Our latest Press Release! Can you believe it?!
Local GORP Bars & Gourmet Inspirations from the “Heart of Manitoba” are headed to the Oscars!
The Great GORP Project’s Colleen Dyck, the creator of GORP Clean Energy Bar is traveling to the Academy Awards with fellow Manitoban, Chef Peter Fehr of Gourmet Inspirations, to present their products to over 150 celebrities at the Oscars!
GORP Clean Energy Bar’s Colleen Dyck and Chef Peter Fehr from Gourmet Inspirations are flying down to Los Angeles this weekend. They will be presenting their Manitoba Made products in the Celebrity Luxury Gifting Suite at the Academy Awards!
Over 150 celebrities who are attending the Academy Awards will arrive at the Luxury Gifting Suite on Saturday to taste Colleen and Peter’s unique energy bars and gourmet sauces. There will be opportunities for photos and possible collaborations!
“Our hope is to gain some exposure in the United States, as we’ve recently launched sales there… and maybe get a photo with Ryan Gosling” says the 2016 ‘Mompreneur of the Year’, Colleen.
GORP Clean Energy Bar is an all natural energy bar made on the family farm on the Canadian Prairies. They are packed full of local super-star ingredients and contain no artificial sugars or preservatives. Each batch is rolled out by hand by the GORP team, and uses an exceptional high quality plant based protein. Colleen created the bars because she needed convenient and healthy fuel for her athletic training that should could also share with her family. Some noteworthy GORP customers include Manitoba’s own Winnipeg Jets, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Olympic athlete Raphael Gagne!
Gourmet Inspirations was established in 2013 with the purpose and goal of creating gourmet, specialty food products that are versatile, convenient, and easy to use. Gourmet Inspirations currently offers a line of delectable 5-star sauces for use at home. Flavours include Creamy Peppercorn Whiskey, Sweet & Spicy Lemon, Strawberry Balsamic with Basil, and Salted Caramel Whiskey Dessert Sauce. All products are Canadian made and contain NO nasty preservatives.
“I’m honoured to be a part of showcasing amazing local Canadian products at the Academy Awards!” says Peter.
For more information or for an interview with Colleen Dyck, contact:
The Great GORP Project
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The Luxury Gifting Suite is presented by Celebrity Connected. Celebrity Connected is the premiere service for creating a bridge between your business and the stars.
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You know what we're talking about... that terrible feeling after you eat a meal (either too much of one, or the wrong kind) or protein bar and your stomach just expands. You might need to unbutton your pants. Your gut feels heavy. And you feel FULL. And uncomfortable.... sigh...
We hear you, we've been there. If you haven't heard the story of how GORP bars were created, you missed the part about all of the protein bars tried and thrown away due to the terrible after-feeling and weird aftertastes... was that... metal??
Since I started working here, I've never talked about bloating so much in my life! Or perhaps more about the lack of bloating. ...Ok, get to the point, I feel bloated right now thinking about it.... If you've ever eaten a GORP bar, you'll notice a wonderful feeling during digestion; the feeling of being satisfied of hunger, but NOT bloated. We've had so many people tell us (including some of our own Winnipeg Jets!) that they can eat our protein bar without feeling heavy, tired or have an upset stomach afterwards. On top of that, the feeling remains, giving a long lasting energy release.
But what IS this magic? Why are GORP bars different from other protein bars?
There are a few reasons why you can eat these bars during a marathon, or OCR, or during a hockey game and still feel light on your feet.
1. SPROUTED BROWN RICE PROTEIN
This is our magic ingredient! This plant based protein has NO weird (metal) aftertaste, no weird texture in the bar, is hypo-allergenic and won't cause bloating (Mind. Blown.) This low heat processed protein source from brown rice, is enzymatically extracted from multiple layers of the whole grain versus the more typical rice protein which is hexane-extracted from only the bran layer. This protein has a complete amino acid profile and is really the best plant based protein we could find! And it was clearly a good choice, because we hear about it from our customers and athletes. Get your protein in with GORP's 11 grams per bar!
Whole grains are often recommended for their beneficial effects on the gastrointestinal tract. Researchers suggest potential health effects ranging from improved immune health to reducing risk for obesity and chronic disease (IBS). Keep those intestines taken care of and kick that bloat to the curb!
Oats play an important role in improving satiety, diet quality and digestive, cardiovascular and general metabolic health. There are SO many health benefits to oats, simply Google them!
