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Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Protein Bars Giveaway

Hey FMG fam!

Genuine Health and I are partnering for an awesome GIVEAWAY! Here are the deets on the bars:

Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Protein Bars:

• High in protein – contains 15g of fermented dietary protein per serving!
• Captures the advanced science of fermentation to eliminate digestive upset associated with plant proteins

Why Fermented?

• Unlocks the critical amino acids for optimal absorption by the body
• Removes the anti-nutrients from protein sources that cause digestive discomfort
• Promotes overall digestive health and thereby healthy gut bacteria
• Supports the immune system

Ingredients (from the Dark Chocolate Almond bar):

Protein blend [fermented pea protein isolate, sesame protein concentrate, organic sprouted brown rice protein concentrate, fermented vegan protein blend (organic hemp protein, organic quinoa sprouts, alfalfa protein, organic spirulina, mung bean sprouts)], Isomalto-oligosaccharides (Vitafiber™), almond butter, organic agave syrup, brown rice syrup, organic crisp rice (organic rice flour, organic evaporated cane juice, salt, calcium carbonate), chocolate drops (organic cane sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter), cocoa powder, organic coconut oil, raisin paste, roasted diced almonds, unsweetened chocolate, natural flavours, cocoa nibs, chia seeds, sunflower lecithin, sea salt, mixed tocopherols. Contains: Almonds, sesame.

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To Enter:

  1. Follow Genuine Health + Feel More Gooder on Instagram.
  2. Leave a comment telling us why you love vegan food!

*Winner will be selected + contacted on Friday, May 4th! Good luck everyone!!

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ProBar Organic, Gluten Free Nutrition Bar Review: Part 2

Pro Bar

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

I immensely enjoyed sampling Pro Bar’s “Bite” bars prior to this goodie bundle. You can check out my thoughts on those bars here: Bite Bar Review. They are incredibly delicious! I also appreciate that Pro Bars are 70% raw, as well as organic.

My eyes got really big when I opened this assorted box of Pro Bar awesomeness. I especially go bonkers for their Base protein bars. They taste good, they’re more macro balanced than most nutrition bars and they pack a good punch of protein.

I see the Fuel bars as more of an intra-workout snack boost for when I need a source of carbohydrates that my body can quickly tap into. I

The Meal bars are perfect to pack in my gym bag when I need a well-rounded, convenient “meal” at my fingertips when I’m leaving the gym. They’re satisfying and make me feel like I’ve ingested enough to tide me over until I get home and have the kitchen to prepare in.

The Bolt energy chews are not something that I see as a necessity in my daily routine, but I did recently find them super handy to hand out to the players on my 12-year-old elite volleyball team mid-tournament. They loved that they resembled candy (except they’re worlds healthier in reality), gave them a boost and tasted yummy. I can see myself taking these with me for a mid-run refuel for a longer race (at least half marathon length), I just don’t do that as often as I used to. I’m more often in the gym lifting and doing higher intensity circuits to stay lean and strong. These chews would combat the fact that I try to limit extra sugar, so I would only consume them as needed during a grueling, endurance workout or race.

I totally dig on the tee & water bottle they threw in! I’m impressed with their range of products and suggest you give them a try if you are apprehensive about bars–the flavor & quality will get you on board!

 

Juti Organic Energy Bar Review

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Juti Bar

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS 

About Juti Bar:

“Matt Zembruski is the company founder and creator of the Juti Bar. His background is in engineering and project management, but his true passions lie in the worlds of nutrition and fitness.

Beginning in the summer of 2003 when he first experienced his mom’s baked energy bars, Matt quickly adopted them as his favorite breakfast food. And after several years of continually improving the recipe and eating a Juti Bar for breakfast just about every day, he wanted to share them with the world so others could also have the opportunity to experience this amazing on-the-go energizer.

Matt spent years sharing these early versions of the Juti Bar with friends, family, nutritionists, athletes, and other busy health conscious individuals. He listened to their feedback, connected with health experts across the country, and upgraded the recipe and the quality of the ingredients…again and again and again. Matt didn’t rest until the Juti Bar was fully organic, gluten-free and vegan – with the highest quality ingredients that can be found around the world.

