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ClifBar Organic Energy Food Fuel Packs Review

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Clif Bar Organic Energy Food Fuel Packs

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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My Thoughts:

Clif Bar is a brand that I continually work with & have always had gratitude for–as they’re committed to using organic ingredients. Our little blondie adores the kid’s clif bars and we see them as a go-to to satisfy her need for quick fuel and replenishment on the go.

I was so intriued by these fuel packs when they came out! Having healthy fuel that I can take with me was important in the last several months as I was traveling frequently coaching volleyball–and has continued to be important as I commute to and from work everyday & always bring my own snacks & shakes to supplement the green juice or salad I buy for lunch at a local spot. I don’t believe you have to give up healthy & sensible eating altogether when you’re traveling–it just requires a little bit of preparation.

The idea of these packs is excellent–as they truly taste like real mini-meals. All of them taste delectable in their own right. The pizza margherita was particularly interesting, & I enjoyed having the pizza flavor in baby food form (surprisingly).

I love the organic ingredients, the portability and the flavor of Clif Bar’s new Organic Energy Food Fuel Packs. My only scrutiny is that they’re not raw. Raw food doesn’t have as long of a shelf life–I get it from a profit standpoint. However, I’m exponentially more interested in supporting and buying products that put the nutrition aspect as top priority. Fueling my body the best way I know how will always be the major focus of my self-care. To me, that means as much organic & raw food as possible.

They’re off to a fantastic start by using non-gmo, organic ingredients. But, my enthusiasm will be elevated if Clif Bar comes out with some raw fuel. Maybe organic, raw, plant based protein? I’d do a cartwheel for sure 🙂

Oh! & I thought it was major cool that they included organic oregano, basil & tomato seeds from High Mowing seeds–just in time for the start of spring gardening!

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Clif Bar Variety Pack Giveaway!

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Clif Bar

I’m so thankful to have forged this working relationship with Clif Bar, in which they keep me in the loop with new products to try. Their generosity exceeds just me, as they want to send TWO of you a bundle of goodies like the pictured stash above!

Here’s what I like about the bars:

  • Certified organic (except the big Clif Bars & Kid’s Protein Z Bars, which are mostly organic)
  • Gluten free
  • They taste good!
  • The ingredients are all plant based and recognizable
  • I can find them at most of my local grocery stores

Electrolyte Packets

  • 90% organic

Protein Packets

  • 70% organic

Here’s what I’d improve:

  • More organic AND raw ingredients
  • Lower sugar content

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Giveaway!

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  4. Let me know you did so!

Two winners will be chosen and notified via e-mail on 2/17! Good Luck!!

 

 

Nektar Naturals Honey Crystals Review

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Nektar Honey Crystals

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS

About Nektar Honey Crystals:

Our “Beenominal” Story

Nektar Honey Crystals™ come from bumble, sorry, I mean humble beginnings. As a serious tea guy, I was tired of the sticky honey bottles and jars that we have all become accustomed to. After a particularly bad honey-spill, I knew there had to be a better way to carry and use honey. With a little research, entrepreneurial spirit, and honey all over my hands, Nektar Honey Crystals™ were born. I’ve been proud to watch us grow from packing our first boxes by hand at home, to seeing our product on store shelves. Today, you can find Nektar Honey Crystals™ at many fine grocery stores, online retailers, and in resorts and spas. We’re growing each and every day and couldn’t be happier to see the positive buzz from across the foodie blog-o-sphere. We hope you love our Nektar Honey Crystals™ just as much as we do.

Sustainability

We strive to be a sustainable company, one that recognizes its responsibilities towards the environment, our employees and the people who make our products. This is attained in part by a conscious effort to use recycled, eco-friendly materials in the manufacturing, packaging and distribution of our products whenever possible. Furthermore to this we recognize the factors contributing to a decline in the bee population in the United States and the dangers to our environment that this entails. As a company, Nektar Naturals Fine Foods supports the efforts of those working to research and stop this decline.”

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Honey Crystals

About:

“Honey is the tastiest, most natural way to sweeten.
We just made it easier!

Your days of squeezing the sticky belly of a honey bear are over. Introducing Nektar Honey Crystals™, honey without the sticky mess! These tasty, little 100% natural crystals now make it easier to carry honey with you on the go. Our convenient packets can fit in your purse, pocket, or between the pages of a book without sticking together. We are proud to say that we’ve kept all of  the good, with none of the goo.”

