During training for the Vermont City Marathon, I began to follow Run Vermont’s official blog, The Run Down. They’d have great tips for running in general, marathon training, race day events , etc. Every Thursday was giveaway day. It was one of those days that I first heard about Garuka Bars.
Besides a fun name to say, the bars sounded delicious. Peanuts, cranberries and honey? What’s not to love? Well, I didn’t win any bars but the founder of the company, Mike, got in touch with me to see if I’d be interested in working together on a review and giveaway to my readers.
First, a little bit about Garuka Bars.
“Garuka bars are all natural energy bars, hand made in small batches in Vermont. They are all natural and made with only 8 ingredients: Vermont raw honey, peanut butter, 7 whole-grain flakes, dried cranberries, brown rice puffs, light brown sugar, whole peanuts, and a teeny tiny bit of Vermont’s own Cabot butter.”
“Raw honey has been found to be one of the most effective sources of pre-exercise carbohydrates due to it’s readily combustible glucose carbs. Raw honey is also super low on the glycemic index, which means it provides relatively no peak or crash, just long lasting consistent energy. Enjoy Garuka Bars before, during, or after exercise. Primal Energy is ready to be released the instant you need it.”
Sounds good, huh?
My first impression? OMG – yum! Peanut butter, honey, sweetness from the dried cranberries with a little crunch from the brown rice puffs. The honey gives the bar a soft and tacky texture without being gooey. The bar holds together well and doesn’t leave your hands sticky and messy. You can definitely tell that Garuka Bars are handmade in small batches (which is a very, very good thing). I immediately started to think of ways that I could replicate the recipe in my kitchen. Each bar has 260 calories and 6 grams of protein for staying power. I haven’t tried one yet before a run but more as snacks on the go. The only downside is that they are a sweeter than I usually like my energy bars. I don’t want mine to taste like a candy bar.
In addition to yummy flavor and ingredients, Garuka Bars believes in protecting the environment and giving back. As of right now they are the only company to use 100% consumer recyclable packaging. They also donate 1% of their profits to mountain gorilla conservation efforts via www.igcp.org to help protect their namesake, the Garuka gorilla.
A small company that uses real food, makes a delicious product and believes in giving back? I can support that!
Here’s your chance to try Garuka Bars for yourself!
TWO lucky readers will win a SIX pack each of Garuka Bars.
Leave a comment telling me what’s your favorite ingredient in an energy bar. (Mandatory)
For additional entries do any of the following and leave a separate comment telling me you did.
- Follow @GarukaBars on Twitter
- Tweet about the giveaway. Here’s an example: “Looking for some energy? Enter to win a 6 pack of
@GarukaBars from @happyfitmama today! http://bit.ly/11tu8kz “
- Follow me on Instagram (@happyfitmama)
Giveaway will end on Sunday, June 16 @ 8 p.m. EST. Winner will be announced in Monday’s blog post.
Disclaimer: I was sent Garuka Bars free of charge in exchange for an honest review and giveaway. I was not compensated. All thoughts are my own.