I am in love with quick and easy breakfast ideas. If you haven’t already read about how hectic our mornings are, and how I need things that are easy, you obviously haven’t been around here before, or haven’t been listening in.
When I had the chance to try out the rise bar, I was really excited. The website states that all of their bars are organic, gluten free, and all-natural. Most are even vegan. This was a huge plus for me because I have really been trying to find products that are organic and healthy. This seems to fit the bill.
About rise bar
Rise was created to fill a real need—to give people very specific bars, with different formulations, for various times of day. After all, your body needs a different sort of fuel first thing in the morning than it needs mid-afternoon. And your workout demands something else all-together. So give your body what it needs, whenever it needs it. With Rise.
HOW ARE RISE BARS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER NUTRITION BARS?
Many energy bars rely on artificial ingredients, added sugars, and processed grains, making them no more nutritious than a candy bar. Rise Bars provide wholesome energy and nutrition from unprocessed nuts, fruit and seeds. In addition, Rise Bars are vegetarian and Kosher, and are free of gluten, preservatives, GMOs, soy and peanuts, making them a convenient choice for anyone. In three varieties and many delicious flavors, anyone can enjoy them as a snack or meal replacement packed with fiber and protein to help them keep going for hours.
Trying rise bars
The company was actually very generous and sent me an entire box of all twelve of their flavors to try. This was great because I got to try some flavors I may not have necessarily picked out for myself had I chosen them.
Included in my box were the following bars:
Breakfast bars —
- Cashew Almond
- Cranberry Apple
- Honey Walnut
- Macadamia Pineapple
- Perfect Pumpkin
Energy bars —
- Apricot Goji
- Blueberry Coconut
- Cherry Almond
- Coconut Acai
- Raspberry Pomegranate
Protein bars —
- Almond Honey
- Crunchy Carob Chip
The first thing I tried was of course the breakfast bars. I started right off with the Macadamia Pineapple (pictured above). If I had to give this a rating on a scale from 1-10, I would say it would get a 6 or 7. It was really good, but just a tad too sweet for my taste. It did grow on me though and the sweetness was tamed down by my coffee. (On a side note, if you have been following my facebook page you will know that my coffee maker broke, and I have now been coffee free for almost two weeks–gasp!)
Out of all of the breakfast flavors, I think the Perfect Pumpkin was my favorite, scoring an 8 out of 10 on the flavor scale. The one I liked the least was the Honey Walnut, scoring a 5.5 out of 10. It must have just been too nutty of a flavor for me, but I didn’t really care for it.
The Energy bars were also quite good for the most part, with the Blueberry Coconut actually scoring the highest of all the bars in the taste category. I gave it an 8.5 out of 10.
I have never been a fan of protein bars so I wasn’t too optimistic going into this, and after trying the two flavors or rise bars, all I can say is that they are…well, protein bars. The Crunchy Carob Chip was really not to my liking at all. I gave it a 3.5 out of 10 for flavor, but the Almond Honey wasn’t quite as bad. I ate it. My kids sampled it. We didn’t think it was horrible but probably not something we’d get again.
Will I get rise again? I think the answer to that is mixed. I will most likely get a few of the breakfast bars and a few of the energy bars, but the protein bars are off the table for me (no big surprise there though). I love that I can just grab one of these for a quick breakfast and start my day. Convenience = greatness and the added health bonus is a great kicker.
Want to check them out for yourself? Head on over to their website: rise bar