Happy Monday! I hope yours is off to a better start than mine. Mine kicked off at 4:00 this morning when a thunderstorm had the guts to roll into town and freak Zoe out. Which of course she kept me up until my alarm was set to go off at 5:00… not cool.
But better now because I am comfortably planted at my computer doing what I love to do!
Sharing Good Finds!
I love getting mail. I don’t mean just any mail, I mean mail that doesn’t include bills. How refreshing is it to receive something that isn’t asking for a check? The best days are when I have unexpected surprises.
So you can imagine my excitement when I opened the mailbox and found these:
Caleb, one of the two brothers behind Bearded Brothers Energy Bars was nice enough to send a few of their vegan, gluten-free, raw all-natural bars for me to try out.
Holy macaroni! I fell in love with them instantly.
Side note: I think before I give my full review it’s important for me to stress that I receive items in the mail quite often asking for me to review them, however somethings aren’t worth my time and to be honest, I only want to share with you the best of the best. Why waste your time? Whenever you see a product review here at Lifting Revolution, these are my own thoughts and true opinions. I don’t get anything out of this except helping to share things I love with you. End of Side Note
So back to Bearded Brothers.
This is a small company based out of Austin, TX, run by well… two bros: Caleb and Chris. These guys not only have a passion for delivering high quality foods, but because of their active lifestyles of rock climbing, biking and running they know the importance of getting fuel and felt the need to find something that they felt were missing.
Here’s a little blurb from their site that pretty much sums them up:
The shared passion resulted in Bearded Brothers, an organic snackfood company. Handmade with love and joy, in Austin, Texas.
Bearded Brothers is an organic snackfood company, located in beautiful Austin Texas. Most of our handmade energy bars are 100% organic, mostly raw, gluten free, vegan friendly and amazingly delicious. Just try them, we guarantee you will be back for more.
The Taste Test
Upon checking out the flavors:
- Mighty Maca Chocolate
- Colossal Coconut Mango
- Fabulous Ginger Peach
- Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla
I instantly tried out the coconut mango! And I loved it. Though they have a bit more calories than I prefer for a snack (280+), I found them to be just what my body needed after a long run.
Dan ate up the Mighty Maca Chocolate and said he really liked it! It helped fuel him up before a workout and he wasn’t hungry until a few hours later… which is rare for him! SO that’s another good sign.
To really put it into perspective here are the ingredients from the Colossal Coconut Mango Bar:
- Organic Dates
- Organic Almonds
- Organic Dried Mango
- Organic Unsweetened Coconut
- Organic Chia Seeds
- Sea Salt
Nothing that you can’t pronounce! And everything that you’ve heard of before. Another must when I am checking out bars.
The only complaint Dan had was that about 30 minutes later he found a gooey chia seed stuck in his teeth. But that’s just part of eating chia and totally worth the benefits that they offer.
Soft, chewy goodness! YOu can even see the specks of blueberries in there!
Reusable Packages and Future Snacks
The paper bags that each bar are packaged in are resealable like a ziplock bag. Which was awesome because I would eat 1/2 of a bar for a snack and then eat the other half a bit later in the day.
Plus they are perfect snack bags so I have actually used one to toss some almonds into for a post boot camp snack. Again, Dan came up with a suggestion: since they recommend reusing the bags, it would be nice if you could see through them so you know what’s in each one. But the idea is something I’ve never seen before and really a cool concept.
Bearded Brothers Gift To LR Readers
Caleb and Chris were nice enough to give you (and me) and 20% off discount if you order from their site between now and June 16th. Simply use the code: “artoflifting” to get the special offer.
Bearded Brothers Website: Beardedbros.com
I will be getting the Bearded Brothers variety pack because these really are the perfect on the go snack during my 1/2 marathon training. A good dose of protein, carbs and calories to help me refuel after the long runs I am trying to get used to!
And I couldn’t pick out my favorite flavor so I decided to stick with them all! Sometimes it’s not to not have to pick just one, lol.
Anyways to sum it up I guess I should say that Bearded Brothers know a lot about energy bars!
Again that code for the 20% off is “artoflifting”
Fit-O-Lution Countdown To Body Tranformation!
I can’t believe June is in full swing. That means there are just 11 days to become a part of the Fit-O-Lution challenge! Did you watch the preview of the first workout? I posted it up on yesterday’s post: Click Here to watch it!
This is really going to be an interactive way to get attention from a trainer and change your body in time for late summer vacations! You can do this! I will be there every single step of the way.