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ProBar Organic, Gluten Free Snack Bar Review

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ProBar Bite

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

ProBar Core Values:

Treat Business Like You Treat Family

At PROBAR® we recognize that growing our business goes hand-in-hand with nurturing relationships and encouraging personal growth. We create meaningful, long-term connections with our employees, vendors and customers in a community where trust rules. PROBAR® is not just a job, it’s a shared passion.

Let Your Actions Define You
We tell our kids this every day. We act with dependability, honesty, integrity and trust to realize our commitment to the PROBAR® family and community.

Big Steps, Small Footprint
PROBAR® is a sustainable, REAL FOOD choice. Our ingredients are plant-based, coming from sustainable sources which have a small impact on the earth and a significant and positive impact on our bodies.

We Love Real Food, and We Love What We Do. We Laugh Everyday. What Else Is There?

We Don’t Run From Our Karma and Why Would We Want To?
We always intend to do the right thing. Profit is part of our bottom line; integrity and quality are our cornerstones. We perform at the highest standard, despite cost. A fair reward awaits us.”

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About the ProBar Bite:

“This PROBAR® puts on-the-go and good-for-you in the same bite. Quick, easy, scrumptious and packed with great tasting ingredients, this satisfying snack will energize your day.”

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Chocolate Cherry Cashew

About:

“Indulge yourself with the tasty flavors in Chocolate Cherry Cashew. Rich chocolate mixed with sweet cherries and soft cashews is a treat any time of the day.”

 

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Coconut Almond

About:

“Fresh, flaky coconut with the crunch of almonds is the perfect combination for an on-the-go snack. With this delectable duo, Coconut Almond will leave you coming back for more.”

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Mixed Berry

About:

“Mixed Berry is sure to be your go-to snack for always-in-season berries that never disappoint. It keeps your energy up and makes your taste buds dance year round.”

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Peanut Butter Chocolate

About:

“What could be better than Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip? Fresh peanut butter and creamy chocolate are sure to satisfy with this classic sweet and salty combo!”

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Peanut Butter Crunch

About:

“Simple, pure and sweet! Tasty peanut butter will provide just the right spread for your taste buds.”

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Superfruit + Greens

About:

“Nature’s bounty all in one bar: Superfruit + Greens combines acai, goji, and chia with an awesome grass mix that is sure to get your greens on.”

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My Thoughts:

When I am commuting to practice or amidst a busy tournament day as a volleyball coach, I really lean on portable sources of fuel to keep me energized and replenished.

Of course, my snacks being organic is of the utmost importance to me. I also aim to consume as much raw food as I can. In regards to bars, I’ve found that many of them are not raw because raw ingredients have a shorter shelf life. However, I’ve been lucky enough to discover a few bars that boast mostly raw ingredients, in addition to being raw. That has spoiled me and raised my standards for bars. I now not only look for organic, but I want them to be raw as well. Raw is important because it means I’m consuming these foods unheated, undenatured and with their nutrient profile intact. Heating these ingredients can significantly diminish its nutrient capacity. I was happy to learn that ProBar bites are 70% raw.

That said, I look for organic and I look for raw, but organic & minimally processed is the next best thing. That is what appears to be the case with ProBar. When you unwrap one of these bites, you can recognize what’s in it. It tastes real because it is–the ingredients are organic, 70% raw & recognizable. Taste-wise, these bars are unreal. I truly looked forward to eating these in the morning with a cup of coffee. They are also perfect by themselves.

With a 7g/26g/6g ratio (fat/carbs/protein), I like that these bars are pretty balanced and provide adequate amounts of each macronutrient.

I’d recommend them to those looking for a gluten-free, organic bar option. I’ve found them super handy to keep in my purse, car or in the pantry for an easy, healthy snack!

 

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Veri Organic Soda Review

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Veri Soda

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Veri:

“Remember a time when soda wasn’t a four-letter word? Before corn syrup replaced cane sugar and chemicals became “acceptable” substitutes for real ingredients? Those were the days when soda was a more innocent treat.

