We’re back again with another review and this time we’re sampling Bodybuilding Warehouse’s Premium Lux Mint Choc Chunk Protein Flapjacks. Going by the description, there doesn’t seem an awful lot not to like. Packed with honey-toasted oats and chunks of white chocolate, this one ticks almost every box for those with a sweet tooth. But, as we all know, you can’t judge a book by its cover, and you certainly can’t judge a protein bar by its wrapper. That’s where we come in. I’ve munched my way through half a dozen of these pocket powerhouses to find out whether they’re worth the hype, and ultimately worth spending your hard-earned money on.
About Bodybuilding Warehouse
Before we take a deep dive into the product, we think it’s important to first know a little bit more about where it came from. Founded in 2008 from humble beginnings, Bodybuilding Warehouse has since grown into one of the UK’s largest supplement retailers, now operating from its own state-of-the-art factory and 21,048sqft warehouse in Manchester. Focusing on a ‘customer-centred’ approach, the company claims to make the best supplements in the world and prides itself on being ahead of the curve on innovation and research. We’ll be the judge of that!
Trying to get the Premium Lux Protein Flapjacks
Being a busy man, I’m often cramming in food on the go. Whether I’m at work, at the gym or even just trying to maintain something which vaguely resembles a social life amid all the madness, my meal prep is often the first thing to be sacrificed when I run out of hours in the day. If you, like me, have multiple plates spinning at one time, then you’ll more than likely be making your way through a good number of protein bars a week to keep your macros right on the sweet spot.
If so, you’ll be all too aware grabbing protein on the go often comes at a premium, so I was more than pleasantly surprised when I saw that 12 flapjacks would only cost £9.99. In fact, I’m ashamed to say I actually felt marginally excited, to the same degree as when I unearth a Clubcard bargain at Tesco. Oh, how life changes as you get older, ey? With the delivery fee included, each bar worked out to around £1 a pop, and they arrived swiftly at my door well within the quoted timeframe.
Are Premium Lux Protein Flapjacks nutritious?
In short: extremely. Each 75g bar contains 20g of a milk and gelatine protein blend and 8.9g of dietary fibre. What’s more, as the flapjacks are sweetened by honey and stevia – a low-calorie leaf extract – they only pack 3.4g of sugar in return.
Despite the stevia, they are a little more calorie and carbohydrate-dense than regular protein bars, weighing in at 248 calories and 34g of carbs a serving. Much of that can be attributed to the rolled oats, however, which are a great source of slow-releasing energy and heart-healthy fats, keeping you feeling fuller for longer.
For that very reason, these flapjacks are actually a really complete and nutritionally rich snack to have on the go, making them perfect for those looking to either bulk up or take in easy calories. As with any product, my advice would be not just to look at the numbers but to consider the ingredients, too.
Bodybuilding Warehouse Premium Lux Protein Flapjacks Review
With any protein product which proclaims to be mint flavoured, I’m often very sceptical. I find they usually have an intensely synthetic taste which loiters around in your mouth for the next few hours like an unwanted guest at a dinner party. But I have to say, the team at Bodybuilding Warehouse absolutely nailed this one. The mint extract gives the flapjack a gentle undertone while the chocolate and honey provide a deep, rich and natural sweetness. Perhaps the best compliment I could give this product is to say I’d happily eat these as a treat, and the protein would just be a macro-boosting bonus!
I’ve gone extremely high on this one, but hear me out. If you’re living in the UK at the minute, or are even just keeping up with the news, you’ll know that we’re in the midst of a serious heatwave. For many melting Brits, including myself, probably the most tasking thing to munch in 33C heat would be a dry, oaty flapjack which would take about two pints of water and a milk chaser to get down your throat. And I have to admit, I was originally fearful. But, once again, the bars passed with flying colours. I didn’t find them at all claggy, and the white chocolate chunks added a nice element of crunch to an otherwise smooth chew – which for a protein bar is pretty rare!
There’s only so much you can do to make a block of formed oats and chocolate look good, right? The packaging is clean and professional, and the bars were not by any stretch hard on the eye. But a flapjack isn’t necessarily something you instantly look at and salivate over. But as a wise man once said, there’s more to life than looks.