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Protein and Energy Bars from Kate's Real Food, Honey Stinger, PowerBar and Clif Bar review
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Organic, nutritious, and natural is the goal with energy and protein supplements. And the following new products do not contain any trans fat.

Tram BarKate's real Food Tram Bar

Kate's Real Food is based in Victor, Idaho – population 840. The town is so small that a prominent link on the city’s home page is its lone cemetery. Like the small town where it is based, each Kate's Real Food Tram Bar is smaller at three ounces. The small size packs a large taste, is soft to bite and keeps its consistency.

Each bite shows off the Tram Bar’s sweet and chewy taste consisting of chocolate, peanut butter, rice nuggets, oats, honey, dried fruit, and other healthy ingredients. Kate Schade, Tram Bar owner, has worked for an organic farm for years. Schade’s Tram Bar borrows from her organic farming experience and is made from all-natural ingredients. Each bar is 360 calories, 16g fat, 49g carbs, and 8g protein.

Each Tram Bar is $2.75 and available at selected retailers or directly through the company’s website.

Honey Stinger WaffleHoney Stinger Waffle

Overlooked because of his Tour de France domination is Lance Armstrong’s intelligent business decisions. In the shadow of his athletic achievements, Armstrong is a part-owner of Honey Stinger and is the force behind the company’s latest product.

Armstrong was inspired by the syrup filled waffles sold by street vendors in Europe. In search of an energy fix, bikers frequent the waffle-slinging street vendors for a pick-me-up. Honey Stinger specializes in honey-based nutritional products, and the Honey Stinger Waffle substitutes honey for the traditional syrup filling between two thin waffles.

Each bite is soft and sweet and quickly becomes addictive. It is not sticky or messy like a traditional waffle. Each Stinger Waffle weighs in at an ounce and bears the USDA organic seal.

Each Honey Stinger Waffle is 160 calories, 7g fat, 21g carbs and no protein.

PowerBar_ProteinPlus_Reduced_Sugar_ThumbPowerBar ProteinPlus Reduced Sugar

PowerBar has become like Xerox, Google, Band-Aid, Kleenex, and Rollerblade as brand names that have become a generic term. The ProteinPlus Reduced Sugar bar is far from generic. PowerBar managed to decrease the sugar to one gram per bar. A regular PowerBar has 19 grams of sugar.

The taste is similar to what is expected from a PowerBar – chocolate covered outside with a chewy soy protein inside. It packs 22 grams of protein in each bar. The reduced sugar creates a taste that is not as sweet as a regular PowerBar.

A PowerBar ProteinPlus Reduced Sugar bar is 9g fat, 30g carbs and 22g protein.

Crunch_ThumbClif Crunch

Clif Bar is the energy bar of choice for endless hard core rock climbers, backpackers, bikers, and extreme sports enthusiasts. Clif Bar goes hard core with its latest the Clif Crunch. The Crunch is a lighter and crunchier version of their original Clif Bar.

The Clif Crunch is available in four flavors – chocolate chip, honey oat, peanut butter and white chocolate macadamia. All are tasty but the white chocolate macadamia is mouth watering. Clif Bar gets it right with a Hawaiian inspired flavor that turns your brain’s solitary track to ooze from a tasty-goodness overload. The bars do create some crumbs, so eating one and driving will send an anal retentive person to the edge.

Each flavor has varying nutritional stats, but the dreamy white chocolate macadamia is 190 calories, 9g fat, 26g carbs and 4g protein.

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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