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Mammoth Bars

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This post is sponsored by Mammoth Bars. Everything stated is my own opinion. Thanks for supporting my blog and my active lifestyle! 

Today, I present to you the latest and greatest (and yes, I mean that) of bars entering my life - Mammoth Bars! Are you familiar? If you're not, then you're in the right place to learn some more about this nutrient-packed bar. 

Mammoth Bars - Spotlight

What is it? 

Mammoth Bar is a combination of a protein bar and an energy bar - it's creators have blended sprouted nuts, egg whites, and dried fruit into a snack that packs more than what most other options on store shelves can offer. These bars live up to their motto, "no weird stuff", by limiting ingredients (all organic) to only those which consumers of all lifestyles can pronounce and recognize. 

My opinion

Boy, have I had more than my fair share of protein bars, energy bars, and anything in between in my days. At this point, I have high expectations, and rightfully so. Just like I can't quite put into words my "type" when it comes to boys, I can't describe my ideal bar. However, I've been finding lately that, when the right one (aka my "type") comes along, I know it. 

Mammoth Bar is that bar. Mammoth Bar is the bar I couldn't put into words. 

In terms of taste, it's just sweet enough for my liking (and you know I have a an almost insatiable sweet tooth) - no added sugars, only dates. It's chewy, but not the rip-your-teeth-out type. It's rich and satisfying, with a variance of textures and flavors throughout. Most importantly, for me at least, it feels like a snack, not an entire meal. I prefer to listen to my own body instead of reading nutrition facts (aka counting calories, fat, carbs, etc.) when I'm giving something new a try, and body appreciates how Mammoth Bar fuels it. 

Why Mammoth Bar?

In conjunction with reasons stated above, I support Mammoth Bar because they're setting an example for other companies of all product varieties - stick to minimal ingredients, harvest them at their peak ripeness and let them shine with as little processing interference as possible. Mammoth Bars are hand-crafted and shipped out to buyers within days, at most. Knowing that someone put such care and time into the food I put into my body brings me comfort and confidence in that particular food's power - again, Mammoth Bar is setting an example, at least, an example I want to follow and one I hope other companies, restaurants, and producers begin to follow, as well. 

Where to buy?

  1. Online, here. You can make a one-time purchase using "hungryhaley" to receive 25% off your order, and you can then subscribe, if you'd like, to receive bars on a regular basis (which saves you 11% per shipment). 
  2. In select retail stores in Northern CA, the Bay Area specifically. 
  3. Nationwide in Peet's Coffee shops. 

Thanks for reading! I hope you give Mammoth Bars a try, and if you do, leave a comment below! I would love to hear your opinion. 

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Purity Coffee

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This post is sponsored by Purity Coffee. Everything stated is my own opinion. Thanks for supporting my blog and making the healthiest, most delicious coffee around town! 

Let this be the debut of my inner coffee-lover. I've been drinking the magic stuff for almost three years, but not until I discovered Purity Coffee did I really begin to educate myself more on the drink we all know and love! 

Purity Coffee

What is it? 

Coffee... duh. I'm not trying to sound like your favorite salesperson here, but Purity Coffee really isn't the same stuff as what's on most grocery store shelves nowadays. Their whole process - from harvesting to roasting to packing - ensures that buyers receive the healthiest version of coffee available. It's also:

  • organic: uses methods that recycle, conserve biodiversity, and balance local ecology. 
  • almost defect-free: "speciality coffee" is the highest standard of coffee, and therefore contains the fewest defects. 
  • mold-free: is frequently lab-tested to ensure no traces of mold and/or mycotoxins exist in the beans. 
  • sustainable: "an integrated system of plant and animal production practices that will last over the long term" (according to the website).
Purity Coffee

My opinion:

I'm no "coffee-snob", so I've never really been one to toss a cup of coffee because I didn't like the taste (that only happened once). A medium-dark roast is my go-to, simple as that. When a representative from Purity Coffee assured me I'd taste and feel the difference most just by drinking it, I felt unsure, but I went with it. 

Aaaaaaand she was certainly correct. It just tastes... cleaner, fresher, richer, more robust. The biggest difference I noticed was feeling way less bloated after drinking it, a side effect I always ignored after drinking other coffee. I'll be honest - the taste didn't convince me that this is a life-changing cup of coffee (like I said, not a coffee-snob over here), but I felt mentally and as a result physically better drinking it, knowing what is going into my body is pure (pun intended), boasting maximum health benefits and reaping no potential consequences. 

