I was approached by Extend Nutrition to try some of their protein bars and write a review. I was intrigued because they were gluten free and they claimed to control blood sugar for up to 9 hours. “Regular snacks” metabolize over a 1-2 hour period, causing a rapid spike in blood sugar, but Extend Nutrition digests very slowly over a period of 6 to 9 hours.
Since I was having an issue with proper fueling on exercise days (especially days I biked to work), I wanted to give it a try and see if these bars took the edge off.
The first snack I tried was the Caramel Drizzle rice cakes. I’d brought a nectarine to work for a snack but when I went to eat it I realized it wasn’t ripe yet. Fail. Thank goodness I’d packed some of these snacks in my bag. I gave the rice cakes a try and really liked them! They weren’t overly sweet but tasted great and I did feel satisfied until lunch time. I don’t know that I’d necessarily agree with the 9 hours, but it took the edge off for a few hours until I could eat my lunch. I was a fan of these cakes!
I gave my dog walker, Amy, a bar to try and asked her to give me her honest opinion. She’s always out on the go all day long visiting animals she takes care of and can’t always plan meals accordingly. She’s asked me in the past for ideas on high protein, filling, low calorie snacks that she can easily eat on the road. I gave her the Mixed Berry Flavor. Her opinion: she liked it and it curbed her appetite for about 2.5 hours (which is pretty good for a protein bar, if you ask me). She liked the texture but the one complaint was that the bar had a slight chemical taste to it. I hear her on this one–most protein bars tend to have that flavor to them. I’m not sure how they can get around that.
I also tried one of the cookies and creme bars and I enjoyed the flavor, texture and it definitely took care of my hunger for a few hours. I didn’t think there was a strong “chemical” taste to it (no more than any other protein bars I’ve tried). I really liked it!
I’m fascinated and wish I understood the science behind how it helps with hunger because no protein bar I’ve ever had before has ever taken care of it like Extend Bars. Also, loved the low calories in them!
Where to buy Extend Bars: Walgreens, CVS, Publix, Kroger, Winn Dixie, Ralphs, Wegmans, Fry’s. If you want more information, check out their Twitter and Facebook pages!
I’m going to give one reader a $25 gift card to check out the Extend Bars of your choices. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post which bar flavor you’d like to try. I will pick one winner and announce it this Thursday! So leave your comment here! 🙂
I love reading your blog! Your adventures always movtivate me to be more active 🙂
Thanks Grace! I’m glad!
I have seen these at my CVS but haven;t tried them yet!
Maybe you’ll win and you can try them that way 🙂
Hmm… they all sound good but the rice cakes seem most interesting/unique for a supplement type bar! Yay, thanks for hosting the giveaway Lisa! 🙂
I liked the rice cakes a lot.
I want to try the rice cakes.
Good choice 🙂
The cookies and cream bars look like something I’d certainly like to try- as well as the rice cakes! Mmmmmm
I liked both!
They all look wonderful, but I’d really like to try the Chocolate Caramel!
Chocolate caramel if I’m the winner. I saw these at the store the other day, think I’m going to try them now.
Let me know what you think! I did like that it helped with hunger!
The mixed berry! I am hoping it’s not like the Special K bar.
I didn’t think it tasted like the Special K bar.
The caramel chocolate! I have a bad sweet tooth and am always looking for way to satisfy that with at least one snack a day. Protein bars are my go to when I am crunched for time and I always have them on hand (in my purse, gym bag…). Never know when you might need one.
Love the ThinkThin bars! Lots of flavors, but the chocolate peanut butter is my fave! Low in sugar and calories from most protein bars and curbs my hunger for about 2 hrs.
Thanks for the tips! I too have protein bars all over the place (work, my car, gym back…).
Chocolate and Caramel for sure! I am also up for trying a new protein bar. Thanks for the review!
I will go for anything chocolate. I think I would like the chocolate/caramel bar the most. BTW, I have been following you and love to see where you hike. Living in LA, we have some nice hikes here but no comparison to your lush greenery in Oregon. Just beautiful!
THank you Jan! I’m glad you enjoy that. We hiked a little bit in LA, near the Observatory. What amazing views!
I would like to try the chocolate & caramel flavor the most.
Anything with chocolate!!!
I would love to try the rice cakes! I have slowly been getting into biking to/from work. Unfortunately, we don’t have as many bike paths/lanes as your neck of the woods but I am trying 🙂 Your blog inspires me to do this more often!
Thanks Shelly! Good job biking to work!!
Cookies and cream sounds delicious. I’m intrigued by these bars! I feel like anything under 300 calories just makes me hungrier!
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They are very low in calories!
They all sound really good but mixed berry sounds the best to me!
I’d like to try the rice cakes! These seem entirely too good to be true.. are you sure they aren’t soylent green? 😉
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The chocolate caramel and cookies & cream bars sound delicious!
Chocolate and caramel!
Cookies and cream looks amazing.
All the flavors look super delicious to me, but I especially would Love to try the Chocolate and Caramel!