Tuesday, September 3, 2013

REVIEW: EcoTrek Fitness Bars

This was one of the many products that came in my RunnerBox that I received this month [check out my review of RunnerBox HERE if you haven't yet]. When Staci sent me the Box, she had asked me if I would do a specific review for the EcoTrek Fitness Bar.

First off, THEY ARE A MICHIGAN COMPANY so this is a BIG PLUS in my book :)

Cari, the owner of EcoTrek, started the company to mesh her passion of personal fitness and her love for the outdoors together. 

"After being a personal fitness trainer for several years and always encouraging my fitness clients to explore the outdoors while working out, I created EcoTrek Fitness in 2006. I took a group of girlfriends and clients on a mini-EcoTrek session near Lake Michigan in Grand Haven, even as many of them claimed they would rather stay home! Not only did they enjoy the outdoor group workout, they admitted that they would be willing to pay me to take them out regularly! EcoTrek Fitness was born in May of that year, and I was determined to keep my “peeps” moving into the winter months; we found that if we dressed for the weather, we could workout outside all year long - even in Michigan! 

As popularity of the sessions grew and word quickly spread into Grand Rapids, I began hiring leaders to offer EcoTrek sessions in other areas of West Michigan. By 2009, there were three series in Grand Rapids and we had Coopersville, Holland and Muskegon areas covered as well. In May 2011, we celebrated our fifth anniversary by opening an EcoTrek Series in Traverse City, so we now have twelve series in Michigan as well as a series in Morgantown, West Virginia." 

Source: RunnerBox Instagram

Next, their bars are VEGAN, which is GREAT!! [I have been a vegetarian for almost 9 years now and LOVE when companies go the vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc routes. There are so many folks out there, especially athletes, that have dietary restrictions (whether self imposed or medically imposed) and tapping into that market is AWESOME on their part - because we matter too :).]

In 2011, Cari partnered with a company producing healthy protein-packed bars; but they had a few complicated ingredients and over 200 calories in each bar. They were excited to work with her on reducing the calories to 195, making the bars vegan and dairy-free and including only gluten-free ingredients. The bar was customized with Cari's fitness clients in mind, made only for EcoTrek Fitness, and now she's sharing it with everyone

Also, the bar was YUMMY! I had the Dark Chocolate Raspberry flavor. The other flavors that they offer currently are Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut. But, um... THEY ALL SOUND DELISH!

Source: EcoTrek

Finally, the bar contains 6 SERVINGS of fruits and veggies. YES, YOU READ IT CORRECTLY - SIX! [Even being a vegetarian it is sometimes hard to get in all of the recommended number of daily servings of fruits and veggies, so having a scrum-didily-umptious bar that can assist in this is SUPER!]

I would HIGHLY recommend picking up one (or twenty) of these bars! You can find them Nationwide, in many Michigan locations, or if you don't have any nearby, you can order them online!

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