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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Product Review- Kind Bars vs. Good Bars

Product Review- Kind Bars vs. Good Bars
                                        


I like going to the pre-race expo. It is a great place to find new products. I tasted Good Greens bars at the Chicago Triathlon expo in August.  They were giving out samples of all of their flavors and offering the bars for $1 each.  I tried the pumpkin and it was OMG good.  I bought one bar for my breakfast the next day. I should have bought a box because they retail for $2.69.

I’m usually not very hungry first thing in the morning. Often a bar either homemade or bought is the perfect mean for me with a glass of milk and a piece of fruit.  When I do triathlons, bars are the perfect breakfast to grab and take to the venue.

I’ve been trying to improve my nutrition just a bit by eating more nutrient dense foods. The good bar vendor did a breakdown of the nutritional content of several bars.


Good
Cliff
Kind
Calories
195
239
195
Protein
10 g
10 g
5 g
Fiber
5 g
5 g
4 g
Sugar
14 g
23 g
15 g
Fat
9 g
5 g
17 g
Carbs
24 g
43 g
25 g
Organic
70%
70%
0%
Gluten Free
Yes
No
Yes
Greens
Yes
No
No
Antioxidants
Yes
No
Plus Brand
Pro-biotics
Yes
No
No
Vegan
Yes
No
Yes

The Good Greens bar wins on nutrition. But what about a taste comparison? I’ve eaten cliff bars and really don’t care for them.  They also have omega 3’s and a low glycemic index.

 I’ve eaten Kind bars before. Here is a side by side look.
     

The Good Greens bar wins on nutrition. But what about a taste comparison? I’ve eaten cliff bars and really don’t care for them.  The good bars  also have omega 3’s and a low glycemic index.


 I really loved the pumpkin flavor Good Greens bar. It tastes like fresh pumpkin pie. Both bars are covered with a yogurt coating. It flakes and makes a big mess when eating it.  I also tried the apple pie flavor and it was ok.   I've had the blueberry flavor and it is a bit better than the apple, not great taste, but ok.

The Good Greens bar is available from Jewel, Berkots Super food, Whole Foods, Marianos’ Sunset Foods and Treasure Island Foods. You can get them on Amazon, although I have not been able to order the pumpkin flavor. You can also order from www.goodgreens.com

There are available in the following flavors:
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Mint
  • Chocolate Crunch
  • Chocolate Raspberry
  • Wild Berry
  • Blueberry Bliss
  • Banana Nut
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Apple Crumb
  • Pomegranate Acai

The website has an option to get a sampler pack. I’d like to try some of the other flavors.

The Kind bar I tried  was a chocolate cherry.  I really like the Kind bar much better.  The nuts, seeds and dried fruit give it a nice consistency.  It is really much better tasting than the Good Greens bar. I got these bars at Target and they are available on Amazon. I ordered a sampler pack that included all of their flavors:

  • Almond & Coconut Delight
  • Almonds & Apricot
  • Fruit & Nut Delight

Kind Plus
  • Blueberry Pecan
  • Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate
  • Almond Walnut Macadamia Nut
  • Cranberry Almond
  • Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew
  • Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio
 I've been eating a Kind bar every week before indoor cycle class.  So far I've seen a nice increase in my power numbers. I've been able to sustain between 150-160 watts pretty easily.   Part of that improvement is due to doing less r

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Chris Wodke at Duathlon National Championship 2013


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6


Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 158 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org


CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

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