Tuesday, July 4, 2017

REVIEW: PROBAR® BOLT Chews {New Flavors} (& GIVEAWAY)

By now you've probably seen me profess my love for PROBAR® and their products time and time again.


I've been loving them ever since being first introduced to the brand (through a subscription box in 2014). I've also been lucky enough to be a part of their blogger network for a while and often get sent some of their delicious products to try.


Well, when I noticed that they had released new flavors of the PROBAR® BOLT Chews I was PUMPED! I have been fueling for my long runs and races almost exclusively with PROBAR® BOLT Chews since 2014 (strawberry is my JAM).



So when the doorbell rang and I saw a box from PROBAR®, it was sort of like magic... or like Christmas morning! I opened the box and a choir of angels sang! Okay, maybe it wasn't THAT crazy, but I really was doing an internal dance!


I'll be the first to admit that I'm a creature of habit. I love the strawberry chews so have THREE cases of them in the cupboard... But I also know I've liked most everything I've tried from PROBAR® so couldn't wait to test the new flavors!

Pink Lemonade

First up was Pink Lemonade. Two weeks ago I had a 16 mile run and knew I would need some fuel for it so grabbed a pouch and threw it in my Nathan handheld. I don't know what I was expecting, but whatever it was, these BLEW MY MIND! After the first bite I thought to myself "What will I do with all of the strawberry chews in the cupboard?! These might be my new favorite." They legit taste like pink lemonade! Just like my tried and true strawberry BOLTs, these were manageable to chew (I bite them in half), digest easily and taste delicious! (And just in case you were wondering how/ when I fuel: I normally take 4-5 chews {which is a single serving size} every 45-50 minutes of running.)


Lemon

The hubby is a coffee addict drinker, so when I mentioned one of the new flavors had caffeine (20 mg per serving from Yerba Mate) he jumped at the chance to give them a try. He had an 11 miler on tap last weekend (he's currently training for the "First Half" of the San Francisco Marathon) and grabbed a pouch before he hit the road. He said that he really appreciated the boost the chews gave him (especially because he said he was starting to drag a bit before he popped them in his mouth). He prefers more of a 'sweet' than a 'sour' flavor, but said he'd totally use these again.


Cran-Pomegranate

You know I always have to #KeepItReal, so I want to be completely upfront. I dislike the flavor of cranberry - it tastes a bit like dirt to me (which is why I take a supplement of it daily, instead of drinking the juice), so I was a little hesitant about this one. Maybe it was the pomegranate mixed in, but I didn't mind these chews. I'd say they tasted like a generic "red berry" type flavor. I wouldn't say they're a new favorite, but hey, not every one can be a home run (and again, it is probably due to the fact that cranberry isn't my jam to begin with, you may love them).


Now, seeing as the AMAZING folks at PROBAR® sent me a case of each flavor, I could definitely be selfish and keep them all for myself, but I thought I would try to spread the wealth a little. I decided I'd break up the cases into little variety packs and do a giveaway for YOU! There will be THREE winners - each receiving 4 pouches of Strawberry, 4 pouches of Pink Lemonade, 4 pouches of Lemon and 4 pouches of Cran-Pomegranate.


Entering is easy, all you need to do is use the Rafflecopter below and then wait (some of the entry options are available daily, so I'd highly recommend entering early and often to have the best shot at securing some of these for yourself)!

This giveaway will run through Monday, July 10th at 11:59pm PST. The winners will be contacted via the email address associated with their Rafflecopter account and have 24 hours to claim their prize. Open to US Residents only. All entries are verified, so be sure to complete them or a new, random winner will be selected (don't miss out on a technicality).

How do you fuel for your long runs?

50 comments:

Marcheta McKinley said...

I have a sensitive stomach so I've had a hard time fishing something to fuel my runs that doesn't make me feel bad. I would love to try these!!

Beth Reitinger said...

I have tried other chews and love how convenient they are. Can't wait to give probate a try with these great flavors.

Miranda McBride said...

I always use gu or some type of chews. These look great and I can't wait to try them!

Kathy said...

Pink Lemonade?!? OMG! I want to use these for runs and hikes!

Lisa Verdon said...

I typically use shot blocks but would love to try the pink lemonade!!! Yummy!!!

Krysta Jensen said...

Right now I use all Melaleuca products to fuel my workouts! Before, during, and after. Love them but always open to trying new ones.

Sadie said...

I have used honey stinger for my long runs.
Sadie B.

Margaret said...

I used to use Honey Stinger chews, but have started trying out dried pineapple and fruit snacks. I've had Pro Bar before, but never the chews!

KookyRunner said...

I'm actually trying out a few different fueling options right now. My favorites are Pro Bar, Tailwind and Honey Stinger

dd said...

