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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

FLYJOY Snack Bars Review


FLYJOY: EnJOY the Journey

At FLYJOY, we’re on a mission to inspire everyone we meet to discover their extraordinary. As a community of travelers, explorers, world changers and life purveyors, we believe the JOY is found in the journey rather than just the destination. Whether it’s a commitment to spend a year working with orphans in Thailand, an impromptu Saturday morning hike or simply resolving to eat better, we want to share in your journey.

We want to inspire each other to FLY to new adventures and experience the JOY that comes with each step toward extraordinary exploration — all while creating lasting change.

We believe that wanderlust and social good don’t have to be separate pursuits. That’s why each FLYJOY bar brings a healthy boost of energy to fuel your exploration and a helping hand to support and grow the dreams of others.

Every FLYJOY purchase donates 10% of the profit to HOPE International, making it possible for women, men and families to break the cycle of poverty and pursue their dreams through self-sustaining businesses and education.

FLYJOY-Story

Before he ever thought about making healthy energy bars, FLYJOY founder Curtis Bomgaars knew he wanted to make a difference in the world and live his life with purpose. After graduating from college and venturing around the globe on service trips, Curtis discovered the potential for sustainable small businesses to break the cycle of poverty. Through this discovery, Curtis began looking for business models that could support his family and create social change at the same time.

In 2011, Curtis began buying quinoa directly from a non-profit indigenous Ecuadorian women’s foundation in South America and selling it to consumers in the United States. For each pound sold, he donated $1 to help fight poverty. Then, in 2013, he reached a crossroads. Inspired to make quinoa more accessible and convenient for consumers, he decided to take the road less traveled. Curtis began experimenting with nutritious snack bar recipes in his home kitchen with the thought that, “If I can find a recipe that tastes great and uses healthy, natural ingredients such as quinoa, I can help more people!”

After hundreds of trials and recipes, Curtis found the one and FLYJOY was born. Today, you can enjoy FLYJOY bars in six unique flavors: Cashew Cookie Dough, Coconut Almond, Peanut Cacao Nib, Cherry Coconut, Cranberry Almond, and Blueberry Almond. Each of the healthy energy bars stays true to the original recipe Curtis discovered and uses quinoa, oats, flax, and chia all combined with a nut-butter base to provide you with chewy, crunchy bites of goodness.

Not only are FLYJOY bars a healthy and delicious vegan snack, but a portion of the profit from each bar goes directly to HOPE International, a nonprofit that provides business training, a safe place to save and microloans to the world’s poorest families.  So each time you eat a FLYJOY and receive a healthy boost of energy, you also provide a helpful boost to others in need around the world!

Each of our bars include super foods like quinoa, chia seeds and ground flax seed to equip you with the energy, antioxidants and endurance you need to get through your work day or explore your next travel adventure. FLYJOY bars are all natural, gluten-free, non-GMO, Kosher and vegan.

FLYJOY is about living life to the fullest, exploring your world and expanding your horizons through being open to extraordinary experiences.

FLYJOY Cashew Cookie Dough

Our Cashew Cookie Dough FLYJOY combines the subtle sweetness of creamy cashew butter with the smoothness of vanilla and dark richness of cacao. Top them all off with a pinch of sea salt and you have the perfect sweet and salty healthy snacks on the go! 

Originating in Brazil, the cashew plant made its way to India in the sixteenth century via Portuguese sailors. The cashew is a seed of a tropical evergreen plant related to the mango and pistachio. While in most fruits the seed is found inside the flesh, the cashew seed hangs from the bottom of the cashew apple.

Cashews are fatty and fats are bad, right? Actually, cashews contain less fat than many other nuts, and the fat that they do have is mostly unsaturated fat which can help lower cholesterol levels and improve heart health. Cashews provide many minerals such as copper and contain several antioxidant compounds as well.

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FLYJOY Peanut Cacao Nib

From South America to FLYJOY by way of Iowa, the peanut is a remarkable little nut. Peanuts were cultivated as early as 950 BC and likely used by the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. However, the mighty peanut finally got the credit it deserved when an unlikely former slave and Iowa State professor, Dr. George Washington Carver, promoted peanuts as a way for southern farmers to improve nitrogen in their soil. In the process he developed over 300 uses for peanuts!

Need power? The peanuts in our quinoa snack really pack a protein punch. Two tablespoons of peanut butter offer up a whole 7 grams of protein. In fact, peanuts contain more protein, niacin, folate phytosterols than any other nut and contain more than 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients.

Our Peanut Cacao Nib FLYJOY is dessert without the guilt! Peanuts, crunchy cacao nibs and a hint of sea salt are added to creamy almond and organic peanut butters, ground flax, chia seeds and crunchy quinoa. Intense, chocolaty roasted cacao compliments the bold, deep roasted peanut flavor while a hint of sea salt provides a pleasant contrast to the sweetness.

