Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Perfect Foods Bars Review and Giveaway!

I am often on the run with work and training, and so I eat more protein bars than I would like to admit.  I also prefer them to gels, so yeah, I eat a lot of those things in training and when I am out on one of my back country trips.  I am not really nuts about the taste most of the time to be honest, but it is better than sucking down a gel.

Another problem with most bars for me is that most of them really have a lot of crap (artificial/refined sweeteners, artificial flavors, hydrogenated fats or oils, etc) in them and are not really all that great for you or all that filling.

Enter the Perfect Foods Bar.  I was able to try one of these just over a month ago, I had the peanut butter flavor.  They were super good.  I wanted more, and I wanted them NOW!

The bonus?  First ingredient: Natural peanut butter. Second ingredient: raw honey.  I could actually pronounce and identify all of the ingredients.
The peanut butter flavor tastes absolutely amazing. Seriously. It tastes like the filling of a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup.  And it was filling - they are packed with 18g of protein and 3g fiber - so it actually stayed with me (I tested this on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th sample of the bars).  They are gluten and soy free and contain no refined sugar.  The regular bars are a little high in calories (282 calories), but the Cranberry Crunch isn't bad at 172 calories.

I immediately got online and ordered one of every flavor (there are 4, just so you know. More on that in a minute.  I am on a roll here.) and looked around on their website.

The company philosophy is:  
At Perfect Foods we strongly believe that natural whole foods (not synthetic, artificial, or isolated “non-food” elements) are the best and most effective source of nourishment for the human body.”
One thing about these bars is that they need to be refrigerated - ‘in order to minimize natural oil separation and maintain the consistency.’ I froze mine before a long ride and they worked out just fine.  A little sticky, but a super good energy boost.

I tested all of the flavors (twice).  Here is my take:
  • Peanut Butter: I already covered this one.  It was awesome. If you are a fan of peanut butter, you will be a fan of this.  The honey added the right amount of sweetness.
  • Fruit & Nut: This is the peanut butter bar with raisins and nuts in it.  How can you go wrong?
  • Carob Chip: I am not a lover of Carob. But I really was surprised at how much I liked this bar.  Again, it is that yummy peanut butter bar with carob chips in it.
  • Cranberry Crunch (LITE): This was my favorite flavor and is their ‘lite’ (lower fat/calories) version.  I never thought low calorie and favorite would ever be in the same sentence.  There are crisps and cranberries mixed in the peanut butter yumminess.
Actually, I like them all.  So I wrote to the folks at Perfect Foods and told them so.  I told them I planned a review on my blog and they were kind enough to offer to offer a giveaway to my followers!  I was very excited.

Oh yeah - you are probably wondering what is up for grabs?  2 boxes of Perfect Food Bars (that would be 8 bars) goes to 1 lucky winner!  Lucky you!

SO to enter...do one, two, or all of these things...and comment for each one.
  1. Follow my blog and let me know - or let me know if you already follow.
  2. Like Perfect Foods Bars on Facebook.
  3. Check out the Perfect Foods Bars website and tell me something you like.
  4. Post the giveaway on your blog
Comment each time you do one of those things, each comment is an entry.  I am going to use Random.org to do the drawing this time.  No more cutting out little slips of paper for me.  Nope.  No way, no how.  Contest runs from right now until midnight Saturday September 4th.  A winner will be announced Sunday September 5th. 

Disclaimer:  I purchased Perfect Foods Bars on my own and plan to many more times.  I contacted Perfect Foods after trying the bars.  So what I am saying is this review is what I really think of the product and is not influenced by anything but my taste buds.  Thank you to the kind folks at the Perfect Foods Bar for hosting this giveaway!

80 comments:

misszippy said...

I'm a follower and I LOVE anything peanut butter, so I'm all over this!

misszippy said...

Like them on FB

misszippy said...

Posting on my blog

Matty O said...

I am a follower

Matty O said...

Checked out the website and I L O V E peanut butter. Its like the perfect drug I swear.

Shannon said...

follower :)

Shannon said...

visited their website, learned they are based in San Diego!

Regina said...

Here we go for three:

1) I follow on RSS....as you may already know.

2) From their site, I like that they are spotted in the Galapagos Islands...I just hope they took their trash back with them (but of course they did!).

3) Your giveaway is posted in my sidebar.

