EcoTrek Fitness Bars GIVEAWAY!

Whether you’re on the run, on the trail or on the road, it’s not always easy to find something to eat as a vegan if you’re not prepared.¬† Over the years, through much trial and error, I have found that it is always easiest to grab some sort of granola or energy bar before I leave the house.¬† They’re always clutch when you’ve been running around all day and there isn’t a vegan-friendly meal or even snack in sight.¬† However, usually on the verge of starvation, I will scarf the thing down and then still be looking for something else to eat.

Let’s face it.¬† When you walk down the energy/granola bar aisle at the grocery store, it can be very overwhelming.¬† In America, many times we’re provided with more options than we really need.¬† Too many options = HARDER DECISION.¬† In the case of our grocery trip here, if someone is standing next to you in the aisle while you are hemming and hawing about bars, they most likely think you are flat out crazy.¬† There’s a good chance that, at this point, you have 10 bars in your hands and, like me, you’re reading all of the ingredients trying to settle on one.

Allow me to speed up this decision making process for you.  Introducing,  EcoTrek Fitness Whole Food Bars!  From founder and personal trainer, Cari Draft, the EcoTrek Fitness Bar proves big things come in small packages.  At only 195 calories and 10 grams of protein per serving, this bar should soon become your next best friend to bring on every hike, car ride or just long day out on the go.

Cari was kind enough to send me some of these to taste test. ¬†Although I only communicated with her through email, I could tell right away how passionate and energetic she is about her product. ¬†I really couldn’t wait to try one for myself. ¬†The great thing about these bars is that you can eat them pretty much whenever you want. ¬†You don’t have to be working out. ¬†Keep in mind though, they are low in calorie and I don’t think they are meant to replace regular meals.¬† I do know that I wasn’t looking for an additional snack right after eating one of these, as I had in the past.¬† One of these bars and a bottle of water…and you are re-energized, friends!

Cari created three perfect flavors in my opinion. ¬†You’ve got Dark Chocolate Raspberry,¬†Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, and¬†Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut.¬† 20140107-222026.jpg

Chocolate and coconut and chocolate and peanut butter are my two favorite flavor combinations on the face of the Earth, and I don’t think many of you will disagree with me.

Well, I have to say that she really nailed the flavor on these bars. ¬†The toasted coconut really pops as soon as you take your first bite and along with the chocolate, you almost feel like you’re eating candy. ¬†That goes the same across the board for the other flavors as well. ¬†They are also really light and airy. ¬†Some bars out on the market are so densely packed that eating one is a workout all in itself. ¬†Eat enough of those other bricks and your jaws will be flexing in the mirror.

Here’s the genius in Cari’s creation. ¬†Go to the Nutrition Facts¬†and check out all of the nutrition that is jam packed in these. ¬†You would have no idea that in each bite you’re getting all of the nutritional benefits of acai, mangosteen, and spinach just to name a few.

To make a long story short, EcoTrek Fitness Whole Food Bars are delicious, nutritious and VEGAN-friendly, most importantly. ¬†The balance of flavor and nutrition make these some of the best bars I’ve tasted yet. ¬†Thanks to Cari for this amazing product!¬† Head over to¬†Shop EcoTrek Bars, place your order and tell Cari what you think on her Facebook page FitGirlCari!

In order to enter the giveaway and win your free sample pack of EcoTrek Fitness Bars, just follow the link below and like EcoTrekBars, FitGirlCari and Guys Go Vegan on Facebook.¬† You’ll get one (1) entry for each like.¬† For an added bonus, tweet this offer (through the link) out to all your followers for an additional two (2) entries per day.¬† Good luck!¬†

The giveaway will start 12 a.m. Monday 1/13/14  and end 12 a.m. 1/20/2014

CLICK HERE FOR THE ECOTREK FITNESS GIVEAWAY!

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2013, you may have won the battle!

I give up 2013! You win!

As I concede to this past year I have to say that I am very happy to put this one behind me. ¬†I’ve had the typical ups and downs that come pre-installed with every year: money problems, car problems, work problems. ¬†Come to think of it, its been mostly hassles, problems and obstacles. ¬†Its kind of depressing. ¬†However, I can honestly say there are a lot of things I am truly grateful for, so even though the events of this past year truly SUCKED, I’ve got a lot to look forward to.

There are positive things about this last year that changed my life. ¬†It wasn’t all bad (mostly, but not all). ¬†I was given the opportunity to quit a job that drained the life out of me and pushed me to my mental and physical breaking points. ¬†I am very happy to say that job is very far behind me…GOOD RIDDANCE!