We do. And we’ve spent years crafting a soda that’s like no other; one that we could proudly serve to anyone, even our children, guilt-free.

Some said it couldn’t be done.

Experts insisted that a soda with no additives or preservatives would have a shelf life shorter than a Hollywood marriage. Some argued that eliminating 65% of the calories was the same as eliminating most of the taste. Others said it was impossible: a soda with no artificial colors, no artificial aromas, no artificial flavoring and no artificial sweeteners? No way.

We politely disagreed. Then committed ourselves to crafting the world’s finest organic, low-calorie soft drinks. A soda like no other.

Say hello to Veri. A truli different kind of soda.

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Orange

“Ingredients:

Sparkling water, organic cane sugar, organic orange juice from concentrate, organic lemon juice from concentrate, organic carrot juice from concentrate, organic flavors, and organic stevia leaf extract.”

Lemon Lime

“Ingredients:

Sparkling water, organic cane sugar, organic lemon juice from concentrate, organic flavors, and organic stevia leaf extract.”

Cola

“Ingredients:

Sparkling water, organic cane sugar, organic lemon juice from concentrate, organic caramel, organic flavors, and organic stevia leaf extract.”

Ginger Ale

“Ingredients:

Sparkling water, organic cane sugar, organic lemon juice from concentrate, organic ginger extract, organic flavor, organic caramel color, and organic stevia leaf extract.”

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My Thoughts:

I haven’t drank a soda in years–it’s one of the very first things I cut out in high school when I was at the pinnacle of my athletic training regimen. If I ever have a craving for a bubbly drink, kombucha always does the trick in satisfying that. I am currently on a mission to completely break my husband of his soda habit. He doesn’t drink a ton of them–but any one junky soda is one too many in my opinion.

There is absolutely ZERO nutritional benefit in drinking soda. It’s loaded with preservatives and garbage that allow this poop-in-a-can (sorry, that’s the best I could come up with) to sit on the shelves for years. That’s pretty scary to me. So, in all of that–I don’t want that crap anywhere near my family. The AWESOME part is that there’s a big upside to all of this. There are brands like Veri that are coming out with a realistic alternative for soda drinkers. It’s not as beneficial as drinking a green juice, but its a WHOLE heck of a lot better than grabbing a soda at the convenience store.

Veri Organic sodas are the best “sodas” that you can buy. I don’t truly believe they are the best alternative all together, as I think that kombucha and probiotic drinks are the best alternative. But, for those looking for a comparable flavor and bubbly experience, Veri has nailed it. Every ingredient is organic. I would feel MUCH better about my husband drinking Veri than any other soda. I give this soda 5 stars (despite it not being a kombucha or green drink) because I realize some people need to take baby steps. For instance, instead of switching from a big-box soda brand to kombucha, maybe some individuals would do better switching to a product like Veri–and I strongly encourage that! Making healthy swaps is what this is all about.

OH! And to top it all off, my husband enjoyed these sodas. He thought the flavor was good and that they were very drinkable. Organic and healthy doesn’t have to mean tasteless. 🙂

I encourage you to check out Veri’s site, where you can find a store near you that carries Veri. You can also order it online. Make your soda habit health-serving!

Marvellous Organics Superfood Review

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Marvellous Superfoods

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Marvellous:

“Marvellous Superfood was started by Dixey as a response to her own health challenges in 2008. She found the majority of superfood blends expensive, and often made out of up to 40 different ingredients, so decided to blend her own mixture that would be both nourishing and detoxing. She chose the seven most nutrient-rich, easily absorbed ingredients she could find, blending them together in equal proportions.

She started sharing the blend with family and friends and found that everyone enjoyed its benefits. The hugely positive response led to Dixey getting the blend certified Organic by the Welsh Organic Scheme in February 2012, and so Marvellous Superfood was born.