Matt believes the Juti Bar can make it easier for you to make healthier choices, so you can feel great and have lots of natural energy throughout your day. Many years have gone by since his mom first introduced him to the super healthy food that changed his life. And in the years to come Matt hopes that the Juti Bar will make a tasty and nutritious impact in your life and your health as well.

Like most things that taste great, the Juti Bar was first created in a mother’s kitchen. Matt’s Mom, who is passionate about proper nutrition, baked a batch of health bars to give to Matt and his dad before they headed out for an early morning round of golf.

After playing some golf, both guys were pretty hungry so they each ate the homemade energy bar they had brought with them. Matt was immediately impressed by the bar’s awesome taste and delightful texture, but he was even more surprised when he had plenty of energy for the next four to five hours of golfing and running around that day. When he returned to his parents’ house later that afternoon, Matt thanked his mom for the amazing bars and got the recipe so he could start making his own every month. He was very excited because he knew these bars provided the flavor, nutrition, and “staying power” that he had been unable to find in any other on-the-go breakfast options.

In his own words, here’s part of the reason why Matt was so excited to discover his mom’s healthy treat that day:

“Over the years, many doctors & health experts have suggested that adults eat a bowl of oatmeal every morning as a way of staying healthy, getting enough fiber, etc. Well, I tried that for a while and it didn’t work for me. On many mornings, I just didn’t have time to make & eat a sit-down breakfast. But even on the days I did have time, it wasn’t that tasty or enjoyable for me. In my heart and in my taste buds, I knew there was a better way.”

From its simple beginnings the Juti Bar recipe has undergone a number of changes. It has been tweaked to perfection to fill you up, nourish your body and delight your taste buds. Over the years, Matt and his advisory team of nutritionists and athletes went to great lengths to ensure that the Juti Bar you eat today is made from the finest ingredients available in the world. You can learn more about each of the premium ingredients on the BAR INFO page.

Since those first home-baked batches of bars were made in 2003, families all across the nation have discovered the lasting satisfaction and pure goodness that Juti Bars bring to their lives.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Juti Bar

Ingredients:

Organic gluten free rolled oats, Organic almond butter (organic almonds), Organic brown rice protein powder, Organic vegan dark chocolate chunks (Rainforest Alliance Certified™ organic cacao mass, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic whole vanilla bean), Organic raw coconut nectar, Organic coconut flour, Organic chia seeds, Organic ground flaxseed, Organic cinnamon, Organic vanilla bean powder, Purified water.

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My Thoughts:

Matt was very kind, generous and eager to help in coordinating with me to put this review together. I was excited to try Juti bars!

I really, really wanted to love these bars without any issues. Here’s what happened for me: I refrigerated the bars (as recommended) upon receiving them. When I took one out of the fridge to eat it, I found the bar’s flavors to be bland and a bit chalky. So, I experimented with leaving one out a while (letting it come to room temperature) so that I could really taste and decipher all of the high-quality ingredients in this bar. At room temperature, it was easier to taste the bars’s yummy flavors; but I still found it to be very heavy on the oatmeal and not moist enough for my liking. I would rather them have a bit more of a creamy, almond or cashew buttery texture.

This part is perhaps my own fault (as I was indeed advised to refrigerate these bars): but I left a Juti bar (accidentally) in my purse and just recently opened it up while commuting for a quick snack. I was bummed to see that there was mold on the bar. I think it’s important to note that this may be the case because Juti bars don’t contain any kind of preservative or food that naturally preserves in order to extend their shelf life at room temperature. Thus, them needing refrigeration is not a bag thing–in my eyes. It was just hard to enjoy the bar and flavors of it when it was cold. I certainly could plan ahead and take the bar out ahead of time–but in some ways that diminishes some of the convenience.

Since the texture isn’t completely to my liking; I devised the idea to mix these bars with some coconut yogurt (crumbled into granola-like pieces) for a quick snack or meal.

