Look at today’s calendar. It’s AUGUST! Ugh! Summer is nearing the end. For some students school starts in just a few weeks (my kids go back in September).
Every where you look these days there are back to school items already on display. Notebooks, backpacks, pencils, crayons… sigh… I’m not ready to think about that yet.
The other day I was talking to my family about school lunches. My kids are both in high school. Last year my son had lunch period too early (he was never hungry at lunch time), but later in the day he was starving and by the time he got home he would eat anything and everything he could find – and then some!
My daughter had the right idea. She had a decent lunch period but she also brought a long snacks like baby carrots, granola bars or even a baggie with a handful of cereal in it so hold her over until she got home. When she got home she was not as famished as my son. I hope this year my son takes her lead and does the same thing if he happens to have a horrible lunch period again.
It’s never too soon to think about healthy lunch and snack ideas for your children when they go back to school.
Granola bars are something that my whole family can agree on. They are individually packaged (great for portion control), come in a variety of flavors and are satisfying. A granola bar and a glass of milk or water can take the “edge off” when you are getting hungry and hold you over until your next meal.
We go through a lot of granola bars year round. I’ve recently started to take one with me every day when I got to work. Some mornings I’m in a rush and I can’t have the breakfast I’d like to have so I’ll woof down anything I can. Usually after an hour or two when I am at work I hear my tummy grumbling. If I don’t snack on something I will be starving by the time I get home and do what my son does when he gets home from school – eat everything and anything I can find in the kitchen. I don’t want to to that. I rather take the time to prepare myself a decent lunch.
My family received to review and assortment of granola bars from Sunbelt Bakery. Sunbelt Bakery is a family-owned bakery that takes great pride in helping families find snacks and foods that have good nutritional value and taste great.
Sunbelt’ Bakery’s granola cereals, granola bars, and fruit & grain bars are made without high fructose corn syrup or preservatives. They are made with whole grains and other high-quality, nutritious ingredients like fruits and nuts.
When it comes to granola bars, Sunbelt Bakery has A LOT of flavors to choose from. They have flavors like chocolate chip, peanut butter chip, oats and honey and oatmeal raisin, to name a few. They have so many different flavors that you are sure to find one (two, three, four…) that you enjoy.
Sunbelt Bakery was kind enough to send my family a variety of flavors. Each of us had our favorites. It was fun to sample all the different varieties.
The granola bars are the perfect size to tuck inside your purse, tote, gym bag or backpack for an on-the-go snack. You could keep a few at work to snack on and help prevent you from paying a visit to the vending machine. My husband has a few in his desk at work. He doesn’t have one everyday but he did tell me that a few times he’s been a bit hungry mid-morning and it was nice to have a healthier for you snack option instead of the chocolate bar in the vending machine that has been calling his name.
I find that the granola bars taste fresh – like they were just made. They don’t taste over processed or like they have been sitting on a store shelf for months. They are soft too. A few times I have accidentally crushed one in my purse (I have a tiny purse).
We took several of the granola bars with us on a recently trip to Pennsylvania so that we didn’t get hungry along the way and were tempted to stop at a fast food restaurant. Thankfully they don’t have to be kept cool.
Here are some interesting facts about Sunbelt Bakery granola bars and other Sunbelt Bakery products.
- Family Pack Chewy Granola Bars provide from 4 to 8 grams of whole grain per serving, and varieties range from 110-150 calories per bar.
- The Banana Nut, Fruit & Nut, and Low-Fat Granola Cereals are a “Good source of fiber” and provide a complete serving of whole grain.
- The Simple Granola Cereal is an “Excellent Source of fiber” and provides a complete serving of whole grain.
- Fruit & Grain bars provide 11g of whole grains per serving.
- The Strawberry Fruit & Grain bars were voted 2 to 1 over the leading brand for flavor & freshness in a 2013 National Taste Test.
Sunbelt Bakery also likes to give back to the community and is involved in charities like Breast Cancer Awareness.
To see what others have to say about Sunbelt Bakery check out the hastag #SunbeltBakery on the various social media sites.
Sunbelt Bakery would like to give a lucky reader a CASE of their yummy granola bars. It will total between 96-120 granola bars depending on the varieties sent. That is A LOT of yummy goodness! Thank you Sunbelt Bakery!
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 15, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to try Sunbelt Bakery’s granola bars – OR – if you have already experienced the yummy goodness of these granola bars, what is your favorite flavor/variety?
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*I received free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Sunbelt Bakery will be providing the prize.