Amrita Health Foods is a company that produces Endurance Energy Bars for the active lifestyle consumer. They have an Endurance Bar as well as a Recovery Bar. Their products are gluten-free, soy free, peanut free, and diary free. The Endurance Bar calorie content breaks down to 60% from carbohydrates, 15% from protein, and 25% from fat, the perfect percentages for recovery after workouts. I ordered a sample pack of the bars to test them out after recently hearing positive reviews about them through #BibChat on Twitter. They have a lot of great flavor choices that can suit the unique tastes of anyone that is looking to eat clean or for an on-the-go meal replacement. The bars I received were Mango Coconut, Apricot Strawberry, Apple Cinnamon and Pineapple Chia.
The first one I tried out was the Apple Cinnamon bar. Out of the four flavors, I expected this to be my favorite one given the fact that I eat oatmeal with cinnamon mixed in every morning and apples have been a go-to mid meal snack for me as of late. I’ve been taking my running very easy this week, coming off of my 50K at Big Cedar and went for my first real “run” yesterday, going for just over 5 Miles at 7:20 average pace. When I finished, I went immediately for this bar and it was a great way to refuel my body and hold my hunger over until dinner.
Next, I tried out the Apricot Strawberry as a snack later in the evening. I didn’t want to have a heavy meal right before going to sleep and waking up feeling too full, so this bar was a good choice. Amrita Bars are raw, created by blending the ingredients versus baking them. This gives the bars a very natural look and makes them very easy to digest. This was just what I needed before going to sleep and waking up in the morning for my run. I would rank this one third on my taste chart, but I would definitely order more of this flavor.
Thirdly, I ate the Mango Coconut Bar immediately following my morning run along with a banana before heading to the airport to travel for Thanksgiving and see my family. Again, it served as a great tool to refuel my body of the nutrients depleted during my 8 Mile workout. I remember while I was eating this bar that it was the best tasting energy bar I have ever had in my life! It was amazing, pure and simple ingredients and it kept my hunger satisfied until lunch.
I knew I would need to pack to have my meals on the go while I was in the airport, on the plane, and waiting for my connecting flight, so I brought along a few apples and the final bar, Pineapple Chia. This honestly sounded like the bar that I would like the least, but in the end this was the best one of the sample pack in my opinion. It’s funny that the order I at the bars in ended up being backwards from my personal preference and overall favorites.
Unlike the Endurance Bars, the Recovery Bars are more protein dense. Per bar, Amrita Recovery Bars contain approximately 280 calories, 8g fat, 30g carbohydrates, and 15g protein. That breaks down to about 50% carbohydrates, 25% protein, and 25% fat. The bars also contain 4g of fiber and 1000mg omega-3 fatty acids. Additionally, they are a good plant-based source of iron and calcium. I’ll be giving these a test in the near future and look forward to adding Amrita Bars into my nutrition plan for an extra boost in training for my next ultra race and into my normal everyday diet.
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