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FLYJOY Cranberry Almond

Centuries before Americans made cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, Native Americans discovered the life-giving power of the cranberry. They used its special properties in food, fabric dye, and as a healing agent. Later American whalers discovered these little berries could help prevent scurvy during long voyages.

Modern nutrition has reinforced the health benefits of cranberries. Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants, which protects cells against damage from free radicals. Cranberries are also big on vitamin C and vitamin K, two foundational vitamins for proper health.

Our Cranberry Almond FLYJOY is the perfect combination of tart and sweet. Juicy cranberries combined with large pieces of crunchy almond are added to our classic base of creamy almond butter, ground flax, chia seeds and crunchy quinoa. The tart, lightly sweet cranberries provide fresh, fruity flavor while the almonds lend a rich, buttery taste creating a natural and healthy snack bar you’ll want to enjoy again and again.

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FLYJOY Cherry Coconut

Our Cherry Coconut FLYJOY is a tropical paradise! Large chunks of dried tart cherries and unsweetened flakes of coconut are stirred into our classic base of creamy almond butter, ground flax, chia seeds and crunchy quinoa. The toasty natural sweetness of coconut contrasts pleasantly with tart cherries to create an end-of-day treat fit for a king!

The bold cherry has graced the table of more than few world leaders though history. Their ruby red color and tangy taste were a favorite among Roman conquerors, Greek aristocrats, and Chinese noblemen.

Today the pleasures and health benefits of cherries are available to everyone. Cherries are an excellent source of Vitamin C, which functions as an antioxidant. Incorporating more Vitamin C into your diet by eating more cherries is a great way to build your immune system and reduce the stress of oxidation in your body after a hard workout.

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FLYJOY Coconut Almond

Our Coconut Almond FLYJOY is our most versatile bar. Large chunks of roasted almonds and fresh white coconut meat are mixed into our classic base of creamy almond butter, ground flax, chia seeds and crunchy quinoa. The tropical sweetness of coconut paired with crunchy almonds subtly builds from the first bite to the last, creating a serene balance of taste and texture.

To the modern traveler, coconuts evoke relaxing sunny beaches and warm seas. But to the people who live in the tropics, the coconut palm is the “tree of life,” an essential source of food, clothing, and shelter. The coconut also slaked the thirst of European sailors who helped introduce the refreshing, rejuvenating coconut around the world. The coconut enjoys traveling on its own, too; the hearty coconut can survive three months at sea. Talk about perseverance!

Today, coconut is best known for encouraging collagen production, a protein that helps keep bones, teeth, and tendons strong. Coconut is a great source of copper and manganese, two minerals known to promote healthy collagen production in the human body.

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FLYJOY Blueberry Almond

Our Blueberry Almond FLYJOY tastes like it’s straight from the pastry shop. Whole blueberries bursting with flavor and large, satisfying almond chunks are stirred into our classic base of creamy almond butter, ground flax, chia seeds and crunchy quinoa. Fruity, juicy blueberries and rich, toasty almonds pair together perfectly to create a bar that’s crunchy and perfectly sweet, making for a super-healthy quinoa snack when you need it most.

Native Americans call these powerful little berries “star berries” because the blossom at the end of each berry forms a perfect 5-point star. Tribal elders recounted how the Great Spirit sent “star berries” to ease the hunger of children during a famine. According to legend, the Native Americans even gave blueberries to the pilgrims to help them make it through their first winter. Blueberries to the rescue!

Today the blueberry is well-known as a true “superfruit,” packed with vitamins C, E, and K. Blueberries are also rich in antioxidants, supporting heart health and helping to prevent many forms of cancer.

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Giving Back

HOPE International is a network of microfinance institutions and savings and credit associations operating in 17 countries around the world. They work to empower men, women and families to break the cycles of physical and spiritual poverty through discipleship, biblically based business training, savings services and small loans. For more information about HOPE International, visit their website at hopeinternational.org

My Review:
FLYJOY Snack Bars are delicious! I can honestly say I love every flavor! I love that each FLYJOY bar contains super foods like quinoa, chia seeds and ground flax seed. I also love that FLYJOY bars are all natural, gluten-free, non-GMO, Kosher and vegan. They are chewy wonderful snack bars with the perfect amount of sweetness to satisfy your sweet craving all while providing you with nutrients and energy to get you to your next adventure. These are the perfect snack bars to take with you on a hike, camping adventure, perfect for an after gym snack or just a quick pick me up while running errands or working. FLYJOY Snack Bars are a wonderfully clean snack, perfect for any occasion!

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Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.

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