Dixey dedicates her spare time to her life long love: painting. You can see some of her work on her website and her facebook page. 

She also teaches and performs flamenco dance, is passionate about preparing delicious, vibrant food and practising meditation.

Company Ethics

Since 2012 we have gone from having one product, one retailer and a small Internet presence, to supplying an ever-expanding range of products to multiple health-food shops in South Wales, numerous prestigious shops in London and the South East and a number of international stockists.

Despite the company’s success our feet remain firmly on the ground and our ethics burn strong. We do and will always run a family business, focused on offering the highest quality products at the most feasibly affordable prices. We believe in the importance of organic products and do all we can run the company as ethically and environmentally friendly as we possible can.

Marvellous Superfood grew from a need for a high quality superfood blend that was affordable and accessible to all, and this continues to be our priority. We are pleased to offer a discount to those dealing with serious health challenges. Our wish is to share the many benefits we have experienced with as many people as possible. Including increased vitality, fewer colds and flues, speedy recovery, healthy digestive systems, clearer skin and less cravings for unhealthy foods, to name but a few. After all Health is Wealth as the old saying goes!”

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Super Protein

About:

“Packed full of protein rich superfood powders this unique blend is gluten, dairy, and yeast free as well as being 100% organic. It contains no artificial or processed sugars or sweeteners and is suitable for coeliacs and diabetics.

Made with a base of Hemp Protein 33% and Pea Protein 33%, we’ve added Goji 6.6%, Lacuma 6.6%, Red Maca 6.6%, Yellow Maca 6.6% and Beetroot 6.6% to create a delicious, protein rich, absorbable superfood powder to feed your muscles and improve strength and stamina.”

Red Maca

About:

“Red Maca powder is the ground root of the red maca plant. It is thought to have a beneficial affect on energy levels and vitality as well as a balancing effect on the hormonal system.”

Wellbeing Blend

About:

“Wellbeing blend is our highly nutritious blend of 7 Organic, Raw, Superfood’s: Chlorella, Spirulina, Barley-Grass, Wheat-Grass, Kelp, Hemp Protein and Beetroot. All in equal parts and nothing else!”

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My Thoughts:

There are few things that I get more excited about than organic superfoods. There’s something about products like this that are incredibly exciting to me. They are so rich with goodness, so good for the body and so convenient to incorporate into your diet. I’m someone who would much rather spend extra money on good food & supplements than cars, clothing, etc. (Any day). Good food truly excites me!

Marvellous Superfoods are produced across the Atlantic Ocean from where I am–and I sure do appreciate the product line that they’ve created from afar. I truly couldn’t wait to try these goodies.

Basically, all three of these (Protein, Wellbeing Blend & Red Maca) are all in powder form. They’re perfect to add to a smoothie or a really basic drink (powder + water in a blender bottle). Every morning, I concoct at least 2 different drinks. One of them is a protein smoothie and one of them is a superfood drink. In my protein smoothie, I use a heaping tablespoon of the Super Protein + chia seeds + coconut milk. In my superfood drink, I use about 1/2 a tablespoon of the Wellbeing Blend and about 1/4 tablespoon of Red Maca. I love this morning routine! Nothing makes me feel like I can take on the day more than when I eat (or drink) a nutritionally awesome meal in the morning (along with a  kiss from my husband) 🙂

If your taste buds are not adapted to the earthy, rich flavor of these raw superfoods, don’t worry! They are easily masked if you mix them into a smoothie with some almond or coconut milk & fruit.

The quality of these blends is top notch. All of the ingredients are raw & organic–so there’s no need to scratch your head over hard-to-pronounce ingredients. Its simple: Marvellous Superfoods creates fantastically hearty and healthy superfood blends that I would recommend to anyone! They will take your health and vitality to the next level.

