Orgain Protein Bars Review (Pros/Cons, Pricing, and More)

Orgain Protein Bars Review (Pros - Cons, Pricing, and More)

Are you looking for an organic protein bar that is great for adults, kids, and anyone seeking a convenient protein snack? If so, I highly recommend checking out Orgain Organic Protein Plant-Based Bars!

I know, I know, there are A TON of protein bars to choose from. But not all bars are 100% plant-based and USDA Organic. With this in mind, I’ll review exactly what you need to know about Orgain Organic Protein Plant-Based Bars.

A little about Orgain

Orgain is a company that prides itself on using “clean” protein, non-GMO ingredients, and having a myriad of products to fit a variety of nutrition goals. The founder of this company is a doctor that had an early-life experience with cancer, which led him to depend on nutrition shakes to keep his strength up. He did not feel that the ingredients in those shakes were helping him, so he turned to making nutrition shakes at home with fresh ingredients. He ultimately wanted to provide high-quality nutrition shakes to others, leading to the start of Orgain.

Fast forward to today and the company touts using grass-fed protein, plant proteins, organic ingredients, and no artificial sweeteners. They also offer shakes and bars of varying calories and protein. The product I tried was the Orgain Organic Protein Plant-Based Bar in Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavors.

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Orgain Logo
Source: Orgain.com

The perfect portion-controlled snack

Orgain Organic Protein Plant-Based Bars are the perfect snack-size nutrition package. They offer enough protein and calories to satisfy for a couple of hours or give an extra boost of fuel during extended physical activity, while not breaking the calorie bank.

I also think this product offers a great, portion-controlled, sweet-tooth satisfying choice for those trying to move away from less nutrient-dense foods like cookies or pastries. Furthermore, they’re conveniently available at many major retailers and online.

A minor GI setback

While they’re designed for people with sensitive GI tracts, these bars had an interesting effect on my GI tract (which I discuss below). It is known that some sugar alcohol, such as erythritol, which is used in this product, can cause bloating. However, it doesn’t happen to everyone. The fiber content, which supports satiety, blood sugar regulation, and GI regularity is from ground chia and tapioca fiber.

It is important to keep in mind that even though something is labeled as organic, all-natural, or non-GMO, it can still have a negative effect on your system if you are sensitive to any of the ingredients used. I took all of this information into consideration before taking my first bite. It is also worth noting that this bar is gluten-free, vegan, and soy-free, which is helpful for those with Celiac Disease, soy allergy, or those choosing to eat vegan.

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Orgain Protein Bar - Peanut Butter
Source: Orgain.com

What do Orgain Protein Bars taste like?

The peanut butter flavor tasted like a scoop of peanut butter right out of the jar, with the lingering taste of a sugar substitute and protein powder. Although the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor didn’t taste much like cookie dough, it had chunks of chocolate in it that added another texture and delicious flavor.

I preferred the cookie dough to the peanut butter, but they also make a peanut butter chocolate chunk and s’mores flavor, which I have not tried.

Texture and satiety 

Now let’s talk about texture. The texture was soft, sticky, chewy, and a bit grainy. If you like to have a firm bite or crunch with your protein/meal bars, this one is not for you.

Texture aside, the overall taste of these bars was good. I enjoyed mine with a cup of coffee (chocolate chip cookie dough), and a glass of soy milk (peanut butter flavor). They were sweet enough to substitute in for dessert, replacing higher-calorie, less nutrient dense choices, like cookies or ice cream. I also felt satisfied for over 2 hours after eating a bar and drinking a beverage as my afternoon snack.

Nutrition highlights

The nutrition profile of these bars is that of high-protein snack, with the added benefit of being an excellent source of fiber. It has 140 calories, which is similar to a small apple with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter. It has 10 grams of plant-based protein from a blend of pea, brown rice, and almond sources. Having only 20 grams of total carbohydrates makes this a smart snack for those with diabetes that are going longer than 3 or 4 hours between meals. With only 1.5 grams of saturated fat and around 100 milligrams of sodium per bar, this is also a heart-healthy choice.

There are many other features of this bar such as non-GMO, soy-free, dairy-free, and organic that may call out to specific groups, making this bar more preferable than others, but don’t affect the nutrient content. When it comes to vitamins and minerals, this snack bar is a good source of iron, but not fortified in other micronutrients. In my opinion, the best nutrition features are the amount of protein and fiber, while keeping the carbohydrates to less than 2 servings, in a snack-sized bar.

