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Snack Nutritiously AND Deliciously with Sunbelt Bakery’s Whole Grain Granola Bars (Giveaway ends 8/15/14)

 

Healthy Snacks

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.

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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.

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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.

Sunbelt Bakery Granola Bars Giveaway

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 NutFruit & 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.

You can find Sunbelt Bakery products in stores nationwide. To find a store near you please use the Product Locator on Sunbelt Bakery.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

To see what others have to say about Sunbelt Bakery check out the hastag #SunbeltBakery on the various social media sites.

Prize package varieties will vary. 96-120 bars in total.

Prize package varieties will vary. 96-120 bars in total.

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?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*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. 

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Suite Foods Liege waffles and Sable cookies now available online

 

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Are you looking for unique and delicious snacks? Are you bored with your usual cookies and chips?

When it comes to snack food would you think about enjoying a waffle as a snack treat? Most people wouldn’t. Waffles can be turned into a dessert if you add some ice cream, fresh fruit and whipped cream. Mmm… I love waffles and ice cream.

A San Francisco based baker called Suite Foods offers consumer made to order Liège waffles. They are large, individually wrapped waffles that you can enjoy anytime, anywhere. Toss one in your lunch tote for work, enjoy one as a late night snack – anytime you want to enjoy a sweet, delicious waffle.

Suite Foods Liège waffles are all natural too.

I received a couple of Suite Foods’ Liège waffles to try out – one plain and one with chocolate drizzle. They were both delish! My daughter suggested that we warm one in the microwave for a few seconds. The waffle was really good warmed. You could eat it “as is” but I sprinkled a little cinnamon sugar on top.

We enjoyed the chocolate drizzle one “as is” but if I had another one I would have tried it with a scoop of ice cream on top. :-)

Here is some more information about Suite Foods in case you have not heard of them before.

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Featuring authentic and delicious, made-to-order Liège waffles and Sablé cookies in a variety of flavors, Suite Foods specializes in handcrafting European delicacies for sophisticated American palates. Started in 2010, Suite Foods has perfected and sold Liège waffles and Sablé cookies out of its San Francisco bakery, as well as through retail partners like Whole Foods and Peet’s Coffee & Tea throughout California.

“Since we opened, there has been increasing demand for our waffles and cookies outside of the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Suite Foods owner Sivan Wilensky. “Now through our web site, we are pleased to offer our most popular items made fresh in our bakery and delivered to your front door.”

Famous in Belgium for centuries, the Liège waffle needs no syrup or fork thanks to the sweet, flavorful dough, making this treat the perfect hand-held snack for anytime, day or night. Made from scratch using all natural ingredients like organic flour, free-range eggs, and crunchy pearl sugar, the Liége waffle is hand-shaped and pressed into cast-iron waffle griddles. The pearl sugar adds sweetness and crunch to complement the warm, chewy waffle as it naturally caramelizes and coats the waffle in a sweet glaze. Available online in the Traditional and Chocolate Drizzle flavors, Suite Foods Liége waffles retail for $30.00 for a package of 12.

Suite Foods also offers amazing cookies available in Salted Cacao Nib and Lemon Rosemary flavors. I had the opportunity to sample both flavors. They were both incredibly delicious. I would have to say the Salted Cacao Nib was my favorite.

The cookies were individually wrapped with two cookies in each package. That is great for portion control. If they came in a box I know I would eat more than two.

Cookies

These cookies would be wonderful to serve along side tea or as a dessert. They are not your ordinary cookies.

Suite Foods offers Sablé cookies in Salted Cacao Nib and Lemon Rosemary flavors. A variety of shortbread originating in the Normandy region of France, Sablé cookies feature a delicate, crumbly texture providing a unique and delicious gourmet indulgence. Rich in antioxidants and high in fiber, the Salted Cacao Nib Sablé features chocolate in its purest form, roasted, unprocessed and mixed with coarse sea salt and ground vanilla bean to delight the taste buds. Also made with all-natural ingredients including organic flour and free-range eggs, the refreshing Lemon Zest Rosemary Sablé is made with local rosemary cut fresh for each batch. Suite Foods Sablé cookies are available online in packages of 18 count for $24.00.

