Fans of Our Products
Alan Veingrad - Retired NFL Player, Professional Speaker“Being Kosher and trying to eat healthy presents some challenges coupled with traveling and always being on the go. I absolutely love The Simply Bars! On the road or late in the afternoon, The Simply Bar provides the energy to keep me going strong.”
– Alan Veingrad, about The Simply Bar
Alan Veingrad, the transformational speaker, had a seven-year career as an offensive lineman in the NFL, first with the Green Bay Packers and then with the Dallas Cowboys, with whom he won Super Bowl XXVII. He has been the subject of features on NBC, NPR, JM in the AM, the Jewish Channel, NY Times, NY Post, Dallas Morning News, and the Miami Herald.
In a one-of-a-kind presentation, Alan shares with audiences around the world the story of how he became aware, after retiring from professional football, that his lifestyle was more style than life. It left a void in him that ultimately led to his becoming an Orthodox Jew. Alan vividly relates the discipline of being a professional athlete who became a leader of high-performance sales teams — and then an observant Jew. In May 2010, Alan was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and invited to the White House to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month.
Today, Alan is the president of his own financial services firm specializing in helping individuals and business owners from paying any unnecessary taxes during retirement years. Alan speaks to businesses, colleges, universities and religious audiences around the world, bringing his inspirational messages of transformation, excellence, leadership, team play, and spiritual connection.
Dr. Natasha Turner ND - Naturopathic Doctor, Health Consultant, Author
Dr. Turner is Canada’s leading naturopathic doctor and natural health consultant. Her goal is to inspire others to make positive lifestyle choices in order to enjoy healthier lives. Her passion for promoting wellness, fitness, and integrated medicine makes her a sought-after speaker for corporations and the education of other medical professionals. As a prominent natural health expert, she is also regularly asked to contributed to various magazines and television programs.
Within a week of it’s release Dr. Turner’s first book, The Hormone Diet, became a number one bestseller. The book is based on her successful approach of creating hormonal balance in order to gain strength, lose fat, and live a younger longer life.
Amie Hoff - NY Fitness Consultant, Personal Trainer
As a fitness consultant, I'm often approached to test and endorse nutritional bars. There are many good bars out there, but The Simply Bar is by far one of my favorites. I maintain a gluten-free diet and while a few others are gluten-free, they don't compare to The Simply Bar; the taste, variety of flavors and nutritional value far surpass other bars. I am active outdoors - cycling, running, hiking, and often time out for hours. The Simply Bar is the perfect pre, during or after workout snack. It keeps my blood sugar even and allows me to keep my energy up. Simply put, The Simply Bar is my nutritional bar of choice.
Amie Hoff, about The Simply Bar
Hoff is an in-demand New York City based fitness professional, dedicated to improving the lives of people around the world through better health. As founder of Hoff Fitness, she thrives as a motivator and is committed to being a role model, sharing her expert fitness and health knowledge with as many people as possible. She inspires her clients to new levels of fitness while introducing fresh techniques and advancements developed from across the health and fitness industry. She has been twice voted Best Personal Trainer by Allure Magazine.
Amie is frequently called on to provide health and fitness tips on TV, radio and in the local, national and global press. Her guest appearances include spots on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, and Good Morning America. As fitness expert, Amie has been featured in all of the major health magazines, such as Shape, Fitness and Women's Health, as well as the New York Times, Washington Post and Newsweek. Amie was the exclusive personal trainer on the first season 'Making the Band,' an MTV series with P Diddy.
Amie co-founded FitKit.com in 2010 to give people a simple, affordable workout solution. FitKit contains all the tools for a total body workout with an online exercise library and resources to make a comprehensive fitness program that can be done anytime, anywhere.
Donna Vakalis - Olympic Pentathlete
Donna Vakalis started as a competitive swimmer at age six. She then progressed into the sport of Modern Pentathlon and has competed internationally since 2007. Donna is one of only two Canadians to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in Modern Pentathlon.
She was the Gold medalist at the 2012 Guatemala Open and has taken home numerous individual silver and bronze medals internationally, including a bronze medal in the relay event at the Hungarian World Cup.
Vakalis has a bachelor of arts and science degree from McMaster University, a professional Masters of Architecture degree from University of Toronto (U of T). Currently, she holds a variety of teaching and research positions at U of T, where she is currently pursuing her PhD in Civil Engineering in Health & Sustainable Cities. Donna is interested in co-benefits of high performance urban systems and environmentally sustainable urban design.
