I was thrilled when I got the chance to work with this San Diego based company who strives to promote healthy, green living by providing wholesome, organic, and TASTY alternatives to candy and other not so healthy grab-and-go snacks. As a mom with way too much on my plate at times, I know how easy it can be to grab the quickest, easiest snack available when hunger calls.... I usually try my best to keep my diet healthy, but when I am out and about, this isn't always easy. I mean, I can't just carry a salad around in my purse when I am running errands or taking the kids to the pediatrician's office. And some of those so-called healthy snack bars are anything but! Have you ever stopped to read the ingredients in even that very popular fruit and cereal bar you find in the breakfast aisle? You know the bar I mean, but it shall remain nameless to protect the guilty, lol...Next time you're shopping, just take a look at how many ingredients are listed that you can't even pronounce. These ingredients are not organic, and are anything but natural. As a matter of fact, these bars and others like them contain very limited real nutritional value. They even include many fillers, like puffed whole wheat. Not that they're necessarily BAD for you. They're just full of...well, nothing. Fillers add weight to the bars and extend the product's yield, but they don't extend the important proteins and nutrients our bodies need as fuel.
The GoodOnYa Bar's founder, an Olympic athlete, Kris Fillat, recognized this problem and has created a truly organic, healthy snack bar that includes NO FILLERS of any kind, and utilizes only the highest quality raw and natural products, such as organic honey, flax seed, and Valencia peanuts. These bars may look smaller than some of their competitors, but they actually weigh MORE and provide a protein packed punch that will keep you going throughout your busy day.... Without having to grab a candy bar or stop at a fast food establishment. And did I mention, they taste GOOD?
Here are the flavors they currently offer:
The Breakfast Bar
In a word, amazing! The ingredients in this bar are so unique, and the nutritional profile so wonderful that we have to boast just a bit. We didn't set out to make a high fiber bar. We simply combined healthy superfoods that tasted great together. When we got the nutritional analysis back we were shocked. 28% of the daily recommended allowance of fiber in just one bar. Now we don't subscribe totally to the USDA food pyramid but we do know that unprocessed, live, organic foods are what we should be eating, so that's what we are about! You can buy Fruit Loops with added fiber! Yeah, right! And don't be afraid of the fat. Read the Fat vs. Sugar document, you will be happily surprised to know you don't have to skimp on your favorite foods! Obviously what we are doing in this country isn't working. It's time to rethink things! We have done that with our bars.
Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate
Well, seriously. It's peanut butter, it's chocolate, it's kind of a no brainer! However there are ways to make this classic combination right! Start with the best peanut butter in the world (see above), 70% dark chocolate, raw honey and now you are talking about a healthy version of what I dreamed of getting at every house on Halloween! Cold milled flax, sesame, vanilla.....we are not kidding around here, we care about what we are doing, and we care about you!
Peanut Butter Honey
The best peanut butter in the world comes from New Mexico. Valencia peanuts are smaller, sweeter, and they grow in a very dry climate. That means that the mold, aflatoxin, which is an allergen and a carcinogen, isn't present in out peanut butter. We love peanut butter and we know you love it, so we searched out the best! Combine that with raw, organic honey, flax and sesame, and you're in for one protein packed, tasty treat! It's time to love peanuts again. In fact, it's all about love!
I really enjoyed these bars. The first one I tried, naturally, was the breakfast bar. This was delicious, and tasted...well, like a good breakfast packed into one little bar! It has raisins, maple syrup, and even Brazil nuts, vanilla, and chocolate! It was tasty, and surprisingly filling for such a small bar. I have to admit, I am normally a breakfast-skipper, since I am not usually hungry early on in the day. This bar was perfect to give me the nutrients and energy my body needs to start the day. And I actually had energy!
The next bar I tried was the Peanut Butter Honey bar. Now, I am not usually a fan of peanut butter. I did not expect to like this bar at all. To my surprise, I DID like it! It didn't taste sickeningly sweet and over-processed like a lot of the jarred peanut butters that are commercially available. This bar was still sweet, but it was a cleaner, lighter sweetness. Probably due to the honey. It was much better than I expected, and again, very filling.
And last but certainly not least, there was the Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate bar. I let my chocoholic hubby do the honors here! Dan is a junk food connoisseur, and I didn't expect him to like anything healthy. He can detect "health food" a mile away, and he generally runs the other direction as quickly as he can and grabs the nearest box of Nutter Bars! Guess what? He actually ate and LIKED this bar. He did say it's not the same as his usual candy bars, (duh!) but that it was still very appetizing and that he loved the chocolate and the peanuts used in this bar.
So overall, we really liked these bars, and think they made a great pick-me-up snack. After eating these bars, I felt good, and was energized. I didn't feel weighed-down or sluggish. I really think my body thanked me for eating such healthy, raw, organic ingredients. After all, the GoodOnYa Bar's motto is: Every Ingredient Matters. I totally concur!
You can buy the GoodOnYa Bar in all of it's yummy varieties at their website. They can also be found at several retail locations. Check out their store locator to see if they're available near you!
The generous folks at GoodOnYa Bar are offering one of my very lucky readers the opportunity to try ALL 3 varieties for themselves! That's right! ALL 3!
Please fill out your entries on this form. You only need to submit once. All necessary links are provided on the form for your convenience. This giveaway will end on May 8, 2011 at 11:59PM. Winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified via e-mail. The winner will then have 48 hours to reply, or I will have to redraw.
FOR ANYONE WHO TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE EARLY ENTRIES, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST LETTING ME KNOW. I WILL TAKE THESE ENTRIES INTO ACCOUNT WHEN COUNTING MY ENTRIES AT THE GIVEAWAY'S CONCLUSION!
***Disclosure: I received sample products to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are 100% honest, and have not been influenced in any way. Your opinion may differ.***
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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