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Ballerinas Making Real Food Barres

If you’ve read even a handful of my posts, you know that I’m passionate about fitness and philanthropy, and that I’m a former dancer. As I was getting lost in the amazing black hole that Twitter can become, I stumbled across a company that combines all three of these things.

Barre, founded by two professional dancers, makes real food bars and donates a portion of its proceeds to arts organizations. How cool is that?! But it gets better. Founders Julia Erickson and Aaron Ingley are current and former Principals for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. I spent the first 18 years of my life in Pittsburgh. I knew I had to get my hands on their bar(re)s.

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Barre started in Julia’s kitchen in 2010, when she used the ingredients she had on hand to create a healthy snack. After fellow dancers approved of the result, Julia set out to officially create a bar that she says, “…had to fuel me without weighing me down, it had to be sustaining yet easy to digest with the proper mix of nutrients, it had to contain only the finest all-natural whole foods, and, of course, it had to taste sublime.” She wanted the ingredients in her bars to be as clean as her performances.

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A big message Barre wants to get across is that it’s not just for dancers; it’s for anyone on the go who wants to maintain a balanced diet. It’s for people who aren’t looking for an energy bar but want to eat real, healthy food in a convenient package. It’s perfect for a New Yorker who’s constantly running from the office, to the gym, and to do errands.

The first thing I noticed when looking at the wrapper was that I knew every ingredient on its label–cocoa, cranberries, dates, flax, hemp, etc. I tried each flavor before a workout on different days over the last week. Each had the texture of a brownie with nuts or seeds inside. They’re also delicious–not too sweet, so you can tell the bars are doing good things for you. The flavors below can be ordered individually or by the box on Barre’s website. They’re also available at these retailers. Of the three, my favorite was the Pirouette Cinnamon Pecan. It has a uniquely spiced flavor with the right amount of nutty texture. I haven’t tried a bar by another brand that tastes similar.

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NOTE: Barre provided me with this product, but I was in no way compensated to review it on my blog. These are honest opinions.

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