If you are looking for snacking options that are different then what you can find at your local grocery store you should check out the waffles and cookies now available online from Suite Foods.

Suite Foods Liège waffles and Sablé cookies are available for purchase now at www.SuiteFoods.com. You can also follow Suite Foods on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter: @suitefoods.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

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Effortless Meals from Walmart & Coca Cola

 

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I recently re-joined the “rat race”. It’s only a part time job but I’m still trying to figure out how to balance working, my blog, keeping my home clean and keeping up with my family. Some days I don’t know if I’m “coming or going”.

Being a stay at home/work from home mom all these years meant that I almost always had plenty of time to prepare dinner for my family. There were times I was too busy or just not up to cooking a big meal. That is why I relied on pre-made meals, frozen foods or our friendly neighborhood pizza or Chinese delivery guys.

Whenever possible I prefer freshly made meals – meals that are similar to what I would make if I had the time or inclination.

Not too long ago my kids and I were are an area Walmart Super Store picking up a few things. My kids and I didn’t have lunch yet and were were all starving.

The only eateries near by were fast food joints and pricey sit down restaurants. Neither option seemed good to me.

Fortunately I discovered the section of Walmart where they keep their store made meals. There we found freshly made sandwiches, salads, roasted chicken, pasta salads, pizza, bread sticks and more.

My kids were eyeing the sandwiches so we picked up some for lunch. While we were there we picked up a pizza and bread sticks for dinner one night during the week and a roasted chicken for dinner that night. We also picked up some Coca Cola to enjoy with our meals.

Walmart Effortless Meals

My kids could not wait to eat the their sandwiches. I had to wait until I got home (I didn’t want to eat and drive). Normally I don’t like my kids eating in the car but I knew they were hungry and told them to enjoy their sandwiches as long as they took a photo for me.

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My daughter opted for a ham and Swiss sandwich. My teen son who has a HUGE appetite grabbed one of the super subs (he was really hungry). His eyes were bigger than his stomach because he could only eat half of it (a regular size sub sandwich). He saved the rest and had it later on in the day.

I was very impressed by the price. The super sub which could easily feet 2-3 people was only $5.98! A regular size sub from the deli where we live is almost $8.00.

My kids loved the sandwiches so much that the next time we were at Walmart they picked up other sandwiches.

I picked up a sandwich for myself. I also picked up a yummy wrap for lunch the next day, salads, pizza, a cheddar bacon pasta salad, roasted chicken and Coca Cola.

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That night we had the roasted chicken for dinner. I also steamed some vegetables I picked up at Walmart, baked some fries and we split the salads among the four of us. Talk about effortless! Aside from popping some veggies in our microwave steamer and tossing some frozen fries on a pan and cooking them in the oven for about 20 minutes the meals was quick and easy to make.

If I had to roast the chicken myself it would have taken a long time. The same would apply for the salads. It takes time to wash the vegetables and chop them all up.

When you are busy and don’t have much time to prepare and cook a satisfying meal it’s great to know that Walmart helps you to prepare effortless meals that are quick, easy and delicious.

Later on in the week we enjoyed the pizza and bread sticks for dinner. Of course we enjoyed a cold glass of Coca Cola too.

Salad Dinner

I love the effortless meal options available at Walmart. Not only can they help out a busy family with dinner but they are also great for lunch and grabbing a few things for an impromptu family picnic.

Many of these meals you can “dress up” with easy to prepare and make side dishes too.

Rotisserie chicken can be enhanced in many ways. One of my favorite uses for rotisserie chicken is to make a box of fettuccini, remove the chicken from the bone, toss with the cooked pasta and add a jar of Alfredo sauce. Or steam some broccoli and whip up rice or bow tie pasta and toss in pieces of the rotisserie chicken and some Yoshida sauce. Mmmm… GOOD!

