Let’s start off this post with a little honesty shall we? I have always hated the taste of energy bars. Everytime I see someone talk about how much they love a certain bar I get excited, I buy one, and….. ick. So to say I was slightly skeptical the first time I tasted SunRype Okanagan Energy bars, is an understatement.
As a fitness instructor who is on the go teaching classes six days/week, I have always struggled to find good portable snacks to keep in my bag for those times when I need a little something extra before teaching a class. My clients can tell you that there have been many occasions that they’ve seen me scarfing back whatever food I was able to toss in a container seconds before running out of the door (sunflower seeds, blueberries, almonds, whatever!). So while I was skeptical of whether or not I would like these bars, I was also hopeful that I would like them because life would be just that much easier if I did!
Sure it’s easy to stop and grab a chocolate bar, bag of chips or some honey-roasted peanuts at the gas station. And while I do enjoy all of those things on occasion, I like to eat a nutritious diet most of the time. Since I don’t like the typical energy bars on the market, that can sometimes be easier said than done.
Then I tried SunRype Okanagan Energy Bars. Was I going to like them? Or would this be just another product that failed to meet my apparently very picky taste buds?
Something most of you don’t know about me is that I’m slightly obsessed with SunRype Fruit to Go snacks. And by slightly obsessed I mean I have literally asked for them for Christmas the past 5+ years. That is no joke. They are so good I think of them as healthy candy. So when I looked at the ingredients on these bars (because I’m a bit of an ingredient snob) and saw that the first thing listed on the SunRype Okanagan Energy bar was fruit pieces, I got excited. Maybe these bars would taste more like my beloved Fruit-To-Go, and less like sadness! As I continued to read, not only was the first ingredient fruit, but all of the ingredients are real and understandable like whole grains, sunflower, flax seeds and real dark chocolate chips. Three cheers for real food!
Each bar contains SunRype’s natural energy blend, which is a 100% natural combination of pea protein (which is a plant-based protein that is easy to digest and doesn’t have a lot of allergen issues common to other proteins like soy and whey), green tea extract and ginseng,
and contains 7 grams of natural source protein and are a source of iron and fibre. 20g of sugar may seem high, but remember the bars are primarily comprised of fruit, which is higher in naturally occurring sugar.
But let’s get to the part you all are waiting for – taste.
I want to start out by saying that one of the big reasons I hate protein bars is because they are so flipping dry. My mouth feels like the Sahara trying desperately to find saliva to break down the bar to no avail. I remember one night when we were sitting in the ER for most of the night I was starving and found a protein bar in my bag. I really wanted to eat it (because I really was starving) but it was soooo bad all I could choke back was two small bites.
So imagine my delight when I discovered that the SunRype Okanagan Energy Bars are not dry at all. In fact, they are super moist! Another one of the things I normally hate about protein/energy bars is that they taste exactly like protein powder. And Suzi don’t like the taste of protein powder. But these bars don’t taste like typical protein snacks at all. In fact all I can taste is the fruit, chocolate and coconut.
I was so darn excited.
I finally found a bar that actually tasted great, delivered a safe energy boost without artificial colours, flavours or preservatives!
The SunRype Okanagan Energy Bars come in two flavours: Chocolate Coconut (my favorite) and Chocolate Raspberry, and in addition to being made with 100% natural ingredients, they are also completely nut free!
Added bonus points go to SunRype for not putting dates in the bars. Dates are not my favorite and everyone seems to put them in most every “healthy” bar out there and that also makes me cranky. And while I’m not a huge fan of raisins (which these do have) I will take a few raisins over a date filled bar any day of the week!
With this revelation, my on the go snacking world has changed. I now make sure I always keep a SunRype Okanagan Energy Bar in my purse at all times so anytime I need a little something, I can grab it out of my bag and keep going. These bars have powered me through fitness classes, half marathons and shorter races (they are now my go-to pre-race snack). I’ve eaten them on planes (where nobody ever feeds you anymore), while shopping, driving and everything in between. These little babies have been a life-saver on numerous occasions!
These bars truly are tasty, convenient, and good for you – they are the perfect way to energize your taste buds when you’re on the go. And let’s face it, I’m always on the go!
So the next time you are shopping, take a look for SunRype Okanagan Energy Bars and pick a few up to have on hand as an alternative nutritious and healthy snack. For more information on this and other great SunRype products please visit the SunRype website. You can also visit SunRype’s Facebook page for more product info, recipes, health resources and product coupons. You can also check them out on Pinterest and Instagram.
Disclosure: Although this post has been generously sponsored by SunRype, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect SunRype.
I’ve often said (only partly joking) that it takes the two of us all day long to do all of the things we need to do in order to stay even remotely healthy. While I may seem super healthy/fit I struggle every day to varying degrees thanks to my fibromyalgia, hormonal imbalances, a messed up back/shoulders, lung condition and the repercussions of exercising so dang much. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t me complaining or looking for anyone’s sympathy I’m just keeping it real. And then there is J who has ulcerative colitis, a heart condition and a hiatus hernia. Between the two of us we really do have quite the pile of symptoms and issues to tend to each day.
I hope that for most of you, you aren’t dealing with as many health issues as we are, but I know the stresses of life in general mount up regardless of their source and we all are looking for ways to make life more pleasurable, easier, and less stressful.
Even when we take the initiative to try and make life more pleasurable, easier and less stressful, 9 times out of 10 it seems like that makes us even more stressed not less! We’ve heard time and time again that making time to take care of ourselves is imperative, but for many of us we can’t carve out a 30 minute mediation each day. Having time to ourselves, or going to a fitness or yoga class just doesn’t always happen.
So we’re left asking ourselves, “How can I change my life with just a few minutes each day?”
While I believe there are many answers to that one question, I think that a book I recently read will do a lot (and teach you a lot) of ways you can do just that.
Miracles Now by Gabrielle Bernstein is a wonderful (easy to read) book that walks you through over 100 tools to help you stress less, have more life flow, and find your true purpose.
Let’s be real for a sec. Most of us don’t have time for an hour of yoga or 30 minutes of meditation every day. We’re overwhelmed as it is. Our spiritual practice shouldn’t add to that.
That’s why I’ve handpicked 108 simple techniques to combat our most common problems-stress, burnout, frustration, jealousy, resentment. The stuff we have to deal with on a daily basis. This book is designed so that you can achieve peace and experience miracles now.
Inspired by some of the greatest spiritual teachings, these practical, moment-to-moment tools will help you eliminate blocks and live with more ease. They’re powerful, life-changing meditations and principles, modernized and broken down into easy-to-digest techniques to fit your lifestyle.
Throughout the book, I share principles from both A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga and meditation. These tools can help you find your connection to your inner strength. When you practice these techniques, fear will melt away, inspiration will spring up, and a sense of peace will set in.
While I’ve heard of Gabrielle many, many times, this is the first time I’d read anything written by her (nor had I heard her speak) and now I really want to go back and read her previous releases. I read Miracles Now over a period of about a week, and implemented a few of the tools in that time with great success. In fact, in one instance I was complimented by someone for something that was a direct result of one of the tools I learned in the book. Like I seriously immediately was complimented, and they had no idea I had done anything differently (and honestly I barely knew I had either).
While reading the book I started thinking about all of the people in my life I felt would benefit from this book, and I’m sure my list is far too short.
If you are feeling chronically stressed, like life isn’t flowing for you and that you are struggling to keep up, that you are wandering aimlessly or just need some help bringing more focus into you life I would strongly urge you to pick up Miracles Now. It might not change your life, but it might help you change the way you look at it.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.