3. High Source of Fibre
Insoluble fibre absorbs water, swelling in size considerably, adding bulk and softening the contents of the gastrointestinal tract. This slows the process of eating, helping you feel fuller sooner, satisfied for longer and better able to control your appetite. Good sources include whole grains, bran, seeds, leaves (kale, cabbage) and roots (carrots, beets etc). The slower you eat, the less bloated you feel! Get your fibre in with GORP's 6 grams per bar!
Intestinal Health is the new black - it's super HOT to take care of your intestines! If there's any take away from this, it's that bloating isn't fun and you have amazing food to eat if you don't want to feel a brick in your stomach. We've got your back (or your guts? Is that weird?) here at GORP Clean Energy Bar!
Now go Adventure On with your new found knowledge of why NOT bloating is totally hot!
Not-so-random Acts of Kindness.
How is your September going? Are you feeling good? Busy? Overwhelmed? We feel like sometimes we just need a moment of happiness to fuel the rest of our day and keep that smile on our face. However, in our busy lives, we tend to forget about that self-love - and we can't have that. Solution - throw kindness around like confetti! Showering others with kindness is a sure way to bring the warm fuzzies back to you. Imagine doing something super nice for someone and seeing the smile on their face - doesn't that make you smile? Even if you're not feeling up to it, try these SIMPLE acts of (fun) and kindness and feel that little smirk appear on your face. They'll take you LITERALLY 30 SECONDS. Ok, maybe a minute - but we all have a few of those minutes to spare.
30 SECOND RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS THAT WE THINK COULD CHANGE SOMEONES DAY.
Sometimes one moment of your time can brighten someone's day.
We see all these random act of kindness ideas that involve you paying for someone's coffee, plugging a parking meter, giving a gift... While these are all nice, kindness doesn't need to come with a price tag. Here are 7 acts of kindness that don't cost you a bunch of money.
1. Send someone a text (or snap or DM) out of the blue.
Let them know how amazing they are. Tell them why they're important to you. You never know when someone's feeling low and just need to know they are appreciated and loved.
2. Food is the way to the heart
Give someone some food. Sounds funny, but food is something that is important to everyone. So save a piece of that homemade zucchini bread for a coworker. Share your garden vegetables with your friend. Make an extra sandwich to give to the homeless person you pass on your way to work. Share, share and then share some more.
3. Compliment someone. Not on the way they look.
"Hey - I really liked the way you talked to that angry customer, you were really kind and understanding". "Hey, I just love when you enter the room, you're warm like sunshine"."Hey, you're a really great friend, thanks for always being here for me". "Hey, thanks for explaining that to me, you're a really good teacher". Think of compliments beyond 'nice hair' or 'cute outfit'. But, if someone is wearing something that you absolutely love - try saying "Wow! You look really great in that shirt!" instead of "I like that shirt, where'd you get it?". It's all about making someone else feel good - what you put out in the world comes back to you!
4. Stash a secret note in someone's belongings
I'm a culprit for opening up a friend or coworker's notebook in the middle of all the pages and writing a fun note, that they'll (much later on) find when they finally flip to that page. "Hey friend! You're awesome!!" is all it needs to be :)
OR rip a page out of your notebook, write something like "You are strong, beautiful and loved" then stash it in your friends backpack or purse, or car, or drawer... you get it!
5. Hug someone for 8-20 seconds
Oxytocin is one of the most powerful neurotransmitters in our brain. It's a quite unique chemical compound that can only be found in mammals and requires specific stimulating techniques in order to be released naturally. One of these incredibly simple technique is hugging.
After years of experiments scientists have concluded that only physical touch between humans, especially loved ones, can facilitate the most potent secretion of oxytocin. It has been proven that hugging for up to 20 seconds can create such an emotional cocktail in two people that a strong bonding might emerge instantaneously. The logical explanation of this phenomenon is that a person with high levels of oxytocin in their system is more likely to be a lot happier, hence "contaminate" you with positive emotions through hugging and therefore make you happier and earn your trust.
Last but not least, scientists suggest that you need to experience at least eight hugs a day in order to feel happier and more content with life.
It's SCIENCE PEOPLE!
6. Be courteous.
Hold the door open for others. Hold the elevator open when someone is running to catch it. Wave at the car that let you in. Say please. Say thank you. Every time.
7. Listen. Actually listen.
This one may take longer than 30 seconds, but it's super important. When you ask someone how they are, really listen. Listen with no intention of responding right away. Ask them more questions about their life. Sometimes people want to share and it will make them feel good that you find their life important.
8. Last, but not least. SMILE.
Even if you are in the middle of something. Even if you don't feel like it. Even if the other person isn't smiling at you, or doesn't smile afterward. SMILE.
The biggest lesson in kindness is...
