Pulsin’ Review

by Jemma Andrew-Adiamah on March 23, 2011

in Reviews

A little while ago the lovely people over at Pulsin’ sent me a wonderful package of their energy bars and protein powders to review for the blog.

This haul included:

  • 1 x Bliss Bar in Maca and Ashwagandha Raw Chocolate
  • 1 x Energy Bomb containing raw chocolate, gingseng and guarana
  • 1 x Energy Bomb Banana Guarana
  • 1 x Energy Bomb Choc Crisp
  • 1 x Raw Choc Brownie
  • 1 x Maple and Peanut Protein
  • 1 x Berry Burst
  • 1 x Protein Sport in Maple Peanut Crisp
  • 20g Pea Protein Isolate
  • 20g Soya Protein Isolate
  • 20g Whey Protein Isolate

Pulsin’ produce nutritious and healthy snacks and have strong environmental beliefs, trying to reduce the impact of manufacturing their products wherever possible.  This is emphasised by their factory running completely on renewable energy.

The energy bars come in a variety of flavours and each serve a different purpose.  For instance the Energy Bomb! range couples fast and slow releasing carbs with herbs and a mixture of whole foods to create a bar that provide the bar with a natural source of fuel for intense activities.  The raw chocolate, gingseng and guarana variety provides mental a wakefulness and bucket loads of energy.

Depending on which Energy Bomb! you consider the 50g bars they tend to only contain 3-4g of protein, which I found to be disappointing.  I prefer my energy bars to be protein rich rather than carbohydrate rich (typically 30g for the 50g Energy Bomb! bars).

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One of the bars that stood out to me was the Bliss bar whose key ingredients are raw cacao, maca and Ashwagandha was created for for restorative purposes and to instill a sense of calm after a workout or intensive activity.   It can even be used as an aphrodisiac did you know?

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Another stand out bar for me was the Protein Sport bar.  It contains a whopping 15g of protein, perfect for a pre-workout snack, recovery snack or just as an afternoon snack to tide you over ’till dinner.

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And of course I adored the Raw Choc Brownie bar- dense, super rich and chocolaty.  No further explanation necessary!

The ingredients list of these bars is pretty good.  Here’s just some of the goodness that can be found in some of the bars across he range: brown rice malt, raw cacao, dates, cashew butter, green tea extract, carob, chicory fibre, unsulphured apricots, peanuts, sunflower lecithin, almonds, vanilla pods, cacao butter.  The bars are also suitable for vegetarians, gluten free, GMO free, contain no trans fats or added sugar.

I’ve personally never used protein powders, scared of all of the processed and unnatural products that some of  them contain.  So as you could imagine I was very excited when I received Pulsin’s pea, whey and soya protein isolates.  It was fun experimenting with them in some tasty treats:

Pulsin’ protein powders and others a-like are often recommended as  a natural source of  vegetarians protein.  I was particularly interested in the Pea Protein Isolate produced from yellow split peas to avoid a soya based protein powder.  All of the protein isolates blended well in to smoothies, oats and cake batter.  They don’t have any flavour, which I thought was a good beginner friendly feature before delving into the world of protein powders fully.

I really enjoyed using Pulsin’ protein powders as they are 100% natural and not full of hidden nasties.  The best part about them is the price.  You can pick up a 250g bag for around £4.99, which makes it a great cheaper alternative to some of the more expensive brands.

Overall I was thoroughly impressed with all of the Pulsin’ products I was sent to review.  You can bag yourself some Pulsin’ goodies from their own website, Amazon and Whole Foods.  I think I will definitely be buying their protein powders again as a cheaper alternative to the Sun Warrior brand that I will eventually buy. I’m intrigued by their Hemp protein Isolate that I have yet to try.

Have you tried any Pulsin’ products before? what protein powder are you currently using? Have you tried Hemp protein before?

I would love to know your thoughts. :D

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LilyLipstick March 23, 2011 at 7:25 AM

I’ve tried the Bliss Bar – really yummy and thought it had quite interesting ingredients! The Raw Chocolate Brownine sounds amazing too. x

AlisonM March 23, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Ack, I’ve tried hemp. It’s pretty nasty! If you blend it into huge smoothies with lots of fruit though then it becomes more bearable! I’ve never used Pulsin’ stuff, but my LHS carries it. Maybe I’ll try it out. Are the energy bars made from whey? Soy?? Pea??? I’d love it if I could find a decent, non-soy, vegan protein bar!

Laura@keepinghealthygettingstylish March 23, 2011 at 11:21 AM

I love the brownie bar but the other bars don’t really appeal to me that much. I was quite tempted to try the pea protein, as like you say its very affordable compared to other vegan brands x

Flo (Coconut Chronicles) March 23, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Great review! I LOVE the raw choc brownie – one of the best bars i’ve ever had without a doubt! I’ve also tried the green energy bomb (can’t remember the flavour) which I liked, and also the maple and peanut protein, but I wasn’t a fan! The protein powders sound interesting so I might have to seek them out.

Lana March 23, 2011 at 12:30 PM

I love the brownie, the bliss bar and the energy bomb! So so good (:
I have some raw hemp protein in my fridge….bit at a loss for how to use it! Might try it in oats, because it didn’t tadt good to me in a smoothie, which is odd because I actually adore the taste of hemp!
Great review xx

Kristina @ life as Kristina March 23, 2011 at 12:43 PM

I’ve never heard or tried any of these-thanks for the review!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 23, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Hey Alison- I know the bars are vegetarian for sure, not sure about vegan though. The Pulsin’ website is great as it lists all of the nutritional info and ingredients for each bar. I’ve included the link at the top of the review.

movesnmunchies March 23, 2011 at 3:39 PM

omg that protein powder price is AWESOME! i wish they had taste though! i LOVE PULsin bars!!! seriously one of my favs!

~Jessica~ March 23, 2011 at 3:57 PM

I tried Pulsin bars a while back when they were a new company. Since then they’ve reformulated their products (the brownie used to be round, and had different ingredients/nutritional info…it also used to be a coffee brownie!) so I’d be intrigued to try them again, but nowhere near me carries them and I wouldn’t want to buy a case of 12 in case I didn’t like them!

I think I’m going to order their protein powders though: as you say, they’re so affordable compared to other brands and you have some great ideas for how to use them.

xxx

mindrunningwild March 23, 2011 at 5:31 PM

whoa WHAT are those awesome sparkly things in your first smoothie???
so cool!! those bars look super tasty too, I’m going to have to look for them for sure

Sarah(everydaysapicnic) March 23, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Thanks for the review – I’ve not tried any of these products before. I’m intrigued by the protein powders as I’ve not tried any before and one major factor is the price. These seem reasonable, so I’m maybe prepared to experiment.

Simon Ashburner April 5, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Hi Lana, try adding it to natural yoghurt with a dash of maple syrup…

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