As all athletes know, nutrition is a critical (but often neglected) part of training. What we eat before, during, and after our workouts will impact both performance and recovery. For those of us with sensitive stomachs, finding the proper balance can be frustrating and leave us stuck in a food-rut. That’s why I was so excited when Extend Nutrition asked me to try their Extend Nutrition Anytime Bars.
I must say – food in bar form has become my go-to snack before a workout because of the convenience factor. I am often running from one place to another and bars are easy to eat while on-the-go (resulting in minimal crumbs in the car)!
Obviously, my first question with regard to the Extend Nutrition bar was what makes it different than the dozens of other bars out there? The first thing I noted was that Extend Bars claim to help control blood-sugar levels. They are also sugar free (sweetened with Stevia), high in protein, and have a low glycemic index and load. Another thing I noted is that they have significantly less calories and fat than most of the other bars that I eat (130-140 rather than 250-300 calories and 4.5 rather than 10+ grams of fat). To me, this is a huge plus because I would prefer not to have my pre-workout snack be a huge calorie bomb! They are also gluten free – which was pleasantly surprising seeing as they have a cookies and cream flavor!
I decided to give the cookies and cream flavored bar a try before my long-run last Saturday. Taste-wise, the bar was delicious and didn’t taste super protein-y or chemical-y, as is often the case with similar products. As far as performance, I felt good for my entire 21 mile run (no bonking) and it kept me relatively full (I didn’t finish the run feeling famished, as is sometimes the case). Having the pack of bars in my car also unexpectedly came in handy later in the day too – I had an all day bachelorette party and little access to food! The bar was definitely enough to fill me up and keep me energized for the all-day (and night) festivities. (Another perk of food in bar form – easy to have a stash in the car for such emergencies)!
Now for the giveaway…one lucky reader will get a $25 gift card to Extend Nutrition.
Please note that I received a sample pack of Extend Nutrition Bars in exchange for writing this review. All opinions expressed herein are solely my own. I did not receive any additional compensation for writing this review.