Ingredient wise, Juti bars are awesome. No junk, no fillers, just nutritionally dense goodness. They’re also gluten free–making them suitable for those with a gluten sensitivity. As far as nutrition goes, I certainly see these bars as a dense, macro-balanced (good amounts of fat, carbs and protein), clean snack option for refueling. I absolutely and totally admire the mission behind this brand; I would just seek a little bit of tweaking in regards to the bar’s texture.

Amrita Endurance Bar Review

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Amrita Endurance Bars

Overall Rating: images

About Amrita:

“Arshad grew up in India where eating fresh fruits and vegetables was a way of life. After coming to the United States, Arshad became a serious cyclist but when he took six years off active racing he gave up vegetarianism and gained weight. Meanwhile, Arshad’s son was diagnosed with autism and severe gastrointestinal issues.

In order to get their son on track Arshad and his wife started their son on an aggressive gluten-free and dairy-free nutrition program. The nutritional changes helped heal his gastrointestinal issues, allowing for better nutrition absorption, making it easier for him to focus on the other therapies. Now, Ayaan is in a regular classroom doing well academically.

Based on his son’s nutritionally based autism and gastrointestinal recovery and his own drop in cholesterol and weight by following a similar allergy-friendly diet, Arshad became convinced that plant-based nutrition was the right approach for managing inflammation. The significance of reducing one’s allergen load to help the body recover from daily stresses (such as consumption of gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, oils, preservatives, and chemical-containing non-organic foods) became apparent. As a result, he sought to develop snacksfree of these damaging ingredients

During Arshad’s preliminary research of “natural” energy bars on the market, he became concerned about the pervasive use of whey and soy protein, both highly acidic foods. Whey is a byproduct of the cheese-making process and has been shown to cause digestion problems. Soy protein isolate has also been shown to adversely affect thyroids, fertility, hormones, and digestion. Arshad decide to use raw vegan brown rice protein, which boasts a complete amino acid profile exceptionally high in glutamine, argentine, lysine, leucine, and branched-chain amino acids.

Arshad realized that using brown rice protein and dried fruts—such as tropical mangoes, pineapples, and Mejdool dates—together with a rich blend of raw sunflower seeds and sesame seeds would provide essential proteins and fats without the added allergens from nuts, dairy, and soy. As an added bonus, his kids could also take them as part of their peanut-free school lunches!

Arshad launched “Amrita”  in 2012 while working full-time with 3 young kids.  Based on the rapid positive response from farmers markets and stores, Arshad went into Amrita full time in July of 2013.  Amrita in sanskrit means “nectar”.  To really separate Amrita from other energy bars on the market, Arshad packed each bar full of superfoods, such as chia seeds, maca, unsweetened coconut, with delicious hints of vanilla and Himalayan Pink salt for taste and flavor balance.

When making Amrita bars, Arshad ensured ingredients were rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3s, with a good dose of fiber and heaps of easily digestible protein. Of course every ingredient is Non-GMO.  Most importantly, they had to taste amazing, which was easy to deliver based on having  3 picky kids in the house and all their peers as test kitchens.

On average, approximately 70% of the ingredients used to make Amrita bars are organic.

Apricot Strawberry

About:

“Tangy moist apricot with sweet chunks of baby strawberries brings your taste buds alive! Yum!

Nutrition: Calorie: 235 (50gm/1.8oz) = 7g Fat + 36g Carbohydrates + 7g Protein. 4g Fiber and 1000mg Chia Seeds.

Raw, Plant-Based, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free*, Soy-Free, Non-GMO, Kosher.

*Contains Coconut.”

Apple Cinnamon

About:

“As American as it gets –  Big chunks of dried apples, juicy dates and fresh cinnamon.

Nutrition: Calorie: 228 (50gm/1.8oz) = 7g Fat + 36g Carbohydrates + 7g Protein. 4g Fiber and 1000mg Chia seeds.

Raw, Plant-Based, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free*, Soy-Free, Non-GMO, Kosher.

*Contains Coconut.”

