Some days I just don’t want to take the time to make breakfast. Sometimes my lunch doesn’t fill me up as much as I hoped it would, and I need a bigger snack than usual before an evening workout. When those times hit, I prefer to grab something like a granola bar. When Core Foods contacted me to do a review through the Sweat Pink Ambassador Program, I was eager to try their product! From the CORE Foods website:

CORE Meals are FRESH portable food. They’re as convenient as packaged products, but they’re not candy, they’re food. Each pack is 4 hours of stable, balanced energy. Grab instead of breakfast when you’re in a rush, or after a workout for a solid recovery.

Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? A package arrived on my doorstep with three defender meals and an ice pack in it. I immediately opened the package and put the meals into the freezer.

photoDelicious sounding flavors!

I was impressed by the ingredient list.

photoAll ingredients I can pronounce:)

The first bar I tried was on a Sunday morning. I pulled the almond raisin bar out of the freezer and let it thaw for about 10 minutes before digging into it! I was instantly surprised at the lack of sweetness (in comparison to other granola or protein bars). While it bothered me a bit for the first third of the bar, I quickly got used to it and enjoyed the flavor immensely. I was having “linner” (what do you call it when you eat between lunch and dinner?) at 4 pm, and ate the bar about 10 am. I had a few carrots with hummus in between (after a workout), but I was surprised at how incredibly filling this bar was! Definitely not your typical granola bar. It really did feel like I had eaten a whole meal! You’ll definitely want to make sure you have lots of liquid on hand as you eat the bar, as the instructions state.

For the person on the go, this would be a great meal option for those crazy or unplanned days. Click on this link and “like” CORE Foods on Facebook and you’ll be given a coupon code for $5 off any online order and you can enter to win a free case!

Now it’s your turn to share! Have you ever tried CORE Foods before? We have brunch, but what do you call a meal you eat between lunch and dinner time? 

Disclaimer: This is a FitApproach Ambassador Campaign. Core Foods sent me these three bars for free in exchange for a review. All opinions on this product are my own.