Raw Rev Bars and Raw Rev Glo Bars: Convenient Wholesome, Raw Nutrition 

    Anyone who knows me knows I am a bit of a minimalist.  I haven’t owned a bed in years partly because I find the floor comfortable and partly because when I did all my mainland U.S. moving if something didn’t fit in the car, I didn’t need it that badly.  I had some stuff in storage with my parents of course, but for the most part my life had to fit in my camaro (I’m a pro packer, it was ridiculous how much that car could hold).  
    When I did my overseas traveling, it was the same principle except no car, just a book bag.  I took comfortable, plain clothes to keep my pack light.  I was planning on doing a lot of hiking so I needed to keep extra weight down to a minimum.  
    Whether you are planning a 3 hour hike, a day hike, or a few weeks, there are a lot of things to take into consideration.  One of the most important decisions to make is how much water to take and what to bring for food/snacks.  You want something lightweight, packed with nutrition, and easy to eat that doesn’t take up a lot of room.  Many people opt for trail mix.  Trail mix is great if you make it yourself with raw ingredients, as most store bought ones are loaded with sugar.  Granola bars or protein bars are also a main go to, and they again can be loaded with sugar that, yes you are going to burn off, but you’re still not necessarily properly nourishing your body.  Enter RawRev!
    RawRev is a company that’s main objective is wholesome, natural nutrition.  The founder is a registered nurse and natural food chef, who wanted to give her kids a healthy snack.  Years later, she is giving the world healthy snacks, and we appreciate her efforts!  As a company, they are continually practicing packaging and shipping methods that are less wasteful, on top of ensuring high quality ingredients for maximum nutritional benefit.
    The first RawRev bar I ever tasted was the Spirulina Dream.  I like spirulina but what really struck me was the ingredient list.  The RawRev Spirulina Dream bar contains cashews, dates, sunflower seeds, agave, almonds, spirulina and sprouted flax seed.  It is not overly sweet, it’s nice and chewy, filling, and it meets the 20/80 alkaline goal I aim for.
    After I had the first bar, I researched the company.  They make all kinds of yummy bars for all tastes.  If you like sweets, the Cherry Chocolate Chunk or the Almond Butter Cup are great.  Craving something nutty, try the Golden Cashew or Cranberry Almond Coconut.  
    Now, all you fitness people are probably thinking, yeah that’s great but I need to meet my protein goals.  Well, guess what, the new Glo Bars contain 10-15 grams of protein.  Best of all, they use hemp, brown rice, and pea protein, so they’re great for any diet plan as well as being easily digested.  The first one I tried was the Mixed Nuts, Caramel, and Sea Salt.  I really enjoyed it.  It was softer than I expected solely based off the name (I was picturing more of a granola bar) but it has a creamy nut butter consistency which I enjoyed.  It had a slight oiliness to it, but since they use coconut oil and raw nuts it was not unpleasant.  Other flavors available are Dark Chocolate Cashew and Mint, Crunchy Peanut Butter and Sea Salt, or Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt.  As you all know, I am not a huge fan of salt, but sea salt does have it’s benefits, and the sodium in these bars is minimal.
    As a daily addition to your snack supply, these are fantastic!  I would note that in a backpacking/camping scenario, since they are very soft and squish easily, it might be best if they were in a container of some kind to avoid smashing them.  I usually suggest avoiding bars with chocolate as they tend to melt and become sticky, but these are mixed in such a way I don’t think that would really be a problem.  Just remember to also have a bag for the wrappers; no one likes a litterbug!!