The Protein Bar: New Breakfast Menu
Last Friday, I had the pleasure of going to The Protein Bar in Farragut Square to participate in a tasting of their new breakfast menu. Generally, I'm a simple breakfast person. I like fruit, some form of protein (almond butter or eggs) and incorporating greens if I can (smoothie or side salad). I was excited to try The Protein Bar as I've heard many great things about their menu and that I'd like the experience.
Well, I must say after trying several of the items on their menu, their reputation has been more solidified in my book. When you walk in, the bright orange, green and open space warmly greets you. It's a positive space to be in with a ton of different ways to incorporate protein into each of their meal options - plant-based too. I was there to try the new breakfast menu, and I must say it was delicious.
There were four breakfast bowls to choose from: big bacon, steak & eggs, morning mexicali and sunrise spinach & pesto. I decided to go with the first two. I'm not a huge steak person, I probably eat it once or twice a year, but I must say this was pretty darn good. The steak was really tender and seasoned well. The Big Bacon is a more familiar breakfast item with scrambled eggs, cheese and bacon. It's really good, but if you're looking for something different, then I'd try the steak bowl instead. For those who don't eat meat, the other two options I listed were vegetarian.
Big Bacon: Turkey bacon, cheddar, whole eggs scrambled with organic ghee - 370 cals, 34g protein, 3g carbs.
Steak & Eggs: Steak, black beans, salsa, whole eggs scrambled with organic ghee - 360 cals, 27g protein, 11g carbs.
They also have four oatmeal bowls: blueberry, savory bacon, peanut butter & açaí and overnight oats. The two oatmeal bowls I chose satisfied different cravings. If you're looking for a savory breakfast then I'd suggest going with the overnight oats bowl as it had a ton of fruit and a more balanced taste. If you're looking for something more sweet, then I'd suggest the peanut butter acai bowl. Both were light and tasty. but I preferred the overnight oats dish.
Peanut Butter & Açaí: Organic peanut butter, açaí puree, banana, hemp seed blend - 500 cals, 18g protein, 67g carbs.
Overnight Oats:Cold muesli with oats, apple, banana, yogurt, maple syrup, almond milk topped with strawberries and blueberries - 200 cals, 4g protein, 34g carbs.
At The Protein Bar, they have four core beliefs:
Good protein is a daily essential for health - enhancing muscle mass, mood, and brain function, while keeping you full all day.
Superfoods are powerhouse ingredients, with nutrients and antioxidants that improve everything from immunity to skin.
You don't have to sacrifice great taste to save calories and carbs. Healthy ingredient substitutes - quinoa, flax seed tortillas, Greek yogurt, and house-made sauces - deliver flavors without guilt.
Customizable menu serves vegan and gluten-free needs.
I think The Protein Bar has a lot of great options for a fast-casual restaurant as it favors the health conscious consumer as it's gluten free and vegan friendly. It's always a challenge when you're on-the-go to find something healthful to eat, especially if you didn't plan ahead. But this is a great option in Washington D.C. as well as in Denver and Chicago. The Protein Bar also offers catering which is a great way to bring healthy eats into the workplace and maybe even for a personal or professional event. I really enjoyed my time at the restaurant and hope to get back soon to try their salads, wraps and other dishes.