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 My Thoughts:

Raw honey is my all time favorite sweetener. Not only is it a unique gift from nature, but it also boasts a plethora of healing benefits for the body. Raw, organic honey is becoming increasingly easier to find at your local healthy food store.

Nektar Crystals are not raw honey, but I do appreciate that they have taken the goodness of honey and made it more convenient to tote around, consume and keep tidy. The convenience of stocking these in an office, desk or car for easy use is particularly nice.

I’ve learned that no chemicals are used in the process of making these crystals. Nektar Naturals is not certified organic, and do not claim to be “organic” because of that. I’m not well versed in the world of cultivating honey and what normal protocol is in regards to doing it organically. I, myself, would certainly appreciate a more thorough description of how these honey crystals are made–that way, it’s more transparent to the consumer and a gal like me doesn’t have to wonder. Not having this info readily available on their site steers me away from a 5-star review. I don’t require an organic certification, but I do require transparency in regards to organic practices.

Taste-wise, they don’t taste similar to honey, they taste AS honey does. Because they are honey–that’s the idea, right? I don’t use much sweetener in my beverages normally; when I take honey (raw & organic), I just eat it by the spoonful for the health benefits and energy boost.

Bearded Brothers Organic Energy Bars Review

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Bearded Brothers

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Bearded Brothers:

“We’re just two brothers who are passionate about the outdoors, staying fit, and especially about healthy organic foods. We love that last one so much, we started an awesome snackfood company. Our bars are, raw, vegan, gluten and soy free, made with organic ingredients, and crafted in hot and sunny Austin, Texas. Oh, and everything else we make is pretty dang delicious, too.

Caleb is an avid rock climber, runner, and cyclist and has a passion for raw organic foods and saw the need for tasty organic energy bars and snacks to fuel his adventures.

Chris, an outdoors lover, world traveler, avid disc golfer shares the same love for foods as fellow bearded brother, Caleb.  Chris also has extensive experience in the health food/supplement industry.

The shared passion resulted in Bearded Brothers, A Wholesome Snackfood Company. Crafted in small batches with love and joy, in Austin Texas.”

Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla

About:

“Our top seller! We use real dried blueberries without added oils or sweetener. This bar has a bit of added protein from organic sprouted brown rice powder! Sold in a four pack or by the case. One case includes 12 energy bars.

Ingredients: Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Vanilla Rice Protein (Sprouted Whole Brown Rice Protein, Vanilla, Pectin, Xanthan Gum, Stevia), Organic Dried Blueberries*, Organic Chia Seeds, Sea Salt / *Not Raw.”

Colossal Coconut Mango

About:

“A mid-day getaway! Enjoy our luxuriously smooth and satisfying Coconut Mango bar and you’ll swear you can feel the sand between your toes! One of our crowd favorites. Made with 100% raw ingredients. Sold in a four pack or by the case. One case includes 12 energy bars.

Ingredients:  Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Dried Mango, Organic Coconut Flakes, Organic Chia Seeds, Sea Salt.”

Mega Maca Chocolate

About:

“There’s nothing better than a sweet treat that treats you sweet! Made with delicious Mexican cocoa, raw cacao nibs and maca powder, this bar packs a punch of flavor and burst of energy! Sold in a four pack or by the case. One case includes 12 energy bars.

Ingredients: Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Cashews, Organic Maca Powder, Organic Cacao Nibs, Mexican Cocoa* (Dutch Cocoa, Indonesian Cinnamon, Ceylon Cinnamon and Vanilla Powder), Organic Evaporated Coconut Palm Nectar, Organic Chia Seeds, Sea Salt  / *Not Raw.”

Fabulous Ginger Peach

About:
“Peachy keen with a bit of ginger spice (from real fresh pressed ginger). This delicious bar is sure to get your day started off on the right foot, and is great for fighting off inflammation. Sold in a four pack or by the case. One case includes 12 energy bars.Ingredients: Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Walnuts, Organic Dried Peaches*, Organic Fresh Pressed Ginger, Organic Chia Seeds, Sea Salt
*not raw.”