I also started Guys Go Vegan, blog/social network for all of us vegan guys. ¬†Its been something that I’ve always wanted to do. ¬†I just never knew how start it or build it. ¬†Watching it grow and evolve has been really exciting. ¬†I’ve connected to so many different people and companies, that I never thought I’d be communicating with. ¬†Once a Twitter hater, I am now addicted and once a Facebook fiend, I have successfully weened myself off of it. ¬†(Although the GGV Facebook page is coming soon)

The most challenging thing over the past few years has been making a career change. ¬†I have been successfully unsuccessful at finding a new job for about…oh I don’t know, FOREVER! ¬†Realizing landscape design was not for me pretty much as soon as I started it, I’ve struggled figuring out what my purpose in this life is. ¬†This past year, with all of the changes and bad jobs, the switch finally flipped in my head and I am happy to say I’ll be embarking on a new journey in February. ¬†NYU Continuing ¬†Ed, here I come. ¬†Fingers crossed and plenty of prayers, I’ll be ready for a new adventure this summer.

I learned a lot this year about myself and about others. ¬†I said goodbye to my Gramps (big breath)…and to a new level of stress that I hope to never experience again. ¬†Looking forward to what this year has to offer has definitely got me smiling again. ¬†More blogging, new connections, new friendships…new career?

F-off 2013. ¬†Here we go 2014. ¬†Let’s do this.

Cheers everyone!

GGV

Where’s the beef?

You know the first thing a guy thinks about when he goes vegan, believe it or not, is MEAT.¬† Strange right? “How the hell am I going to give up meat?”, is what you’ll ask yourself.¬† Also, “where am I going to get my protein?”.¬† (We’ll address the “P” word later on, don’t worry.)

I think that as men we automatically relate being manly to eating meat, which is probably something that has been pre-installed in our “man hard drive” since the dawn of time.¬† Going vegan is going to require¬† you to update your operating system or for some, wipe it clean.¬† There are options out there; some good, some bad and some that will completely satisfy your carnivorous cravings.¬† If you don’t believe me, then see what the expert of all experts has to say, Alton Brown, about the newest discovery and meat substitute, Beyond Meat.¬† Do¬† yourself a favor and read this article,Tastes Like Chicken.¬† I think, it speaks volumes about how far we’ve come in the plant based protein world, and did I mention Alton Brown is singing Beyond Meat‘s praises.

Here are a few of my favorite substitutes after Beyond Meat:

  1. Field Roast (Great sausages, and perfect for Turkey Day)
  2. Gardein (Great chick tenders, and well just about all of their products)
  3. Upton’s Naturals New found favorite.¬† Wonderful flavor and abundant in spices!
  4. Lightlife Smart Deli (After all we’re men and men eat sandwiches, but not all of their products are vegan)
  5. Tofurky! (They make everything from pepperoni, to Tempeh bacon)
  6. Boca Burger (Good options, but not my first choice)

Don’t forget that not all substitutes are created equal.¬† Check the ingredients, because vegetarian is not always vegan.

Try some out and let me know what you think.  Check out my poll,

Stay strong men,

GGV

Why Vegan?

My vegan journey began about 6 years ago as a test to determine why I was sleeping through every single one of my college courses. Could I possibly have a food allergy that was knocking me out for what seemed to be an eternity. My then girlfriend, now wife (a cancer survivor and long time animal lover who had just went completely vegan 6 months prior) thought of a great experiment to cut all meat (fish too, YES FISH IS MEAT) and dairy out of my diet for one. The only problem I ran into at the end of that first week is that I had no desire whatsoever to introduce any of those foods back into my diet. So, a week turned into two, then a month, couple of years later and here I am today beginning a new chapter in this vegan life. More of the details to will be provided at a later date.

Being vegan is so much more than eating tofu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its means a lot more to me and to all of my fellow vegan brethren (Once again details to follow. I am really anxious to get this ball rolling).

I am going to need you guys to listen up to my first vegan testament as I close out my first post and why you can still maintain your masculinity and be vegan. LISTEN PLEASE BECAUSE THIS IS THE WHOLE POINT OF WHY I STARTED THIS. Let me preface this by saying South Park is my favorite TV-show ever. Contrary to a true South Park classic, “Fun with Veal” becoming a vegan will not lead to an outbreak of oddly shaped sores all over your face. It will however, change your life and with any luck you’ll never look back.

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