I recently had the opportunity to try CORE Foods bars, the Defender lineup (high fiber/vegan). The bars are meant to be a meal replacement, basically each pack is a “bowl of oatmeal” on the go.
The bars are fresh, real food… that means they’re perishable. Once you receive them they should be consumed or put in the freezer! They are good frozen for 6 months, in the fridge for 1 month, and at room temp for 1 week.
The instructions on the package tell you to consume the bar with two glasses of water. That helps the oats in the bar to expand in your stomach so you stay full.
The bars have 350-400 calories each and about 5-6 grams of fiber. I wouldn’t call that HIGH fiber, but that’s the way they’re labeled. But then again, that’s a reasonable amount of fiber for the ingredients… no strange extra chemical fiber added! The ingredient list is pretty clean on all of them. The bars are organic and gluten-free. (Yes, they use gluten-free oats.)
I liked the two bars I tried, I would give the Banana Walnut one a slight edge. And yes… I said TWO bars. I didn’t get to try the Cashew Cacao one. Why? Well… when I got the bars I followed instruction and put them in the freezer. Then I woke up one morning and realized I didn’t have anything for breakfast, so it seemed like a good time to try the bars. I pulled the bar out of the freezer and let it sit on the counter while I took care of the baby’s morning needs. Then I picked up the bar and it felt pretty cold still, so I thought “Hey, I’ll put this in the microwave for 10 seconds.” Well… after two seconds there was a flash of lightning in the microwave and I quickly stopped the nuker.
FYI – the packaging is NOT microwave safe! It kind of disintegrated and the bar ended up with a weird charred smell. I couldn’t bring myself to eat it when it smelled like that. So let that be a lesson to you… DO NOT microwave it in the packaging! (They’re raw food anyway… they don’t need to nor are they intended to be cooked!)
If you’d like to order some, you can use the coupon code “EatHealthyAnywhere” and that will give you $5 off your first online purchase . Enter the coupon code after checkout.
You also have the chance to win a sample pack from CORE Foods, which includes 3 meals – one of every flavor. (retail value: $15) The winner can specify if they want the Warrior sample pack (high protein) or Defender sample pack (vegan and high fiber). I’ll pick a winner on Saturday, March 2, 2013.
To enter, we’re going old school… leave a comment and tell me which version you’d choose. Warrior or Defender.