Are you on the search for a great pre-workout snack that offers a quick load of energy that doesn’t completely derail your clean eating plan?
Are you a vegan seeking a solid plant-based protein bar to support your energy and muscle building needs?
Perhaps you are, like me, just trying to figure out how to manage healthy snacking when you are squeezing in a workout between hauling your kids from one end of town to the other right at dinner time!
There are so many options for energy bars on the store shelves but a good one has been truly hard to find.
Most bars are loaded with added preservatives, artificial flavors, and way too much sugar. The bars made from the best ingredients are often mushy and the flavors are not distinct. After many tries and much disappointment, I let go of the idea of a “good” energy bar. Until NOW. I have found one that will have a regular place in my pantry, as this amazing bar company does not disappoint.
It’s important to realize when opting for an energy bar, no matter what it’s made from, what you are opting to do is to eat carbohydrates for your body to use as energy during an increase in physical activity. If you aren’t using the calories consumed, you’ll store it as fat just like any other food. This is one weight loss mistake I often see my clients make is that instead of a piece of fruit or a few nuts, they opt for a high-calorie energy or protein bar assuming it will satisfy their cravings without sabotaging their weight loss. If you are working hard at losing weight through diet changes, pay close attention to the calorie and sugar content of any bar you choose.
Energy bars are perfect to use as a pre-workout snack about 1 hour to 30 minutes before working out or as a post workout snack immediately after your workout. They are typically reasonably nutrient dense and loaded with calories. Calories, in and of themselves, are not evil as we are led to believe. Calories are simply the way to measure the available energy in a food for the body. The body prefers to use carbohydrates for energy, thus most bars will have a moderately high carbohydrate content.
Some details about gomacro Macrobars:
Gomacro is a family owned company. The macrobars are cold pressed, clean, and certified gluten-free, organic, and raw.
The macrobars are cold pressed, clean, and certified gluten-free, organic, and raw.
The company focuses on five core principles that they share on the website.
I was given a shelf unit that included quite a few bars that included various flavors.
Average Calories: 250
Average Grams of Sugar: 10
Protein ranges from 4 grams to 14 grams
What I love about it:
- Flavor of each bar was amazing. Some were fruit and nut, some were grain, some nut butter. You could taste the berries in the berry bar and the nuts in the nut based bars. They also were well enjoyed by my husband and athlete son!
- A variety of options, fruit including apples and berries, nuts and nut butter, chocolate, bananas, granola, and coconut are featured in these bars. You can opt for high protein.
- Vegan, using protein options such as nuts and peas.
- Non-GMO (HIP – HIP HOOOOORRRRYAAAAY!)
- Soy-free, soy is a common additive and go to source for food companies, but some studies show that the soy is often processed in such a way that it may cause more harm than good.
- Macrobiotic, meaning that it’s balanced in flavor and ingredients. To learn more about this, you can click on their Five Principles tab.
- Sustainably sourced, taking care of the little guys and the planet!
- Long lasting energy. I tried these twice before my workout last week. Usually, after my work out, I’m starving, but the days I opted for a gomacro bar, not only did I have enough steady energy to sustain during my 45 minutes of working out, but I didn’t even think about food until I got home to cook dinner. That was an awesome effect!
What I dislike about it:
- Some of them are very soft and feel like they might melt on a warm day. I chose to pop mine in the fridge to fix this and it worked!
- The first ingredient is brown rice syrup, a natural sweetener. Don’t get me wrong, this is definitely a better option than processed white refined sugar, but it’s still sugar. Count your sugar grams, if they are over 24 Grams in the day, this may be added sugars that you don’t need.
I give these a full MomPositive HooRAH as my all around favorite energy bar!
If you would like to try them for yourself, you can visit their website at: gomacro.com.
Tammi Hoerner, Head Positive Mom
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