Tri-O-Plex High Protein Food Bar

Tri-O-Plex High Protein Food Bar

Tri-O-Plex High Protein Food Bars are also part of the “Chef Jay” line, as discussed in the Tri-O-Plex Cookie review. The bars are oatmeal-based, “natural,” uncoated cookie-type bars, that each deliver approx. 30 g of protein from soy, whey and milk protein isolates. There are 10 different bar flavors: Banana Walnut, Caramel Apple, Chocolate Coconut, Cinnamon Raisin, Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip, Crunch Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Banana, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Smores and Very Berry.

Manufacturer’s Description: The original whole grain oatmeal bar. Not coated so it won’t melt like other bars.

Product Label:

Serving size: 1 Bar (118g/4.2 oz)
Calories: 430
Fat Calories: 140
Total Fat: 16g
Sat. Fat: 4.5g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 130mg
Potassium 102mg
Total Carbohydrate: 46g
Fiber: 3g
Net Carb Count 16g
Sugars: 16g
Protein: 30g
Calcium 60mg
Iron 3mg
Vitamin E 0.4 IU
Folic Acid 15ug
Vitamin B12 15ug
Phosphorus 60mg
Magnesium 72mg

Ingredients: CJ Protein Blend (Soy Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Milk Protein Isolate), Fruit Blend (Fruit Juice, Natural Grain Dextrin), Glucose Syrup, Water, Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Canola Oil, Honey, Salt, Caramel (Sugar, Corn Syrup, Evaporated Nonfat Milk, Butter, Vegetable Mono- and Diglycerides), Apples (Treated with Sulfur Dioxide), Vegetable Glycerine, Natural and Artificial Flavors. Contains 2% or less of the following: Plum Puree, Calcium Propionate, Lecithin, Monoglycerides, Salt, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Cinnamon, Sucralose.

Comments: I purchased a couple of single bars – the Smores and the Caramel Apple (shown above) – from netrition.com for $1.99 a piece. For a protein bar, this is a very good price: these bars are BIG – over 4 oz apiece – and deliver a solid whack of protein. I’ve paid at least as much for bars half the size of these.

Now if they only tasted better…

They weren’t bad: flavor-wise, they were ok. But they were dense, somewhat dry, and not particularly interesting. Each bar was just a thick, uniform slab of baked, flavored dull. Edible, sure…yummy, no.

On the plus side, they were quite filling – so while the bars aren’t exactly low in calories, they were pretty satisfying. They’d probably make pretty good snacks for backpacking and hiking, as they’re a good source of protein, wouldn’t be easily smashed, and are a good, compact source of calories/energy.

Taste:2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
Quality:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Efficacy:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)

Author: elissa

Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

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