Vixi Bar Review and Giveaway

As you know by now I am forever looking out for new products to help me become a better endurance athlete.  I will try anything.  I will buy a one off product at the store just because it is new, never saw it before, never heard of it, never saw it on Twitter or Facebook and want to learn more about it.

It was with this mindset that I contacted Vixi Bar after we began following each other on Twitter.  I reached out to the person behind the account and asked if I could give their bars a review since I had not heard of them before.  The reason I was intrigued was because of the following:  Gluten Free Natural Food Bar.

The words Natural and Food were side by side and I was intrigued.  Being gluten free did not make a difference to me but the last word bar did mean something.  As you may or may not know I have been training on El Diablo using PowerBars cut into 4s and eating them once every 15 minutes.  PowerBar is good but it is not natural and I want to get as close to all-natural as I possibly can.  These bars seemed like they would be perfect, and considering they would be vegan as well I could not resist but to ask for a ‘taste test’

Kate at Vixi Bar was gracious enough to provide me with 4 sample bars and let me tell you….HOLY YES THESE ARE AWESOME.  I seriously dove into the first one thinking it would be the best.  Boy I was wrong.  They got better with each bar.  I tried not to eat the last one and save it for Karen, but hey I have a review to do so  I ate it (plus I was getting ready to go for an open water swim and wanted the carbs…..naturally!)

The four flavors that I ordered were Peanut Butter and Jelly, Peanut Butter Banana, Coconut Bliss and Pumpkin Pie.  Can you see why I would think the first one I ate would be the best?  Peanut Butter and Jelly!!!!  I have one EVERY DAY for lunch.

Here is my unbiased review of each flavor.

Peanut Butter and Jelly label pbj Vixi Bar Review and Giveaway

Texture was good as it was moist (actually all the bars had the same texture) and not a crunchy bar.  I was at first a little thrown off by this because every PowerBar is crunchy.  I had to be prepared to adjust my thought process.

The peanut butter flavor is evident from the get go.  You cannot miss the flavor and there is certainly the scent of peanuts in the air when you open the package.  I was a little disappointed in the lack of Jelly taste in the bar.  It could have been a little sweeter with some more jelly as it had a savory taste to it.  Now, please know that this is not a knock on the bar.  It was delicious but when I make my sandwiches I use 1tsp of nut butter and 1tsp of blueberry jam.  Well the flavor from the same amounts leans towards jelly since the bread absorbs the nut butter.

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size: 1 Bar (1.8oz) Sodium 21mg
Calories: 220 Total Carbs 24g
Total Fat 9g Fiber 4g
Sat. Fat 1g Sugar 17g
Cholest. 5mg Protein 12g
Ingredients: Dates, Raisins, Organic Peanuts, Natural Whey Protein(non-rBGH isolate and concentrate), Natural Vanilla and Caramel Flavor

 

 

Peanut Butter Banana label banana Vixi Bar Review and Giveaway

This bar was better than the PB&J because the banana came through and there was no loss of the peanut butter taste.  If you have ever dipped a banana into peanut butter and savor that flavor on your taste buds then you will love this bar.  As a person who eats a banana every day (I like routine) I can tell you that the taste is there.  Again texture is the same so no difference there.

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size: 1 Bar (1.7oz) Sodium 24mg
Calories: 225 Total Carbs 24g
Total Fat 9g Fiber 4g
Sat. Fat 1g Sugar 15g
Cholest. 5mg Protein 12g
Ingredients: Dates, Bananas, Organic Peanuts, Natural Whey Protein(non-rBGH isolate and concentrate), Natural Vanilla and Caramel Flavor

 

 

Coconut Bliss label cbliss Vixi Bar Review and Giveaway

OMG.  I texted Kate (Founder and CEO of Vixi) immediately and told her that I loved this bar.  The flavor is incredible.  The coconut is there but not overpowering.  Kate told me that the coconut bars are two of her best sellers.  In all honesty this was the best of the four bars I had the opportunity to taste test.

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size: 1 Bar (1.7oz) Sodium 27mg
Calories: 250 Total Carbs 23g
Total Fat 13g Fiber 6g
Sat. Fat 6g Sugar 17g
Cholest. 5mg Protein 12g
Ingredients: Dates, Almonds, Natural Whey Protein (non-rBGH isolate and concentrate), Unsweetened Organic Coconut, Natural Vanilla and Caramel Flavor

 

Pumpkin Pie label pumpkin Vixi Bar Review and Giveaway

Did you ever have pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving?  The smell that comes out of the kitchen/oven and your mouth is watering.  You sink your teeth in and your taste buds explode in pleasure.  Well guess what?  You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving anymore.  This bar had all the flavor of what Grandma’s pumpkin pie tastes  like.  Karen would have loved this bar for sure.  Maybe I’ll order her some.

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size: 1 Bar (1.7oz) Sodium 16mg
Calories: 235 Total Carbs 24g
Total Fat 11g Fiber 6g
Sat. Fat 1g Sugar 17g
Cholest. 5mg Protein 12g
Ingredients: Dates, Almonds, Walnuts, Natural Whey Protein(non-rBGH isolate and concentrate), Pumpkin, Spices, Natural Vanilla and Caramel Flavor

 

As for replacing PowerBar on the bike, this is a definite option.  The bars are smaller but they pack a punch.  They have a similar amount of calories, and more protein than the PowerBar Harvest variety that I have been using.  The issue is that they have quite a bit less in terms of carbohydrates.  In switching to the Vixi bar I would have to train myself to consume more liquid nutrition which is something I need practice on anyway for hydration on the run.

