Rating: 4.6 out of 5 –
The first bite of Genuine Health’s Fermented Vegan Proteins+ in Lemon Coconut is perky with strong tones of lemon but it helps to balance out the protein blend base. The vegan protein bar has a thick, soft texture – much like if you mixed protein powders with a few liquids here and there to create a soft pliable texture that goes down easily. The lemon undertones are complemented nicely with the tiny shreds of coconut on the outside. I don’t taste any coconut inside the bar, but the highlighted coconut coating makes it delicious.
When I looked at the ingredients, I expected the bar to lack in flavor and be pretty ho hum as the first several ingredients are: fermented pea protein isolate, sesame protein concentrate, fermented organic sprouted brown rice protein concentrate, and fermented vegan protein blend (hemp protein, quinoa sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, spirulina, and mung bean sprouts). Needless to say, it doesn’t sound like a traditional sugar packed mainstream vegan protein bar or a date based vegan nutrition bar. It’s a unique texture and it thankfully doesn’t taste like a protein powder bomb with the lemon and coconut flavor. The Fermented Vegan Proteins+ bar does have some sweetener added as well to help form the bar and elevate the taste. The vegan protein bar contains agave syrup, brown rice syrup, evaporated cane juice, and raisin paste.
All in all, I would say I’m pleasantly surprised by the Genuine Health’s Fermented Vegan Proteins+ in Lemon Coconut. It’s not something I’d usually gravitate towards, but now I think I’ll add it into my regular routine as the texture is soft and the flavor is light, bright, and perfect for a small breakfast or mid morning snack.
Each Genuine Health Vegan Protein Fermented Vegan Protein+ bar contains 210 calories with 9 grams of total fat (with almost half – 4 grams being saturated fat). The significant part of the fat comes from the dried/dehydrated coconut but the majority of the calories come from carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
In each bar, there’s 125mg of sodium – which is great replacement after a workout that may result in you perspiring more salt than usual. However, this amount of salt is still considered reasonable for a protein bar and definitely going to help you stay within the guidelines versus if you had a job that required you to eat out a lot.
There’s 25 grams of total carbohydrate with a whopping 10 grams of fiber! That means that this bar will likely keep you full for a long time with that much fiber! Just be sure that if you’re not used to a high fiber diet that you drink a significant amount of water/fluid if you start to increase fiber intake (including from this bar).
Genuine Health Vegan Protein Fermented Vegan Protein+ Bar has 10 grams of sugar but it’s unclear how much of that is added sugar vs sugar already present in the food (like in raisin paste).
When it comes to protein, there are 14 grams of protein per bar! This is more than I and likely you would expect from the size of this protein bar.
Many of the plant-based ingredients are good sources of iron and calcium so in 1 Genuine Health Vegan Protein Fermented Vegan Protein+ bar, you’ll find 6% of your calcium needs and whopping 20% of your iron need! Both of these nutrients are very important for vegans, vegetarians, athletes, and pregnant women.
Overall, this is a well balanced, great vegan protein bar choice eaten in its entirety for a larger breakfast or it works well to tear off pieces at a time as you need a solid vegan protein hit on the go. Check out Genuine Health Vegan Protein Fermented Vegan Protein+ bar on Amazon and see what others are saying.
If you’re looking for a nutrient dense vegan protein bar that is easier for your body to digest and absorb the nutrients, Genuine Health Vegan Protein Fermented Vegan Protein+ bar may be a good option for you. There’s no messy melted outside coated layer that can melt (I hate that!) and the bar is not crumbly or dry (which makes for eating it on the go easier!). The refreshing lemon flavor compliments the soft and thick protein powder base with the shredded coconut. I wasn’t super familiar with the brand so it wouldn’t have been a natural first choice for me but I’m glad that I “listened to my gut” 😉 and decided to give this vegan protein bar a go because it’s a unique twist to traditional vegan protein bars and I love that my body is able to digest and absorb the protein easier. Check out the bars for yourself on Amazon and see what you think!