Chocolate Maca

About:

“Big chunks of cacao, with tons of superfood rich raw maca and 15gm of organic brown rice protein

Nutrition: Calorie: 284 (50gm/1.8oz) = 7g Fat + 30g Carbohydrates + 15g Protein. 4g Fiber and 1000mg Chia.

Raw, Plant-Based, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free*, Soy-Free, Non-GMO, Kosher.

*Contains Coconut.”

Cranberry Raisin

About:

“A perfect blend of tangy cranberries dancing with sweet raisins, chia seeds, and loaded with brown rice protein.

Nutrition: Calorie: 243  (50gm/1.8oz) = 7g Fat + 38g Carbohydrates + 7g Protein. 4g Fiber and 1000mg Chia.

Raw, Plant-Based, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free*, Soy-Free, Non-GMO, Kosher.

*Contains Coconut.”

Mango Coconut

About:

“Tropical juicy mango with sweet coconut – saving you a trip to Thailand!

Nutrition: Calorie: 219 (50gm/1.8oz) = 7g Fat + 32g Carbohydrates + 7g Protein. 4g Fiber and 1000mg Chia.

Raw, Plant-Based, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free*, Soy-Free, Non-GMO, Kosher.

*Contains Coconut.”

Pineapple Chia

About:

“Sun ripened sweet pineapple chunks with superfood chia seeds – straight from tropical South America.

Nutrition: Calorie: 235 (50gm/1.8oz) = 7g Fat + 36g C
arbohydrates + 7g Protein. 4g Fiber and 1000mg Chia.

Raw, Plant-Based, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free*, Soy-Free, Non-GMO, Kosher.

*Contains Coconut.”

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My Thoughts:

The first thing that stands out to me with these Amrita Endurance bars is how pleasant my interaction has been with the founder, Arshad. He has been very helpful, informative and generous in working with me and R.O.O. I really appreciate that aspect of this brand and it will certainly play a role in driving me to continue to support Amrita.

They bars are pretty darn close to 100% awesome. Since they are 70% organic, I’d say that they are 70% awesome. 🙂 In all seriousness, I truly appreciate the fact that Amrita states that they do not use any GMO ingredients. They are refreshingly transparent in admitting that their bars are 70% organic, whereas some brands tend to throw in a small percentage of organic ingredients and then put “organic” in big fat letters on the label. Amrita has recognizable, easy to follow ingredient lists that clearly state which ingredients are organic. As always, entirely organic is the goal. I feel that Amrita is in a very high percentile when compared to other health bars (in regards to quality). In addition to being 70% organic, these bars boast labels that read “raw, plant-based, dairy free, nut-free, gluten-free, soy-free, non-gmo, kosher.” I am concerned about nuts being in my bars (in fact, I prefer them) but I think the main advantage of these bars being free of those foods is that it makes them available to individuals and kids who have food allergies or sensitivities.

Speaking of taste, these bars taste REAL. They taste like their are made of whole food ingredients, because they are. You can pick out the flavors here and there as you eat them. Amrita has nailed a few of their flavor combinations in the Mango Coconut, Pineapple Chia and Apricot Strawberry. All of the flavors are very enjoyable, respectively, but those 3 were the ones I enjoyed most. I love that Amrita makes a bar with Maca. Maca is a superfood (in this case, in powder form) that helps balance and improve hormone production in the body. As someone who has suffered with intense periods and hormonal skin breakouts, I am always looking to eat plant based foods that help address that.

These bars are good when you really need a punch of energy and nutrients. Since all of these bars have a relatively high sugar content (from fruits and natural sources), I wouldn’t recommend them to someone trying to minimize their sugar intake. Or, for those individuals, I’d recommend just sticking to eating these bars only after an intense workout, not regularly throughout the day. I’d imagine these bars would appeal most to active individuals who believe in a plant-based, non-gmo, mostly organic approach to fueling up. These are some of the best tasting and highest quality you can buy and their range of flavors is sure to please any palate or list of dietary restrictions.

Get 15% off your order of Amrita Bars using the coupon code “thanks” !