Molly said...

oooooo, I haven't seen these before! Follower!

Molly said...

Their vitamin/powders line look interesting, always looking for good additions to smoothies.

Jeffrey said...

checked out their site - is it weird that I would try anything that Boom Boom uses...that guy is amazing! Actually met him at the inaugural Rev3 2009. Really great guy.

Runners Fuel said...

I'm a follower

Jeffrey said...

oh yeah, I'm already a follower - yea!

Runners Fuel said...

I'm a follower!

Runners Fuel said...

I like them on facebook

Runners Fuel said...

Looks like I'll like their flavors

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

Nice review and giveaway;-) I am a stalker.

Runners Fuel said...

Posted on my blog

Andrew Opala said...

Hey C G, every think about making them yourself with only the good stuff. I've heard so much from other runners (and myself) about all the junk that's not necessary in these things.

Maybe your bar would take off.

Forward Foot Strides said...

I am a follower!

Forward Foot Strides said...

And linked to your contest on my blog. :-)

Brybrarobry said...

Sounds WAY TO HEALTHY, it may make me sick. haha

B

Kris said...

They sound delicious! I am a follower, I "liked" Perfect Foods Bars on FB, and I love that they have a lite version!

Christi said...

I am a follower!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

I'm a follower! :)

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Yum...that peanut butter bar has my name written all over it! :)

Velma said...

follow

Velma said...

FB~!

Velma said...

I like that they have sampler packs, so you can see what you like!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Already follow you!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

I *like* them on facebook.

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

I definitely want to try that Cranberry crunch... went to the website and look at that ingredient list!!! WOW...

Emz said...

YAY! I follow!!

Emz said...

I'm a PB girl!!!

P said...

FOLLOWER!

P said...

I love the "About Us" page on their website: the bars are made "by hand, by happy people." Even if I don't win, I'm going to give these bars a try!

P said...

You're on my sidebar - awesome giveaway!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Long Time Follower (-"

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Following on FB Mr #866 like

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

I like the magazing pic of Marisa Tomeim she is hot and it reminds me off a funny Seinfeld episode.

I also like that these little suckers have NO High Fructose Corn Syrup!

Julie said...

Yes, I am a follower:)

Alex said...

I am a follower!

Rachel Wasserman said...

i'm a follower!

Rachel Wasserman said...

i like that they have a lite version in addition to the delicious sounding pb version

Rachel Wasserman said...

i like on facebook

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I'm a follower

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Linking on my blog

DRog said...

I follow

no cutting paper? that was so exciting last time:)

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

I follow your super-cool blog : )

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

I like them on FB

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

I would order the sampler pack to try them all!

Patrick Mahoney said...

follower, peanut butter, posting on the blog.

Patrick Mahoney said...

facebook handled too.

Black Knight said...

It looks like a good item. I live far so I give the winning chance to another follower. Good luck!

Christi said...

Add another entry for me. I mentioned your give-away on my blog!

Heather said...

I'm a follower.

Heather said...

I like perfect foods on facebook

Heather said...

I posted a link to this giveaway on my blog.

Heather said...

I like that they are a family owned business and make each bar by hand.

runodonnell said...

I'm a follower.

runodonnell said...

They're made by happy people! Who wouldn't want to eat food made by happy people?!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

well I was following via RSS, but now I am also a GFC!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

you are linked in my sidebar

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i used their store locator and found they are only in one place around here!

Kelly said...

I am a follower

Kelly said...

I checked out their website and may have to purchase

Beth said...

I just became a follower

Beth said...

Link on my blog

Beth said...

I like that they are natural and of course you can't go wrong with peanut butter - yum!

Lindsey said...

I'm a new follower

Lindsey said...

I like perfect foods bar on facebook.

Lindsey said...

I linked this giveaway on my blog.

Lindsey said...

I like that you can get a sampler pack for only $9.95 with free shipping and handling!

Barb said...

I am a follower and these sound great.

Barb said...

I have 'LIKED' Perfect Food Bars on FB!!

Barb said...

I went to their site and I like that they support Matt Reed and that you can buy a trial pack that has all four bars in it.

Jay said...

Already following!

Jay said...

I checked out the website. What I liked: the store locator. What I didn't like: nothing within 50 miles of Bangor.

Kegarnay said...

I follow your blog

Kegarnay said...

Peanut Butter in bar form?!?, sound amazing!