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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!

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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. 😀

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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.

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These three flavors were my least favorite…

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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.

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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.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

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:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/gomacro/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gomacro
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/gomacro/
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/gomacro/
  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!

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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.

Date Goji Energy Balls

After last weeks kinda long, kinda deep post, I wanted to make sure this week was quick and fun! So here is a recipe I threw together before we headed up to Northern Arizona on a camping trip and trail run!

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This was an AWESOME race. Aravaipa Running knows how to put on a great event. Definitely check it out. We did the 13k and thoroughly enjoyed the course.

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Mile 3ish of 8ish out on the course.

My favorite part about this recipe is that NO baking is required; which is perfect for those hot summer months. They are also good to curb your sweet tooth, AND a good boost to eat before or after a workout.

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Snapchat! haha

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Date Goji Energy Balls
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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: ~16 balls

Date Goji Energy Balls

Ingredients

16 dates

30 almonds

1 TBSP chia seeds

2 tsp. raw cacao powder

1 tsp. raw maca powder

1 TBSP dried goji berries

2 drops vanilla essence (optional, and not to be confused with vanilla extract)

ROLLING POWDER

1 tsp. raw maca powder

1 tsp. raw cacao powder

2 tsp. maple sugar

Instructions

    In the order listed above, put the ingredients in a food processor.

    Blend until a ball forms, and it all sticks together.

    Use a spoon to scoop out the desired amount of dough, and roll into bite-sized balls. I made mine about 3/4" around.

    To prevent sticking, roll them in the powder mixture. I just mixed it up in a small ramekin, and rolled them around until coated, then rolled in my hands again to get off the excess and press the powder into the ball.

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And as I mentioned last week, I’m really big into Snapchat these days. As I was making this recipe, I was Snapping it. haha Which is why the photos have the text ON them. 🙂

Do you like recipes like this where you don’t have to use the oven or stove in the summer? Or do you still bake and cook as usual, even when it’s hot outside?

Next week, I will be posting a recipe and How-To video on making your own homemade sourdough loaf, using a sourdough starter! If you don’t know what a sourdough starter is, this is a GREAT video that explains it all.