Purity Coffee

Why Purity?

I don't buy into the "coffee is bad for you" campaign. Sure, it can raise cortisol (aka stress hormone) levels, but that only becomes harmful when stress levels elsewhere in life are through the roof and sleep is not happening like it should. I've got my stress under control, for the most part, and I get enough sleep. I enjoy coffee. Up until recently, I've never seen it as a "superfood" or a "bad food"... until now. 

I researched Purity Coffee and had no idea that coffee beans have higher levels of antioxidants than my favorite fruits - berries! Say whaaaat? Think about how many Americans drink coffee regularly - quite a few, huh? A cup of coffee is much more convenient and sometimes easier to get our hands on than a cup of berries, aaaaaand it's packed with many more antioxidants! Purity Coffee has the highest antioxidant level of all coffees at a roast level that produces the lowest level of acrylamide. Some coffees compared may have a higher level of antioxidants, but they also had a higher level of acrylamide. 

HALLELUJAH.

Aside from providing the body with antioxidants, coffee has also been shown to boost physical and brain performance, as well as metabolism, and decrease the risk for depression.

Purity Coffee

Where to buy?

Online! When you checkout, be SURE to use "hungryhaley" to receive a discounted price on any order. Here, you can purchase by the bag or subscribe and receive a shipment size of your choice and frequency. 

Thanks for reading, and I hope you found this information helpful in making your next coffee decision! 

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NuttZo 7 Nut & Seed Butter

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Nut butter. It's one of those phrases I just love to say, mostly because it tends to bring about a sense of discomfort in some when repeated over and over, especially when paired with "uggghhhhh I LOVE nut butter!" (and don't even get me started on "nut milk" and "nut cheese"). 

Nuttzo 7 Nut & Seed Butter

I love nut butter. Let's be honest - you probably do, too. For as long as I can remember, I've been scooping spoonfuls of this creamy diet-staple on a daily basis. Whether slathered between two slices of bread in one of Mom's PB & J sandwiches with homemade strawberry jam, eaten straight out of the jar as an afternoon snack, drizzled (or dumped) atop a breakfast smoothie bowl, or even snuck into cookie dough for extra rich flavor, nut butters... 

... they make me happy when skies are gray (skies are currently very gray). They make me happy when skies are blue, too, though. Heck, the sky could even be a fiery orange or deep purple and, as long as I've got a jar of nut butter in hand, all is well to me. 

My latest obsession: NuttZo Nut Butters. 

What is it?

Sorry - excuse my sassiness. NuttZo is a redefined version of nut butters. It's not just almonds or peanuts. NuttZo has tapped the shoulder of my inner forgetful self and added in nuts and seeds with all the nutrients my body needs most: chia seeds, flax seeds, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, and more. 

Um, thank youuuuuuuuu. #amen

My opinion: (3 versions)

1) One of the most unique, delicious nut butters I've ever had. 

2) The first I'll reach for in the nut butter aisle at the grocery store (this is saying A LOT). 

3) Absolutely worth every penny (I'll explain more below). 

Why NuttZo?

Because, if you're anything like me (busy, on-the-go, health-minded, nut-butter-loving), NuttZo speaks directly to you by combining all those essential, otherwise hard-to-find nutrients into a simple, delicious, complete-protein nut butter - peanut, almond, or chocolate! On their own, nuts and seeds are incomplete proteins, but when combined (whether in one meal or within a short period of time), become complete proteins for our bodies to more easily access and utilize. 

Need another reason to buy? Each purchase supports Project Left Behind - a non-profit that aims to "promote education, improved nutrition, and living conditions for orphans and neglected children around the world." Need I say more? 

Where to buy?

Find NuttZo at most health food grocery stores, some Costco locations, and online via their own website, Thrive Market (my favorite), and Amazon Marketplace

My favorite NuttZo uses:

1. Nut-butter-topped smoothies:

2. Nut-butter-filled breakfast sandwiches:

3. Nut-butter snacks:

Thank you for reading and enduring all my talk about how much I absolutely adore nut butter, especially the way NuttZo crafts it. As always, if you enjoyed this post, keep coming back for more! Leave a comment below with your suggestion for my next post, whether it be a recipe, workout, nutrition tip, or product review.

