Cow Free Protein Bars Reviews – Vegan, Low-Carb, Keto-Friendly Protein Bars
SEE AGAIN – I value convenience, whether it’s the way I work or the way I eat. When it comes to eating, I am currently on a low carb, friendly eating style. I’m not fully keto, but I make sure that what I eat is low in carbs due to the fact that I’m pre-diabetic. So the last meal replacement bars that I have had the opportunity to test are the protein bars from No Cow. Yum or ick? Let’s find out.
What is that?
No Cow Protein Bars are meal replacement bars that contain over 20 grams of vegetable protein. These bars fit into keto, vegan, paleo, and kosher diets because they use pea and rice protein instead of whey and soy. They are also gluten and dairy free.
Nutrition and taste
No Cow Protein Bars come in 17 different flavors including: S’mores, Cookies n ‘Cream, Birthday Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chips, Chocolate Fudge Brownie , Cinnamon Sticky Roll, Chocolate Glazed Donut, Chunky Peanut Butter, Lemon Meringue Pie, Mint Cocoa Chips, Blueberry Cobbler, Vanilla Caramel, Raspberry Truffle, Chocolate Coconut, Chocolate Cake carrots, and soon they’ll add a whole new flavor: the peanut butter cup.
No Cow sent me a 12 sample pack of their flavors. I was immediately impressed that each bar contains at least 20-22g of protein and only 190-210 calories and 4-5g of carbohydrate.
The only questionable ingredient in my mind is soluble corn fiber and I say that as a person sensitive to this ingredient when it comes to spikes in blood sugar.
Flavors and texture
So far I have tried all but 2 of the 12 sample bars sent to me. I found 8 of the ten bars I tried were a bit sticky and almost looked like taffy. The stickiness can make it a bit more difficult to slide the bars out of the package.
The other 2 bars (Peanut Butter Cup and… another of the chocolate flavors – forgot the exact flavor name) have a drier center with chocolate coverage. But all of the bars I’ve tried so far have one major thing in common: they have a fine, sandy texture that comes from the pea protein that stays on your tongue after eating a bite.
As for the flavor, I have enjoyed all of the No Cow flavors I have tried so far, but I noticed 2 issues with consuming these bars that may or may not affect you as well. First off, No Cow bars give me more of a spike in glucose than other keto-friendly bars. How do I know this? I wear a FreeStyle Libre continuous glucose monitor for 14 days and test my blood sugar before and after meals to see how food affects my blood sugar. I have found that No Cow bars give me a peak of 30-50 points, which isn’t horrible, but it’s higher than other low carb bars I usually eat.
The other problem I have noticed is that for me, pea protein can cause stomach problems. And by that I mean after eating one every day for consecutive days people might not want to be around me because of the toxic emissions. TMI? Sorry, just to be honest. I know this is not exclusive to No Cow bars, I have the same problem with other products that use pea protein.
What I like
- Less carbohydrates than most protein bars
- Amount of protein
- Variety of flavors
What i would change
- Remove soluble corn fiber
I don’t want to spend a lot of time making breakfast every day, so meal replacement bars are my go-to breakfast dish most days of the week. There are so many protein bars on the market that are basically glorified candy bars with more carbs in one bar than I would eat in a whole day (or even 2 days sometimes)! No Cow bars are more in keeping with the way I eat. They taste great and fill me up and as long as I don’t eat too many in a row they are excellent.
Price: $ 29.99 one-time purchase / $ 26.99 subscribe and save box of 12 bars
Or buy: No cow and Amazon
Source: The sample for this review was provided by No Cow.