We wouldn’t call ourselves athletes, but Kolene tries to keep in shape by running 3 miles 3 times a week. Her post run recovery usually includes a green smoothie, normally packed with coconut milk, whatever fruit is in the house, and a handful of spinach or kale.
When we’re in a hurry and we need something in a pinch or don’t feel like fussing with the blender, we can now reach for these energy bars. There are many on the market, though many of them are not vegan. And of those that are vegan, few qualify as edible due to the taste factor. That all changed when Cari Draft, founder of Grand Rapids based EcoTrek Fitness, sent us a sample of her whole food bars to try out. Cari founded a program that offers outdoor group workouts that integrate cardio, strength training and flexibility. Then she created her very own whole food bar that is packed with 10 grams of protein and created from ingredients of the highest quality nutritional content. There are no refined sugars, artificial sweeteners or genetically modified ingredients anywhere in the bars.
Despite the fact that these bars contain green foods like spirulina, wheat grass and spinach, you would never know it. There are three flavors to choose from and each one is covered in chocolate and tastes like a candy bar! Each one is 100% vegan and made right here in Grand Rapids. There are three flavors currently available. Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, and my favorite, Dark Chocolate Raspberry. During our first bites we thought, “There’s no way this is healthy, right.” We went through the ingredient list and realized how wrong we were. These bars are packed full of goodness.
**Disclaimer** We’re often sent products to try, but we’re never under any obligation to share them with you. We are not paid to blog about the products, other than the comp of the product itself.