My Top 5 Energy Bars (vegan, high-protein, gluten-free)

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The most frequent wonders of my mind (both serious/legit and not so):

  1. the complexity of the human body and its ability to breakdown just about every compound (except cellulose, alcohol, and a few other compounds - thanks for the knowledge, biochemistry) its given, to build up energy from whatever it has stored (be it amino acids, carbohydrates, or fatty acids), and to manage those processes as well as thousands - yes, thousands - of others beneath our skin. 
  2. love. and I'm talking about the in-love kind of love. the kind that sends lightning bolts of butterflies to the heart at the sight of the loved one. the kind that weakens knees at the simple, innocent touch by the loved one. and there's more to this, but I'm getting mushy and now isn't the time for that. 
  3. fasting. not snacking. like, how does one go 6+ hours without at least bite or two (or eight) of something? Maybe I'll never understand, which is likely due to the fact that I'm not sure if I'll allow myself six or seven snack-free hours between meals. of course, I don't hold any nutritional judgements against intermittent fasting. I just don't think it's calling my name. 

These bars, though? Well, when they call my name (which they most certainly do on a daily basis), you better believe I listen. 

Today I wanted to share my absolute favorite bars - some are high in protein, others in healthy fats, and others yet in micronutrients I sometimes forget I need in the midst of each busy day in the life of a student. Because I'm unsure how clear I've made my obsession with these bars, I'll have you know that about 1/3 (ehh, maybe even 1/2) of my closet has been dedicated to shelves for organizing all these. Go ahead and call me crazy, but don't think I'll be sharing any bites with you (unless, of course, you call me the good kind of crazy... whatever that be). 

Haley, you ARE weird. Stop talking and show me the bars, please. Okay okay, sorry. 

Note: these are in no particular order. Those who know me well would be surprised at my picking of a favorite of just about anything. Rather, I'll just share a few reasons why I love each bar/brand, when I grab that particular bar, etc. 

