In this wrapper is neither chocolate nor protein bar, but some kind of wonderful mashup of both. Take deep dark cocoa, nuts like almonds and pumpkin seeds, a bit of honey for chew, and the healing goodness of collagen. Now tuck it in to a wrapper like a baby in bed and put a kiss on its head from one of the Paleo gurus himself, Mark Sisson. You've got the Dark Chocolate Almond Bar from Primal Kitchen. Chocolate bars themselves are quaking just a little bit in their fancy wrappers right about now.
I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this bar. Was it just chocolate with a little bit of extra stuff? Was it a protein bar? I had no clue. Then I unwrapped and realized that this was no fragile and easy to melt flower of a gourmet hunk of chocolate. The cocoa is there, of course. But the matrix is a bendy, chewy, delectable blend of honey, nuts, collagen and coconut that satisfies the mouth as it nourishes the body.
Here's what Primal Kitchen says about their own amazing recipe, "Take protein to heavenly heights with PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Dark Chocolate Almond Bars. Turkish almonds and roasted pumpkin seeds are enrobed in a dark chocolate, chewy, caramel coating with an added touch of coconut for a subtly sweet taste and mightily beneficial impact on your health. Our protein bars are made with grass-fed collagen protein from Brazil, which has been shown to help reduce joint pain, improve sleep quality, support skin, hair and nail growth, and enhance digestion.*
For a nutty crunch, we’ve added calcium-rich almonds—a great cholesterol reducer and cancer prevention aid—and pumpkin seeds—a wonderful source of omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids, magnesium and zinc. Our Dark Chocolate Almond Bar is paleo approved, and gluten, grain, dairy and soy free, and boasts 15 grams of protein and 170 milligrams of potassium. It’s also an excellent source of prebiotic fiber in the form of inulin, which studies suggest may aid in weight loss. It’s satisfying, satiating and oh so delicious!*
There are many reasons why this bar packs a nutritional punch but my personal favorite, the zinger that makes it unlike all the others, is the collagen.
Here are just a few of the benefits to collagen:
Each one of these chewy delectable bars has more collagen than a cup of bone broth, yet you can pack it in your bag.
What else? How about cacao? What's so great about it?
Cacao: chock-full of health-giving and beautifying fatty acids and minerals, as well as antioxidants, and nutrients that support mood and the immune system. Cacao is one of the most powerful known superfoods, and had been used for thousands of years to boost health and energy levels. Cacao is one of the most phytochemically complex foods on Earth. Many of its constituents have yet to even be discovered! We could write a dissertation on the health benefits of cacao, but here are just a few compounds found in cacao beans,: neurotransmitter anandamide (the "bliss" chemical), neurotransmitter phenethylamine (also known as PEA, the "love molecule"), neurotransmitter serotonin (a brain chemical that acts to shield against stress, increasing ones sense of wellbeing) neurotransmitter dopamine (increases ones sense of pleasure and elevates the mood), phytochemical coumarin (suppresses appetite, and also has anti-tumor properties and helps with blood circulation) enzyme asparaginase (a special enzyme with anti-cancer properties) ergosterol (a necessary chemical for Vitamin D assimilation), sitosterol (helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels), and magnesium (helps combat osteoporosis and weak bones/teeth, heart disease, migraines, muscle spasms, painful menstrual periods, and even diabetes.)
Ok, seriously, who HASN'T heard of Mark Sisson in the paleosphere by now? Mark's Daily Apple? Sorry, it's just that his influence is vast and his values in the nutritional world are strong and well-known.
"My name is Mark Sisson, and I’m a former elite endurance athlete who has made health and fitness my life’s work. Since trading in my professional running shoes 26 years ago, I’ve written a series of best-selling health and fitness books, I’ve designed natural state-of-the-art, health-enhancing nutritional supplements and educational diet and exercise systems, and I’ve published MarksDailyApple.com. My mission is to empower more people to take responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness. Primal Kitchen expands this mission, bringing uncompromisingly delicious, high quality, nutrient dense sauces and dressings to kitchens everywhere. In the world of real food, it’s often what you put on your food that keeps it interesting."
It's not so much the "how" you enjoy these bars (just unwrap and enjoy), it's the where and why: anywhere, anytime. Before a workout, after a workout, before your meeting, after your workday before a party full of off-roading treats. You name it, this bar will go to work for you.
Here are answers to some of your most important questions!
What is inulin and why is it in this bar?
Inulin is a form of fiber from Jerusalem artichokes that is often taken as a supplement on its own to help rebuild beneficial prebiotics in the gut and as a part of some weight-loss programs.
Are there GMOs?
Nope! We’re working on the Non-GMO certification right now.