Barre - Real Food Bar Black Swan Chocolate Berry - 50 Grams
Barre Real Food Bar Black Swan Chocolate Berry is the newest Barre flavor. A rich nutty blend with cocoa and cranberries will daringly dance across your taste buds. Sinful? This diva is not what she seems… she's actually healthy!
Ingredients You Can Pronounce!
Real Food for Real Athletes
Barre is made with whole food ingredients, contains no animal products and is free of common allergens such as soy and wheat. In addition to being vegan, Barre is also high in Omega-3s with balanced energy and no refined sugar. Its natural electrolyte replacement comes from the electrolytes, the sodium, potassium and other trace minerals, which are naturally present in many of the ingredients listed below. We heart our muscles!
- Agave is a low glycemic index food which doesn't leave you with a sugar crash, making it safe for diabetics.
- Cocoa is widely touted for its flavonoid antioxidants which protect the body from aging caused by exercise-induced free radicals. These antioxidants also accelerate nitric oxide production aiding physical performance. Plus, cocoa contains serotonin and stimulates endorphin production–what's not to love?
- Cranberries are packed with anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, minerals and vitamin C; they also have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Dates are rich in antioxidants, potassium and dietary fiber. They also contain minerals which help regulate the body's electrolyte balance.
- Flax seeds are a rich source of energy and contain many health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. They are high in fiber, super heart healthy, and may help protect against heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes.
- Hemp seed is a nutritional powerhouse, containing all the essential amino acids our bodies need. No other single plant source has all of these proteins in such an easily digestible form.
- Oats are an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, iron, dietary fiber, and thiamin. They are also a source of antioxidants.
- Pecans are an excellent source of B vitamins and vitamin E. They are also a rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.
- Sea Salt aids in electrolyte replacement by supplying a natural source of sodium and trace minerals.
- Sunflower seeds are a great source of vitamin E and have anti-inflammatory properties and cardiovascular benefits. They also contain high levels of cholest-erol-fighting phytosterols and muscle and nerve-calming magnesium and detoxifying selenium.
- Walnuts are considered a “brain food” because they are high in omega-3 fats. They also have pre-biotic effects which aid digestion.
What We Eat Really Matters
Dancers do eat. It's just that what they eat really matters because it fuels and helps shape their bodies, the instruments of their art form. The rigors of their profession have naturally required them to learn about nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Indeed, without knowledge of nutrition and healthy, balanced eating—learned over the course of a career—they would not currently enjoy the fortunate life of a professional classical ballet dancer.
Over her twelve years as a professional artist and athlete Julia has learned what works best to fuel her body for peak performance both in rehearsal and on stage. Like many professional athletes, she often ate energy bars purchased from a local store for a quick snack or pick-me-up during long hours of rehearsal. After trying countless brands Julia discovered none of them really gave her exactly what I needed. And while she loved the convenience of bars, she actually stopped eating most of them as she became increasingly health-conscious due to the lack of "real food" listed in the ingredients—her body is her tool, and it suddenly seemed illogical to fuel it with unpronounceable garbage and weird ingredients she couldn't recognize!
The Facts About Barre
Is Barre just for dancers? If I'm not a dancer, why should I eat Barre?
Anyone seeking balance in today's hectic world can attest to the difficulty of staying healthy while running around living life to the fullest. Barre helps you do that by delivering wholesome nutrition in a delicious, convenient package! Dancers work for years perfecting that balance of strength and sleekness, but there's no reason they should keep their tricks of the trade under wraps. This is why they're sharing their recipe with you...a little peek backstage, if you will.
What makes Barre different from all the other energy bars out there?
Barre is not an energy bar—it is a real food bar. They designed it to contain the perfect balance of nutrients so that you can perform your best. And they did so holding true to a few important mandates: great taste, wholesome clean nutrition and convenience.
Barre sees culinary experimentation as another art form, and they feel eating should be an enjoyable experience. What they're so excited about is that they've found a way to pack whole, real foods into a convenient form that tastes great. Barre is setting out to prove that taste and nutrition are not mutually exclusive; in fact, they're conveniently smooshed together within these wrappers! They also feel strongly about food politics and advocate for a diet of whole foods as close to their original form as possible. This helps maximize nutritional absorption, minimize fossil fuel use, and fight the obesity epidemic.
