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After a long race, sportive or training ride, you can help muscle recovery by taking on some protein. One way to do this is munch on a Multipower Fit Protein Flapjack – and it's a very tasty option indeed.
Each 70g bar contains 18g of protein, along with 33g of carbohydrate and 7.7g of fat - of which 1.4 is saturated. The main ingredients include oats, milk protein, glucose syrup and vegetable oils, and there are two topping varieties: Chocolate or Yoghurt. The Yoghurt Topping bar also contains cranberry.
The taste is delicious. The texture is slightly more chewy and less crumbly than a normal shop-bought flapjack. The Fit Protein Flapjacks are also slightly less sweet, making them perfect after rides where you might have had enough of sweet gels and energy bars.
The Multipower website says that you can also eat these Protein Flapjacks before exertion, although they're not really suitable for during a long hard ride, as the carb-to-protein ratio is too high. Most sports science studies indicate that an ideal carb-to-protein ratio for endurance events over two or three hours is between 10:1 and 4:1. Of course, if you're touring or just tootling around then you can eat a Protein Flapjack or anything else pretty much when you want.
You can also eat these flapjacks as a general snack at work or home instead of a normal shop-bought flapjack (which tend to have a higher proportion of refined sugars and saturated fat), making Protein Fit Flapjacks a healthier option - and more useful if you're trying to keep your weight down.
These Fit Protein Flapjacks retail for £1.49 each or just under £27 for a box of 18 from the Multipower on-line store. (At time of writing, the box of 18 is discounted to £23.99)
Tasty source of protein to help muscle recovery after a long ride - and a healthy snack any time.
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Make and model: Multipower Fit Protein Flapjack
Size tested: Yoghurt topping & cranberry
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
This is a protein bar - intended to aid muscle recovery after training. The Multipower website says:
"With 18g of high quality protein the Fit Protein Flapjack helps to kick-start muscle recovery and re-building after training. 33g of carbohydrates fuel training if used as a pre-workout snack. Handmade with premium quality ingredients for great taste."
In this context, 'performance' means taste - and that's very good indeed.
Not a bargain, but cost is on a par with similar recovery bars from other manufacturers.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Great taste, not too sweet. A healthy alternative to 'normal' flapjacks.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Age: 51 Height: 5ft 10 / 178cm Weight: 11 stone / 70kg
I usually ride: an old Marin Alp, or an old steel classic My best bike is: an old Giant Cadex (can you see a theme here?)
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,