Peanut butter is something that I have loved all my life, but let’s be honest when you’re on a diet and trying to lose weight peanut butter is basically one of the first things to go. At least this is the case for me. I honestly don’t remember the last time I had a good old fashion peanut butter and jelly sandwich or didn’t eat peanut butter without mourning how many Weight Watchers points and calories the small 2 tbsp serving ended up being. I pretty much resigned myself to a life without peanut butter unless it was powdered PB (While it gets the job done, it in no way compares to the real deal). Sad day.
You guys all know I love my bars. Quest Bars, No Cow Bars, Dive Bars, and everything in between. Especially when I’m pressed for time, there is something wonderful about having my nutrients all packed into one little portable bar. As per usual, when I discover new brands of bars, I have to give them a try. I’ve seen this brand on Instagram for quite some time now, with many Weight Watchers and healthy lifestyle accounts posting photo after photo, raving about this delicious bar. I finally decided I had to give them a try.
I ended up with the complete Healthy Eating All The Time and Go (which I will from this point forward call HEAT bars for the sake of length) collection, both purchased by me and sent to me by the owner of the company. Once I sat down and calculated the Points for all of the bars, which ranged from 6-8sp and 4-6pp, I opened up the one that seemed to be the most popular (cranberry peanut butter granola) and took a bite.
..and then I died and went to a peanut butter filled Heaven.
I’m not even joking. This bar, which is only 4 PP (I’m currently following the old WW plan), was a delicious mouthful of REAL peanut butter flavor. It was the most delicious bar I had ever bitten into, and I’m not exaggerating.
Wholesome, REAL Ingredients
Let’s talk about the ingredients for just a second. In a world of processed food that contains ingredients that sound anything but natural, the ingredients in HEAT bars are plain and simple: things like oats, natural peanut butter, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, almonds, honey, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried apple, and the occasional 60% cacao chip or whey protein. Clean, whole ingredients that are easy to read and more importantly, are easy on the body. In a world of sugar alcohols and artificial everything, this was a very welcome change.
HEAT Bars: A History
After trying the bars and getting sent even more for free despite the fact I ordered, I was dying to actually know more about this bar. Thankfully, the creator, Cristiane, actually took the time to tell me a little bit about the history of my new favorite bar.
She created the bars because she “always likes protein and granola bars and hated how they were all full of junk!” (Amen, sister!) Protein bars always had an aftertaste so she decided to create a bar that was nutritious, but simple. At the time Cristiane had a 1.5-year-old, so she wanted to create a bar, not just for herself, but she wanted something that she’d be comfortable feeding to her daughter while on the go.
She started the business in 2013 as a healthy meal business and has partnered with gyms (specifically women’s workout studios) to help people understand that healthy eating did not have to come from a blender and that your on the go options could still be tasty and nutritious. She even started working with people who suffered from diabetes and high cholesterol and helped them discover a better healthy eating lifestyle. When she moved in 2015 Cristiane stopped the food business and focused solely on the bars.
While she has help packaging, she makes all of the bars herself, as she wants to stay as involved in the business as she can, and she prides herself on not just offering an amazing product, but quality customer service as well.
Basically, she’s amazing. Cristaine, I tip my hat to you!
All About the Bar
Okay, so while my love of the brand is clear, let’s talk about the bars in a little more detail. Currently, there are 8 different flavors of HEAT Bars:
- Cranberry Peanut Butter Granola
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola
- Coffee Natural Peanut Butter Protein
- Natural Peanut Butter Protein
- Coffee Mocha Natural Peanut Butter Protein
- Chocolate All Natural Peanut Butter Protein
- Low Fat Peanut Butter Apple Pie Protein
- Natural Peanut Butter Banana Crunch Vegan Protein Bar
As you can see, most of the bars have protein in the title. This means that they all contain protein powder. Each protein flavor contains whey protein except for the vegan banana crunch bar, which uses pea protein instead. This is the only flavor I haven’t had the chance to try, so I can’t tell you what it tastes like.
All of the bars are tasty, but I definitely have my favorites. My top flavors, and we’re talking the ones that I will be reordering again and again as a staple in my collection are:
- Cranberry Peanut Butter Granola (200 Cal/ 4 PP / 7 SP
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola (207 Cal/ 5 PP / 7 SP
- Low Fat Peanut Butter Apple Pie Protein (195 Cal/ 4 PP / 6 SP
I love that I finally found a bar that fits reasonably into my plan and doesn’t necessarily have to be a bar packed with protein and fiber and be an official protein bar. HEAT bars are just good, clean ingredients that taste absolutely delicious while fitting into my goals. I freaking love peanut butter, but I’ve basically given it up because it’s so hard to enjoy and lose weight (at least in my experience). These bars give me all of the goodness of real peanut butter but delivered in a way that is portion controlled, nutritious, and oh so YUM!
My only complaint with these bars in the packaging. They aren’t easy to open, but for me and my CMT hands, nothing really is. That being said, I’ve become a master at using my teeth to easily break through the packaging, and if that fails, there’s always my trusty pair of scissors. This is honestly the only complaint I have about these fabulous bars.
Since the positives far outweigh my one, minor negative, I know you’re wondering where you can get your hands on these bars that peanut butter dreams are made of. Currently, you can only get them through Cristiane’s website. The bars cost $2.25 a piece and can be purchased individually so you order the exact amount of what you want. There’s also an awesome sampler pack which will get you 6 bars (1 of each flavor, does not include apple pie or banana) for $13.50.
HEAT Bars have definitely become one of my new favorites and I can guarantee they will be a staple in my collection from this point forward. Do you have a brand of bar that is always in your home?