Review: YOU BAR

May 27, 2011 § 2 Comments


YOU BAR Review Summary:

Taste: My bar tasted good. It’s hard to complain since I chose the ingredients, but I would have liked more cherries.

Cost: $22 (includes shipping and the Groupon); Roughly $1.69 per bar (normally ~$3.50/bar)

Recommendation: The quality is good. It’s also really cool to choose the ingredients and have your own label. However, without the Groupon, it’s a bit pricey for my liking. If you have the money, you should give it a try!


Earlier this month, there was a deal on Groupon (spend $10 for $25 on the YouBar website). I checked out the site and decided to give it a try.

They provide a wide selection of ingredients and a digital nutrition label on the same page which calculates every item you select. After, you can choose the name of your bar. I couldn’t think of anything more creative than “Sherene’s Bar.”

I ordered rushed shipping and then realized that they were also in Los Angeles. 13 bars arrived in a well cushioned box the next day. I wasn’t in THAT much of a rush, but it’s good to know they care about customer service. (Most people don’t make that a priority.)

Overall it was a good experience. 🙂

Ordering Process and Ingredient Choices:

Seven steps taken directly from the website.

1. Base

Choose one or two
(We recommend selecting dates with any nut butter. The combination makes for a healthy custom energy bar that has excellently balanced nutrition and texture.)

Almond Butter
Cashew Butter – Creamy & Delicious *Most Popular
Organic Dates – Fat-Free & Low Calorie
Organic Peanut Butter
Soynut Butter
Sunflower Seed Butter
YouBar Base – Almond Butter & Organic Dates *Recommended
Special Requests
2. Protein Powders
Choose up to three
(For a nutrition bar packed with more protein select extra protein and/or large bar at the top of the page.)
No Protein
Organic Rice Protein – Great for anyone with a milk or soy sensitivity.
Soy Protein – Perfect for vegans & tastes delicious.
Whey (Milk) Protein – Our most popular; high in calcium; tastes great. *Recommended
Less Protein
Normal Protein
Extra Protein
Special Requests
3. Nuts/Seeds
Choose up to two
(For a nutrition bar high in omega 3 fatty acids we recommend adding organic flaxseeds.)
No Nuts

Almonds *Most Popular
Cashews *Recommended
Chia Seeds
Organic Flaxseeds
Organic Sesame Seeds
Organic Soynuts
Pumpkin Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Less Nuts
Normal Nuts
Extra Nuts
Special Requests
4. Dried Fruits & Berries
Choose one or two
(Unless otherwise specified, all dried fruits and berries are unsweetened.)

No Fruits or Berries
Cherries *Most Popular
Organic Black Mission Figs
Organic Goji Berries *Recommended
Organic Raisins
Organic Shredded Coconut
Organic Sweetened Cranberries
Sweetened Blueberries
Less Fruit
Normal Fruit
Extra Fruit
Special Requests
5. Sweeteners
Choose up to two
(The addition of a sweetener will ensure a great texture for your protein bar. To keep down the sugar content of your nutrition bar, choose ‘Not Too Sweet’.)

Organic Agave Nectar – The low glycemic choice
Organic Brown Rice Syrup – Great for athletes
Organic Clover Honey – Our most popular sweetener. *Recommended
Not Too Sweet
Normal Sweetness
Very Sweet
Special Requests
6. Seasonings, Chocolate, and other tasty additions
Choose up to four
(Unsweetened cocoa goes perfectly with any custom protein bar.)

No Seasoning
Carob Powder
Chocolate Chips *Most Popular
Coffee Crystals
Natural Unsweetened Cocoa
Organic Cacao Nibs
Organic Ginger
Organic Maca Powder
Vanilla Extract
Special Requests
7. Grains/Cereals
Help Choosing
Choose up to two
(Customize the texture of your custom granola bar with these three great options.)

No Grains/Cereals
Galaxy Granola – For flavorful, light crunchiness
Crunchy Rice Cereal – For crispiness. *Recommended
Oat Bran – For chewiness and high fiber.
Fewer Grains
Average Grains
Extra Grains
Special Requests
8. Infusions
Help Choosing

Choose one item, if desired:
(The All-One Vitamin Infusion is the perfect addition to any nutrition bar to ensure you get the vitamins needed to stay healthy.)

No Infusions
All-One Vitamin Infusion
Fiber Infusion
Greens Infusion (Spirulina)

Special Requests

Cookbook, Vegas & Contest

May 2, 2011 § 1 Comment


chef Tal Ronnen and Kathy Freston making creamy asparagus soup

The reason why I went to the Los Angeles book festival yesterday was to meet vegan chef Tal Ronnen. I was so excited to hear him speak and buy his book because he graduated from my future school (The Natural Gourmet Institute). He cooked for Oprah during her vegan cleanse and for Ellen & Portia’s wedding. I love his new book (the conscious cook) and am excited to try some recipes!

meeting chef Ronnen @ book signing

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