I was recently given an opportunity to try some fruit bars called “CoGoBar”. I received 5 different flavors: Superberry; Double Chocolate; Hemp Apricot; Almond Banana; and Peanut Chocolate Chip.
A few things set these bars apart from others, one is that they are gluten free – something I’m always on the lookout for as I have a daughter with Celiac Disease. It contains other grains in it, like quinoa and amaranth. In the bars we ate I could actually see the quinoa pieces, something I like, and it gave the bar a nutty texture. My youngest, who is almost 3, does not like textured things, she tried the Double Chocolate bar and I while I thing she was drawn to it’s flavor, was put off by the “nuttiness”. My 5 year old, on the other hand (the Celiac) LOVED the Peanut Chocolate bar.
The bars are made from 99% organic ingredients and are distributed from Hood River in Oregon. I gather “ CoGo” comes from “Columbia Gorge”. Another big plus for me is that there are no refined sugars used to sweeten the bars, they use brown rice syrup and rely on fruit’s natural sweetness to make the bars tasty. I was also glad to see that most bars didn’t contain soy.
I always read the Nutrition Facts of anything I eat and it was good to see these bars were around 170-180 calories and had 5, or less, grams of fat. They also had 2-5g or protein per bar. All the ingredients listed are words you can actually pronounce and are REAL foods.
Overall I give these a thumbs up and something I would carry in my purse for days I need a satisfying snack, or if I’m out with my eldest and she gets hungry. Being a Celiac you need to have snacks with you as stopping off at the local café is seldom an option. I’ve seen them at the local PCC so I know where to go to stock up! These bars are filling without being overly sweet and you’re eating real food!
I met Lynn in MOMS Club and she has two children. One of which is the same age as my daughter and they love to giggle and play together. Lynn Hooper is also a local Mary Kay Consultant while also being a full time mom. “A lot of what the business stands for is true to my heart. Mary Kay Inc. has a foundation that donates funds to help end domestic violence and also funds research into cancers that affect women. Mary Kay also has what’s called "The Golden Rule" which means God (faith) first, family second and business third. A great principal for me and nice to know I am part of a team that believes in this too.”