“Nutrition” Bars have been my go-to source of energy for a long time. Prior to hitting the gym, I’ll have a bar! Prior to hitting the crag, I’ll have a bar! Prior to teaching a class, a bar! Prior to writing a review, you guessed it…a bar! Bars are my go-to for almost every snack. When I heard that there was a new bar coming out created by Olympic athlete and nutritionist Arianne Jones1, and professional climber Sasha DiGiulian I was stoked! When I found out their bars were gluten free, vegan, and organic I was beyond stoked.
What is beyond stoked you ask? Well, we don’t need to worry about that because the SEND performance bars include Lion’s Mane which sharpens focus, and while I might normally go off on a 200–300-word exposition on the difference between stoked and beyond stoked, I will now stick to the topic at hand because I just enjoyed a delicious SEND bar. Lion’s Mane to the rescue!
SEND bars come in two varieties/flavors. There is the lemon-cherry performance bar which provides energy, performance, and endurance. And there is the salted peanut recovery bar, which is designed to replenish your reserves, calm your nerves, and repair your body.
SEND bars always include whole real food, a handful of greens, easily digestible plant protein, immune supporting superfoods, stress fighting adaptogens, brain healthy omegas, fiber, antioxidants, and iron.
For a quick comparison, here is the ingredients list for the SEND bar vs. a different popular brand bar.
|SEND Bar (Lemon-Cherry)||Other Popular Brand Bar|
LION’S MANE* (SUPERFOOD)
PURE LEMON OIL
Sodium – 85mg
Total Carb. – 32g
Total Sugars – 18g
Including 0g Added Sugars
|BROWN RICE SYRUP*|
SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE
BARLEY MALT EXTRACT
Sodium – 260 mg
Total Carb. – 41 g
Total Sugars – 21g
Including 19g Added Sugars
The biggest takeaway from that comparison is that one bar has to add 19 grams of sugar to achieve the desired taste, and the other depends on the flavor of the ingredients.
Speaking of flavor, SEND bars are scrumptious. The lemon-cherry bar was a refreshing treat, and the salted peanut bar could pass for a dessert. Just writing about them is making my mouth water. They are so good that I sort of want to ration out each bar to make them last longer. Of course, this is impossible because once I open it, I end up eating the entire thing and then checking the wrapper for crumbs.
SEND bars come in a box (made of recycled material) of 10 bars, and there are three options available. You can get 10 Performance Bars, 10 Recovery Bars, or a mixed box of 5 Performance Bars and 5 Recovery Bars.
So, how are they? Well, in addition to deliciousness they also provide an umpf. I’m not saying my results will be the same for everybody, or that the results I’ve experienced are based solely on the power of SEND bars, but after eating my first SEND Bar I did send my gym project. After eating my second SEND bar I gave such an amazing lecture that a choir started singing and it resulted in a standing ovation. Again, I’m not saying SEND bars were the only contributor, but they were definitely the only contributor with Lion’s Mane!
Unintended consequences of eating SEND bars include the benefits they offer in addition to providing the body with wholesome energy. When I get done with school and finished with climbing for the day, I am usually wiped out. Emails, letters, texts, and chores start to accumulate, but the moment after enjoying my third SEND bar, I was able to send thirteen texts, I was able to send nearly twenty emails, I was able to send seven letters, and I was able to send flowers to nine different people. If your keeping track, that’s three SEND Bars and fifty-one sends. That is the equivalent of seventeen sends per bar!
With other leading brand bars, you’d be lucky to get two sends per bar, and you’re certainly not sending flowers, or your proj.
Specs: 1 box = 10 bars/1 bar = 60 grams
Website: SEND Bars2