Review: PureFit vegan protein bars (with Giveaway!)

The last time I had a protein bar was probably over 10 years ago.

I remember them being gummy, chalky, bland, heavy, and not-at-all appetizing. So, when PureFit approached me about sampling their gluten-free, vegan protein bars, "skeptical" became an outright understatement. I strive to keep an open mind, though, so I agreed to give the bars a try. 

Sometimes, it's good to be wrong. 

PureFit bars are not only vegan and gluten-free, but also high in protein and have a low glycemic index. That last bit is particularly important to me these days, as I'm making more of an effort to keep an even blood sugar level throughout the day, because I find it means I have more energy and stay in a decent mood. Foods with a low glycemic index are also popular in my household because I share my pantry with a diabetic snackaholic. So, the shipment of PureFit bars was a welcome trial. 

Currently, there are five flavors available from PureFit: Granola Crunch, Chocolate Brownie, Almond Crunch, Peanut Butter Crunch and Berry Almond Crunch. 

Each bar is 1 serving and contains 210-220 calories, depending on the flavor. Boasting 18g protein (mainly from soy), PureFit bars make a great pre-workout snack. And since they won't melt, they'd be a great addition to summer hikes and outdoor travels. 

I was fortunate to sample all five flavors. Among them, Almond Crunch and Peanut Butter Crunch were my favorites. Both were nutty and slightly sweet without being too heavy. Chocolate Brownie rounded out my top three, and tasted like a real treat. Any of my chocoholic readers would probably love that one. The other flavors were okay, but just not my jam. I celebrate diversity, so that's okay. 

The kind folks are PureFit have extended a special offer for you, my dear readers. Order a sample pack (one each of the 5 flavors) and receive 25% off your order, plus free shipping. Just enter coupon code VERDANTLIFE when placing your order! That means each bar will cost you just $1.49. (You're welcome!) 

If that great discount weren't enough, PureFit has also decided to offer a special prize pack of 15 PureFit bars to one lucky reader (winner chooses the flavor). Each reader can gain up to 3 entries. Get started below!

UPDATE: Contest Rules 
My contest widget appears to be broke, so here's how to enter:
1. Leave a comment and let me know what flavor you'd like to try. (Worth 1 entry)
2. "Like" PureFit on Facebook and leave a comment that you did. (Worth 1 entry)
3. Tweet the giveaway: "Enter to win @PureFitBars #vegan protein bars on @TheVerdantLife" and then come back and leave a comment. (Worth 1 entry)

The contest ends Wednesday, May 9 at 12:01am EST and the winner will be announced that afternoon. 

FTC: I received a sample of this product at no charge in exchange for my unbiased review.

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