Grimmway Farms, Cal Organic, True Organic Produce & Juices Review

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Grimmway Farms, Cal Organic, True Organic Juice

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Grimmway Farms:

“The story of Grimmway begins right here in an agricultural haven known as the Southern San Joaquin Valley in central California. The Grimm brothers began nurturing their family business in the fertile soil of Kern County more than 3 decades ago. Today, their roots run deep. Grimmway Farms has grown to become the largest grower, producer and shipper of carrots in the world; but the family still insists on walking the fields, visiting the processing facilities and performing their own brand of quality assurance – every single day. In 1968 when Rod and Bob Grimm set up their first roadside produce stand, the brothers made a promise: always take care of the customer.

Decades later, that promise has never been broken. Grimmway Farms’ dedication to consistent quality and dependable service has made us the global leader in our industry.

Yet no matter how the size and scope of our company grows, every Grimmway employee is committed to staying true to our founding philosophies: provide good value, honest pricing and conduct business with integrity.

Grimmway believes in providing service to our customers on a personal level. We believe that today’s consumer wants food products that are innovative, exciting and nutritious. All good reasons Grimmway chooses to partner with other industry forerunners to develop creative new product ideas our consumers and their families will enjoy.

Acknowledging and responding to the issues important to our customers is important to us. To address the growing consumer demand for pesticide-free fruits and vegetables, Grimmway Farms is continuously developing new avenues of opportunity. In 2001, we acquired Cal-Organics, a pioneer organic produce company providing more than 75 organic product offerings.

Your safety and confidence are of the utmost importance to us.

Food Safety
Grimmway Farms knows that it’s important for you and your family to be confident in the safety of the produce you consume. Our safety standards are among the highest in the industry.

  • Awarded Shield #002 for participation and acceptance in the USDA Qualified Through Verification (QTV) program.
  • Third party auditors include USDA, AIB, Siliker Labs, Scientific Certification Systems, Davis Fresh Technologies and many of our customers have excellent in-house audit programs as well.
  • Food Safety Standards and Guidelines: Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – October 1998. Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 110.
  • Good Agricultural Practices include monthly self-audits, quarterly third party program audits, and an annual intensive 3 day third party audit. Each field is audited prior to harvest. All new contracted growers must complete a self-audit as part of the contract. Audit reports may be reviewed by an additional third party.
  • Mock recalls are completed and documented often, with one of five most probable scenarios.
  • A new isolated Pathogen Laboratory for environmental testing provides us with results in 24 to 48 hours.”

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My Thoughts:

Cal-Organic and Grimmway Farms (both product lines under the same umbrella) are the two primary brands my family looks to when we shop for carrots. In a market full of produce, I typically smell, feel and evaluate the texture of the produce before buying it. In this case, I have always been able to trust that these carrots are fresh, plump and organically grown without scrutinizing them. We don’t typically buy much packaged produce–but Grimmway Farms definitely makes the cut.

We mainly buy the baby carrots and fresh carrots with the greens attached. They are perfect for our girl’s school lunches and our labrador Kona also enjoys them. The carrot stixx make for an excellent salad topper or a healthy fresh boost for mac & cheese–and the carrot coins are a nice addition to a veggie stir fry. I have fun using my imagination with these carrot products. The ways you can use them are virtually endless–and you can always feel good about the nutritional benefits you’re receiving from this root vegetable.

I’ve developed a recent affinity for Grimmway’s new True Organic juices. They are incredibly tasty. My favorite is the pure carrot juice. The other flavors like Bananaberry Crush and Blended Blue taste sublime–but I stay mindful that they are loaded with sugar, since they are mostly fruit. I typically add a few gulps to a green drink so that I get a boost of sweetness without consuming the whole bottle of fruitiness at once.

It’s neat to witness a brand like this, whose values are so high, doing so well and now creating organic juices. That makes me happy for Grimmway and happy for consumers to have access to these products. These products are available in many grocery stores in the produce section, so be sure to keep an eye out for these root-y goodies.