It’s time for another Supplement Reviews Lab protein bar review.
If you are new here, protein bars are one of my favorite things to eat and I thoroughly enjoy finding new ones to try with every fiber of my soul.
Perhaps one day I can write a book on my love affair with protein bars.
That’s kind of weird isn’t it?
Anyways, my weird passion is to your benefit because I try to find the cleanest, healthiest bars out there to review.
I am always looking for a new bar to add into my routine.
While I have some favorite bars that I always keep on hand, I’m always looking for the next great bar.
When I saw that Legion Athletics came out with a protein bar a few months back, I knew that I would have to try it as soon as possible.
I love Legion’s supplements and knew that their bars would be likely be worth the money since they haven’t let me down yet as a company.
During my last order with Legion, I finally decided to pull the trigger and ordered a box of the chocolate peanut butter flavor.
This Legion Athletics protein bar review will tell you everything you could ever want to know about their protein bars to help you decide whether they are right for you and worth buying.
About the Bar
I usually discuss the company first in my reviews, but I’ve done that with the three other reviews of their supplements that I’ve done so I don’t want to bore you.
You can also check out their about us page here.
Just know that they are a great company that is doing some impressive things.
According to Legion, their goal when creating these protein bars was to create an all-natural bar that tasted like high-protein candy.
On look at the reviews of the bars on the Legion Website shows that they may have just accomplished their goal with this bar.
Legion’s protein bars are naturally sweetened and flavored with stevia and erythritol. They do not contain any fillers, artificial chemicals, flavors or any other toxic artificial garbage.
Legion states that the bars do not sit on the shelves for months at a time like most bars.
Have you ever bought a bar that was so dry it basically crumbled when you bit into it? I know that I certainly have more than once over the years and it was not pleasant.
Legion promises that all of their bars are “savory, moist, and pleasantly chewable”. That sounds delightful doesn’t it?
The protein in the bars is a combination of whey isolate, whey hydrolysate, whey concentrate, and pea protein. It does not contain cheap protein sources like many bars do.
What’s cool about these bars is the healthy prebiotic fiber that they contain. Each bar has 10 grams of prebiotic fiber.
Prebiotic fiber has been found to assist with a host of issues to include lowering bad cholesterol levels, decreasing the risk of high blood sugar, preventing constipation and cramping and decreasing appetite while assisting in weight loss.
It’s clear that Legion wanted to make a protein bar that’s not only good tasting, but good for you as well.
Here are the ingredients for the chocolate peanut butter flavor bars: Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Pea Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Hydrolysate), Chicory Root Fiber, Vegetable Glycerin, Brown Rice Flour, Peanut Butter Confectionery Wafers (Sugar, Palm and Palm Kernel Oil, Partially Defatted Peanut Flour, Non-Fat Milk Solids, Peanut Oil, Salt, Soy Lecithin), Soluble Corn Fiber, Isomathulose, Palm Oil, Water, Peanuts, Peanut Butter (Peanuts, Palm Oil, Dextrose, Salt), Chocolate Confectionery Wafers (Sugar, Palm and Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa [processed with alkali], Non-Fat Dry Milk, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla), Cocoa (processed with alkali), Sugar, Natural Flavors, Salt, Potassium Sorbate and Almond.
Here are the ingredients for the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor bar: Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Pea Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Hydrolysate), Sugar Free Chocolate Chips (Erythritol, Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa [processed with alkali], Sunflower Lecithin, Stevia Glycosides, Milk), Chicory Root Fiber, Vegetable Glycerin, Chocolate Confectionery Wafers (Sugar, Palm and Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa [processed with alkali], Non-Fat Dry Milk, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla), Soluble Corn Fiber, Isomathulose, Brown Rice Flour, Palm Oil, Water, Sugar, Natural Flavors, Salt, Potassium Sorbate, Almond and Peanut.
These are obviously not the most allergen friendly bars as they contain milk, soy, almonds and peanuts however, thy are gluten free so that’s a positive.
One thing I noticed immediately with these bars is that they have a lot more ingredients than the bars I’m used to.
I was a little nervous with all the ingredients in these at first however, as I went through each ingredient, I started to feel better.
