AMRAP Bars – Product Review and Giveaway!

As part of the Sweat Pink Ambassador program I was given the opportunity to try out and review three new bars from AMRAP Nutrition. I was sent three flavors: Almond Honey, Cashew Vanilla and Fig and Cacao. These bars were sent to me for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.

With the baby sitting right on my stomach (35 weeks! Whoohoo!) I’m having a really hard time eating and keeping a lot on my stomach. If I eat anything too large or heavy I’m miserable and nauseated the rest of the day. I’m turning to bars a lot because they don’t sit heavily on my stomach but offer a nutrient dense food option. So, I was excited to try these out.

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A little about the bars:

AMRAP’s mission statement

As Many Rounds As Possible (AMRAP) defines our philosophy. Through determination, intensity, and focus, we aim to inspire and empower our community to reach their full health and fitness potential. Join us and together we will change the world. 

AMRAP bars are:

  • 100% Paleo
  • GMO-free
  • gluten-free
  • dairy-free
  • preservative-free
  • clear of artificial sweeteners

To maximize efficiency, AMRAP bars are packed with complete natural proteins and  amino acids to repair your muscles. Most importantly, all these bars contain the optimal  fat to carb ratio that increases lean mass and energy and is the crucial component for overall health and body composition.

I LOVE the mission statement for these things. As Many Rounds As Possible. So. Freaking. Cool. I’m a big label reader too. So many fitness bars are just loaded with refined sugar and preservatives. The bars get their sweetness by using dates. I like how few ingredients these have – very few and ALL recognizable and pronounceable. For example, the Fig & Cacao flavor has the following ingredients: dates, egg white protein, figs, almond butter, almonds, unsweetened coconut, cacao nibs and coconut oil. That’s it! I’ve attached the nutritional information for each bar below.

Almond HoneyFig Cacao Nutritional Fact Card.Fig CacaoFig Cacao Nutritional Fact Card.Cashew VanillaCashew Vanilla Nutritional Fact Card.

Some of the things I liked most about the bars:

  • THE TASTE! The almond & honey bar was my favorite (sea salt, cinnamon and raw honey…mmmmm). So yummy! I could really become addicted to these things.
  • The high protein content. At 12g to 15g a bar, they pack a nice little protein punch and help you stay fuller longer. Usually high protein bars can be really chalky and gummy. Not these babies! The dates and nut butters really make the bars palatable without any weird after tastes.
  • The fiber content. Often there’s a trade off between either high fiber or high protein bars. These bars offer high protein and a great 3g to 4 g of dietary fiber.
  • The limited ingredient content. I know what I’m putting into my body with these things.
  • They are made in the USA! USA! USA!

These bars were designed primarily for the CrossFit athlete but I can really see me using these bars for my long run fuel. I try and aim for something with a high protein and high carbohydrate mix that digests easily and sits well on my stomach. The AMRAP bars fit the bill. I’ve had zero stomach distress from these bars and I can see them really sustaining my energy levels for a long training run. I’m anxious to try them out come my first post-baby long run!

AMRAP bars launch today! For a limited time they’re offering a 12-count variety pack for a discounted price of $45. The first 2,500 customers will receive an added bonus of extra prizes, ebooks, and coupon codes. You can browse their products here.

AMRAP has also allowed me to giveaway an 8 pack of bars ($32 value) in any flavor to THREE lucky winners!! You can enter by clicking one of the links below! This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents. Good luck!

FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY LINK

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY LINK

 

Product Review – Apera bags – the workhorse of fitness bags!

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Recently I was contacted by Apera Bags to see if I’d like to try out one of their sport bags. Funny thing is, I had just taken Baby Z to the zoo and was struggling to find a good bag with enough compartments that didn’t kill my back. I ended up using a swag bag from one of my recent races. It was OK, but not what I wanted. I needed a good backpack. And lo and behold, in my email inbox they had contacted me! (Thank you Universe!) They told me to pick out any bag I wanted. So of course I gravitated to the backpack and OF COURSE I had to have the one in hot pink.The bag arrived shortly after. I pulled it out of the box and immediately fell in love with the color! I know, it’s not for everyone but it’s bright and fun and it makes me smile. They do have more subdued colors for those who don’t want to scream “LOOK at my cool bag!”

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Let me tell you, this bag is FULL of compartments! There are zippered pockets everywhere! I kept opening and finding more and more pockets. I loaded it with gym necessities and have taken it to the gym with me the last couple of weeks to try it out. I also used it recently on a 2-hour nature walk excursion with Baby Z.  Here are some of the features about all the Apera bags that I really like:

  • The bags are treated with antimicrobial protection inside and out. This helps keep all those funky odors from your sweaty bod at bay. See ya later bacteria! Clean, clean, clean.
  • It has vented compartments allowing for air-flow and quicker drying for wet materials. This is especially big down here in the southern swamp where the humidity level stays at a lovely 86%.
  • The interior linings are wipeable and easy to clean. As a Mom, this was a biggie for me. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had a sippy cup leak or fruit snacks break out of their captive bag and cause a mess inside a bag.
  • There is a zippered washable insert included with the bag. I haven’t used this yet, but it’s going to be really useful come swim lesson time (in a couple of weeks!)
  • Easy access pockets both inside and out. It’s nice to have pockets to hold both your small and large stuff. The special tech pocket at the top of the bag is extra padded to protect your phone, iphone, ipod, whatever.
  • Wipeable, easy-clean bottom. Again, a biggie for me since I’m always having to set my bag down in places that I’m not so sure of the cleanliness.
  • So. Much. Room. I think I could pack for a 3 day weekend in this thing!
  • It’s surprisingly lightweight considering the size and amount of room.
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Special extra padded tech pocket at the top of the bag for your electronic gear.

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More font pockets!

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Large interior compartment with wipeable lining and washable insert.

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Wipeable bottom in case you have to set it down in something icky.

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Yet ANOTHER rear pocket at the back of the bag!

They have several different style of bags: the Performance Duffel, Tech Pack, Yoga Tote, Duffel Pack, Sling Tote and the Active Pack (which is what I got). There is pretty much a bag to fit any lifestyle and any activity.

The Apera website says that their bags were designed for the Social Athlete which I think is pretty cool. Social media plays such a big part in how we connect and train and encourage each other and share. It’s great that a company recognizes that niche. Another nice thing about the company is that they’re big supporters of the Special Olympics. In fact, they donate one bag for every three bags they sell. logo_transparentspecialolympicsbag_448x290

All in all, I’ve been really, really happy with this bag so far. And I love, love, the color I chose. It’s perfect since I’m now a Sweat Pink Ambassador too! I expect to get a lot of use out of it on future adventures and workouts.

UPDATE: Check out the great Apera Sprint Pack giveaway I have going on now! https://jenzenator.com/2014/05/22/apera-bag-giveaway/

 

Disclosure: Apera Bags provided me with this bag for use without any promise of review or payment for review. All opinions are strictly my own.