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Run Oregon Test Kitchen: Go Raw snacks and Enduro Bites performance bars

UntitledCompany: Go Raw

There are many benefits to a raw based diet, the process of cooking can destroy much of the enzymes and nutrients in foods. By keeping our snacks raw and gently dried, not cooked, we are able to preserve more powerful nutrients for optimal nutritive benefits. We, at Go Raw, are proud to offer more than 50 delicious, raw sprouted snacks to help you make the right choice when looking for a nutritive snack on the go.
Products:
  • Lemon Pie Sprouted Cookies
  • Chew Apricot Sprouted Bites
  • Banana Bread Sprouted Bar
  • Super Raw Chocolate
  • Spicy Fiesta Sprouted Flax Snax
  • Mint Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Sprouted Grow Plant Bar
Price: Amazon Store online; Impressions: 

First of all, the Spicy Flax Snax were a tasty treat with just a hint of a kick. My wife said they were hot, but I noticed just a small amount of kick. It almost tastes like a combination of tortilla chip and salsa – without needing to dip it. The Chewy Apricot Bites almost mimicked a miniature fruit strip. They describe it as a hybrid of fruit leather and a fruit bar, and I would tend to agree. You would have to eat a lot to get full, but they are good for a little sweet kick. I also really liked the Watermelon seeds, which are vaguely reminiscent of sunflower seeds (without the shell). And with only 2 ingredients – sprouted watermelon seeds and sea salt – they just feel and taste better than those oversalted baseball snacks. I really liked these.

Some of the other items were a little more difficult for me to come around to. The Grow Plant Bars were a little dry to me and I didn’t fund the consistency very pleasant. The Banana Bread bar was almost a larger version of the apricot bites I mentioned above. It was decent, but  I was a little indifferent to the taste.

The Lemon Pie Sprouted Cookies are something that I would buy until the end of eternity. They are so lemony that it’s hard to believe that they are made from only 4 ingredients – coconut, sesame seeds, dates, and lemon oil. I had planned to just sample them, but ended up eating the whole pouch in one sitting. While that probably undid the benefits of a healthy snack, the whole pouch only ended up costing me less than 500 calories (16o/ounce).

It seems that Go Raw is a really solid option for those who want some snacks without all the extra “stuff”. Their ingredients are simple and minimal, something that is agreeable to the body. All taste palates differ, so we always encourage you to try out food products for yourself. But we are confident you will find something you will enjoy.

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Product: Enduro Bites – All Natural Performance Bars
Price: Available online; Mixed Sampler $35.88 or 2.99 each with free shipping for order over $75.

Impressions: I tend to stay away from most protein and energy bars since they are too often glorified candy bars. If I want all the sugar and calories, I’ll grab a Snickers and satisfy my sweet tooth knowing that I’m indulging in a treat versus going for a bar that tastes chalky and leaves me far from satisfied. Fortunately, Enduro Bites aren’t your typical protein/energy bar. They are made daily, shipped fresh and are all-natural. They are also free of gluten, nuts, dairy, soy and GMO ingredients. Many of the natural bars I grab have a high concentration of nuts, which I love, but they are high in fat and you can easily overdo it, consuming extra calories and they aren’t always gentle with the digestive tract.

  • Cinnamon-Bluberry
  • Lemon-Cranberry
  • Dark Chocolate-Espresso
  • Fig and Dark Chocolate

At $2.99 a bar, these aren’t cheap, but the quality makes the price tag a little easier to swallow. I noticed right away that they suggest storing these in the refrigerator or freezer to maintain quality. Real food should spoil and that was the first sign to me that these are real food. The texture is smooth and very dense and I could easily share a bar with a friend on a hike, they are that filling. My teenage boys would have no problem eating a couple of these in one sitting, but they are growing boys and don’t have to worry about caloric expenditure yet. They would definitely prefer a candy bar over these, but what kid wouldn’t? With that said, they approved of the cinnamon-blueberry and lemon-cranberry and they are sadly picky eaters.

Enduro Bites would be perfect for an on-the-go family, hikers, cyclists or anyone that wants some fuel in between meals. They would be perfect pre-run for a little added energy or post-run when you need to get some calories in. Easy to digest, and convenient to eat I’m excited to find these.

 

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About Matt Rasmussen (963 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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