Clif Bar Mojo Bars Review: 70% Organic & Gluten Free

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Mojo Bars by Clif Bar

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Mojo Bars:

2002 – CLIF MOJO Makes its Debut as Pioneering New Sweet and Salty Snack Bar

Like many of Clif Bar & Company’s innovative products, the inspiration for CLIF MOJO came straight from our athletes and fans. They wanted a savory source of nutritious energy while in the backcountry. We also heard that people wanted new and interesting flavors. Never one to shy away from a fun challenge, Gary worked with our kitchen team and athletes to create the CLIF MOJO bar – a sweet and salty line of trail mix bars.

The new snack bars featured a variety of nuts plus raisins, chocolate chips, pretzels and other ingredients for a crispy, crunchy texture, and sweet and salty flavor. Inspired by global adventure, the bar also blazed new trails with fun original flavors including Honey Roasted Peanut, Mixed Nuts, Honey BBQ Almond, Spicy Salsa Peanut and Curry Cashew.

2006 – MOJO STARTS USING ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

True to our 5 Aspirations business model, CLIF MOJO’s started using organic ingredients with the goal of sustaining people, planet and our community. Today, CLIF MOJO bars are made with 70 percent organic ingredients.

2007 – MOJO Takes a Dip into Cocoa

Following the successful debut of the original CLIF MOJO flavors, we wanted to continue providing people with fun and innovative new flavors. So we had a contest. Ten teams dreaming out loud, mixing things in bowls, buzzing all about what product they’d create if they could. The result: CLIF MOJO® Dipped. The new bar offered all the crunchy, salty, organic, nutty goodness of CLIF MOJO — the original sweet & salty trail mix bar— but with a creamy layer of chocolate. A sweet twist on a hometown favorite. The original flavors included classic combinations of Peanut Butter Jelly, Chocolate Peanut and Fruit & Nut. Today, CLIF MOJO Dipped Chocolate Peanut remains a fan favorite and an absolute classic.

January 2011 – New Recipe Adds More Nuts

Never one to stop improving, in 2011 we tweaked our CLIF MOJO bar recipe ever so slightly, increasing the amount of nuts to create an even nuttier, more delicious flavor.

2014 – Introduces CLIF MOJO Fruit & Nut and Dark Chocolate

The CLIF MOJO innovation continues to this day. We’re so excited to welcome our new line of flavors to the family. This year we introduced our CLIF MOJO® Fruit & Nut and CLIF MOJO® Dark Chocolate flavors. The new great-tasting snack bars are crafted with wholesome, nutritious ingredients like whole wild blueberries, whole nuts and chunks of organic dark chocolate.”

Mojo Bar Specs:

-70% Organic

-8-9g Protein

-Low Glycemic

-Gluten Free

Ingredient list from the Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut:

“Ingredients:

Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Almonds, Soy Rice Crisps (Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Rice Flour, Calcium Carbonate), Organic Chocolate Chunks (Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla), Organic Coconut, Almond Butter, Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Oat Syrup Solids, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Coconut Oil, Sea Salt, Organic Gum Arabic, Natural Flavor, Natural Vitamin E (antioxidant).”

My Thoughts:

These bars are delicious! My favorites were the two bars containing the dark chocolate. With a bunch of organic ingredients, they are also a bar you can feel good about.

I typically steer clear of gluten, extra sugar and grains–and these bars satisfy the first two of those three. If I had to re-design these bars, I would do without the brown rice syrup, soy rice crisps, rice flour, soybeans and oat syrup because they fall into the grain category that I typically try to dodge. Without those ingredients, I would love to recommend these bars to friends of mine that follow a “paleo” diet, as paleo eating eliminates all grains.

I love how the bar is so robust with nuts. It provides you with good fats, which are energy that can sustain you throughout the day. This Mojo bar is  convenient to keep in your purse, your car, or in the pantry for a quick, healthy snack–a satisfying one at that.

I’d recommend these bars to any current clif bar fan or nut lover that it looking for a lower-sugar option that is gluten free.