One ingredient that stands out in these bars is potassium sorbate. Potassium sorbate was originally something that was naturally occurring, but today it’s created synthetically and used as a preservative.
It’s been rated as generally safe and is one of the safest ones available they say, but it’s still something I try to avoid. That being said, I have seen it in a lot of natural foods and supplements so it’s not abnormal.
Other than that, I really don’t have any criticism of the ingredients in these bars.
I prefer bars that have very few ingredients, but I think that Legion did a good job making a bar that competes with the big commercial ones without using the garbage ingredients that the big companies use.
Here’s the nutrition facts for both flavors.
Total fat- 6 g (8 % DV)
Cholesterol- 30 mg (10 % DV)
Sodium- 300 mg (13 % DV)
Total carbs- 38 g
Dietary fiber- 10 g
Sugar- 5 g
Protein- 20 g
There are a few notable things when it comes to the nutrition with these bars:
- They’re a little higher in sodium than I would like.
- They are fairly high in carbohydrates, which is a problem with me following a keto diet however, they do have 10 grams of dietary fiber which drops the net carbs down to 28 grams.
- It’s still fairly high if you are on a low-carb diet, but it’s almost impossible to find a protein bar that is low in carbohydrates. I have seen many that have much more, so this isn’t the worst.
- The bars have a very low amount of sugar which is great for all diets. Due to them being sweetened with Stevia and Erythritol, they are able to keep the sugar content low.
- These bars have a good amount of protein at 20 grams.
Now the most important part that you’ve probably all skipped ahead too.
How do they taste?
I’ll be honest and say that they are not the best tasting protein bar I’ve ever had. Atlas bars still hold that title.
These do not taste bad although, I wouldn’t say that they taste like candy.
I enjoy the taste and like that they are not overly sweet however, the taste with the chocolate peanut butter bars that I got was a little bland. There’s also a bit of a lingering aftertaste I noticed.
Nothing particularly special to write home about one way or the other.
What I did immediately notice though is that these tasted a lot like the protein bars I used to eat back in the day. It made me feel nostalgic to be honest.
It’s been so long that I’ve had a bar like this because all the companies out there load them with garbage.
It’s cool to know that these bars are not loaded with artificial ingredients like many of the ones out there.
Overall, I do like these and could definitely eat them daily.
This is where Legion’s protein bar stands out.
These are just as moist and chewy as advertised. They are not dry at all.
The bar is just chewy enough where it isn’t a total pain to eat.
I really like the soft, chewy texture of these and wish more bars could be like them.
They definitely have the texture part down perfectly.
One issue I noticed is that they tend to begin to melt fairly quickly. As I write this, it’s the end of June so the weather is hot here.
I would recommend keeping these in the fridge until you are ready to eat them if you live somewhere hot.
Where to buy and price
Aside from Legion’s website, they are also available on Amazon.
I paid $28.00 for a box of 12 on Legion’s website, which is just over two dollars a bar.
I think that’s a great price for these bars. At this point in time, I am rarely able to find a bar that costs under two dollars. Even one that contains half as much protein as this one does.
Who are they for?
These bars are a great choice for anyone looking for a healthy protein bar.
I think that they would be a particularly good choice for someone used to the commercial protein bars but looking to transition away due to their similarity with those on the market.
With the amount of carbohydrates and protein they contain, I think they are a great option for any athlete.
One thing I found with these bars is that they are quite filling so I think that they would be a great option as a meal replacement.
Does it hit or miss?
I definitely think that this bar is a hit overall.
Even though it may not be the best tasting one I’ve tried, it’s a well-made bar that contains high-quality sources of protein that does not contain the artificial ingredients found in many other bars.
While it most likely won’t become my everyday protein bar, I do plan to order a box of the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor once the box I have now is gone.
These will be a bar that I will likely order from time to time, especially when I am looking for a good meal replacement bar.
I use protein bars like people use tools and have one for every occasion. These have just become another great tool for me to use.
If you are in the market for a healthy protein bar that’s comparable to the ones you will find at the big box supplement stores, I highly recommend this one.
P.S. Have you ever tried Legion’s protein bars? I’d love to hear your experience, questions or comments below!