What are you doing to give back to the community?
Barre feels art is super important in today's world. This is why they wanted to help both the dance community and society as a whole by increasing access to and awareness of the arts. Funding for the arts is dwindling at the very time when exposure to the arts is more important than ever. Barre is proud to affect change by giving back to arts education programs.
Julia Erickson, originally from Seattle, is a Principal Dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Julia received her training on a scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet School. She toured to Europe and Asia with PNB and danced with the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet for two seasons, prior to joining PBT in 2001. Some of Julia's roles include Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, The Sylph in La Sylphide, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Lady Capulet in Jean-Christophe Maillot's Roméo et Juliette, and the leads in Balanchine's Agon, Prodigal Son, Who Cares? and Serenade.
Julia's love for cooking began at an early age. She relishes her time experimenting in the kitchen, and she's thrilled to be able to combine her two major passions, ballet and food, in creating Barre. In her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, Gyrotonic and Pilates, reading the New Yorker, farmers markets, and going on bike rides with Aaron.
Aaron Ingley, originally from Tallahassee, Florida, studied musical theater at Young Actors Theater before beginning ballet training at age 13 with Southern Academy of Ballet Arts and Tallahassee Ballet. Aaron completed his professional training at Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, WA, where he performed with that company at the 1999 Edinburgh Festival and the 2000 Hong Kong Festival. He was also featured as Tom Snout in PNB's production of George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream produced for television by the BBC. He performed professionally with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for nine seasons. A versatile dancer, Aaron was featured in numerous classical and contemporary roles and served as the company's Principal Character Artist during that time.
In addition to performing and teaching ballet, Aaron is a professional actor and recently completed degrees in History and Management at University of Pittsburgh. A consummate innovator, Aaron pushes the boundaries, helping expand the ways in which art is conceptualized and defined, and is thrilled to be stepping up to the plate with Barre! In his free time he is an avid cyclist and enjoys creating delicious, healthy snacks in the kitchen with Julia.
A Star Is Born!
As professional dancers, nothing's more important to them than nutrition. But just reading the labels on most energy bars is enough to throw them off balance! So they traded their leotards for aprons and whipped up something of their own: a real food bar, made with wholesome, all-natural ingredients–stuff you can actually pronounce! Barre helps them maintain the peak level of performance necessary for ballet's unique marriage of artistry and athleticism. And now it's time for Barre to raise the curtain and share their creation with you!
In February of 2010, Julia went to her kitchen and drew upon her years of food knowledge (and a foodie penchant that compelled her to cook up something sublimely yummy) to create a healthy snack perfectly suited to her job. Using only simple ingredients found in her cupboard, Julia came up with the first version of what eventually became Barre. Back at the studio her friends and colleagues tasted her new creation and eagerly inquired as to where they could get their hands on some. It was Julia's light bulb moment—she needed to share this!
Striking A Balance
Ballet is an exacting science and demands incredible attention to detail—it is not only an elite-level sport but also a highly refined art. An appropriate energy source for such an activity requires no less attention to detail. When Julia set out to create Barre she did so to address her exacting needs as a dancer: it had to fuel her without weighing her 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. Basically, it had to be just right.
Barre Is Born!
Julia talked with best friend, coworker, and partner, Aaron, about going into business and, being somewhat of an energy bar connoisseur himself, he was all in. A short time later Barre was born. Aaron and Julia began making large batches of Barre in their kitchen and sold them to the students attending the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School summer course in mid-2010. With the success of this venture they decided, why not go bigger? Finally an energy bar for ballet dancers and others who demand the same rigorous attention to detail that they do, created by the people who know best–other ballet dancers.
The Curtain Rises
Now Aaron and Julia are making Barre using the same principles that Julia used when originally making it for herself. They use simple ingredients that everyone can pronounce, in their purest and most unadulterated form. That's why they call it a real food bar. It's real food for real world athletes and people like you, to provide real energy for your performance.
Julia and Aaron