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Brand of the Week: JECA Bars

Whether you are looking for something to quickly throw in your backpack for school, a healthy snack to munch on before hitting the gym, or something to fill you up in the middle of the day, JECA Bars are the way to go!

Meet JECA's founder, Ree Dolnick

JECA was founded in 2015 by Ree Dolnick, who wears many hats. She’s been everything from a mother, to a sous chef, to a cancer researcher. With her culinary and scientific backgrounds, Ree started making all-natural energy bars in her kitchen. They became such a hit with her friends that she started JECA Energy Bar Company. She even named the company after her daughter’s nickname. JECA is a Women-Owned Small Business.

From healthy fats to high amounts of fiber, from hearty proteins to antioxidants, JECA wants to offer an option where each and every single ingredient is selected to work hand-in-hand to accomplish essential functions in your body. The primary purpose of these bars is to power your mind, get you going, truly nourish you, and help you feel proud of what you eat!

JECA knows that eating well can be complicated, especially when you are on the go and you need to make the most of every minute of your day. With that in mind, they created a bar that allows you to eat well any time and anywhere. Whether you are on your way to work, studying late at night, going on a hike, or about to work out, JECA will provide you with the very best ingredients to keep you healthy and strong.

Their bars are made by the hands of people who actually care for you, your health, and nutrition. They make nutritious and delicious snacks that people can eat anytime and anywhere.

Each of the JECA bars is 100% plant-based, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free. Plus, they don’t use any sugar or oils. JECA wanted their bars to also be extremely tasty, so they curated unique flavor combinations to make your day even more exciting when you take a bite of these delicious bars.

Make sure to go to to get the energy and fiber from the Almond and Dates bar, the antioxidants of the Matcha and Seeds bar, or the healthful properties of turmeric with the Coconut and Curry bar.

Want to learn a little bit more about each of the three flavors?

Almond + Dates

JECA Energy Bar Almond + Dates, representing California, is their best-seller. It is a great all-around bar, great for any time and place. Copious amounts of almond make this bar very satisfying and delicious. The bars have soft and chewy texture with the crunchiness from all of the almonds. They are not crumbly and is considered a “no-mess” bar.

JECA Almond and Dates is made with oats, almonds, dates, peanuts, organic agave nectar and salt.

Matcha + Seeds

JECA Energy Bar Matcha + Seeds evokes calm tastes of Japan. Matcha, known for its many antioxidants and metabolism-boosting properties, provides a gentle energy boost. Great for before, during, and after heavy workouts. The bars have soft and chewy texture with crunchiness from all of the seeds. They are not crumbly and is considered a “no-mess” bar.

JECA Matcha and Seeds is made with oats, dates, peanuts, organic agave nectar, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, matcha green tea and salt.

Coconut + Curry

JECA Energy Bar Coconut + Curry is sweet, savory, and spicy. The most adventurous bar, of the three, invokes flavors of Thai and Indian cuisines. Contains turmeric for flavor, as well as its healthful benefits. Makes a great late-afternoon snack. These bars have a soft, chewy texture and are not crumbly with the crunchiness of the peanuts.

JECA Coconut and Curry is made with peanuts, oats, dates, organic agave nectar, organic coconut flakes, spices (including turmeric), salt and little bit of garlic.

Looking for any recipe inspiration with JECA Bars?

Coconut Curry Squash Soup

2 Coconut+Curry JECA Bars

3 Cups Vegetable Broth (or chicken broth)

30 oz Butternut squash

½ tsp Salt

1/3 cup Roasted pumpkin seeds to garnish

Break coconut+curry bars into the vegetable broth and bring to boil. Add squash and salt and simmer for 15 minutes. Blend with a blender. Garnish with pumpkin seeds and serve. Serves 4

JECA Bar Crust

6 JECA bars

1/3 cup honey

Combine the bars with honey and blend. Line cupcake pan with parchment paper. Add blended bars into the pans and hand mold the bottom and partially up the sides. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Fill with softened ice cream to the height of the crust. Return to the freezer for at least an hour. Drizzle chocolate on the edges just before serving.

JECA Toppings

Use the bar crumbles as topping for yogurt or ice cream!

Make sure to give JECA Bars a try next time you shop on the Exchange and are looking for a healthy and nutritious alternative!

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