Protein Bar

Written by on February 21, 2013 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Ballston neighborhood, Arlington, Virginia

How I heard of this place: It opened up just around the corner from our home, and we noticed the COMING SOON signs in the window on one visit to its neighbor: The Green Turtle. A fellow Arlington gourmand mentioned to me that it had finally opened its doors, but it wasn’t until a lunch-date was set with a friend working at NSF that I finally entered those open doors.

Protein Bar

Type of cuisine: “Our mission is simple: provide active, on-the-go people with healthy, flavorful choices while having a positive impact on everyone we meet and in everything we do.

Protein Bar Soda

From healthful Bar-ritos to warm quinoa bowls and vibrant, protein-rich salads, Protein Bar offers a little something for everyone.

We all know that healthy employees are happy employees and we want to be a part of your corporate wellness plan. Protein Bar is proud to have worked with many of the city’s top companies to ensure employees are provided with the best information they need to make healthy decisions. Here are some quick tips to promoting healthy healthier in your office:

  • Encourage breakfast: A little oatmeal and fruit in the morning can raise metabolism and keep you feeling energized throughout the day
  • Get out of the office: Bring your team to Protein Bar for a refreshing alternative to a conference room
  • Take a snack break: Need a boost to get past the 3pm hurdle? Some veggies/hummus or fruit & nut bars sound better than the vending machine
  • Have us over: We bring the blenders, fruit, protein; whatever necessary to blend drinks to-order right in your office

PB Kitchen

Ambiance: A sleek entryway opens onto a single, vast room with high ceilings exposing colorful yet muted industrial building materials. The autumnal array of coloring in oranges, browns and whites creates a uniform warmth throughout the space. Varied seating options including booths, tables and chairs, as well as a rounded bar with bar-stools and whimsical lighting are available for each dining party. Clean and streamlined, the space welcomes business professionals and casual diners through its large, glass doors.

Protein Bar Seating

What I ordered: The menu was slightly daunting as I stood at the front of the long line of customers, my dining companion already at the register.

PB Register

The Spinach & Pesto Bowl caught my attention, and it was hard to divert it. The Spinach & Pesto bowl ($7.19), prepared with all-natural chicken with organic quinoa, spinach, basil pesto, and shredded parmesan cheese consisted of: 371 calories, 21 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 805 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 35 g protein.

Spinach & Pesto

My dining companion selected the Original Protein Bar-rito (grilled) made with all-natural chicken (which she substituted with tofu), house-made seasoned black beans, organic quinoa, shredded cheddar cheese and cilantro for a total of: 505 calories, 11 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 1343 mg sodium, 70 g carbohydrates, 22 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 42 g protein.

Original Bar-rito

What I loved: The cheesy, creamy, pesto-infused bowl of quinoa, mini chunks of chicken breast, tossed with whole, fresh, vibrant leaves of spinach.

PB tray

Why I loved it: I love that Protein Bar prides itself on using only healthful and satisfying options presented heartily, with simplicity and lacking frills.

Cost: Low to average ($7 – $10 per single lunch item)

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