CORE Foods {Product Review and Giveaway}

You guys know how much I like eating real food.  You guys also know how busy I am.  When I was given the opportunity to try out CORE Foods I was pretty excited.

CORE Foods sent me three varieties of their Defender Meal series: Raw Almond Raisin, Raw Cashew Cacao, and Raw Walnut Banana.

Defender 3 pack with ingredients

I cannot tell you which one was my favorite, they all tasted delicious.  They really did not taste like a “bar”, but a real bowl of tasty oatmeal.  They all contain six or less real ingredients that you recognize and can actually pronounce,  none of that guaicacetalely-random word acid stuff.   The bars are also 100% organic, gluten free, and vegan.

Even though they tasted super, I wanted to test the 4 hour stable energy claim.  Last week was one of the most stressful weeks I have had in a LONG time.  I had three tests and a long paper due.  I ate the first bar at 5am on Monday and began studying.  When I got out of class at NOON I realized my stomach hadn’t even growled.  I wasn’t racing to eat lunch and I wasn’t jittery from not eating.  On Tuesday and Wednesday I had the same exact result.  I usually have to eat a midmorning snack, but not after eating the CORE bars for breakfast.  The convince of eating a healthy, real breakfast that is super quick was magical for me.  I didn’t have to cook eggs and spread peanut butter on toast; I just had to unwrap a bar and chug some water (while I was driving or studying or getting the kids ready)!  Also, I gave a bite to both of my boys and they loved them!  Kid tested, mother approved!

One more thing about the CORE food company.  They are a not-for-profit B corporation.  That means 100% of their profit gets reinvested in  food, community, and the planet.  They realize that producing a superior product for athletes and protecting the planet is more important than becoming millionaires.  That means a lot to me.

I cannot wait to try the CORE bars on a long trail run.  Since they are made from all raw ingredients, they shouldn’t mess my belly up like those nasty gels.

I also get to give you a chance to win 1 case of CORE foods!  Just by entering, you get a $5 coupon just in case you don’t win!  All you have to do is click HERE and follow the directions to enter!  Good luck!

Disclosure: I was given three CORE bars free of charge.  I was asked to review them honestly and I did.  All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

What do you think?