When it comes to pre-workout snacks, I like to mix things up, so when I spotted a new-to-me brand, Dr. Melina Protein Bars, at my corner store the other day, I snapped one up.
I was excited to learn that the brand was created by a female doctor who resides in Sugar's fair city of San Francisco, an internist and nutritionist named Dr. Melina Jampolis. To find out how they taste, read more.
These protein-packed bars come in four flavors: chocolate peanut, double chocolate acai, lemon raspberry, and cinnamon almond, which I tried. Fans of Luna Bars will love Dr. Melina bars too; they're pretty comparable in terms of flavor, sweetness (note the hint of icing), texture, and nutrition.
The bar I tried had a bit more crunch than Luna, sort of like a Rice Krispie treat, which was a nice touch. The cinnamon and almond flavors tasted very natural and not overly sugary, and with 14 grams of protein, the bar left me feeling very satisfied. Check out the chart below to see how it compares with a similarly flavored Chai Tea Luna Bar.
|Dr. Melina Cinnamon Almond||Luna Bar Chai Tea|
|Serving Size||One bar (45g)||One bar (48g)|
|Total Fat||6 g||5 g|
|Saturated Fat||2 g||2.5 g|
|Cholesterol||5 mg||0 mg|
|Sodium||80 mg||95 mg|
|Carbs||21 g||26 g|
|Fiber||5 g||3 g|
|Sugars||11 g||12 g|
|Protein||14 g||9 g|
Aside from a few key differences, these bars are pretty comparable. Interested? You can buy Dr. Melina bars by the box here. If you've tried this or any other flavors, let me know what you think.