I am starting to consider myself a connoisseur of of protein bars. Each time I come across a new-to-me gluten-free bar I have to sample the bar. The latest bar is the MacroBars by Go Macro that I found at my local Earth Fare store.
More about MacroBar:
MacroBars are macrobiotic, vegan, energy and protein bars that are made fresh daily on a rural farm in S.W. Wisconsin. Minimally processed and certified organic, the bars utilize simple healthy ingredients to boost your immune system and help provide your body with essential nutrients. GoMacro products do not use any additives or preservatives, refined sugars or flours or dairy, thus helping to create a pH-balanced environment in your body, leading to better absorption of minerals and other nutrients. The macrobiotic approach to food is dynamic. What works for one person may not work for another and the needs of each person vary from day to day so each bar is designed to cater to individual needs. Whether you need protein, energy or fiber; a meal replacement, a healthy snack or a delicious dessert you will find it in MacroBars.
The bars are sweetened with grain-based sweeteners. These sweeteners take longer to digest, thus avoiding the blood-sugar spikes associated with refined sugars. The fats in GoMacro bars are healthy fats derived from nuts and seeds containing omega3 fatty acids, minerals and vitamins. Carbs are complex carbs from whole grains. These are slow-burning carbs that boost energy levels throughout the day. Protein comes from brown rice protein – a great high protein alternative to animal products and soy
There are 10 different varieties of MacroBars:
- Almond Butter with Carob
- Banana Almond
- Cashew Butter
- Cashew Caramel
- Cherries & Berries
- Chocolate Protein
- Granola with Coconut
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
- Peanut Protein
- Tahini Date
I sampled the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip MacroBar. I was very impressed with the texture and flavor of this bar and it is currently one of my favorite protein bars. The calorie content of this particular bar is a little higher (290) than I normally like to refuel with, but not all of the bars are that high (They range from 200 to 260). I do like the protein content of this bar, though – 15 grams, which makes it a great choice after a tough workout to help hold me over until I can get a real meal. I was concerned about the source of the oats in the Granola with Coconut bar, but found the FAQ page reassured me that the oats are from Gluten Free Oats in Wyoming.
Have you tried MacroBars? I am looking forward to exploring some of the other flavor combinations, especially the Almond Butter with Carob and Granola with Coconut.