Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Product Review: Perks and energy and a reason to heat up the oven

Let's face it- it's Iowa. It's February. It's winter. Energy? Are you kidding me? I'm doing good to get up and get dressed, particularly on the weekends. Something about wind chills and frozen pipes and icy roads just zaps my energy and makes me wanna stay in the house.

Until I heard about Oatomic Energy Bars. Guys, I have to tell you, if energy bars are your thing, or even if you just like a nutritious snack, this is for you. If you are concerned about what is in your food, this is for you. Avoiding chemicals and preservatives......this is for you.

Another blogger told me about this email he had received from the company that makes these bars- he didn't feel his blog was a good fit for a food review but heck, RTK is all about food! Lauren contacted me by email, took down my mailing info and a free sample pack was on the way. For free! Today the mailman arrived with a box from Lockhart Fine Foods, and the fun began.

I could hardly wait to get in the box! Inside was a package of the ready to bake dough and a package complete with instructions and ingredients. I have to be honest- I am normally NOT a fan of the usual granola bar-type snack. A lot of brands are too sweet and the "healthy" ingredients are barely noticeable. The first thing I noticed about the Oatomic bars is the LACK of refined sugar and no HFCS. Oats, raisins, wheat flour, butter (you know how I am about butter), nuts, seeds and unsweetened applesauce are in there as well. No chemicals I cannot pronounce, no fake fats, nothing artificial. 

And no preservatives- that's the best part. You bake them fresh. Eat them while fresh. Bake more when you need more. No sitting in a box on a store shelf losing nutrients for who-knows-how-long. Much like refrigerated cookie dough you simply break the pre-scored dough into bars, bake, and enjoy. do they taste? Health food generally is not "supposed" to taste good because all the tasty garbage is missing, right? WRONG! These bars are delicious! You don't even miss the bad stuff. The oatmeal and butter keep the bars soft and moist. The oats, nuts and seeds add crunch and texture and the raisins are chewy and sweet. All those protein-packed goodies in a bar you bake fresh yourself.

Try them! You will not be disappointed. You can get YOUR amazing Oatomic Energy Bars dough at Costco !!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe are of good quality and safe. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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