"Are you ready? Because there has never been a bar like this before. As an Olympic athlete I ate a lot of bars, I depended on them, they were literally a part of my daily life and job! As an athlete I thought of food as fuel or energy, boy was I wrong. Too focused on the numbers I wasn’t even paying attention to what I was eating. Piles of protein powders, concentrated sugars like brown rice syrup, chemically processed things like sugar alcohols and things like natural flavors...whatever those are! Sure they were calories, they gave me “energy”, they allowed me to run around for a bit longer...but where was the nutrition?"
- Kristen Buchanan, Founder & CEO GoodOnYA
“Every question you will ever have, the answer you will find in nature.”
- Bryce Courtney, The power of one
I love that quote, nature is an awesome example of balance. We can all get so out of whack in our lives. Friends, love, diet, exercise, you…. Life…. They all need balance. There is even a new disorder, Orthorexia, an obsession with eating healthy. I can fall into this at times because honestly, the more you know about our current food system the worse it is. Do I wish I could just take a pill like in the Matrix and go on eating GMO’s, pesticides and fluoride in my water? No, I don’t. But if you constantly worry about it to the point where it causes you stress then all the healthy food in the world won’t keep you healthy. Stress trumps it all.
I founded this company in 2001 after a playing field hockey for the US National Team for 11 years. As an Olympic athlete healthy food was obviously a big part of my life. But back then, as an athlete, I equated being skinny and fit with health. Sure exercise is a big part of it, but in my quest for gold (and coming in 5th) I trashed my adrenals, joints, muscles and ended up with a full blown auto immune disease of the thyroid. A low fat, high carb diet is what we thought was healthy. And lots of energy drinks with food colorings, synthetic salts and sugar. (yeah, a LOT of sugar) Boy what I would give now to go back and make sure I had pastured meats, raw dairy from grass fed animals, good fats from nuts and coconut and better water! Well, actually I wouldn’t go back, I much prefer yoga and surfing now. But I do hope to help educate athletes, moms, kids, everyone on the benefits of real food. I often say “it’s not just about selling bars for us”, and it isn’t. If it was we would have made a very different bar. One that could retail for .99 and we’d source the cheapest ingredients, add a boat load of sugar to make it taste ok and market the heck out of it. That’s just not who we are.
Here at US Wellness Meats we are honored to carry all four varieties of the GoodOnYa Bars, packed with real, whole foods and rich flavors. If you haven't tried one yet, you don't know what you're missing! These are some of the very best health bars that we have found, and they are a personal favorite of the US Wellness Meats staff.
The breakfast bars are delicious with your morning coffee, but are just as tasty any other time of day. The rich flavors of both the peanut butter & honey and peanut butter & chocolate bars are second to none, a hands-down favorite to anybody who tries them. The Superhero bar is their newest addition and as it's name indicates, is a true super-food. All can be found on our website:
Breakfast Bar: Organic hemp seeds, organic brazil nuts, organic sprouted flax, organic pure maple syrup, organic raisins, organic sunflower seeds, organic cacao liquor, organic vanilla, organic coconut oil, & Celtic Sea Salt
Peanut Butter Honey: Organic peanut butter, organic raw honey, organic sprouted flax, organic sesame seeds, organic hemp seeds, Celtic Sea Salt, organic vanilla
Peanut Butter Chocolate: Organic peanut butter, organic raw honey, organic hemp seeds, organic sprouted flax, organic sesame seeds, organic cacao liquor, Celtic Sea Salt, organic vanilla
Superhero: Organic cashew butter, organic ground chia seeds, organic goji berries, organic cashews, organic raw cacao powder, organic raw honey, organic lucuma, organic coconut oil, organic coconut butter, organic vanilla, Celtic Sea Salt and Sol Raiz organic maca
These powerful nutrition bars are all certified Organic, Gluten-Free, Kosher, and Non-GMO Project Verified. They are all free from: Soy, Dairy, Grains, Sugar Alcohols, Natural Flavors (corn) or anything that does not grow on the earth.
Any variety pairs well with your morning coffee, is a great afternoon-snack, and kids love them as well - so throw a few in their lunchboxes!
Much thanks to GoodOnYa Founder Kris Buchanan for her expertise and help with this blog post & for sharing her wonderful products with us. With her long athletic history and first-hand knowledge of health and nutrition, she has built a successful company based on the idea that "Every Ingredient Matters". You can find more information on her company on their website. You may also want to check out their revolutionary new sports drink line: GoodOnYa Hydrate.