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Think Bars Review: Are They A Healthy Choice?

April 6, 2020   7 Comments

This think! bar review are for those wondering what happened to their Think Thin bars.

Think Bars

We have been asked to stop thinking thin and start to Think! Years ago I did a thinkThin bars review, and they were okay.

I was in a convenience store when I spied these Think! bars and realized that the manufacturers had changed the product and the branding. My quest for the perfect protein bar continues with the closest to ideal being the Built Bar

Think! bar is now focussed less on weight loss and more on meal replacement.

This makes a big difference in their products. I rarely want a meal in a pre-packaged bar. Why? I like to eat real food. Eating a bar for a meal might be fine for those on the space station but if I can get to a grocery store once a week - I will make myself a meal.

The ideal snack (the between meal type) is considered 150 calories. These bigger bars with the exception of the think! protein plus bar - are 230 calories (50% more).

The marketing is now more focussed on an after workout protein snack. For those of us sitting on our butts - this is too many calories.

Here are the nutritional facts for the think! Chocolate Fudge bar:

230 calories, 8 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 24 g carbohydrates, 0 g sugar, 20 g protein, 1 g fiber, 190 mg sodium, 6 Green, 6 Blue, 6 Purple SmartPts

Here are the ingredients for the think! Chocolate Fudge bar:

PROTEIN BLEND (SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE, CALCIUM CASEINATE), MALTITOL SYRUP, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, ALMOND BUTTER, WATER, COCOA BUTTER, CHOCOLATE, ALKALIZED COCOA, SUNFLOWER OIL, NATURAL FLAVOR. LECITHIN, SODIUM CASEINATE, MILK FAT, SALT

There is no added sugar BUT there is 12 grams of sugar alcohols (maltitol syrup).

Just like in Breyer’s Delights, a lot of sugar alcohol could upset your stomach as it does mine. I can’t eat them without a stomach ache.

How did this taste? I am sorry if you love these but I found it to taste absolutely awful (though this was the best one). Chalky, sweet, salty and the texture was so strange!

To me it defies logic why anyone would choose to eat this bar.

I did try a few more flavors to see if I could find a good one.

The think! Chunky Peanut Butter is 240 calories and is the same type of bar. It was more salty (and had peanut flavor) but it was also chalky and sickly sweet. I only ate a few bites because I was afraid of the sugar alcohol (10 grams).

The think! Lemon Delight was the absolutely worst. It didn’t taste like lemons (more like chemicals) and it had all the problems of the other bars. If I had to choose a lemon bar - I would eat a lemon zest LUNA bar instead (190 calories and tastes much better!)

The think! protein+ bar is the one that I would choose out of the entire bunch. First, they used sugar and not sugar alcohols to sweeten it (safe for your tummy). This bar is the closest to the old Thinkthink bars.

Here are the nutritional facts of the think! chocolate almond brownie protein+ bar:

150 calories, 5 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 19 g carbohydrates, 5 g sugar, 10 g protein, 5 g fiber, 160 mg sodium, 5 Green, 5 Blue, 5 Purple SmartPts

Here are the ingredients:

PROTEIN BLEND (SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE, CALCIUM CASEINATE), CHICORY FIBER, BROWN RICE SYRUP, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, ALMONDS, SUGAR, ALKALIZED COCOA, SUNFLOWER OIL, PALM KERNEL AND PALM OIL, NONFAT DRY MILK, NATURAL FLAVOR, SALT, LECITHIN, TAPIOCA STARCH.

This bar tastes better and I would argue (even with the sugar) a bit better for you as a snack. You get protein, fiber, and a little fat to get you through to the next meal.

The think! protein+ bar is an okay bar to shove in your purse, briefcase, or backpack for those long days when you can’t stop to grab fresh food.

Have you tried the new think! bars? What is your review?

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7 Comments:

My favorite is the chunky peanut butter chocolate dipped. I eat them as a midday snack, but I break them in half and just eat half. Surprisingly, they do not upset my stomach as much as other bars do. I usually have a hard time with sugar alcohols also, especially in non dairy ice cream. I agree with you about the taste with the other bars. They aren’t as good as the peanut butter one.

I'll stick with Built Bars. My fridge crisper drawer is full of them. They are my go to! I have tried so many brands-including Think and I will never leave Built!!

Built Bars are my favorite - and I also like Lara - Cashew or Luna - Coconut. Otherwise, Built Bars are the best - love the Peanut Butter Chocolate.

Are you paid to support built or something? I’ve tried almost every protein bar on the market and these are by far the best, albeit more expensive. They definitely have the best taste and texture, especially when you factor in the superior nutrition.

I love the high protein bars they are delicious an I use one a day was a substitute meal an I've lost 36 pounds ....love think

I buy think Brownie Crunch bars all weekly… I’ve been very disappointed the last few boxes I’ve gotten the bars are white with white spots on it or cream colored spots on it and they’re very hard and very dry?

I’m not sure if the packaging needs to be changed and moisture is getting in to do this but something needs to be done this has been for about four months now and I still keep trying because every now and then I’ll get a good box

And now I can't get the Chunky Peanut Butter one at the grocery store or Target.

They jacked the price up to almost $24/10 on their website. I used to get them from Publix for about $8/5.

Amazon wants almost $25/10!
PRICE GOUGING if you ask me.
I'll never buy another one.

Garden of life makes the tastiest Raw Protein Meal Powder (Vanilla or Chocolate.)

20 gm Protein and uses Stevia which is a natural source for sweetness and is not a sugar or a sugar alcohol.

I use one scoop with almond milk and add flax meal, almond butter, coconut oil, spinach/kale and some fruit and nuts in my Bullet and it lasts me two or 3 days. So it's close to 7-10 gm Protein per serving. And I can take it with me in a togo cup, freeze a bit if needed!

THINK!!! about it.


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