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I wrote a review for Reflex R-Bars on Cardiff Nutrition’s forum, as a part of an entry. 6 lucky entries would get a mixed box of R-Bars, and the staff at Cardiff liked my review so I was one of the winners.
The Reflex R-Bar has the following flavours:
- Double Chocolate Brownie
- Peanut Caramel
- White Chocolate Raspberry
- White Chocolate Apricot
- Cherry Bakewell
Special note: there is also a flapjack version of the R-Bar.
Reflex R-Bar Cookies and Cream review
Got three R-Bar boxes with different flavours. The first one I tried was Cookies & Cream.
I was a bit reluctant as there were some mixed reviews of people with the C&C. I was also interested in seeing how it would stack up against other cookies & creams protein bars, like Quest bars.
It’s of a lighter colour and the shape is neatly rectangular and more compact than quest bars. It’s also softer than most Quest, as they use IMO (isomalto-oligosaccharides), which is a sticky-hard binding agent. That’s why most people suggest microwave quest bars for 6-10 seconds to soften them up.
The R-Bar is soft but not squeamish or ‘paper’ like, it’s the right amount that tells you it’s almost like real food. R-Bars use soluble gluco fibre (intead of IMO/Vitafiber) as you can check on this article. It’s part two of a 3 part series of articles about the R-Bar, which I recommend you read it.
On the outside you can spot different shades of colouring in the bar, which are the almonds, sporting an amazing 19% of them in the bar, as well as the whey protein crispies.
A good rule of thumb is the less ingredients it has, the healthier it probably is. Have you ever seen those long descriptions in some bar’s ingredients?
Most of the R-Bars have similar ingredients, varying according to the flavour. Some might have less nuts, or freeze dried fruit (white chocolate apricot). Reflex is proud of using only EU sourced milk protein, grass fed and free from boving growth hormone (rBGH).
At 210kcal, it’s a fine bar indeed. It has 20g of protein, lots of fiber (10g of the soluble gluco fibre) and just 1g of sugar per bar.
People praise a lot of bars for their macros. The R-Bar is certainly up there with the best. Great for dieting and for a guilt-free treat.
What’s your favourite football team? Favourite colour? Type of gal (or guy)? You know where I’m getting at. As with a lot of things in life, taste is subjective. I’m relating my experience as to what I found about the R-Bar cookies and cream.
I ate half of a bar, and several hours later ate the other half. I savoured it slowly. The bar is reasonably soft to the hand and mouth. As you’re eating, you can feel the almonds in the bar, as 19% of the bar is made up of almonds. You also notice some crispies, from the whey protein, which give it a nice touch.
This bar It isn’t as sweet as some quest bars or other protein bars (that are too sweet), but since I’m not a sweet-tooth, my taste buds are satisfied (I enjoy dark chocolate 85%). Some of the bars I’ve tried are too sweet for my taste but these have the right balance of sweeteness for me.
The bar doesn’t melt in your mouth nor does it break your teeth. It’s neither too soft /like the MyBar Zero bars) nor too hard (like Quest Bars). It also doesn’t get stickied to your teeth, like Quest, because Quest uses an IMO syrup that makes the bars hard and sticky.
Reflex has created a great bar. From the healthy ingredients to a great macro nutrient profile, this is your go-to bar if you want a treat without feeling guilty, and knowing that you’re paying for a high quality bar, with ingredients sourced in the EU, healthy and ethically.
And it’s gone =) Hope you enjoyed this review.
Get the Reflex R-Bar here.