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Viance Vegan Bars

Quality vegan bars can be difficult to find.  What are the requirements of a “good” bar?  Obviously it has to be vegan (no whey or honey please!), and I want to be able to recognize all of the ingredients.  And of course, the bar has to taste good!  And that’s what Viance offers in their 3 unique organic, gluten-free, superfood packed nutrition bars.


Viance Mission Fig:


The Mission Fig Bar bursts with dates, figs, dark chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds, and goji berries.  I love that you can identify the ingredients when you examine the bar!  And then there’s the taste.  The bar finds sweetness from the figs and dates and crunches thanks to the pumpkin seeds.  Add in the rich, chocolate flavor, and you have a winner!  This is definitely a bar for those who love the combination of fruit and chocolate!  And with 210 calories and 11 grams of protein, it’s sure to satisfy your hunger!


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Viance Peanut Butter:


Then there’s the decadent and rich Peanut Butter flavor made with blueberries, goji berries, dark chocolate chips, and flaxseed.  I’m a fan of mixing anything with peanut butter, and this bar is no exception.  The creamy peanut butter base pairs beautifully with the sweet blueberries, goji berries, and dark chocolate.  It’s a bar you’ll want to savor.  This bar clocks in at 210 calories and 10 grams of protein!


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Viance Cranberry:


Finally, Viance has created a delicious cranberry flavor made from cranberries, coconut, chia seeds, cacao nibs, and hemp seeds.  The tart cranberries and sweet coconut flavors balance each other while the cacao nibs add a subtle chocolate taste that is sweet but not overly so.   And with 230 calories and 11 grams of protein, it’s sure to satisfy your nutritional needs!


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Viance’s bars not only taste great, but they are also packed with whole food nutrition.  They are the perfect snack to take on “to go” and will deliver a burst of energy and great flavor.

For more information on Viance’s nutrition bars and their other products, check out their website here!

Melinda’s Maca Balls

Chocolate treats that are good for you?  Count me in!  Melinda’s Maca Balls are an organic, vegan, raw, snack bursting with rich, chocolate flavor.  And there is one teaspoon of maca in each ball!


What is Maca and Why is it Good for Me?


Maca has been around for a long time.  Legend has it that Incan warriors used to ingest large amounts of maca for strength before heading into battle.



David Wolf, a vegan who is well known for his dedication to raw foods, superfoods, and longevity, summarizes some of maca’s benefits in the following YouTube Video.  (Mr. Wolf will be familiar to you, if you have seen the documentary “Hungry for Change.”)



Mr. Wolf notes that maca supports healthy hormones, is rich in fatty acids, and contains important trace minerals and amino acids.  Maca is also important, because it helps the body adapt to stress.

Maca’s other possible benefits include increased libido, decreased cholesterol, increased stamina, reduction in post-menopausal symptoms, regulation of hormones, and reduction in migraine headaches.  For additional information on these topics, click on:



Melinda’s Maca Balls:


Melinda’s Maca Balls are made from whole, organic ingredients and come in 3 flavors: (1) Chocolate Walnut, (2) Double Chocolate Chip, and (3) Chocolate Mint Chip.  Agave nectar, cacao, maca, coconut oil, cacao butter, vanilla bean, and Himalayan pink salt make up the base of each ball.

The Chocolate Walnut Maca Ball with its dense, chocolate center is coated with walnut pieces.  It is my favorite — in my opinion, chocolate and walnuts can and should be mixed together as often as possible!


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The Double Chocolate Chip Maca Ball has the same dense, chocolate center but is covered with cacao pieces.  It’s chocolate on chocolate – perfect for those who are looking for their next sumptuous treat!


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So far, I have not been able to find the Chocolate Mint Chip Maca Balls in a store.  However, if the other flavors are a barometer for the Chocolate Mint Chip flavor, I am in for a treat!


Melinda’s Maca Balls are a decadent maca delivery device.  I recommend enjoying them sooner rather than later!



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