7:00am EST, and ends on October 3rd, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. Entries are open to anyone living within the US only (no international entries, sorry!). All entries must be in by 11:59pm EST on October 3rd, 2011. At that point a winner will be randomly selected and contacted. I’ll announce the winner on Jenn.nu on October 44th, 2011.
Good luck to everyone who enters! :)
Disclaimer: SupremeProtein.com provided me with free products in exchange for my honest opinion.