Radical Raspberry Lemon

About:

“A full case of our amazingly chewy nut-free bar! From a base of figs and dates, we add dried raspberries, cold-pressed lemon extract, crunchy hemp and chia seeds and top it off with a bit of sunflower seed butter. It’s creamy and satisfying with a refreshing citrus kick! We believe this is our tastiest bar yet. The name says it all… Radical Raspberry Lemon!Sold in a four pack or by the case. One case includes 12 energy bars.

Ingredients: Organic Figs, Organic Dates, Organic Sun Butter (Roasted Organic Sunflower Seed)*, Organic Shelled Hemp Seeds, Organic Raspberries, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Cold Pressed Lemon Extract, Sea Salt /*Not Raw and processed on equipment that also processes soy.”

Example nutrition label from the Radical Raspberry Lemon Bar:

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My Thoughts:

These bars have awesome flavors, that are awesomely named, with an awesome company name, containing awesome ingredients. If you can’t tell, I think these bars are pretty awesome!

Bearded brothers offers unique, quirky, fun flavors and names–each one of them being heart & delicious in it own right. I marvel at these ingredient lists–one organic ingredient after the next. I love the use of maca in the chocolate bar. When I see maca as an ingredient in a health bar, I always have a good feeling that the brand is in-tune to the superfoods that can really amplify health and fuel the body. Maca is a great endocrine system aid, as it balances and restores hormone levels–which is beneficial to every facet of health, especially recovery.

Since these bars are high in sugar (the good kind–naturally occurring from fruits), I like to pair it with a whole-food based protein smoothie in the morning and a cup of bulletproof coffee (coffee + coconut oil). This way, my macros are balanced. By itself, this bar is a great post-workout or mid-workout (depending on the longevity of your activity) refuel snack. Each of these bars is power packed with energy and nutrients from healthy sources.

Taste-wise, these bars are dense, flavorful and just moist enough to be tasty. My only scrutiny (and this is just personal preference) is the use of dates. They just are not my favorite flavor. Without that taste, these flavor profiles are right on the money.

I’d recommend these bars to all endurance athletes, especially. They are also suitable for those with gluten, soy and/or nut allergies (the Radical Raspberry Lemon is their nut-free option). They’re a clean, organic source of energy and are conveniently packed so that you can throw them into your pant pocket, water pack, or back pack.

 

Camelbak Mantra Powder Drink Mix Review

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Camelbak Mantra

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Camelbak Mantra:

“NATURAL INGREDIENTS: No artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.

ZERO CALORIES: Made with the natural sweetener stevia

LESS WASTE: Great tasting drink mix is designed for reusable bottles

CONVENIENT: Powder stick packs are great for hydrating on-the-go

ENHANCING: Antioxidants, vitamins and electrolytes replenish as you hydrate

FULL INGREDIENT LIST for Blueberry Pomegranate (for example): Monopotassium Phosphate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Citrate, Magnesium Lactate, Citric Acid, Stevia Leaf Extract, Fruit and Vegetable Juice for Color, Natural Flavor, Ascorbic Acid, Niacinamide, Retinol Acetate, Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Biotin, and Cyanocobalamin.”

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My Thoughts:

The Camelbak brand is invaluable to my family’s vigor for nature and being outdoors. We love all of our Camelbak backpacks as well as the water bottles–of course, I’m a big fan of the fact that they are all BPA-free. This large purple Eddy bottle is perfect for our little girl her fluid capacity gradually increases. It’s a bit bigger than the kid’s Eddy and is great for long days or trips away from our home water filter.

As far as electrolyte replacement and hydration goes, I’m very easily to please. Water does it for me. I drink only water before and after activity, with the occasional squeeze of fresh lemon juice or lemon essential oil into my water bottle. I don’t naturally gravitate towards sports drinks or mixes. If I try them, my standards are pretty high. I want the ingredient list to be chock full of recognizable, whole food ingredients.

In the case of Mantra, it’s tough for me to stand behind a product that does not use organic ingredients. I do believe it to be a large step in the right direction (and better than the big lines of sports drinks–not naming names) for these Camelbak Mantra powder mixes to be free of artificial ingredients, colors and sweeteners– & I like the choice to use stevia in these mixes. However, to make it into my daily routine, these ingredient lists would have to look much more appealing and recognizable.

I appreciate the idea of this product, but in actuality–the ingredients are not up to par for this running girl.