  1. GoMacro - Pushing the bars aside for just a minute, can I highlight the GoMacro founders' story? Great. The family caring for a Wisconsin farm switched over to a macrobiotic diet immediately upon discovering Amelia, the mother of the family, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Some homemade nutrient-dense bars popped out of the kitchen constantly, and before Amelia knew it, grocery stores wanted their own share. 
    If GoMacro had a middle name to describe the bars, it'd be "hearty". I know, that word might bring about thoughts of chunky chili, but let's give it a go in the protein bar world, shall we? Amelia likes her bars exactly how I like mine - thick, hearty, chewy, with a crunch in each bite. No artificial flavors or conventional ingredients make it into these. The organic protein powders used include brown rice and pea protein, which, when eaten together, constitute a complete protein with all nine essential amino acids! Holllaaaaaaa! (that's my new word) 
    Best time to eat it: anytime the craving(s) hit. I've never really a bar-for-breakfast kind of girl because I feel much more satiated when the food actually fills my stomach, but if I were stuck with no voluminously filling items, I'd reach for a GoMacro first and foremost. After a workout, the organic protein blend will provide the optimal nutrition for muscle recovery. Whenever a GoMacro bar calls, its the perfect time to answer! 
    Click here for more information, as well as where to buy. 
  2. Square Organics - I can't quite decide what the best part is about these bars. Is it the all-organic ingredient list, free of gluten, dairy, soy, and refined sugars? Or is it the sprouted, whole grain protein? Okay, maybe its the chocolate coating that hides a rich, sweet interior - a pairing that can fool even the most skilled  traditional chocolate candy bar connoisseur. Each bar boasts the same dark chocolate coating made with coconut oil, coconut nectar, and dark chocolate, but each interior varies from peanut butter (my personal favorite) to cherry coconut to nuts + sea salt and more.
    Best time to eat: I reach for these whenever I'm craving their not-so-nutritious counterpart - my childhood favorite Kit Kat. Unlike other bars, these never leave me feeling absolutely stuffed, and unlike that Kit Kat, it always satisfies my sweet tooth. The 10-12 grams of protein keeps me full throughout the night and controls my hunger in the morning, and the low(er than most) sugar content won't keep me lying in bed awake at night.
    Click here for more flavors, store locators, and recipes - the Square-Stuffed Pumpkin Cookies were whipped up in yours truly's kitchen!
  3. Rise Bar - The creators of Rise Bar clearly have their intentions well-sorted. Inside the slim packaging lies the bar that boasts four ingredients - four ingredients. Each vegan bar packs about 15 grams of purely plant-based protein, which can be just as effective as animal proteins, when done right. Protein powder of choice here is pea protein for the vegan bars and whey protein isolate for the non-vegan bars. Why pea protein? Well, with its higher concentrations of specific amino acids especially beneficial in muscle building + turnover AND its proven ability to lower high blood pressure + reduce inflammation + coronary heart disease and kidney disease risk... why not pea protein? 
    Best time to eat it: after a workout, no doubt. Rise Bars are one of the most protein-rich bars available, and the body craves this plant-based protein to help it repair muscle after lifting, running, sweating, yoga-ing, or whatever the body loves most. 
    Explore the website to find your local provider or buy online (P.S. if you sign up for the newsletter, they may or may not send out discounts, giveaways, etc...)
  4. Larabar - Lara, I l(ara)ove you (did that work?). Okay but really, I've loved these bars for as long as I can remember, and I'm loving all the new flavors - banana bread, cinnamon bun, and the bites! Simplicity would be a Larabar's middle name, given it had one. Zero refined sugars (just dates), flours, or preservatives - exactly how it should be. Lara herself felt nutritionally inspired to refuel after a hike, and brought her ideas home to her kitchen where she sealed the bags of the first 500 bars. Today, her company holds true to its simple, plant-based, whole-foods roots. 
    Best time to eat: Larabars are lower in protein than most of the others I buy, so they aren't as satisfying in that aspect, but I'll bring one along for an afternoon snack, probably topped with nut butter for added "umph". As always, I'll grab one (yes, from my closet) for dessert - especially the peanut butter chocolate chip and/or chocolate coconut chew! 
    Want more information? Here's the website
  5. Perfect Bar - these bars make it into my fridge about once a month, if that, simply because a college-budget girl like me cringes when it's not on sale - $3+ dollars for it regular price ain't happenin' too often in my wallet. However, the ingredients used for the vegan bars (only one line is vegan - the others contain egg whites) are pretty dang... perfect? Sure - we'll go with that. Nuts, seeds, dates, coconut, almond butter and dried fruits are the main ingredients used and every single one is organic.
    Best time to eat: Keeping in mind that these bars require refrigeration, I recommend grabbing straight from the fridge, but I've left one in an insulated lunch bag without an ice pack for about five hours, and as far as I know, nothing went horribly wrong. These also aren't as high in protein as my other favorite bars, so I reach for these like I would any other afternoon snack because it still boasts everything I'd search for - fiber, carbs (without any added sugar), protein, and tons of healthy fats. 
    Check out the website for more information.

And those are my bars, dudes! I love each at different times for different reasons, yet all of them at the same time for one reason - clean, minimally refined, and SO satisfying in both taste and nutrition. 

I hope you've taken the time to check each bar out, and that you've found a few you want to try! 

Like this post? Want to see more of my favorite products? Keep coming back to this page on my blog, where I'll be sharing tons more! If you have any specific questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments down below or send over an email. 

Thank you for reading!

DrinkRE Energy Shots

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If you watch my Instagram stories, then you've seen a 5 AM picture of me holding one of these shots at least once. At least. 

What is it? 

DrinkRE is a 3 oz. natural energy shot, made from green tea extract, fruit juices, ginseng, and biotin. Unlike Monster ad RedBell, DrinkRE leaves out all the nasty chemicals and additives, and only uses ingredients our bodies can actually use and gain sustainable energy from. 

My opinion: 

I LOVE THEM. I drink one every morning before my workout! 

Taste: My two favorites are the Tropical Citrus Pog (REFocus) and Watermelon Berry (REVive). At first, the strong flavors took a little getting used to, but since the shot is only 3 ounces, it's not too much to handle. 

Texture: Well, it's a liquid, sooo... Okay, but seriously. In comparison to other pre-workout drinks I've tried, DrinkRE is smooth and thin as water. You won't swallow any chunks or little gritty pieces of who knows what. 

Every morning before my workout, I drink a glass of water and then one of these shots, usually about 20-30 minutes before my workout begins. I don't consume caffeine after about 1 or 2 PM, but I've heard that these make fantastic afternoon pick-me-up's as well! 

This post is not sponsored or paid. Everything I say here is total honesty because I support this company, its mission, and its products. Head over to the website to find more information :)