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Review of Dr. Melina Protein Bar in Cinnamon Almond Flavor

Food Review: Dr. Melina Protein Bars

When it comes to pre-workout snacks, I like to mix things up, so when I spotted a new-to-me brand, Dr. Melina Protein Bars, at my corner store the other day, I snapped one up.

I was excited to learn that the brand was created by a female doctor who resides in Sugar's fair city of San Francisco, an internist and nutritionist named Dr. Melina Jampolis. To find out how they taste,


These protein-packed bars come in four flavors: chocolate peanut, double chocolate acai, lemon raspberry, and cinnamon almond, which I tried. Fans of Luna Bars will love Dr. Melina bars too; they're pretty comparable in terms of flavor, sweetness (note the hint of icing), texture, and nutrition.

The bar I tried had a bit more crunch than Luna, sort of like a Rice Krispie treat, which was a nice touch. The cinnamon and almond flavors tasted very natural and not overly sugary, and with 14 grams of protein, the bar left me feeling very satisfied. Check out the chart below to see how it compares with a similarly flavored Chai Tea Luna Bar.

Dr. Melina Cinnamon Almond Luna Bar Chai Tea
Serving Size One bar (45g) One bar (48g)
Calories 180 190
Total Fat 6 g 5 g
Saturated Fat 2 g 2.5 g
Cholesterol 5 mg 0 mg
Sodium 80 mg 95 mg
Carbs 21 g 26 g
Fiber 5 g 3 g
Sugars 11 g 12 g
Protein 14 g 9 g

Aside from a few key differences, these bars are pretty comparable. Interested? You can buy Dr. Melina bars by the box here. If you've tried this or any other flavors, let me know what you think.

Join The Conversation
Thermy Thermy 8 years
Wow, it must be hard being a doctor and having the name 'Melina.' At least it isn't spelt with two Es.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
This bar has more sugar than I personally like to eat, but at least it's got 5g of fiber. I'll stick with Kashi granola bars when I want something crunchy. As for protein bars, I'm fortunately ok with the sugar alcohols.
michlny michlny 8 years
Just read the ingredients...have to say, NOT a big fan.
michlny michlny 8 years
OMG - Emily - I didn't even read your comment. But I second your thoughts (obv.) :)
michlny michlny 8 years
I'd love to see the ingredients... I always think that's the most important thing on the package - more important than the nutritional facts (which you can figure out from the ingredients!)......
emilyplayscello emilyplayscello 8 years
I'd be most interested in reading an ingredient list. The nutrition facts aren't the whole story. If the bar is full of unnatural, highly processed ingredients, I won't eat it regardless of the nutritional stats. Emily from Healthy Eating, Naturally
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