Not only do the effortless meals save me time but they also save me money. I was pleasantly surprised at how inexpensive the meals area. They are certainly budget friendly.

When you purchase the take ‘n bake pizza, sandwiches, and marketside rotisserie chicken meals from Walmart be sure to grab some Coca Cola too. Combined you can unlock some bonus My Coke Rewards.

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The next time you are in a rush and are looking for a quick and easy lunch or dinner be sure to stop by your neighborhood Walmart Super Center and enjoy a variety of freshly made meals and affordable prices.

Don’t forget to grab a bottle of Coca Cola too and enjoy the extra My Coke Rewards points you can earn simply by entering in UPC codes from your qualifying purchases.

Have you enjoyed any of the effortless meals from Walmart? Do you have a favorite?

To find a Walmart near you please visit www.Walmart.com. In addition you can find Walmart on the various social media sites.

For more information about Coca Cola visit www.CocaCola.com. Click here for more information about the bonus My Coke Rewards and Walmart promotion.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Walmart and Coca Cola to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

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Lock in flavor, freshness and nutrients with frozen foods

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I have a love/hate relationship with cooking. I love eating delicious foods but I hate the time it takes to shop, create and cook meals.

Don’t get me wrong, I do cook from scratch as much as possible but there are days that I just don’t have the time or energy to cook that way. That is when I turn to convenient foods from my grocer’s aisles.

I keep my freezer fully stocked with frozen foods from my favorite brands.I have frozen foods for my entire family to enjoy for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert. I also keep a lot of frozen vegetables on hand. As much as I love fresh fruits and vegetables it’s not always possible to keep them long for as long as I need to. Usually I purchase them from the farm when I need them so that they don’t spoil before I have a chance to use them. The last thing I want to do is toss out food. Sometimes there is no question between fresh vs frozen. Frozen is often better.

I like the convenience of having a pre-made meal ready to go for my family – or myself – simply by tossing it in the oven or microwave to warm up.

I recently started back to work. I’m still getting used to getting up, getting ready and heading out the door by a specific time. As a result I haven’t had much time to make myself a breakfast like I normally would prior to working outside of the home. Before I would make myself omelets, pancakes from scratch or a big bowl of oatmeal. I could get up earlier but frankly I like my sleep.

My kids are infamous for eating on the go, especially on school mornings. I’ve looked to them for on-the-go breakfast ideas.

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Both of my kids LOVE to make waffles “sandwiches”. They take a couple of frozen waffles from the freezer (like Kellogg’s Eggo waffles), heat them up in the toaster, then smear a hazelnut spread or peanut butter and jelly on the waffles and enjoy them as a “sandwich”. It’s quick, easy, tasty and filling. I have to say that the waffles with hazelnut spread is a new favorite of mine.

My family loves breakfast sandwiches (eggs, cheese, sausage or ham on a biscuit or muffin). They are delicious but sometimes take a lot of time to put together. Especially because we currently have a two slice toaster (our four slice toaster stopped working so we’re using out two slice spare). Trying to make breakfast sandwiches for four people at one time with a two slice toaster is easier said then done.

Jimmy Dean

Hillshire’s Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches are a great alternative. Jimmy Dean’s Delights Whole Grain English Muffins with Turkey Sausage, Cheese and Egg Whites not only taste amazing they also have only 250 calories which is probably a lot less then the ones I normally make.

Speaking of Hillshire’s Jimmy Dean you MUST try the Turkey Sausage Crostini using fully cooked Hearty Sausage Crumbles found in your grocer’s freezer section. My family went crazy for these! They are SO GOOD! You can find the recipe here - Delicious Sausage Crostini Recipe (please note that the giveaway is over).

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Sausage Crostini made with Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles[/caption] Now that I back at work I need some lunch options to keep me full and hold me over until dinner time.

