Saturday, June 3, 2017

Thrive by Go Macro Review

As a student and intern, I know the importance of always having safe food on hand to avoid situations when I am stuck without a safe snack. Usually I always have a Go Macro bar (or two) in my backpack at all times, and love them for their clean ingredients, reduced-sugar recipes, and high amounts of plant-based protein. These aren't your typical bars that are candy disguised as health food- no, these have real substance. 

That's why I was super excited to see their new line of bars at my local Whole Foods Market. Called Thrive, these have the same short ingredient lists and plant-protein content, but are infused with ancient seeds and superfoods. Non-GMO, gluten-free, organic, and vegan, these are sure to please kids of all ages, and are an easy, delicious solution to your afternoon snack dilemmas. 

The Thrive bars are a bit smaller than Go Macro's standard bars, and come in at 190 calories and about 7-8 grams of protein per serving. They are more textured than the regular macrobars, and you can see the nuts and seeds that make up each bar. Additionally, these bars are certified raw and clean, which means their short ingredient lists are crafted with care to keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip

Coming in as the highest protein bar of the three I picked up, I tried the chocolate peanut butter chip bar first. It has a sweet, chocolate-y base with peanut butter chips generously spread throughout the bar. While not quite at the decadence level of a peanut butter cup, it definitely scratches the itch when you're craving something sweet and nutty. I liked how big chunks of peanuts and seeds provided a complex, chewy texture.


Coconut Caramel

I was prepared to not like this bar at all because I normally detest the flavor of coconut, however, it was faint enough here for me to polish off the bar with no problems. It's not chocolatey like the other two, but makes up for it with a nice amount of mixed nuts flavored with a caramel-y like binding. There is unsweetened coconut in the bar (which renders its name), but I didn't mind. Was it something I would rush back and try again? No, but I would definitely grab one in a pinch.


Chocolate, Nuts & Sea Salt

Taking the prize for my favorite of the trip was this bar. Chocolate chips get me every time, and I love how they were combined in this bar with nuts, vanilla, and sea salt. While it has a similar flavor profile to the first bar reviewed, I like the flavor balance of this bar better, and will definitely be purchasing this bar again. It is very similar to my favorite Go Macro macrobar (the peanut chocolate chip one), so it's no wonder that this Thrive bar was the one I connected to most.


Although I think I prefer Go Macro's original bars to these new ones, I like that the company launched these bars to bring more healthy, gluten-free options to the protein bar aisle. Made with real ingredients, and friendly for people with many food restrictions, these are perfect for stashing in purses, lunch boxes, or desk drawers for a handy snack. 

You can find more information about Go Macro Thrive bars right here. On their website you can also shop online and find a product locator to find these at a store near you.

Click on the image below to find Thrive by Go Macro bars on Amazon. 

Disclaimer: This review is current to the original publication date. Updates will be noted. Ingredients and manufacturing processes can change without notice. Each product should be reviewed for individual nutritional needs. Feel free to to contact me with any questions or comments. I purchased the above products independently and was not compensated for my review. This post contains an Amazon affiliate link. If you purchase the product, your price will not be affected but a portion of the proceeds will support this blog.

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