Mylène Paquette - Professional Athlete, Ocean RowerOnly 396 people have managed to cross the oceans in the world rowing, including six Canadians. Two men in solitary and four other people that crewed Mylène herself! January 12 to March 10, 2010, she was part of a team of six rowers having covered the 2800 nautical miles between Morocco and Barbados. During this trip she accumulated more than 680 hours of rowing in 58 days.
During this first trip, Mylène was the only American, French and woman aboard the boat, so she had an opportunity to tame her loneliness. While her teammates coveted Barbados, Mylène coveted the North Atlantic. The first crossing was a stage for her to gain the experience necessary to leave alone.
This first crossing's perfect preparation technique has developed her endurance and given her the confidence to one day face the ocean alone. The comments she could make during the crossing have strengthened the conviction of Mylène that it is essential to protect the oceans.
"I hardly hide my excitement of being part of another event of this magnitude. When I discovered the train ocean, a few years ago, I immediately knew that it would one day be my turn to throw myself on the ocean alone. It will, no doubt, be of the utmost difficulty but I have done great so far and I know I have the determination to achieve it."
Following her last Atlantic crossing in a rowing boat, Mylène has finally realized one of her dearest wishes, to become a speaker. She is eager to share her passion, the wonder of her story and your inner motivations with her audience by her unique experience.
Ricki Heller - Educator, Author, Natural Nutritionist
Ricki Heller is a college educator with a PhD in Modern American Literature. In addition to this, Ricki is a whole foods chef and freelance writer. She has studied Natural Nutrition at The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and wrote the Canadian bestseller, “Sweet Freedom: Desserts You’ll Love Without Wheat, Eggs, Dairy, or Refined Sugar.”
About Sweet Freedom:
Ricki’s cook book; Sweet Freedom, received honorable mention in the 2010 Cuisine Canada Culinary Awards and is even recommended by Ellen DeGeneres! It contains more than 100 original recipes for amazing sweet treats made with whole, natural ingredients (nothing artificial, and without additives, chemicals, or artificial colorings).
“I’ve been a fan of the Simply Bar ever since it first appeared on the shelves of my local health food store. With the recently updated recipe, I’ve fallen in love all over again! My favorite flavor is Cinnamon Pecan, which is perfect for someone like me (on a low glycemic diet) as it contains more fiber than sugar! The new bars are sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth without being cloying or filled with refined sugar. And they still provide the same excellent source of portable protein for those afternoon energy slumps.
I’d recommend The Simply Bar for anyone looking for a delicious healthy snack that’s crunchy, sweet, and satisfying, all in one portable, gluten-free, low sugar and vegan package.”
– Ricki Heller, about The Simply Bar
Steve Montador - NHL Hockey PlayerUndrafted, Steve Montador played in the Ontario Hockey League with the North Bay Centennials, Erie Otters and the Peterborough Petes. Montador was signed by the Calgary Flames as a free agent and spent time playing for the Saint John Flames out of the American Hockey League. Montador made his Calgary debut during the 2001-2002 NHL Season playing 11 games and scoring a goal and two assists for three points. Over the next two season, Steve played 76 more regular season games for Calgary and played 20 games in the 2003–2004 NHL Playoffs which saw Calgary reach the Stanley Cup finals only to lose to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
During the 2004-2005 season, Montador was one of many NHL players to play in Europe, playing for French outfit Mulhouse. Early in the 2005-2006 season on December 2, 2005, Steve was traded by the Flames along with Dustin Johner to the Florida Panthers. Noted for his gritty defensive style, Montador's best season came in 2007-2008, when he had career bests with eight goals and 23 points in 73 games with Florida.
In the 2008-2009 season, Montador was signed as a free agent to a one-year deal by the Anaheim Ducks on July 11, 2008. On March 4, 2009, he was traded by the Ducks at the trade deadline to the Boston Bruins for Petteri Nokelainen. Montador played in 11 post-season games helping the Bruins reach the conference semi-finals. On July 1, 2009, Steve signed a 2 year, free agent deal with the Buffalo Sabres. His rights were traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for a seventh round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on June 29, 2011.
"I am a huge fan of Simply Bars. Eating quality snacks surrounding games and workouts is an invaluable resource for an athlete, and I enjoy Simply Bars for their protein content and quality ingredients. Staying fueled and recovering quickly is a daily part of my life, and I find it easier with the help of having a healthy snack that I trust available to me. Thank you, and keep up the great work!”
