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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!


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.

GoMacro Review + Giveaway

My first introduction to GoMacro bars was in 2014 when I was attending Southwest Institute of Healing Arts for my Holistic Nutrition certification. The bookstore carried them, and they were great in a pinch! Sometimes my days got so busy, I didn’t have time to grab a solid dinner — ironic, I know. But I always felt like the ingredient list was good, they were organic, vegan AND tasted great!

When Run Eat Tweet AZ told me I would be given a variety pack of mini GoMacro bars to sample, I was STOKED!! (The bookstore only had 2 or 3 flavors and they were always the same; the variety pack had them all!) The day my box arrived it was like Christmas! I went running to the front door and nearly slipped and fell on my way there (True. Story. Darn socks.)

I immediately opened the package to see all the available flavors. I was AMAZED to see there were eleven flavors!!

  1. Protein Pleasure – Peanut butter chocolate chip
  2. Sweet Rejuvenation – Cashew Butter
  3. Protein Replenishment – Peanut Butter
  4. Prolonged Power – Banana + Almond Butter
  5. Protein Purity – Sunflower butter + Chocolate
  6. Wholehearted Heaven – Almond Butter + Carob
  7. Balanced Goodness – Granola + Coconut
  8. Sweet Revival – Sesame Butter + Dates
  9. Sunny Uplift – Cherries + Berries
  10. Protein Paradise – Cashew Caramel
  11. Morning Harvest – Apples + Walnuts

I’m not gonna lie. Immediately after taking a few pics, I ate one bar – peanut butter chocolate chip. Because who doesn’t love that combo? It didn’t disappoint.

Ok, I had two bars. 😀 This one was granola coconut. Look at those simple ingredients! Each mini bar is around 100 calories.

One of the other things I loved about the GoMacro mini bars, is how convenient they were. After a run I could grab one and eat it while I was stretching. Pictured below is the sesame butter + dates bar. I didn’t like it as much as I thought, but I’m not a huge fan of the sesame flavor in general, but I LOVE dates so it balanced out.

I even had one as a snack before bed. haha (Don’t judge me. I was hungry.) Apples and walnuts was pretty good!

After a treadmill run… PERFECT. Cherries + berries was JUST what I needed!

And especially after a trail run with the Run Eat Tweet AZ crew! 7 tough miles and I was HUNGRY! I grabbed banana + almond butter and almond butter + carob, both are tasty choices. But without a doubt, my favorite flavor is peanut butter chocolate chip! Then a close second is granola + coconut, and cherries + berries taking third place.


Side note: As a graphic designer, I have to say — go check out their website! It is SO cool! I also love the packaging on each and every bar. They are all unique and relate to the ingredients; I love the little details. It is rare for me to love everything about a product, but from the taste, the ingredients, the packaging and beyond, I really have to say you won’t be disappointed in GoMacro.

I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to try each and every flavor and share my experience with you here. As a bonus, they are also gluten-free, in addition to being vegan. WIN WIN!

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. 

Now here is the great news! You can win your very own variety box of GoMacro mini bars! Just head on over to the Run Eat Tweet AZ Facebook page for details on how to enter!

You can also follow GoMacro on the following social media channels, for all the latest product info, updates and other giveaways!


Not the lucky, winning type? Use this one time only, 40% Off Discount Code on the GoMacro shop page. Enter code “BLOGGER” at checkout and you will get 40% off your first order.