Wednesday, April 25, 2012 and Muscle Milk Protein Bar Review


Today I’m actually going to switch gears a bit and tell you guys about a new online sports nutrition store. I was recently contacted by Lisa from who asked if I’d be willing to check out her website and share my thoughts about it. As someone who buys all of my protein powder online (it’s way cheaper and there’s a much larger selection), I was more than willing to browse through her new website.

image is a new company that carries over 5,000 fitness-related products. Not only do they sell protein supplements and protein bars, but they also carry vitamins, amino acids, energy drinks, and fitness accessories such as yoga mats. I love the fact that they carry such a variety of products because I know a lot of people who are not really into protein supplements but would really like some of other items that I came across while browsing. Check out this yoga kit that is officially on my wish list:

yoga kit

The entire kit, which comes with a mat, two foam blocks, a woven cotton belt, and a tote bag is only $21.08! I’m pretty sure that I paid close to $25.00 for my yoga mat alone, so this Valeo Yoga Kit is a steal in my opinion.

Not only are the prices great on, but they appear to provide really high quality products as well. Lisa told me that they strive to provide a number of supplements and bars that are not only natural, but are also organic, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and are available in eco-friendly packaging. For example, they have a huge selection of Clif products, including Clif bars, Luna Bars, Clif Mojo bars, Clif energy gels and shot bloks, and Clif ZBars. I’ve always been a huge fan of Clif bars because their products are natural and organic, and many are vegan as well. stocks every flavor of Clif bar imaginable and because they ship them in bulk, the prices are much cheaper than what you would pay in a retail store.

Lisa was kind enough to send me one of their protein bars to review, but since I’ve already tried most of the Clif bars I requested that she send a different bar. She recommended Muscle Milk Chocolate Peanut Caramel bars, since they are one of the website’s top sellers.


The package arrived within a few days of being shipped and contained eight protein bars.


The bars were higher in calories (300) than I typically go for in a protein bar, but they were easily cut in half. I prefer to eat protein bars as snacks and therefore favor the bars that contain around 200 calories, so a bar in its entirety was closer to a meal replacement bar to me. However, that’s only my personal opinion – I brought three of them for Eric this past weekend while we were in Madison and he ate two of them as snacks while we were there! 

I was actually not a huge fan of the taste of the bars, but a few of my friends sampled them and had quite the opposite opinion. Two of my friends said that they tasted more like a candy bar than any other protein bar they had ever tried and they would definitely buy them again. Different strokes for different folks I guess!

While these particular protein bars were not my favorite, I did see a lot bars on the website that I do enjoy, including Pure bars and Supreme Protein Carb Conscious bars.


Here are some other things I like about the website:

  • Free shipping on orders over $100. This is a really great deal – another popular sports nutrition website that I’ve purchased products from in the past has a similar shipping discount but it’s only for orders over $200. I’ve never even come close to spending that much money on supplements! 
  • There are different fitness and product review videos featured on the homepage that include information about various protein powders, vitamins, and supplements. I think this is a nice addition to the website and informative as well.
  • The website is easy to navigate and is not overly crowded with advertisements like many of the other online supplement stores that I’ve visited. Pop-ups and pages covered with ads are a huge turn off for me, not to mention annoying.
  • They accept PayPal. I’ve recently started using PayPal to make a lot of my online purchases, so I really appreciate the fact that accepts this form of payment.

A couple of cons:

  • They don’t carry my favorite brand of protein powder that I’m currently using (Dymatize ISO-100), as well as a couple that I’ve used in the past. However, the website is still relatively new and expanding so I wouldn’t be surprised if I see it pop up in the future.
  • The prices are good, but are very comparable to other online sports nutrition stores that I’ve used. In other words, price alone would probably not drive me to the website but all of the reasons I listed above definitely would.

Overall, I think that is a great online nutrition store with a big potential to grow even larger as they expand their customer base. They have a great selection of products and I think there is something for everyone on the website. It’s definitely worth taking a look around!

Disclosure: I was compensated for writing this post and was provided the protein bars free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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