Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Industrious Expats: Rhythm 108

At the beginning of October I had the chance to head to Zurich for the day and attend the Gourmesse. Yes, a gourmet for convention.

*cue happy dance*

Here's the thing, I'm a huge fan of food. I love to cook. I love to eat. I love to share food. At one point I actually thought the evolution of this blog would lead to it being a food blog. So when I got an email from the lovely ladies at Rhythm 108 saying they would love to meet me at the Gourmesse I was pretty excited for a few reasons; I love food, I love the idea of a gourmet food convention and I loved the concept behind their dessert bars!

Rhythm108 was founded in 2012 by Siddhi Mehta with the aim to define a new category called “healthy indulgence” by creating innovative and healthy food options that are just as delicious, convenient, affordable, and prevalent as the unhealthy choices that currently populate the shelves of your favourite retailers. Their motto, “Real food re-invented from The Yogi’s ancient secrets."

Here is a quick run down of their amazingness.

  • Whole nutritious, and simple ingredients.
  • All organic ingredients
  • No GMOs
  • No added sugars or syrups
  • Rich in calcium, good source of fibre
  • 1 of your 5 a day
  • No ingredients you can't pronounce. 
  • Healthy without tasting like rabbit food.

I'm basically in love with their dessert bars.

John and I drastically changed out eating habits when we moved here. Eating crappy food is expensive here so our diet has become pretty healthy. Or for people who like to throw buzzwords around we eat far more "clean" than we use to. We still indulge because come on...we live in the land of chocolate and cheese but I love that Rhythm 108 has given me a way to indulge but be healthy at the same time.

They very kindly gave me a box with some of their bars. One of each flavour. John and I have been working our way through them. I started a pretty intense teaching schedule last week and so I tossed the banana muffin one in my bag for the train ride home. So yummy and it totally hit the spot.

I split the coconut macaroon one with John and we both agreed it tasted like pretty close to a bounty bar. Which we both love deeply but the fact we now have a healthy alternative thrills me.

John devoured the lemon cake one after work one day. He skipped lunch because of a meeting and was famished when he came home. Dinner was still about 15 away so he needed something. The lemon cake bar was it. He really liked it. So much so he said he would actually like to have some of these bars for when he travels. Just to throw in his suitcase or carry-on so he can have them during the flights and layover but also for something to snack on when his body is still getting over jetlag.

Anyone who knows John knows that a statement like that is a ringing endorsement. It seriously is. He really really liked them.

We have apple pie and chocolate walnut brownie left. Chocolate walnut brownie is coming with me to work tomorrow and I think there will be a fight over who gets the last one. I was told that if you warm it slightly it tastes exactly like warm apple pie.

LOVE THAT!

I think the coolest thing about these bars though is that I know exactly what's in them. And I mean exactly. Like right down to the fact there is 1/2 banana in the banana muffin bars. How awesome is that? So often we assume ingredient amounts based on their order on the package but with these dessert bars you know there is exactly 1 apple in the apple pie bars.

If you're in Switzerland you can order these bars straight from their website. I also know they're working on getting into some of the Bio stores here in Switzerland which I think is super exciting. I am so looking forward to restocking my supply in the near future.

And just a note: if you're an idiot like me and you have a water bottle in your back that leaks all over everything. Your Rhythm 108 dessert bar will be safe. Your train novel will not be though.

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