Forget the expectations. When doing something for someone, don't expect that if you do something for them, that they should do something in return. Not everyone is going to reciprocate, but don't let that stop you. Be the light in the world!
We hope the thought of these acts of kindness inspires you to make someone's day great!!
You've often heard us say here at GORP that our bars are made on the family farm. . . and indeed they are! Today we want to tell you about a pretty cool project we have going down on the farm side of things! This is the second year Artel Farms Ltd. is partnering with the Mennonite Central Committee - MCC and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in a project called Grow Hope!
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! We grow the crop, harvest it and sell it as we normally would. The value we give the crop is the highest amount we received for that crop on our farm. We call that giving of our “first fruits”. We donate the total amount we receive from the sale of the crop to MCC’s account at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, where it is eligible for up to 4:1 matching by the Canadian government! Which we think it pretty amazing!
Last year we were able to donate $108,000 to MCC for food relief and agricultural development projects. After a 4 to 1 match from the Canadian Government that value grew to over $540,000! We’d like to invite you to partner with us (haven't you always wanted to be a farmer anyways??!!) by sponsoring an acre or more of our production on the farm! Did I mention farmers have more fun?;)
For more details and to donate click the link below! And PLEASE share the link! This is an amazing opportunity to not only make your donation literally go the extra mile!
Now that we've made you think of all the nice, calm things about fall, it's time to remind you that it's BUSY SEASON! Back to school, back to work, back to extra curricular activities, back to the gym (if you took summer off... it's ok, you're not alone :))
We are excited to bring you our Hello September 'campaign' as we call it. This includes a handful of emails from us, helping you ease into the short fall season and the long winter. Some topics include wasteless lunches, bring-to-work or school lunch recipes, tips on keeping organized, (perhaps I will share my Spotify playlist for concentration in a busy office), and a bunch of our favourite products and companies!
If you want to be in on the action, sign up for our newsletter HERE!
Lastly - for the month of September, everything on our website will be shipped for FREE! You have enough on your plate, let us give you a break this month by making it easier to get convenient and healthy food to your door!! GORP bars, SWAG - all Free shipping for the month of September. Just use the code GORPTEMBER at checkout!
We look forward to getting organized with you!
Yayyy! More zucchini! Let's just jump right into this tasty (and healthier option) of Bruschetta! (Colleen ate the whole pan... oops!)
1 medium sized zucchini
1 tbsp sun dried tomatoes (the kind in a jar - find them on well.ca)
4 cloves garlic
2 tsp purple curry (or any curry)
1 tbsp grated Parmesan
Pinch of sea-salt
4 tbsp olive oil
handful of cherry tomatoes
Grated jalapeno Monterrey jack cheese (1 tsp per round)
Preheat broiler to 400F
First we need to make the paste to put on top of the zucchini:
Put the sun dried tomatoes, garlic cloves, curry, Parmesan, olive oil and sea salt into the mortar and grind it up into a nice paste (I'm sure a food processor would work too if you want to get fancy with it ;))
Next, slice up your zucchini into slices and lay them on a pan you'd use for broiling.
Spread the bruschetta paste on each of the zucchini slices - don't be shy, use up that paste!
Next, add a slice or two of cherry tomoto and top with a teensy bit of grated jalapeno Monterrey Jack cheese. Bake at 400F for 5 minutes or until the cheese melts and bubbles.
It's a great (and easy) appetizer! Enjoy and let us know how you like them!
Stay tuned for more!
We are making our way through the pails and pails of zucchinis. Finally starting to make a dent. Hey did you know some of the health benefits of Zucchinis?
Zucchini is one of the very low calorie vegetables; provide only 17 calories per 100 g. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Its peel is good source of dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation and offers some protection against colon cancers.
Zucchinis have anti-oxidant value (Oxygen radical absorbance capacity- ORAC) of 180 Trolex Equivalents (TE) per 100g, the value which is far below to some of the berries, and vegetables. Nonetheless, the pods are one of the common vegetables included in weight reduction and cholesterol control programs by the dieticians.
Furthermore, zucchinis, especially golden skin varieties, are rich in flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such ascarotenes, lutein and zea-xanthin. These compounds help scavenge harmful oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) from the body that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
Great, that makes me feel good about all the cheese I'm about to put into this next recipe ;)
Recipe of the day
Some nutrient rich comfort food, if you ask me - even my kids ate it!
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter (or coconut oil would be nice)
1 cup basmati rice (or rice of your choice)
2 cups vegetable broth
1 medium zucchini, shredded with cheese grater
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (our fave is Bothwell Cheese!)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1. If you are prepared and have grated your zucchini already - props to you! If you are like me, and wait until the last minute to cook - join me while I grate a medium sized Zucchini...
