Picky Bars

Disclosure: No compensation was received for this product review. 
LOVE these Energy Bars! The texture is perfect and the bars are just very tasty. I am currently training for (4) half marathons this fall and was struggling to find something that I could eat before my long runs that wouldn’t sit heavily on my stomach. These bars have proven to be great for a pre-run snack that doesn’t make me regret it. While I recommend them for pre-runs, I also just love them as a healthy and tasty snack throughout the day. At 200 calories and 7 grams of protein per bar, they are light & portable size with good nutrient component (4:1 carbs: protein). These are real-food enough that they are easy to eat & hold down. 

Picky Bars were created by pro runners Lauren Fleshman and Steph Rothstein alongside Lauren’s husband, pro triathlete Jesse Thomas. Lauren and Steph originally created the recipe for Picky Bars to fill an unmet nutritional need. Steph had a multitude of food allergies including Celiac’s and Lauren’s husband Jesse was gluten and dairy intolerant. After lots of brainstorming, they decided to do things the good old-fashioned way and began making bars in their own kitchen. The goal? Real food balanced for sport.

You can buy them individually off their web site, WWW.PickyBars.com or do what I did and join the Picky Club! I have 18 bars (12 and 24 packs are also available) delivered right to my door each month. Landed cost is about $2.25 per bar. No the cheapest on the market, but in my opinion well work the money. You can pick up to 6 different flavors of 9 total, they will send you 3 bars of each flavor
 (From their web site)


Chai And Catch Me, Maple, Spice & All Things Nice

You might want to do some warm up stretches before this one. The newest flavor in the lineup, Chai And Catch Me (named by Picky Clubber Katja Parrish) features hints of maple and a blend of hazelnut and almond butter, plus boasts a mix of spices that not only taste great but have a host of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and digestive properties (like cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and black pepper). We’ve heard it tastes like everything from gingerbread to a chai latte to sitting next to the fire at Grandma’s house… Chase one down and let your tastebuds decide for themselves.

* Gluten, dairy, soy, and GMO free.

* 83% Organic

* 61% of sugars from fruits, nuts, and grains


Moroccan Your World, with Turmeric, Cardamom, Ginger & Pistachio

This slightly-savory flavor features a unique blend of spices inspired by Moroccan cuisine, including turmeric, which is known for its bright yellow hue, earthy taste, and anti-inflammatory properties. Hey-o! Other major tastebud players in this bar are cardamom (great for digestion!) pistachios, and ginger for a little kick. Chock-full of tasty and healthy goodness, Moroccan Your World is sure to… you guessed it… rock your world.

* Gluten, dairy, soy, and GMO free.

* 81% Organic

* 56% of sugars from fruits, nuts, and grains


Ah, Fudge Nuts!, Cacao-Abunga Brownie

Our most decadent flavor to date, you won’t believe this brownie-like treat is made for movin’! Per our picky standards, Fudge Nuts is chock full of real food ingredients you can actually pronounce, and is balanced for sport or simply snacking. Our not-so-secret ingredient, Holy Kakow® single origin, organic, non-alkalized, Peruvian cacao gives a rich flavor without being overly sweet. Oh yeah, that’s the good stuff.

* Gluten, dairy, soy, and GMO free. Vegan!

* 94% Organic

* 47% of sugars from fruits, nuts, and grains


Lauren’s Mega Nuts, Peanut Butter Booyah

After Lauren won the USA 5k Championships she told ESPN, ‘that was just balls, all balls.’ That race inspired the name for ‘Lauren’s Mega Nuts,’ our very first flavor. We took the classic combo of peanut butter and chocolate, and upped the ante with almonds, walnuts, and pepitas for a nutty bar chock full of healthy fats and omega 3’s. Ready to fuel a big workout, study sesh, long travel day, or anything in between.

* Gluten, dairy, soy, and GMO free.

* 88% Organic

* 66% of sugars from fruits, nuts, and grains


Smooth Caffeinator, Hazelnut Mocha Madness

Imagine a pre-workout snack bundled with the boost of caffeine, and you’ve got our Smooth Caffeinator. This flavor pulls double duty – fueling and energizing – its solid base of hazelnuts teamed up with organic roasted coffee makes for a bar that’s ready to roll! If you’re a coffee lover or just looking to shave some time off your morning routine, Smooth Caff is for you.

* Gluten, dairy, soy, and GMO free. Vegan!

* 59% Organic

* 61% of sugars from fruits, nuts, and grains


Cookie Doughpness, Cinnamon Blazin’ Raisin

Yeah, we’ve heard it. “This doesn’t taste like cookie dough!” But you know what? We live in a land full of diverse cookie options, and we thought cinnamon raisin wasn’t getting its fair representation. We added walnuts and use Red Ape® cinnamon to really turn up the flavor dial, and are happy to report it tastes closer to something that came out of mom’s oven rather than your gym bag.

* Gluten, dairy, soy, and GMO free. Vegan!

* 79% Organic

* 63% of sugars from fruits, nuts, and grains


Need for Seed, Sunflower Butter Sensation

Need for Seed is like the quiet sleeper team no one sees coming until the championship game. We left the peanuts and tree nuts out, letting sunflower seed have the spotlight. Honey roasted seeds and chocolate chips give a salty-sweet balance, with cranberries and pumpkin seeds for pops of flavor. A favorite for mid workouts thanks to its palatable flavor, this is Jesse’s go-to for long bike rides.

* Gluten, dairy, soy, and GMO free.

* 87% Organic

* 60% of sugars from fruits, seeds, and grains


Blueberry Boomdizzle, Blueberry Vanilla Thrilla

Boom-da-ding-dong-dizzle. With an almond butter base and fresh blueberries, this bar is sweet and smooth, like a bakery treat without the guilt! An awesome vegan go-to snack that claims to be the ‘fruitiest’ of all the Picky Bars.

* Gluten, dairy, soy, and GMO free. Vegan!

* 81% Organic

* 63% of sugars come from fruits, nuts, and grains

All-in Almond, Agave Sweetened Awesomesauce

This flavor starts with a date and almond butter base, then we throw in big ol’ hunks of almonds, cranberries, chocolate chips (because they make us smile) and other natural ingredients pulled straight from the “Feel Good” pantry. The result? An energy bar ready to go all-in on your next adventure.

* Gluten, dairy, soy, and GMO free. Vegan!

* 86% Organic

* 58% of sugars from fruits, nuts, and grains

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