MACROBAR by gomacro
By Jenn K.
The manufacturer provided these bars for the purpose of this review.
I received a variety of MACROBARs a few days ago and I am excited to give them a try since I am a fan of the THRIVE Bars by the same manufacturer. On the packaging it indicates that the ingredients are certified USDA Organic, NON-GMO, gluten-free, vegan certified, kosher certified, Certified C.L.E.A.N./R.A.W. and soy-free. The gomacro company began in a barn on the family farm in Wisconsin. The purpose was to “help others live healthier lives in the most sustainable ways possible”.
I received the MACROBARs in the following flavors: Sweet Rejuvenation (cashew butter), Everlasting Joy (coconut, almond butter, chocolate chips), Balanced Goodness (granola + coconut), Protein Replenishment (peanut butter), Protein Purity (sunflower butter + chocolate), Prolonged Power (banana + almond butter), Wholehearted Heaven (almond butter + carob) and Protein Paradise (cashew caramel). The MACROBARs are also available in the following flavors: Protein Pleasure (peanut butter chocolate chip), Sunny Uplift (cherries + berries), and Morning Harvest (apples + walnuts). The bars range from 230-290 calories with 80-100 calories from fat. The protein content ranges from 4-12 grams and the sugar content is moderately low at 9-14 grams. There is no cholesterol and the sodium content is low ranging from 30-80 mg. Organic brown rice syrup is the main ingredient of the flavors I am testing.
These bars contain 15% plant based protein, 50% energizing carbs, and 35% healthy fats. The carbs are to fuel you up to go longer and are stored as glycogen in the muscles for when it is needed. The protein is to repair the muscles for recovery and the protein is plant-based with a combination of sprouted brown rice protein and pea protein. The protein is not chemically extracted and hypoallergenic. The fats reduce hunger and inflammation.
I wanted to look up the MACROBAR variety on the company website. The website looked professional and good contrast in colors. It was easy to navigate on the site and find information on this product. There are options for purchase as a single bar, a tray of 12, or a variety pack.
Each bar is 2.3-oz./65 g and when I looked at the ingredient list on the package I was impressed. Every ingredient is organic and I could comprehend what the ingredient was and I could pronounce all the ingredient names. So right off I can see that these bars are made of natural ingredients. I will be consuming the bars as a healthy snack choice between meals and out on the trail. There is no window on the packaging to view the bars. Through the packaging I can feel that they are not hard as a brick or super soft.
For more information please visit www.gomacro.com. The MACROBARs retail for $2.89 each.
Final Update July 22, 2017
Upon receiving the MACROBARs I was unable to complete much outdoor activity due to a surgery and prolonged recovery. In a nutshell my reporting has been significantly delayed. During my recovery I consumed a few of the bars for a midday snack. When I began to enjoy the outdoors I began with easy hikes of 3-miles and bike rides up to 15-miles. The bars filled me up and kept me satisfied at the end of cycling or while hiking, even when my stomach was telling me to fill it up. After consuming the bars I was not hungry for at least three hours. In some of the flavors I could definitely taste the rice syrup more than others. I noticed that in the peanut butter flavors and the chocolate flavors I could taste more of an aftertaste of the rice syrup. All the flavors have a similar consistency-easy to chew and a soft texture. Honestly I feel good about consuming the MACROBARs as the ingredients are natural and I am familiar with the ingredients. I was able to digest the bars well with no upset stomach or bloating. The MACROBARs are brown in color with textures that vary with the different flavors.
My favorite bars are the ones with coconut flavor-Everlasting Joy and Balanced Goodness. The coconut flavor is not overpowering and it is well balanced in the Everlasting Joy with the other flavors of the almond butter and chocolate.
The Prolonged Power bar is up there with my favorite flavors as well. It has a definite taste of banana, which mixed well with the almond butter flavor. It was an interesting combination of tastes that was pleasing to my palate.
My second favorite flavors are the cashew bars-Sweet Rejuvenation and Protein Paradise. I found that the Protein Paradise bar has a slightly sweeter flavoring possibly due to the cashew caramel flavoring.
The Wholehearted Heaven bar has a good taste of the almond butter and I could distinguish the carob taste, which is a good alternative to chocolate.
The Protein Purity flavor was my least favorite along with the Protein Replenishment. I tasted an aftertaste of the rice syrup more than the other flavors of the sunflower butter and the chocolate in the Protein Purity and the peanut butter in the Protein Replenishment.
This concludes my review period of the MACROBARs and for the most part all the flavors were enjoyable. Some had more of a rice syrup aftertaste. All the ingredients are natural and the bars kept my hunger controlled.
If I see the MACROBARs on the shelves at my local market I will be sure to try some of the additional flavors. I am interested in trying more of the fruit flavors.