[Review] Rise Bar — The Clean, Uber LEAN, Au Naturel Protein & Snack Bar
It’s a fact. Anytime you’re traveling or on-the-go, there’s a HIGH probability that your diet will spiral out of control into an overly processed, fat-inducing frenzy. With a little prep and savvy foresight, and the right tools, it’s easy to elevate your nutrition game back up to pristine, squeaky-clean levels.
Enter Rise Bar — the uber LEAN, au natural protein & snack bar.
In a landscape where most protein bars are hyper-processed toxic sludge — doubling as nothing more than protein-pumped candy bars — Rise Bar is a surprisingly natural standout that actually passes as real food. You know, the kind that’s made from fruit, spices, vitamins & minerals, nutrients, and not a bunch of chemicals.
What a novel concept.
When we originally ripped apart the protein bar world, Rise Bar ranked at #3 (of 30). That was based purely on nutritional profile and ingredients; without any regard for variety, consistency, or explosive deliciousness. We went hands (and mouths) on with the entire line of Rise Bars to further investigate if they were really worth the hype.
Here’s the full down low. Hint — they’re rather explosive.
Rise Bar — Flavor, Variety, & Taste
Rise Bar comes loaded out-of-the-box in 3 separate lines — Protein+, Breakfast, and Energy+ — with 12 collective varieties split across the family. Between goji berry, macadamia, pumpkin, cinnamon, pomegranate, and coconut, Rise squeezes in an arsenal of underrated flavors and high quality ingredients.
The result: little bombs of sophisticated, unadulterated mouth heaven. Each flavor is a completely unique experience, and frankly, a thoroughly refreshing departure from the typically monotonous trifecta of chocolate-vanilla-peanut butter. If you’re a huge fan of Larabars or KIND Bars, Rise easily holds it own head-to-head in a similar product class.
Split by line, options include:
- Protein+ — Almond Honey, Crunchy Carob Chip, Lemon Cashew, Sunflower Cinnamon
- Energy+ — Apricot Goji, Blueberry Coconut, Coconut Acai, Raspberry Pomegranate
- Breakfast — Cashew Almond, Cranberry Apple, Macadamia Pineapple, Crunchy Perfect Pumpkin
Two Up: The Energy+ and Breakfast bars are exploding with deep, pure, multi-dimensional flavor. They’re light and marry delicate crunch with pure, real, penetrating flavor — without any artificial junk or an obnoxious amount sugar — for an all-around killer bar experience.
Yet, they still manage to be gooey and moist. It’s fairly magical, and the adept mixture of fruit, nuts, seeds and spices creates flavor that just works.
One Down: The Protein+ bars, on the flip side, are overly hard and chalky. They’re edible — and the nutritional profile makes it well worth it — but flavor is severely lacking. They’re dull, and that’s predominantly because of the clean ingredient profile (the Almond Honey is literally just almonds, honey, and whey protein isolate).
If you’re looking purely for a clean protein delivery mechanism, they’re stellar. But don’t go in expecting anything explosive. Flavor on the Protein+ bars is average at best.
Rise Bar — Nutrition & Ingredient Profile
Rise Bar is absolutely stacked from a nutritional PoV. Each bar is gluten-free, 100% organic, and all-natural — meaning no preservatives and non-GMO — and comes lined with an impressive balance of protein, fiber, and healthy fats (from nuts & seeds). That trifecta is absolutely critical for managing hunger and keeping blood sugar under control, which directly impacts the body’s propensity to store fat. The 1-2-3 punch keeps it on lockdown.
Beyond balance, I absolutely LOVE that the sugar levels aren’t blown out of control. That’s a HUGE plus, especially considering that almost all of the sugar comes purely from fruit, without any added artificial sweeteners or ingredients.
And if you’re looking for something protein dense, the Protein+ line comes jacked up with 20g of HQ protein, sourced entirely from nuts and either whey protein isolate (WPI) or pea protein (pea protein is used for the vegan-friendly bars). Taste aside, they’re the most natural protein bar available on the market.
While Rise Bars aren’t ideal post-workout — the fat and fiber content is too high, which isn’t optimal for recovery — they’re fantastic for an anytime, anywhere infusion of protein and other nutrients.
Here’s the full nutritional breakdown for each Rise Bar line:
Rise Bar — The Bottom Line
Buy them. They’re available on Amazon; $16.99 – $24.99/box (12 bars).
Eating natural, whole food as often as possible is absolutely key. Rise Bars make it easy to stay the course, regardless of where you are, without shoving a bunch of glorified crap into your system.
Personally, I’m a sucker for the Protein+ bars. I more-or-less swoon over the insanely clean source of boosted protein, despite the fact that they might not taste amazing. I’ll suck it up. It’s ab food, anyway.
*Disclosure: Rise Bar graciously sent us a variety box to sample. This review is otherwise unsponsored and only reflects the opinions of those at Lean It UP.
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto.
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