Rocker inspires new energy bar

After debuting his own guitar calendar last year, one might think Grammy-winning Windy City singer/songwriter/performer Jim Peterik would be out of ideas for marketing himself and his music.

But last week while attending the Grand Re-Opening of The Jam Lab in Brookfield, Illinois, this columnist tasted the brand new Eye of The Tiger high protein snack bar, officially released this month by the Chicago-based Jimmy Bars brand of healthy snacks.

"I practically live on protein/ energy bars. I'm always on the run with no time to sit down and eat," said Peterik. "I’m always looking for the healthiest, best tasting and natural bars I can find, so I decided to let my good friends at Jimmy Bars help me develop the bar of my dreams- high protein (25 grams), low sugar, with natural caffeine from Guarana seed and tumeric for recovery."

The caramel, chocolate and peanut Eye of The Tiger high protein bar is now available online and will soon be found at select local retailers. Jimmy Bars was co-founded four years ago by Columbia College graduate, entrepreneur and co-CEO, Jim Simon.

"Healthy bars tasted like sawdust and good tasting bars used junk ingredients, yet marketed themselves as healthy," explained Simon. "Given my entrepreneurial spirit, I asked my chef sister to help me create a bar that tasted great and had clean ingredients that a 6-year-old could read." The Peterik-inspired snack bar is the latest in a growing line of Jimmy Bar offerings now available via their website


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