Low Carb Meal – VPX Zero Impact Meal Replacement Protein Bars
Posted Aug 10 2010 5:30am
Low Carb Meal
Being on the go as much as I am, I'm always looking for low carb meal replacement bars.
I've tried tons, some good, some awful, but finding the perfect mix of nutrition and taste is rare.
I'll usually grab one on the way out the door in the morning, and I always keep a little mix of them in the car glove box too.
While I've tried dozens of different ones, I'd been hearing great things lately about VPX Zero Impact Bars.
I decided to try some out from America's Nutrition , because they had them at only about 2 dollars per bar, and they were on my doorstep in two days.
I got two flavors Chocolate Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter and Jelly.
As soon as I opened the box, I had to try one. It seemed as though my trick of microwaving most meal replacement bars for a few seconds had already been taken care of for me, because the box had been in the sun and heat for a few hours, so the texture of the bars was already soft.
I tried Peanut Butter and Jelly first, and while it didn't quite conjure up childhood memories of any PB&J's I've ever had, it did manage to develop a great taste of it's own.
When I tried, I could pick up a few tastes of a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich, but I probably couldn't have told you the flavor while blindfolded. I think "Tropical Peanut Butter" would be the best way to describe it.
Either way, the texture and taste was great, and I was so impressed (aka hungry), I decided to go ahead and try out the other flavor too.
Chocolate Peanut Butter was much closer to its namesake, and I would have to give this one a slight edge in terms of taste, though the texture was the same on both.
Even after cooling for about a day and half, the texture still remains soft, which is a welcome change for most meal replacement bars I've tried, so I guess it wasn't just the heat that did it.
After trying these two flavors, I set out to try one of each of the other two I didn't have, "Original Pumpkin" and "Roasted Coconut".
While I couldn't find Roasted Coconut, the Pumpkin was by far my favorite in terms of taste. This tasted more like the love child of chocolate and pumpkin pie than any protein bar I've ever had.
Low Carb Meal Nutrition
One of the most impressive things about VPX Zero Impact Bars, though, was the obvious commitment to health and nutrition that the company shares.
After some more research on VPX itself, everyone from the CEO down has dedicated tons of time and money to researching and designing the best meal replacement bar they can.
The name Zero Impact comes from the fact that the bar is formulated to have minimal impact on blood sugar and insulin, because of it's low glycemic index.
So, while it's not a completely zero carb protein source, it can still be considered a low carb bar if you're looking to avoid spikes in your blood sugar.
They also don't use any of the normal junk you find in similar bars, while avoiding hydrogenated oils all together (one of the first things I check for).
Each bar runs about 400 calories and has a nice nutritional breakdown, so it makes for the perfect low carb meal on the go.