In my quest to get healthy this year, I have decided to lead a healthier lifestyle by eliminating junk food, separating from my highly addictive diet Pepsi and exercising 6 days a week. The journey has been going absolutely fabulous, with an awesome loss of 13 pounds since January 2. I knew when I went for my flu shot it was time for a change. When my nurse read my weight of almost 170 lbs, I KNEW this is not the lifestyle I wanted. All my doctors say my weight is fine for my 5’9” height, however that is not a happy weight for me and if I didn’t change my habits it would only get worse.
I have been working my butt off quite literally. Before working out I like to eat a high energy snack filled with nutrients as well as a full glass of water. Oftentimes I’ll make a protein smoothie, or a slice of toast with natural peanut butter or just quick and tasty energy bars such as
Balance Bar® has many flavors I adore! Whether you enjoy chocolate (who doesn’t), peanut butter, caramel or chunks of fruit Balance Bar is sure to suit your lifestyle. Their tasty energy and nutrition bars are crafted to provide long-lasting energy with their 40-30-30 nutrition. What this means is Balance Bar® creates their bars to keep lasting energy so our bodies do not crash from a sugar rush. The calories in their bars contain 40% from carbohydrates, 30% from quality protein and 30% from dietary fat. According to Balance Bar® the 40-30-30 nutrition principal is a proven formula developed by scientists to help stabilize blood sugar levels.
I had a chance to try several varieties of their bars from original, gold and bare.
Balance Bar® Double Chocolate Brownie- From their original line, the small chocolate brownie bar has a chocolate brownie flavor with chocolate chips and drizzled with more chocolate. I had to try this first as I’m a chocolate fanatic. It satisfies my chocolate craving, however I wasn’t a fan of the taste. You could taste the protein aftertaste, which wasn’t pleasant. The bar contains a whopping 14 grams of protein, 100 calories, low in fat and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Due to the small size, I wouldn’t recommend these for pre or post-workout. Eat for a treat!
Balance Bar® Cookie Dough-Ahh childhood memories of eating spoonfuls of cookie dough. Inside the rich chocolate bar are actual pieces of cookie dough with chips. The first bite was great, but again, this had the protein or vitamin aftertaste I’m not fond of. A smart choice if you are craving cookie dough as this includes 15 grams of protein, 6 grams of soy protein and 23 vitamins and minerals.
Balance Bar® Peanut Butter-Though I detest peanut butter inside of baked goods, first bite of this was a rich yet subtle creamy peanut butter flavor I could handle. Also from the original line, I was happy this bar was smooth and not chunky. This bar offers 200 calories, 15 grams of protein and vitamins. My daughter actually really likes this bar.
Balance Bar® Bare Blueberry Acai-YUM YUM YUM! This bar has become my favorite before or after-workout snack. The bar has rolled oats, dried wild blueberries, sunflower seeds and Acai juice powder. This is all topped on a delicious yogurt coating giving the bar a bit of a sweet flavor and mild blueberry taste, that is absolutely delicious. The bar is perfect for active lifestyles as it offers 15 grams of protein, 7 grams of whole grain and 4 grams of fiber. This bar will always be in my home!
Balance Bar® Gold Chocolate Mint Cookie Crunch-Move over Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies, I’ve found a healthier alternative that is divine. A 3-layer crunchy bar, full of mint flavor and chocolate plus real cookie, is helping me with those crunchy cookie cravings. I also love this after a workout as it keeps my body going. It actually has become a sweet treat like a candy bar for those cravings I get. Offering 14 grams of protein and 200 calories. Try one!!
Balance Bar® are convenient for busy lifestyles and perfect for tossing in a gym bag or purse. They give you a smarter snacking alternative to the hundreds of unhealthy options we have and loads of energy to help with active lifestyles. I love that these bars provide a healthy balance and are fortified with vitamins and minerals and contain no artificial sweeteners, flavors or preservatives. Because you can take them on-the-go, there is no need to stop at fast food to fill up on processed food. Living a gluten-free lifestyle? Check out their Balance Bar® Dark bars and Original Chocolate Raspberry Bar! For more information and to check out all the flavors and varieties visit www.balancebar.com
Balance Bar® provided samples for review purposes, however all opinions 100% my own