Thrive Bars by GoMacro | Review & Giveaway

First, I want to give a special thanks to Mr. Zucchini Runner for taking over my blog duties last week, and sharing his recipe for baked french fries! We truly are a team, and he definitely is my favorite person on the planet. (Sorry family.) Now, onto this ancient seeds superfood nut bar… that’s USDA organic, non-gmo, vegan, gluten-free and AMAZING. These are some of the key words I look for when shopping for any packaged food, and I’m super impressed these Thrive bars have them all in one tiny little snack-a-licious package. Some of you may remember the GoMacro bar review I did back in June of 2015, and may wonder how these differ. Well, I’m glad you asked!


These smaller bars are the perfect snack to grab and go, and not ruin your upcoming meal. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely still love the peanut butter chocolate chip GoMacro bar, but I do call it my “healthy candy bar”. Weighing in at 290 calories and 11g of protein, it’s basically a meal replacement bar. The Thrive bars are smaller and about 100 calories less and contain half the amount of protein. This made it very easy for me to grab one as a snack, to tide me over until the next meal.

Thrive bars come in six flavors so you are sure to find one flavor you love. For me, it was hands down caramel coconut. But you might be a fan of ginger lemon, almond apricot, chocolate peanut butter chip, blueberry lavender or chocolate, nuts and sea salt!

Just like the larger MacroBars, all the ingredients listed are recognizable as FOOD, as a bonus in the Thrive bars they are also visible with each bite! If my iPhone was better at getting a macro photograph, I would have posted it — but since it’s not this little card insert will have to do. 😀


For the label readers out there, here is a sample ingredient list for the ginger lemon bar:
Organic Cashews, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Ancient Seed Blend (Organic Sprouted Flax, Organic Puffed Quinoa, Organic Hemp Hearts), Organic Crystallized Ginger (Organic Ginger, Organic Cane Sugar), Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Apple Fiber, Organic Dried Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Lemon Juice Powder, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Natural Lemon Flavor

Once again, GoMacro has produced a yummy, healthy PACKAGED snack; which is not easy to do in my opinion.


These three flavors were my least favorite…


These three were my favorite, with caramel coconut as the clear winner!

Below you can what I mean about the poor macro shot… one day I will get a DSLR… one day. For now, the trusty iPhone will have to do… since you can CLEARLY see the pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, puffed quinoa and cashews.


If you want to purchase Thrive for your next big adventure, or just the upcoming work week, GoMacro will give you 30% off! Just use code Thrive30 at checkout, on any Thrive product at GoMacro’s online store. If you are a rebel and just want to pay full price, Thrive bars are also available for purchase at your local Whole Foods Market.


It’s been a while since I’ve done a review and giveaway on the blog, so I’m pretty stoked one of my lucky readers/followers will have the opportunity to win a box of 12 assorted bars! Just follow the entry requirements below, and you will be entered to win.

  1. Follow GoMacro on at least ONE of the following social media channels:
  2. Follow Zucchini Runner on Instagram.
  3. Comment on this blog post with the flavor you MOST want to try!
  4. BONUS: Comment on the Instagram post related to this giveaway, by tagging two of your friends. This will get you an additional “name in the drawing hat” so to speak. 🙂

The winner will be chosen and announced this Friday, October 7th, so don’t hesitate, enter ASAP!


More about GoMacro

GoMacro is a family-run natural food company with roots in organic farming and they are dedicated to making the best tasting food with the highest quality ingredients. Everything they make is 100% vegan, USDA certified organic, certified non-GMO, Gluten-Free, and made from mostly raw ingredients! They truly believe that everything put in our bodies should have a beneficial impact.

My Oatmeal

Another review? Yes… another review. But I promise you, my lack of regular posts will be made clear tomorrow, so stick with me through one more review! Pretty please?!

This time around I got to try out My Oatmeal, which happens to be a local AZ company! You place your order for a custom bag of oatmeal online, they make it just for you, complete with your personalized label and everything! (I called mine Carrot Cakery Goodness). My shipment even came with a cool recipe card.