I normally need an empty stomach when I workout but I do carry small non-chocolate energy bars (not too sweet) with me just in case. I need to try more things like this to see if they work better.

Julie said...

before I eat a banana, drink Sword during and use a Huma gel during if needed.

Sandra Bond said...

I am not a big fan of energy bars in general, but I love the ProBAR chews. They're like a treat. I am excited about the new flavors.

Rooskie said...

I use Gu and Tailwind, but Gu gags me because it's so thick 😂

Jessica Y said...

I love nuun and probar bolts! So happy there are new flavors!

Julie Raye-Rod. said...

lara bars are great for me

Rhett said...

Been using Nuun in my water bottle plus GUs, but the GUs have messed up my stomach a little the past few long runs. So I want to try some new things in my upcoming training.

becca - beccastar@gmail.com said...

I actually use ProBar Bolt Chews!!! I'm so excited about new flavors and some caffeine because I'm finding I need more caffeine before running.

Keri Russell said...

Nice I think I might need to try these!

Daniell Vecchione said...

I usually just grab a GU, but I have tried the PRObar Strawberry since my local market carries & they are super yummy

Jeremy H said...

I usually fuel up with a bar or toast and of course some coffee! :)

Adrienna said...

I usually do gels (mostly Gu Roctane) because I don't want to chew.

Zenaida Arroyo said...

I use UCAN, Huma, or Tailwind.

melissa said...

I switched to Prober bolt after seeing you use them so often. They are so yummy!

Peanutruns said...

Pizza, the night before! :)

seducedbyshoes said...

I currently use Clif Shot Bloks - love the salted watermelon :)

Sarah Snyder said...

I typically fuel with a combo of proteins (like almond butter - yum!) with whole grains. I've never tried Probar, so I plan to give them a whirl!

Rosa said...

I use Clif shot bloks, would love to try these!

Danielle Fogerty said...

these sound yummy, I usually use Gus but they kinda taste not great

Jennifer said...

I have been using Gus or Honey stinger waffles, neither of which I'm married to.

Amanda said...

I love ProBar chews! That or nuun is my go to fuel.

Maureen Carney said...

I first tried ProBar 3ish weeks ago on my first long run of marathon training. I've struggled with fueling during runs in the past and was hesitant to try something new. I get a lot of stomach upset/nausea, etc. but at least with the fuel I've been using it was predictable. I found ProBar in my local supermarket and remembered seeing it on your instagram feed and decided to try it on a whim. I'm so glad that I did!! The taste amazing and its really gentle on my sensitive stomach.

Daniela Beck said...

I'd love to try these! Sounds like they are deliah and just what I need for my runs.

Laura said...

Just starting in running...so dont have anything I currently use since my runs are so short. But interested in checking these out as I continue.

Jennifer said...

I use the Gu's. I like chocolate or carmel with lots of water.

uttrack800 said...

I honestly do not eat anything prior to a long run.... I understand food is fuel and I am open to the idea of eating/consuming a small snack (like a PROBAR) prior to a long run, but typically have not/do not....

Ashley said...

I'm a shot block girl but as long as it's a chew, I'm not picky! I LOVE the sound of pink lemonade!

Goldie said...

I like Honey Stingers or Gushers!

Shiduna Townsend said...

I prefer an empty stomach when I workout, because my stomach gets upset easily. In the summer I need something or I get really light-headed, so I eat a banana before I start, but am trying to find something for a boost towards the end.

Laura S said...

I don't usually like to eat right before running, but for me a lot of it is just getting into the right mindset! These look great though for an extra boost!

1porkchop said...

I used to eat jerky, but it has become too expensive. Now I go with a couple of hard boiled eggs or a protein shake.

Jessica Johnson said...

My new favorite are Jelly Belly sport beans! so easy to carry and no mess getting them out of my pouch! and they taste just like my favorite jelly beans

Southern Purple Veggie said...

I actually just started running again so far I'm running on empty stomach most of the time due to how hot it is.

Jennifer Reno said...

It depends on the length of the run, but I use a combination of gels, chews, and peanut butter packets. I can't wait to try pink lemonade!

Tiff M said...

whelp due to your influence i've started using the probar bolts myself!!

caroline said...

I like dates and PB

blew415 said...

I am a gummy or stinger kinda gal

kellyr78 said...

I eat a granola bar.

Kelly Wu said...

I've used gels and chews in the past. I'm always in search of new flavors!

Amy Scott said...

My long runs are only 90 minutes now, so I normally don't fuel. When I was marathon training I used Gu, especially salted caramel. I'd love to try these though.

Miranda K. said...

I used to use Jelly Belly sport beans and they were just okay for me. I now use Gatorade chews or if I'm out of chews, I've grabbed just a pack of fruit snacks a couple times. I do miss the caffeine from the beans and would like to try the lemon.