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What people are saying…

From Orgain

  • Seriously clean – The company is relentless about using only the highest quality ingredients to deliver the cleanest nutrition products possible. Most Orgain products are Certified Organic and all are soy free, gluten free, non-GMO and free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.
  • Ridiculously delicious – Orgain refuses to give their products a pass on flavor and texture just because they’re healthy. If it’s not love at first sip or bite, then it doesn’t meet their standards.
  • Always convenient – Eating well should never be a hassle. Orgain’s shakes, powders, and snacks are made to move at the speed of your life. And that’s fast.
  • Satisfaction guaranteed – If you aren’t satisfied, neither are they. If you don’t agree that their products are both delicious and nutritious, they’ll make it right. It’s that simple.

Are Orgain Protein Bars right for you?

Pros

  • 100% plant-based and USDA Organic
  • Has the perfect nutrition profile for a plant-based protein snack
  • 4 great flavors while still remaining a healthy snack option

Cons

  • Costs more than your standard protein bar
  • Slightly grainy, sticky texture
  • May cause GI discomfort

How much does Orgain Organic Protein Plant-Based Bar cost?

As mentioned above, these bars are more expensive when compared to other popular bars on the market with similar nutrition profiles. However, just like anything in life, you get what you pay for!

On Orgain’s website, these bars will run you $2.49/bar or $21.99 for a box of 12 bars. On Amazon, you can purchase a box of 12 bars for $18-20.

Orgain Protein Bar - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Source: Orgain.com

My personal experience

I have tried many protein bars over the course of my life. I ate them when competing in sports, while hiking in the Sierras, and when on long road trips instead of plowing a fast-food meal. My personal taste for them is as an appreciation for a balanced, quick snack (or meal) that is compact and palatable. I have a sweet tooth, so they also satisfied my preferred flavor profile. I try to keep an open mind when it comes to texture because protein bars tend to have a grainy, dense, sometimes sticky texture that can be a turn-off.

When I decided to review the Orgain Organic Protein Plant-Based Bar, I expected all those texture characteristics but was unsure of how the plant-based protein would play out. This was my first plant-based protein bar. I was also curious about the taste and effect on my GI tract. The major con, for me, was that I did experience bloating about 1-2 hours after eating the bar. It could have been the amount of fiber in the bar because increasing fiber intake too quickly can cause distress. I eat enough fiber regularly, however, that the amount of fiber in this bar shouldn’t have caused an issue. If you try this bar, make sure you choose your time and place wisely, in case you experience this effect also.

Conclusion/final thoughts

As a registered dietitian, when looking at the Orgain Organic Protein Plant-Based Bar my eyes, I could see myself offering this to clients that need a quick, convenient, quiet snack when on the go. This is not an appropriate meal replacement, as it is not enough calories and is not a good source of vitamins and minerals. It is a viable option for those with diabetes and vegans or vegetarians looking for a way to increase their protein intake.

Furthermore, this can be an appropriate option for older children; however, I personally would not offer this to toddlers or young children due to the high amount of fiber and the sugar alcohols, which could overwhelm their GI tracts. This bar would not be appropriate for those with nut allergies but is a great option for those with gluten or lactose intolerance, Celiac disease, and soy or dairy allergies. For more information about the Orgain Organic Protein Plant-Based Bars or other Orgain products, visit their website at www.orgain.com.

Have you tried Orgain Organic Protein Plant-Based Bars before? Share your review in the comments below!

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Summary

Orgain Organic Protein Plant-Based Bars are great for adults, kids, and anyone seeking a convenient protein snack. The bar is also non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, organic, and soy-free, which is helpful for anyone with Celiac Disease, soy allergy, or those choosing to eat vegan.

Pros

  • 100% plant-based and USDA Organic
  • Has the perfect nutrition profile for a plant-based protein snack
  • 4 great flavors while still remaining a healthy snack option

Cons

  • Costs more than your standard protein bar
  • Slightly grainy, sticky texture
  • May cause GI discomfort

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Sarah Trinajstich, RD, IBCLC
Hi, my name is Sarah Trinajstich. I'm a registered dietitian and an international board-certified lactation consultant. I received my bachelor's degree and completed my dietetic internship at California State University Long Beach. I then completed my lactation consultant education at the University San Diego Extension. I believe in the power of good nutrition from the moment of conception and the importance of breastfeeding, not only for babies nutrition but for the bonding and physical benefits to baby and mom. There is no greater satisfaction for me than to help a mother and her baby breastfeed successfully. Breastfeeding is more than what the body does without thinking. It involves skills that mom and baby learn together. I look forward to help ease the learning curve!

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