I would definitely recommend these as a meal replacement as well.  With 250 calories they are going to make you feel full especially if you are eating every 2-3 hours.

Since I don’t want to just tell you about these I asked Kate if she would be willing to do a giveaway and she agreed to supply one lucky winner a variety box of 12.  In addition to the four flavors I tried there is also: Chocolate Macaroon, Apple Crisp, Peanut Butter Cup, Peppermint Patty, Cherry Biscotti, and Cherry Brownie.

Here are the rules for your entry into the Vixi Bar Giveaway:

  1. Must be a follower of this site.  If you are not already just use the RSS feed in the top right there.
  2. Visit VIxi Bar and tell me one thing you found interesting about their story, their products, ingredients….anything.
  3. Like Vixi Bar on Facebook.  Tell them that CTER sent you.
  4. Follow Vixi Bar on Twitter.
  5. Connect to CTER through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Paper.LI (1 entry for each of these)
  6. Link this giveaway to your Facebook, Twitter, Blog or any other way (1 entry for each way you link this giveaway)

 

Thank you to Kate who has been a pleasure to speak with.  I have exchanged emails and twitter messages and I always get a prompt response.  She is not only responsible with her ingredients but she is also a responsible business owner.

 

Disclaimer:  I was under no obligation to give a positive review of the products I received.

 

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Comments

  1. Matt Oravec says:

    I am a blog follower.

    Vlixi means “To Live”. Love their mission.

    Liked them on FB

    Following on Twitter.

    I like YOU on FB AND Twitter follower.

    SO that is 6 entries. I NEED THESE BARS, Coconut and Peanut butter cup… SERIOUSLY???? Why even make any other flavors?!?!??!!?

  2. Karen says:

    Yum-Yum! You had me at coconut bliss. Following… :)
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  3. Morgan says:

    Like I just posted on their FB wall, you had me at Pumpkin Pie!!!!
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  4. B.o.B. says:

    HUGE fan of anything that has “no sugar added”. They add sugar to just about anything and most fruits are already sweet enough.

    I liked on FB and connected to you.

    Cool on your part to hook up with them. I love finding out about new products and trying them out.
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  5. runblondie26 says:

    Already a follower! These sound delish.

  6. Allison says:

    I’m a Stalker… ummmm… I mean follower….. does it count for two if I still follow the old site? hehehehe

    I learned what non-gmo means…go me…i’m now smarter b/c of your giveaway…

    I like ‘em on FB

    I follow ‘em on Twitter

    I follow you on FB

    I follow you on twitter

    Posting on my blog & twitter….

    boo-ya – what is that like 100 entries????????
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  7. Karyn says:

    i follow you. those peanut butter varieties sound yummy.

  8. Angela says:

    Giveaway or no giveaway, I am going to hunt these down and try them out! I had never heard of these before, and, love that they have minimal ingredients AND a good helping of protein. I don’t think I will use them for endurance fuel, but will use them like you mentioned – for a meal replacement.

    And I absolutely LOVE the low sodium count. Thanks for highlighting a new bar!
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  9. Jeff Irvin says:

    They look great!
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  10. I’m a follower! Those bars sound awesome!
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  11. From their website, I learned that Vixi means “to live, to be alive.” I love that and think it’s an awesome name for their bars!
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  12. Nathaniel says:

    I am a follower of CTER
    I liked Vixi on Facebook
    I followed Vixi on Twitter

    and I love how these bars are gluten free and they don’t add any extra sugar to them. I also like how Kate the founder is an athlete and knows what we need.

  13. COCONUT! It makes me think of the Caribbean and of travel. Exotic locations! Be healthy to enjoy life!

  14. Jeannie says:

    I am a follower. I like that Vixi bars have both a lot of fiber and protein. I ‘Liked’ Vixi bar and follow Vixi bar on twitter. I also follow CETR on twitter and ‘Like’ on fb. I both shared the giveaway on fb and twitter. So, that should be 8 entries. :) I absolutely need to try the chocolate macaroon and peanut butter cup! Yumm!
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  15. I just founVixi on Twitter too! I follow you Jason!
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  16. I found VIXI to be ultra appealing b/c they are GF and I am currently following that diet!
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  17. Liked on FB and gave you the proper shout out!
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  18. Shared on FB!
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  19. Liked them on twitter and tweeted!

  20. Cara says:

    You’ve created quite the draw – I’d love to try Vixi bars! Just subscribed to your feed.
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  21. Cara says:

    I really like the Vixi bars are free of any artificial sweeteners and high in protein.
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  22. Cara says:

    I liked VixiBar on facebook.
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  23. Cara says:

    And I follow Vixibar on twitter – great giveaway, thanks for the opportunity!
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  24. Jason says:

    Nathaniel is the winner as selected by Fred the owner of Fun City Social Media with entry #27.

  25. I follow you, of course:)
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  26. Followed Vixi on Twitter:)
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  27. Tweeted the contest on the twitter:)

    PS, WP just told me “You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.”

    Hahahahah
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  28. aaand on Facebook
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