Raise the Bar is a subscription box offering snack bars and protein bars, teas, and samples of other fitness-related supplements (e.g., pre-workout powders, etc.).
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Starter, $13.99 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Raise the Bar
The Cost: $13.99 for the “Starter Box” with at least 5 protein and/or snack bars, $32.99 for the “Intermediate Box” with 10 bars and 10 teas, or $59.99 for the “Advanced Box” with 20 bars and 20 teas.
The Products: Protein and snack bars, immune boosting teas, and occasional other fitness supplement samples, all designed with your personal health goals in mind.
Ships to: US (free)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
This box did not include an information card, probably because boxes can differ based on how you fill out your profile. (You can choose weight loss, health maintenance, or muscle building-type goals, can choose a kosher or vegetarian box, and can list food allergies separately.)
BAR in Vanilla Almond (2.08 oz x 3) – Value $7.50
Please note, this company’s website is down and on Amazon, the product listing says “currently unavailable.” Because of the product name, it is hard to search online. Even my old friend Google image search isn’t helping. So, I have used the value from a previous review where I also received this product. These are not bad, flavor-wise, and they’re not sticky or melty. I do wish they came in more flavors, but I suspect the company has gone out of business so I don’t think that will be happening.
Note: I also received two of these in the August shipment. Multiple repeat products of an item that I think has been discontinued have soured me on continuing this subscription.
Aloha Protein Bar in Chocolate Mint (1.9 oz) – Value $2.50 (buy a box of 12 for $30)
There were two Aloha protein bars in last month’s shipment as well, though they were different flavors. This one was new to me. The chocolate was subtle but noticeable and I think I’d say the same about the mint. This is vegan and made from pea protein and pumpkin seed protein. I’d say the pumpkin seed protein definitely improved the texture over straight pea protein, although as you can see, this one had a hard time in shipping and was nearly broken.
Aloha Protein Bar in Chocolate Fudge Brownie (1.9 oz) – Value $2.50 (buy a box of 12 for $30)
You don’t see this one out of the package because it was not intact. At all. I was still able to eat it and it was probably my favorite of the two Aloha bars this month. But then I am a fan of nearly everything that’s chocolate. I did not have any trouble with the breakage of bars when Raise the Bar was using a box for packaging, but I have received quite a few broken (or nearly so) bars since they switched to envelopes. If you were hoping for a convenient snack on-the-go, a broken protein bar probably isn’t what you were looking for.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $12.50 for the September Raise the Bar. I actually received August and September on the same day (August shipped really, really late) and both months really felt thrown together. August had two of the vanilla almond BAR product and two Aloha bars (in addition to one other item) and September had THREE of the vanilla almond BAR product and two Aloha bars. I have canceled this subscription and won’t be reviewing it any longer.
Although there may be some value in the resupply aspect of things with the larger Raise the Bar subscription packages, at the starter level I’m on, I really need to see new products every now and then. Because if I find something I like, it is cheaper, easier, and faster to just go out and buy a box of it myself from Amazon or Vitacost, where I can choose the amount of sugar, protein type, and flavor. Although you are able to change your fitness goals in your Raise the Bar account, I have tried this and it honestly didn’t change my package contents all that much. I’m also a little disappointed not to get any teas or samples this month.
What did you think of the September Raise the Bar?