2. Next dice up that onion. Throw them in a sauce pan (something deep enough to put all the ingredients in) Then on medium/high heat, sauté onions and minced garlic in olive oil until onions are translucent and garlic is fragrant.
3. Add in rice (uncooked), stirring continuously until slightly toasted.
4. Pour in veggie broth and bring to a boil. Cover, and turn down heat to low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
5. Stir in shredded zucchini, cheeses, 2 tbsp butter and salt. Stir until well combined and cheese is melted.
And it's ready to go! It's definitely a filling dish, so I paired it with some fresh cucumbers - but can be a great side dish for many meals!
This is a recipe that hits 2 zucchinis with one stone. . .so to speak!
On Day 1 you grill these zuccs on the BBQ (recipe below) and on Day 2 you use the leftovers to make this Saweet Zalad. . .that’s zucchini speak for one sweet salad;)
Cut 2 medium Zucchinis or one gigantatron Zucchini into rounds about ¼ inch thick.
In a separate bowl mix the following:
¼ cup olive oil
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 tablespoon of oregano
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice with a bit of shaved rind if you are feeling it!
Salt and pepper to taste
Throw on the grill on medium heat and proceed to brush mixture onto the rounds. Flip after about 4 minutes and apply mixture to other side. Flip once more at the end and do a second coating along with some shaved parmesan cheese if you are the cheesy type! Let the cheese melt for about a minute and remove from the grill!
I find each BBQ different so keep an eye on these guys. . .it should only take 10 minutes or so. You want them to be firm but cooked!
2 cups of chopped grilled zucchini
¼ cup feta cheese (if extra spills in, we won’t tell ;)
2 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
¼ cup chopped onion
1/3 cup of fresh garden beans chopped into 1 inch pieces
¼ cup sunflower seeds
1 avocado chopped
Fresh chopped basil
Combine above ingredients and sprinkle with your fave balsamic vinegar and olive oil!
HELLLPP! THE ZUCCHINI IS OVERTAKING THE GARDEN!! Seriously though, what on earth do we do with all of these Zucchinis?? Start looking on Pinterest for recipes, I guess!
DISCLAIMER: While some advertisers would encourage me to tell you to eat GORP bars 5 times per day, that's not what we believe. We believe in a well rounded and balanced diet of good, whole, nutritious, homemade food. GORP will fit in where you need it. Also, I am not a professional chef.
That being said, we have a boat load of zucchini to take care of over here, so let us share some recipes with you! But first...
Recipe of the day:
Classic Zucchini Bread with a healthier twist.
1/2 cup Oil (I used vegetable)
3/4 cup Honey (I used locally made)
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 cup grated zucchini
1/2 cup grated apple
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and prepare 1 regular loaf pan with baking spray or butter and dust it with flour for easy removal.
2. Grate! (if you haven't already - it's nice to throw your zucchinis through a food processor to grate it, then you can save it in little 2 cup baggies for easy use)
3. Beat the oil, honey, egg and vanilla in a mixing bowl. (I actually forgot the egg in my first batch and it was delicious - so if you want to skip the egg, you totally can!)
Then stir in the grated apple and zucchini.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
5. Combine dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well.
6. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan. If you're feeling extra healthy, add in some chia!! I put in a table spoon or 2.
7. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
8. Lick the bowl clean. Pretty much the best part...
9. Pull out of the oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes, then turn out on a rack to cool or eat it warm!!
TA-DAAAA!! Dibs on the end piece!!
Stay tuned for more Zucchini recipes coming up, while we try to empty our garden :)
Finally! We are happy to announce that we are now selling T-Shirts, Colibri Canada Re-Usable Snack bags - by themselves or in an awesome package - and GORP Decals!
The small snack size 'Forest' and 'Bicycle' themed Colibri bags are great for adding cut up fruits and vegetables to take along with you anywhere you go! Pair it with a GORP Bar and you have some magical 'GORP Math' happening (aka a nutritious meal!) ;) (see GORP Math below...)
If you want to show your love for GORP, we now have these SUPER comfy T-Shirts you can buy! Purple for the gals, blue for the lads!
What's the perfect item to add on to any GORP Bar order? A decal, of course! These bad boys stick to anything and are even rated for outdoor use - so just think... laptop, car, canoe, kayak, bike and more! Don't forget to hashtag #stickwithgorp on Twitter and Instagram and show us where you stick 'em!
You can find all this fun GORP SWAG for sale HERE at GORPWORLD.COM