Flavors Tried: Dark Chocolate Sea Salt
Price: $5.99 for 5 Bars ($1.20 per bar)
Nutrition: 200 Calories, 5g Fat, 28g Carbs (7g Fiber & 10g Sugar), 15g Protein
Sometimes, a protein bar comes out of nowhere and completely surprises you, and that’s exactly what we have here.
Truth be told, I had never heard of Ready Nutrition before. I must be living in a bubble because the company sponsors Giannis Antetokounmpo and Aaron Donald (two superstar athletes, if you’re unfamiliar) so clearly, they must be a pretty big company.
I found myself at Walmart, and I saw a box of 5 Ready Clean Protein Bars for just over $5, so I knew I needed to give them a try.
Considering each bar only costs $1, I naturally had extremely low expectations.
Nutritionally, nothing really stands out about these protein bars. With 200 calories, that’s very standard for a protein bar, but the 15 grams of protein is on the lower end of protein.
Don’t get me wrong- 15 grams of protein is still solid. But, with most protein bars containing around 20 grams of protein, it’s worth pointing out.
The one thing I really like about this bar is that it’s not a keto-friendly protein bar. Since most protein bars are jam-packed with fiber and no sugar, I rarely reach for a protein bar after my workouts.
After a workout, I try to get some protein and carbs into my body, so I love to see that these Ready Clean protein bars contain some carbs.
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Review
Walmart only had the dark chocolate sea salt flavor in stock, so that’s all I was able to try for this review.
Ready Clean bars also come in vanilla swirl, dark chocolate blueberry almond, dark chocolate coconut almond, and chocolate peanut butter. If I get my hands on those at a later date, I’ll be sure to update this review.
When I opened up this protein bar, the very first thing I noticed was just how much it resembled a Chewy granola bar.
On looks alone, this is different than any other protein bar I’ve had, and that’s very exciting to me. Every protein bar that has hit the market in recent years seems to be peanut butter based, so this is a lovely change-of-pace.
You’ll also notice that these bars are a very generous size. In terms of weight, they’re not different than other protein bars, but since they’re so light and airy, they end up being a very good size.
Biting into this bar was extremely pleasant. I am so used to protein bars that are incredibly dense and chewy, and this protein bar is the completely opposite. In fact, it eats just like a granola bar.
The Ready Clean protein bar practically falls apart in your hands (in a good way) and is soft, yet crunchy. Overall, it’s crunchier than a traditional granola bar due to the soy crisps they use, but it still has that perfect fall-apart consistency of a granola bar.
It’s a tad chewier than a regular granola bar, but nowhere close to the chewiness of other protein bars out there.
The flavor of this bar is awesome. I could see some people finding the bar a little too sweet, but as someone with a huge sweet tooth, I didn’t mind at all. You taste hints of honey (looking at the ingredients list, I suppose that’s agave syrup) and the chocolate flavor is very prominent.
With a chocolate coating and tons of chocolate chips throughout the bar, you taste plenty of chocolate, yet it’s not overpowering. Unfortunately, I didn’t really taste any sea salt, but the flavor was so good overall that I didn’t mind at all.
I feel crazy saying this, but this has become one of my favorite protein bars on the market right now.
It’s incredibly rare for me to discover a new protein bar and have it move to the top of my list, but Ready Clean Bars have done exactly that.
Now, I only have this one flavor to base it on, but I’m going to happily stock up on the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt bars, and I’ll try the other flavors whenever I’m able to find them.
The texture and flavor of these bars are different than every other bar out there, making it a great way to switch things up. If you’re tired of the typical dense & chewy protein bars, I highly recommend checking these out.
Plus, with a little bit of carbs & sugar in these, I’ll happily be snacking on these protein bars as a post-workout snack after my early morning workouts.