– Steve Montador, about The Simply Bar
Emilie Fournel - Canadian Olympic Canoe & Kayaker
Josh Margolis - Fitness Guru, Personal Trainer, Owner of Mind over Matter FitnessJoshua Margolis is a fitness consultant with a Bachelors Degree in Sports Psychology. He holds certifications from A.C.E., N.A.S.M, and is also prenatal and postpartum certified. Joshua has been working in the health and fitness arena for over 10 years designing personalized fitness programs, which incorporate motivational techniques to enhance performance. Joshua is also the fitness model in “THE DUKE DIET,” world renowned health and fitness book.
His fitness philosophy: "Your self image and habits go hand in hand; change one and you will automatically change the other.”
Josh founded Mind Over Matter Health and Fitness in 2004 to provide busy New Yorkers an accessible service that would help integrate fitness into their lifestyle. MOM’s mission is to provide certified, friendly, reliable fitness professionals specializing in areas such as Personal Training, Yoga, Pilates, & Private Boot Camp Classes. We also have an emphasis in Pre-Natal and Postpartum Fitness. Whether in your home, office or even outdoors, MOM trainers are equipped with the skills to turn any existing space into your own private health club, complete with your very own private masseuse.
“Being a part of the fitness industry, I've tried pretty much every bar offered out there. It's difficult to find one that has the combination of nutrients I need as well as quality taste. The Simply Bar does both. It's quick, it's easy, and it's effective. The perfect post-workout snack. In addition there's a wide variety of flavors. You have plenty to choose from.”
– Josh Margolis, about The Simply Bar
Sharon Zarabi - RD, CDN, CPT Registered, Dietitian/Fitness Trainer
Sharon Zarabi is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (RD, CDN) and Certified Personal Fitness Trainer with the International Fitness Professional's Association (IFPA) and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA.). In 2005, Sharon earned a Bachelor's Degree from New York University with a major in Nutrition and Dietetics before continuing her studies at Long Island University – CW Post. It was here where she obtained her credentials as an RD. Ms. Zarabi partook in significant internship programs throughout her education, granting her the experience she has today. At St. Francis Hospital, she specialized in cardiac, and expanded her skill with weight management working with children of Adolescent Medicine North Shore LIJ Hospital.
Ms. Zarabi has also served as an Active Lifestyle Coach for the employees of the Discovery channel, competing against AOL in the 2006 President's Body Challenge. Committed to a life and career of promoting healthy living, Sharon is an active member of several nutritional associations, including: The ADA – (American Dietetic Association), SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition), IDEA Health and Fitness Association, Greater New York Dietetic Association, Long Island Dietetic Association, (ASMBS) American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the ECA World Fitness Alliance.
Ms. Zarabi has co-authored Nutrition for Opera Singers, acts as a contributing writer for a medical magazine the Bariatric Times, serves as an expert presenter for BariMD, has been quoted in Time Out New York, and currently lectures extensively on weight management and wellness at various community centers throughout the New York area. As Nutrition Coordinator of Lenox Hill Hospital she runs the monthly support groups for both post operative and pre operative patients and served as 2007-2011 Walk From Obesity Leader.
Ms. Zarabi also serves as a private counselor for Weight Loss Surgery Patients of Lenox Hill Hospital of New York and the Discovery Channel Wellness Center. Devoted to furthering education, she is currently fulfilling her Masters Degree in Nutrition and Exercise Specialty. As she continues her life’s work, her vision is to continue use fitness and nutrition as a means to offer spiritual and emotional upheaval in people's lives.
“As a nutritionist and avid athlete I like to keep a clean diet. Food is my source of fuel and affects my performance, energy levels and physique. The Simply Bar has given me the protein and fiber to keep me satisfied and restore amino acids my muscles need to repair, with a dose of "sweet." The Simply Bar...simply made, simply tasty, simply PUT!"
– Sharon Zarabi, about The Simply Bar
Heidi Kristoffer - Yogi, Vegan, Inversion-Junkie, Smile Addict, Animal Lover, Actress
Heidi Kristoffer is a New York City based yoga instructor and vegan foodie. As nothing makes Heidi happier than being able to share her love of yoga and being upside down in the most fun, safe way possible, she leads workshops and retreats around the globe with the mission to make inversions accessible to everyone.
Heidi believes playfulness is vital, always balancing strength with levity. Featured in numerous publications and global ad campaigns, Heidi also contributes to MindBodyGreen, sharing her thoughts on yoga and detailing her quest to find the most delicious vegan ways to re-fuel post-yoga.
