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Nut + Seed Cacao Protein Smoothie Recipe

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This Nut + Seed Chocolate Protein Smoothie recipe combines soaked nuts and seeds including almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds with protein powder for a delicious smoothie that is full of complete plant-based protein, healthy fats and a plethora of other essential nutrients. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

  • Raw cacao
  • Coconut manna (butter)
  • Almonds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Goji berries
  • 1 serving of your favorite plant-based protein

DIRECTIONS

  1. Soak the almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds in water overnight.
  2. Add all ingredients to blender and blend on high until a thoroughly smooth consistency.
  3. Garnish with goji berries.
  4. Enjoy!
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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!

To enter this giveaway:

  1. Like Run On Organic on Facebook
  2. Follow Run On Organic on Twitter
  3. Follow Run On Organic on Instagram
  4. Let me know you did so!

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

 

 

Raw Revolution Bars Review

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Raw Revolution

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Raw Revolution:

Raw Revolution was launched in Alice Benedetto’s home kitchen in 2004. A registered nurse and natural food chef, Alice was looking for something that she could give to her kids – a healthy snack that also tasted good.

Alice started slowly, feeding her delicious, natural snacks to friends and family, and then started selling small batches through local stores near her suburban home. When the first bars sold out within days, Alice knew that she was on to something.

With the encouragement of her husband Dave, Raw Revolution expanded.  Alice developed new flavors and taste combinations. Dave scoured factories for used equipment, ultimately putting together a production line of equipment once used at pizzerias, chocolate factories and bakeries.

Ten years later Alice and Dave are producing millions of Raw Revolution bars every year. The bars are now sold through major retailers both in the United States and overseas.  Each one is still made at Alice and Dave’s family owned factory just outside of New York City.

A lot has changed in the last decade, but some things are the same as they have always been. The ingredients are fresh. The taste is revolutionary. And the story is just beginning.”

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Cherry Chocolate Chunk

Ingredients: 

“Organic Almonds, Organic Dates, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Sunflower Seed Kernels, Organic Chocolate Chunks (Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Chocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Cherries, Organic Sprouted Flax Seed, Organic Sea Salt, Organic Cherry Flavor. CONTAINS TREE NUTS.  Made on equipment shared with peanuts. Chocolate Chunks made in a facility that handles milk.”

Chocolate Crave

Ingredients: 

“Organic Cashews, Organic Sunflower Seed Kernels, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Dates, Organic Cocoa processed with Alkali, Organic Almonds, Organic Sprouted Flax Seed. CONTAINS TREE NUTS. Made on equipment shared with peanuts.”

Dark Chocolate Trail Mix

Ingredients:

“Organic Dates, Organic Cashews, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Chocolate Chunks (Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Coconut, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Cranberries (Organic Apple Juice, Organic Cranberries),Organic Peanuts, Organic Almonds, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Sprouted Flax Seed, Organic Sea Salt. Contains Tree Nuts, Soy and Peanuts. Chocolate Chunks made in a facility that handles milk.”

Almond Butter Cup

Ingredients:

“Organic Almonds, Organic Dates, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Sunflower Seed Kernels, Organic Chocolate Chunks (Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Sprouted Flax Seed, Organic Sea Salt. CONTAINS TREE NUTS. Made on equipment shared with peanuts. Chocolate Chunks made in a facility that handles milk.”

Chocolate Coconut Bliss

Ingredients:

“Organic Cashews, Organic Sunflower Seed Kernels, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Dates, Organic Coconut, Organic Cocoa processed with Alkali, Organic Almonds, Organic Sprouted Flax Seed. CONTAINS TREE NUTS. Made on equipment shared with peanuts.”

Spirulina Dream

Ingredients:

“Organic Cashews, Organic Dates, Organic Sunflower Seed Kernels, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Almonds, Organic Spirulina Powder, Organic Sprouted Flax Seed. CONTAINS TREE NUTS.  Made on equipment shared with peanuts.

Double Chocolate Brownie

Ingredients:

“Organic Cashews, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Dates, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Cocoa Powder Processed with Alkali, Organic Chocolate Chunks (Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Almonds, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Sprouted Flax Seed. Contains Tree Nuts. May Contain Traces of Peanut and Soy. Chocolate Chunks made in a facility that handles milk products.”

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My Thoughts:

I’m always eager and open to discovering new, portable ways to consume organic, raw fuel. So many nutrition bars are rife with processed junk. Raw Revolution is a brand I’ve come to know that has a fantastic grasp on providing a way for individuals to carry around a bar of goodness in their car, purse, in their office, etc.

Not only are each of these unique flavors absolutely delectable, but they are jam packed with raw & organic ingredients that truly nourish the body. If you ask me, the best way to consume raw & organic fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds is to eat them freshly whipped up in a smoothie or salad out of your kitchen. That said, we don’t eat all of our meals in the comfort of our home.

Thus, I see Raw Revolution bars as the next best thing.