The amount of combinations and choices are almost overwhelming! haha It can be dangerous too, sort of like the first few times I went to a self-serve frozen yogurt place. I wanted all my favorites in one little cup, which made for an interesting (some might say gross) final product. Luckily, I had learned my lesson with the yogurt places and knew not to get too crazy with my personalized oatmeal. 🙂


This is just a FEW of the options available to customize your order.


I made my personalized blend using steel cut oats, carrot cake flavor, dark raisins, turkish apricots, quinoa flakes and rice protein. I did not add any sweetener, because I didn’t want it to be overly sweet and I knew I could easily add fresh maple syrup on my own. As soon as my bag arrived, I made a bowl for Mr. Zucchini Runner and I immediately.  IMG_1435

Added my sweetener…


And had a very pretty bowl of oatmeal to dive into it!IMG_1439

You could see the real fruit pieces of apricots and raisins!IMG_1443

Since then, I made another bowl, where I added fresh bananas…IMG_1637

And then another with almond milk vs. water to see if it changed anything about the oats. IMG_1800

Overall I LOVE the concept of creating your own bag of oatmeal, I will caution however not to get too crazy with the ingredients because it can get pricey quickly. Luckily, they have a nice little calculator on the right side of the page where you can see how each item changes the cost per bag.

I also really appreciated that they use organic ingredients on some items, and those items are clearly labeled on the site. So if you want your custom bag to be ONLY organic, you can do so! I will caution those with preservative sensitivities, that the label on my custom blend said, ‘fruit may contain sulfur dioxide’. I was surprised to see that, and wish it would have been labeled near the fruit choices on the website.

If you want to get really creative with your morning oatmeal, this is the place to go! They have 50 flavor choices ranging from Cinnamon Roll to Strawberry Shortcake. If I ordered a second bag, I would skip the quinoa and rice protein. I think all those powders created a less than desirable texture for me. From all the combos I created above, I’d still eat each full bowl of oatmeal because I enjoyed the flavor, but the texture was a little too powdery for me and that’s my own fault! If I were to make a bowl at home, I would never add quinoa flakes or brown rice protein. 🙂 Maybe I DID get a little overzealous with all the options! 😀

Lastly, the cooking of these oats was super simple, and much quicker than making a bowl of my normal steel cut oats. If you get a bag, and choose steel cut oats, don’t be surprised if the oats look different! My pantry steel cut oats look like this:


But the ones that came in my bag, look like this, a little flatter and smaller:


I was told that’s because the My Oatmeal oats are flash steamed twice to allow for a quicker cooking time once you get them!

One last thing I’d like to talk about before telling you about the awesome giveaway… maltodextrin. I was under the assumption that all maltodextrin was from genetically modified corn, and therefore not something I ever wanted to ingest. When I saw it on my customized label, I was very surprised! However, after writing the owner of My Oatmeal, I learned that their maltodextrin is non-GMO and only used in some of the flavorings. So if you want to be sure to avoid maltodextrin altogether, I would ask which ones have it and which ones don’t, or just skip the added flavor. I’ve since done some research on maltodextrin and learned much more about it, where it can come from, and that yes in fact non-GMO maltodextrin does exist!*

My final verdict on this product? I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys hot oatmeal, and doesn’t like creating their own creations at home (aka cooking/baking). It does require a little stove time, but there are microwave directions as well!

Do you want a chance to win your OWN FREE BAG of My Oatmeal? Head on over to the Run Eat Tweet AZ Facebook page to enter! Or if you’ve heard enough great stuff and just want to try it for yourself, place an order and get 15% off using the discount code: RETAZ15

How do you like your oatmeal? What combo would you make if you ordered from My Oatmeal?


*For those who don’t know what maltodextrin is, but you are curious like I was, here is what I learned. Maltodextrin has many uses: to create a certain texture, crystallization inhibitor, thickening agent, sweetener, etc. The definition of maltodextrin is ‘dextrin containing maltose’. Dextrin is a soluble gummy substance obtained by hydrolysis of starch, and maltose is a sugar produced by the breakdown of starch. So basically it comes from a starch, like potato, corn, rice, etc. Keep in mind it is still derived through a chemical process, and therefore some claim there is no way it could ever be considered organic. Hope you found this helpful!

Best of luck to you!