Monday, March 21, 2016

Food Review: New Grounds Food's CoffeeBars

When I was offered a chance to try three different flavors of the energy snack CoffeeBar made by New Grounds Food, which boasts "a cup of coffee in every bar!" I was intrigued. As a coffee drinker, I had to know more about a healthy energy bar that also doubled as a caffeine pick-me-up! Plus, all their bars are made with fair-trade coffee, and are organic, non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free. and come in three yummy flavors - Mocha Latte, Coconut Mocha, and Caramel Macchiato. Yes, please give me ALL your CoffeeBars!

Two college students, Johnny and Ali (who you can see in the first photo above), came up with the concept for CoffeeBar. Their mission is emblazoned on the back of every CoffeeBar and says:"Starting out in our college dorm room, we were two freshmen who wanted a simpler way to stay energized, without sacrificing nutrition. We promise this delicious, edible coffee will give you the natural, on-the-go energy you need to keep on exploring!"

Who can't dig that? I loooove coffee, but aren't there times when you wish you could eat your coffee? A cup of coffee in bar form not only will give you all the benefits of coffee, but will also give you additional nutrients and could be a meal or snack in itself, plus you can pretty much take it with you anywhere! Genius, right?!

So yes, I was super stoked to try these CoffeeBars! I received three flavors, the Mocha Latte, the Caramel Macchiato and the Coconut Mocha. The bars are about the size of a deck of cards, but slimmer, about a quarter inch (as you can see from the photos below). Upon cracking open the wrapper, you are immediately hit with the invigorating coffee smell! Smells like a fresh cup of coffee, mmmmm yum! The bars themselves are moist and chewy - I really loved the texture of them! And the taste - they taste like coffee, and depending what flavor you get, you'll get subtle hints of chocolate, nuts, caramel, and coconut. All three flavors were scrumptious!

The bars are full of good-for-you ingredients like dates, oats, almond butter, quinoa, coconut, chia seeds, agave, cashews, and more, all organic, non-GMO, vegan and gluten-free! And as mentioned earlier, all the coffee used is fair-trade and organic as well. So not only do you get an energy boost, but you are also nourishing your body with a healthy snack.

Speaking of the energy boost, I definitely noticed I was more energized when I ate a CoffeeBar. The first one I had was right after a work-out, and I felt like my energy was sustained for a longer period after eating a CoffeeBar. The next one I had was early in the morning at work - again, I felt much perkier after eating one of these bars. And I didn't even need to drink much more coffee that day, plus I felt good that I was fueling my body with healthy ingredients while getting a nice wake-me-up as well.

CoffeeBar is exceptional product that is especially ingenious for those on the go - now you can just grab an energy bar instead of a to-go coffee cup that might spill. Plus, with a CoffeeBar you can just throw it in your purse, briefcase, gym bag, car, pocket, wherever!

In addition to making a really cool product, CoffeeBar also gives back to the coffee farming communities they source their ingredients from. They've recently supported the building of a mobile library school in Nicaragua, which allows local children to stay in school. Delicious and socially responsible, CoffeeBar is a winner!

Currently, CoffeeBars are available at select grocery locations (find them on their site) and directly from their site, though since they were just at Expo West I hope they get wider distribution!

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