I see them as a snack and/or meal replacement when I’m on the go, at practice, commuting, etc.

All of the flavors totally rock in their own right, but my favorites are the Almond Butter Cup and the Chocolate Coconut Crave. You forget they’re a healthy food because they taste that good. It’s also worth nothing what Raw Revolution states about their ingredients being raw (which is almost as important to them being organic, to me):

“While there are a number of definitions and opinions on what constitutes something being “raw”, we take it to mean food that is uncooked, unprocessed, and organic. We do not heat any ingredients here in our facility. Some of our bars are 100% raw, such as the Spirulina Dream and the Golden Cashew, while others vary in their raw content, such as the chocolate flavored bars which contain dutch-processed cocoa. Generally, the bars range from approximately 80% to 100% raw. Since ingredient sources can change and there is no legal standard for “raw”, we do not claim a specific “percentage raw” on our labels.”

I do wish they used raw cacao powder versus using their processed cocoa, but 80% raw is pretty darn good and is one of the best options available on the market as far as bars go. Because of that, I give it a hearty two-thumbs up! (5 stars) 🙂

 

 

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.

Health Warrior Chia Bar Review

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Health Warrior

This is a review of Health Warrior Chia Bars.

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Health Warrior:

POWERED BY CHIA

There’s a fire inside us all.
Silently blazing, pushing us to do more, go further.
When everything else says stop, no more,
and pleads for you to quit, the fire charges onward.
Fueled by desire. By ambition. By courage.
It’s the fire that gets you out of bed in the morning
and through your day with verve.
It’s the fire that gets you over that peak,
and through that meeting,
and into the new week ready for anything.
At Health Warrior, we fuel that fire.
With wholesome, nutritious, convenient foods.
So you know it will always be there, inside you,
fueled the right way, with the right foods.

Five centuries after the Aztec Warriors built an empire on the power of Chia, we learned about the benefits of Chia while reading the best-selling book Born to Run, about the Tarahumara Indians and their jaw-dropping long-distance runs. The Tarahumara, like the Aztecs before them, are Powered by Chia.

We looked into it further, and were floored by what we found. Turns out Chia is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.

We started eating Chia every day, on everything. Suddenly we were working out harder, lifting heavier, feeling stronger, and running farther, faster.

With that, Health Warrior was born.

Health Warrior is dedicated to vetting the world’s growers for the highest quality Chia and helping people conquer the many challenges of their everyday lives.”

Are all chia seeds created equal?

No. A thousand times no! Health Warrior has made it our mission to vet out the most Premium Chia Seeds and bring them to you.

If a farmer harvests Chia too early, many of the nutrition benefits are lost. Our growers harvest at the exact right time, and use No Tillage Farming, which is environmentally sustainable and produces healthy soil. Healthy soil = great nutrients for the Chia plant = the very best Chia = Chia, the Warrior Way.

Our organically grown Chia Seeds have 100% traceability from Farm to Package and are Kosher, Halal, Non-GMO, and Gluten-Free. They’re also listed as an EU Novel Food and boasts Global GAP, GMP & HACCP Certifications. Not to mention, we have a guaranteed purity level of 99.9%. Unlike some of the other guys, there’s no accidental rocks, dirt, or twigs in Health Warrior Chia Seeds!”

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Ingredient List from the Acai Berry Bar:

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My Thoughts:

First of all, I love everything that Health Warrior stands for and promotes: pushing yourself, challenging your body and fueling up right. That’s how I aim to do it!

A great tasting, high quality bar is hard to come by, especially one packed with chia seeds. I have been a fan of chia seeds for several years now as a great source of healthful omega fats. I had yet, though, to find a bar like this one that truly showcases chia seeds in a convenient little pack.

I love the use of agave syrup as a sweetener–it has a low glycemic index which means it doesn’t make your blood sugar skyrocket (which can trigger weight gain). To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of brown rice syrup, brown rice crisps and oats because I strive for a grain-free diet. Those components are the few aspects that I didn’t like about the bars.

As far as quality goes,  I am excited to see many organic ingredients, most of which are very nutritionally dense. Taste-wise, they are hearty bars with a little zip of flavor. The chia is the primary crunch you experience and each flavor has its own unique sweetness and yumminess. The flavor (banana nut, for example) is not overpowering & it doesn’t taste like a bar full of sugar. It’s truly a bar that will fuel you, not simply satisfy a sweet tooth. At 100 calories, it is the perfect size snack to enjoy mid-workout if you are outdoors training for long periods. I also see it as ideal to put into a Camelbak or hiking pack for hikes & outdoor adventures.

The banana nut, coffee and chocolate peanut butter turned out to be my favorite flavors. If I had to pick one, it would be the coffee bar–I so enjoyed eating one with my morning cup o’ joe!

I love the shirt that Health Warrior gave me to rock–I will proudly do so! I believe these bars to be unique, almost entirely organic, hearty and satisfying.