A new healthy alternative to fast food opens today next to Union Station: The Protein Bar. This business began in Chicago and has now stretched to Washington DC and Colorado (Boulder and Denver). The Protein Bar provides a healthy on the go choice for the busy yet determined healthy eaters.
Lately, my boyfriend and I have been watching what we eat so I was very excited to get a sneak preview of the new “bar” in town. I typically eat fairly well but during school, when the stress is high and the work load is even higher, quality of food is the first thing to go. I enjoy cooking but coming home late from class and starting cooking at 8 or later can be tiring without a set plan. Luckily, the Protein Bar can satisfy your on the go healthy needs!
The Protein Bar has plenty of options from smoothies and juices to burritos, salads and quinoa bowls. Each item is packed with protein and comes with a outline of the number of calories, fat, carbs, and fiber.
Mile High Perk- a delicious espresso and chocolate protein shake. It tasted similar to a Starbucks Frappuccino but of course is much lower in calories, packed with protein, and no added sugar. Now, I think Frappuccions are delicious but not so healthy.
Aspen Acai’d- a very yummy smoothie with Acai puree, banana, vanilla protein, and yogurt.
Beetbox- a beautiful combination of apple, cucumber, beet, carrot and ginger.
Hi-5- a combination of kale, spinach, cilantro, pineapple and crushed ice.
Smoothies are something I make often for breakfast but when you’re in a hurry or need that afternoon hold-me-over until dinner, these are a great option. I need to get back in to try their other drink options!
Spinach and Pesto Bowl- Organic quinoa, all-natural chicken, spinach, basil pesto, and parmesan.
Buffalo Bowl- Organic quinoa, all-natural chicken, house-made vegan Buffalo sauce, celery, carrots, cucumbers, and blue cheese.
Both quinoa bowls were lightly flavored, filling and good. I typically dress my bowls up with lots of garlic and flavor but I liked how these were not too seasoned since you will probably be eating on the go. Garlic breath at your afternoon meetings might make people unhappy :)
I definitely want to get in to try some of their bar-rito options. Those look really good! They also have breakfast bar-ritos and bowls (like pancake in a bowl- clever!).
The Protein Bar opens TODAY at 11 am and the first 100 customers get $100 gift card! I heard there will be a DJ and other fun prize giveaways so check it out :)
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