Sunday, August 26, 2018

Go Raw Organic Chocolate Plant Protein bar + Spiru-Tein Chocolate Mix - Aug. 26, 2018

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Go Raw (Freeland Foods)
Organic Dark Chocolate Sprouted Grow Raw Plant Protein Bar
Weight: 1.9 oz. (55 g.) in total bar
Calories: 240 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $2.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: New Leaf Community Market, Half Moon Bay, CA

Natures Plus
Spiru-Tein Simply Natural Chocolate (Unsweetened) Mix
OK +++ - Good
Weight: .4 oz. (11.5 g.) / .8 oz. (23 g.) packet
Calories: 40 calories in 1/2 packet (dry mix)
Cost: $1.99 for 1 packet
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate Surprise Theme Week.

Chocolate blends well with other plants like fruits, nuts, seeds—and, surprise, even greens. Today's two chocolate items incorporate plant proteins ranging from watermelon seeds to spirulina.*

Today's first item, the Go Raw Organic Dark Chocolate plant protein bar was made by Freeland Foods (San Jose, CA). The first ingredient listed was watermelon seeds, followed by dates, cacao, chocolate extract, vanilla extract, Celtic sea salt and rosemary extract.

This vegan, gluten-free bar contained 12 grams of protein, and tasted better than many other protein bars. (I liked the short ingredient list, and I'm guessing the chocolate extract could be omitted. Quality cacao by itself is usually sufficient to impart rich flavor; but it wasn't too bad.)

The second item, was Natural Chocolate Spiru-Tein mix that contained a blend of rice, pea and soy protein (as well as spirulina, added vitamins and minerals, and a long list of other ingredients). The dry powder had a mild chocolate and vanilla aroma. It was unsweetened (which I liked) and readily mixed with liquids. The taste was slightly malty and not unpleasant.

*Spirulina is a Cyanobacteria (once classified as micro-algae) that grows in alkaline (mineral-rich) ponds and lakes in warmer climates, and is harvested and used as a food supplement.

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