"I love the Simply Bar! It is a wonderful way to fuel up on the go. The fantastic recipe and quality ingredients allow for super-easy digestion, which means that active people can meet their protein needs without having to slow down. I never leave home without one! Thanks, Simply Bar!"
– Heidi Kristoffer, about The Simply Bar
Robyn Homans - Canadian Pro Body Builder and Powerlifter
Lisa Balerna - Long Distance Runner and Triathlete
Nikola Girke - 3 x Olympian in multiple classes, 4 x Canadian Female Sailor of the Year
Nikola is one of only a few athletes to have competed in two different sports at the Olympic Games. After a 13th place finish at the 2004 Athens Olympics as a crew on the double-handed 470 dinghy, Nikola jumped ship to go solo on the RSX windsurfer. Within 3 years Nikola qualified herself as the sole Canadian female representative for the Beijing Olympics. A relative rookie compared to her competitors, Nikola finished a respectable 17th. Another 4 years had Nikola climb to the top of the class, winning multiple World Cup races and finished her windsurfing career with a 10th place at the 2012 London Olympic Games. A dedicated and fiercely competitive athlete, and not a stranger to seeing an opportunity that can’t be missed when it presents itself, Nikola has teamed up with Canadian Olympic Teammate Luke Ramsay, in the newly instated highly challenging and exciting mixed-crew Nacra 17 catamaran class, committing herself to campaigning for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. Her motto Dare to Dream, Dare to Achieve and Dare to succeed guides her as she takes on this new challenge: One Team, One Dream, GOLD for Canada.
Luke Ramsay - Canadian Olympian, Sailing
Luke’s imminent success started when he was a youth, Canada’s most highly touted sailing prospect. He lived up to his hype, becoming the 2006 Youth World Champion. From there Luke began rising through the ranks in the Laser class, winning several senior National Championship titles. In 2011, Luke was presented with the opportunity to sail with Mike Leigh, one of Canada’s top Laser sailors, in the 470 Class. This new challenge sprouted success, and in what was considered an ‘express campaign’, led to impressive results such as a 6that the European Championships in 2012 as well as an Olympic berth. Luke has become known internationally as an expert in a range of boats, from Lasers to 470 to Keelboats, having podium finishes in international events in all three disciplines in 2012. With a history of excelling when switching between sailing classes makes this new challenge of sailing the Nacra17 multihull, the perfect opportunity to bring home gold in 2016.
Angela is an avid runner, fitness instructor, foodie, healthy living blogger, and owner of her business, Spin 360 Health Coaching. Having been overweight, unhappy and insecure as a teenager, Angela took control, changed her unhealthy habits, and developed a clean eating lifestyle that she continues to maintain today. Her goal is to support, inspire, and motivate others to improve their health and be their best.
When she’s not working in her full-time job or coaching clients, Angela can be found training for half marathons, teaching spin classes, spending quality time with her friends, creating recipes in her kitchen, and eyeing up her next purchase at Lululemon. She loves warm weather, green juice, being outdoors, and travelling. You can learn more about her on her blog, Eat Spin Run Repeat.
Anne Marie Campbell
Anne-Marie Campbell is a vegan athlete and animal rights advocate. She has been a competitive athlete for over 20 years, beginning with gymnastics, and more recently hockey and martial arts, where she has a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. She is the founder of MeatFreeAthlete.com, the resource and community inspired by her passion to share the advantages of vegan nutrition for an active and compassionate lifestyle.
Sarah Cummings - Marathoner
Sarah is a New York City based marathon runner training to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials while working full-time in the financial services industry. She graduated from Princeton University in 2011 where she was an All-American in Outdoor Track (10k). After graduation Sarah made the switch to road-racing and now runs for the New York Athletic Club and Brooks.
Amanda Brown - Personal Trainer
My name is Amanda Brown and I run my home-based personal training business, Amanda Brown Training, in West Linn, OR. I have been involved in the fitness and athletics industry for the past 5 years and have worked with very well-known companies, including Core Performance, 24 Hour Fitness and USAA.I am a former collegiate runner, sponsored marathoner and fitness model for Sports + Lifestyle Unlimited. Some of my accomplishments include running collegiately, breaking Pacific University’s steeplechase record, placing in the top three in most road races, qualifying for the 2013 Boston Marathon and running a 3:14:18 in the marathon. I have worked with all ages and fitness levels, but my specialties are weight loss and sport performance.
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