Essential Sports Nutrition

1/19/18

Product Review - Amrita Bars and Minis


Amrita Health Foods
Based out of: Pleasantville, NY
Website: Amritahealthfoods.com
Follow on Facebook: AmritaBars
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About the Company:

In 2004, at the age of 2, Arshad Bahl’s son was diagnosed with autism and severe GI issues. In order to get their son on track, Arshad and his wife started their son on an aggressive gluten-free and dairy-free nutrition program. The nutritional changes helped heal his gastrointestinal issues, which allowed for better nutrition absorption and made it easier for him to focus on the other therapies. Now, Ayaan is in a regular classroom and doing well academically and socially. Arshad became convinced that plant-based nutrition was the right approach for managing inflammation. The significance of reducing one’s allergen load (such as consumption of gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, oils, preservatives, and chemical-containing non-organic foods) to help the body recover from daily stresses became apparent. Arshad became dedicated to developing snacks free of these damaging ingredients. Arshad realized that using brown rice protein and dried fruits—such as tropical mangoes, pineapples, and Medjool dates—together with a rich blend of raw sunflower seeds and sesame seeds would provide essential proteins and fats without the added allergens from nuts, dairy, and soy. As an added bonus, his kids could also take them as part of their peanut-free school lunches! Amrita “launched” in 2012. To really separate Amrita from other energy bars on the market, Arshad packed each bar full of superfoods, such as chia seeds, maca, unsweetened coconut, with delicious hints of vanilla and Himalayan Pink salt for taste and flavor balance. When making Amrita bars, Arshad ensured ingredients were non-GMO, rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3s, with a good dose of fiber and heaps of easily digestible protein. Most importantly, they had to taste amazing, which was easy to deliver based on having 3 picky kids in the house and all their peers as test kitchens.

Products:
  • Amrita Energy Bar 
  • Amrita Minis Unwrapped 

Certifications:
  • Kosher
  • Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Fair Trade Certified
  • Raw
Label Claims: (Varies with Product)
  • Gluten-Free
  • Dairy-Free
  • Soy-Free
  • Peanut-Free
  • High-Fiber 

Bar Nutrition Facts: 

Pineapple Chia Energy Bar: 


Serving Size: 1 bar
Calories: 195
Total Fat: 7 g
Sodium: 75 mg
Carb: 29 g
Sugars: 11g
Dietary Fiber: 4 g
Protein: 7g
Iron 15% DV

Ingredients: Organic date paste, dried pineapple, cranberries (with apple juice concentrate and sunflower oil), organic sunflower seeds, sunflower seed butter, Organic sesame seeds, tahini, organic chia flower, chia seeds, shredded unsweetened coconut, organic brown rice protein, himalayan pink salt. 

Bar Product Flavors:
High Protein Bars:​
  • Chocolate chip coconut
  • Chocolate maca
  • Sunflower butter & jelly
  • Dark chocolate quinoa 
Energy Bars:​ 

  • Mango coconut
  • Apple cinnamon
  • Pineapple chia
  • Apricot strawberry
  • Cranberry raisin 
  • Sunflower Butter & Jelly 
Minis Nutrition Facts:
  • Serving Size: 1 mini bar 
  • Calories: 57 
  • Total Fat: 2g 
  • Sodium: 19 mg 
  • Total Carb: 8g 
  • Sugars: 3g 
  • Fiber: 2g 
  • Protein: 4g 
Ingredients: Date Paste, brown rice protein, sunflower seed butter, sunflower seed, coconut oil, pea crisps (pea protein isolate, rice flour, rice starch), Chia seeds, dried blueberry, dried strawberry, unsweetened coconut, chicory root, himalayan pink salt

Minis Product Flavors: 
  • Chocolate chip coconut
  • Dark chocolate quinoa
  • Chocolate maca
  • Sunflower butter & jelly
  • Apricot strawberry
  • Apple cinnamon
  • Cranberry raisin
  • Mango coconut
  • Pineapple chia 

Final thoughts:
  • Nice soft and chewy texture 
  • Not sticky/greasy
  • Delicious but not too sweet
  • Wide variety of flavors
  • Simple, real food ingredient list
  • Convenient, healthy snack for on the go/traveling 
  • Healthy dessert/sweet treat
  • Satisfying
  • High protein (plant-based protein) snack bar option



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