Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Go Raw - Flax Snax, Super Cookies, and Bars

My Whole Foods has a rather small raw foods section (ahem...time to step it up P Street!) so I was intrigued when I noticed the Go Raw brand taking over the shelves. The many flavors of Flax Snax and Bars now line several shelves and being a raw food enthusiast, I took that as a sign that I needed to try them.

Go Raw is made by Freeland Foods in Mountain View, CA where they've been making high-quality raw foods since 2002.  These individuals are dedicated to "revolutionizing the food industry" and seem to be very proud of their process. They find the best, local seeds, which they test, inspect, soak, rinse, clean, then sprout for up to four hours.  The sprouts are then mixed with raw, organic ingredients, then hand spread onto trays and loaded into the dehydrators where they sit for two days at an average temperature of 98 degrees.  This process ensures that the enzymes are preserved making them healthier and easier to digest. Sprouted seeds are among the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet.

But, how do they taste?  I tried one flavor of their Flax Snax first -- the pizza flavor and thought they were delicious. These bite-sized "snax" consist of flax, sunflower, and sesame seeds with tomato, lime juice, tomato powder and spices formed into little hard disks. They are super crunchy and flavored with just the right pizza seasonings. I loved them!  A 3-ounce bag sells for $5.49, which I think is a great price for a raw snack.

Next, I tried the Chocolate Super Cookies made of coconut, sesame seeds, dates, and cacao. These were exactly the same shape and texture, but the chocolate made them more like cookies. I loved these as well.

Lastly, I tried all 5 flavors of their bars. These bars are very small and thin and are a bit on the high end at $1.19 each. That said, they are pretty low in calories and fat because they are so small.  They also make a much larger size of each of these bars.

The Spirulina Energy Bar has banana in it so it has a banana taste with the nutritional benefits of spirulina. I thought it was very well balanced and suitable for those who do not like the taste of spirulina. This is a great breakfast bar!

The Live Pumpkin bar was chewy and pumpkinlicious. The Banana Bread Flax bar tasted just like banana bread.

The Real Live Flax bar was a delicious mix of flax seeds and apricots.

Lastly, the Live Granola bar was my least favorite, but that isn't saying much as I still liked it. I just thought the sesame seeds seemed odd in this mix, but I liked that it had raisins pressed into the super thin bar.

In sum, I really liked all of the Go Raw products I tried. There are eight flavors of the cookies, four of the flax snax, and five of the bars. They also make sprouted seeds, granola, and chocolate. I'm looking forward to eventually trying them all. To try them yourself, you can order them here. Highly recommended.

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