A while ago the guys at Multipower sent me over some of their power bars to sample. It's taken me a while to get round to blogging my thoughts on them as, being perfectly honest, I'm feeling a bit... conflicted? I like them. They taste good, but they don't really fit into my "clean eating" philosophy. I realise that sounds ridiculous when I've been filling my face with cheesecake & chocolate the last few weeks! But to me, if you're eating these kinds of bars, it's because you're trying to be "good" and these particular bars just don't fit into that for me. I guess if you're 99% strict with your diet then you can get away with eating these but I much prefer the likes of Nakd bars which only have a handful of 100% natural ingredients listed.
I was given a selection of their "Nature's Power" and "Fruit Power" bars in various flavours - cranberry & strawberry, honey & seeds, salty cocoa, original & tropical. I'm not a huge fan of tropical flavours and the texture of the fruit power bars was a bit chewier and reminded me of rice crispies, so these were my least favourite. The natures power bars are more natural (the clue is in the name) and have more of a typical cereal bar texture. Multipower recommend eating them pre-workout for a bit of an energy boost. If you're someone who does a lot of cardio then you'll definitely feel the benefit - the Fruit Power bar is even the "official High Performance Bar" of the 2014 Giro d'Italia cycling race!
However, reading the ingredients - Oat Flakes* (31,3%), Glucose Syrup*, Invert Sugar Syrup*, Rice Crispies (Rice Flour*, Wheat Flour*, Sugar*, Wheat Malt*, Salt*, Flavour), Soya Crispies Soya Protein*, Low Fat Cocoa, Tapioca Starch), Cocoa Mass* (5,0 %), Soya Crispies (Soya Protein*, Rice Flour*, Barley Malt Extract*, Salt*), Rice Flour*, Humectant Glycerol*, Honey*, Sunflower Oil*, Sea Salt*. May contain traces of Milk, Lactose, Eggs, Sesame Seeds, Peanuts and other Nuts. *Natural ingredients - all 25 of them(!) is a little off-putting for me.
I did enjoy the taste and the texture of the Nature's Power bars though. So, although not something I think I'll be eating every day and certainly not something I'd consider "clean", they're handy when you're on the go and need a little extra fuel to get you through your training! The salty cocoa was definitely the winner for me.
How do you feel about these kinds of bars? Have you ever tried any Multipower products?