Stopping by our local deli is one option (they make a fabulous Italian combo) but it can get very expensive. Plus I don’t often have the time in the morning to stop by the deli to pick up lunch.

I do buy cold cuts to make sandwiches at home to bring from work, but that gets “boring” sometimes. I like to enjoy a variety of lunch options.

My favorite “go-to” lunches are Heinz’s Weight Watcher’s Smart Ones. They come in dozens of varieties and each one is perfectly proportioned for one. I don’t have have to worry about lugging around left over dishes. I just grab one of the meals, toss it in my bag and off to work I go. Then at work I just have to pop it in the microwave for around 5 minutes and I have a hot, delicious meal.

My favorite Heinz’s Weight Watchers meals are Three Cheese Ziti, Vegetable Lasagna and Meat Lasagna. Of course the Smart Ones desserts are a nice treat too. I keep several on hand in my freezer. I like to stock up on them when they are on sale too. Just recently I purchased them for around $1.88 each. Try buying lunch from a local restaurant, deli or pizza place for $1.88.

Smart Ones

I have a Nestlé Lean Cuisine meal in my freezer too. I think that is what I’m going to have for lunch tomorrow. It’s Apple Cranberry Chicken. It sounds SO GOOD! 

I’m not the only one who lives a variety of lunch options. My kids to too. They are home most of the time this summer since I am working and they can’t go anywhere without their “ride” (me!).

My kids are typical teens – lazy! When it comes to making lunch when I’m not home they usually take the easy route (PB&J or a bowl of cereal). This is why I like to give them options that they can put in the microwave and not have to worry about bothering with the stove.

Both of my kids love the products made by Kellogg’s Morning Star Farm brand. Their foods are made without any meat products. Plus they are low in calories, fat and have no cholesterol. They have the option of cooking them in the microwave or the oven. They tend to use the microwave because it’s quicker and easier.

Morning Star

I like to crumble the Turk’y burger into a salad. I’ve also made it for breakfast along side some scrambled eggs in place of a sausage.

My teenage son will eat us out of house and home if things did not come in portion controlled sizes. Offering him frozen meals options like the Morning Star Farms products, or frozen meals such as Smart Ones helps to control his portions so he doesn’t over eat.

Fresh foods are fantastic, but frozen foods are equally as good. Think of the freezing process as nature’s “pause button”.

There are benefits of frozen foods.

Most foods products that you find in your grocer’s frozen food aisle are made from real ingredients incorporated into real recipes. They are cooked or baked then quickly frozen to lock in their freshness. It’s the same flavor and nutrients from meals you create on your own. Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh

Frozen foods are quick and convenient for busy families. They also allow you to try out foods and recipes you might not otherwise be able to cook on your own. I love that you can find frozen foods in a variety of ethnic recipes too.

Frozen foods are also a good way to keep track of what you eat. Each one is labeled with nutritional content and calories. If you are looking to watch what you eat and control your weight it’s easier to read a box then weight and measure things.

You can also “jazz up” any frozen meal by adding your own ingredients or side sides.

How do you incorporate frozen foods into your family’s life? Do you have any favorite “go-to” products or meals? How does frozen foods make your life easier? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

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Are you ready for a Summer Shape Up? (Giveaway ends 8/9/14)

 

BALANCE BAR WELCOMES SUMMER WITH SHAPE UP CHALLENGE

I know that I’m seriously out of shape. Being overweight is a dead giveaway, but not all overweight people are out of shape. I know plenty of overweight men and women who are in awesome shape and can accomplish things that people half their size can’t do.

I realized I was really out of shape when I started back to work. I recently started working part time in a daycare setting. I work with a lot of children from newborns to teens (teenagers rarely, if ever, show up but they are welcome there). I find myself doing a lot of bending over, picking up, crawling on the floor and having to sit on those itty bitty toddler chairs. Almost every day I come home achy.

The parking lot situation is also crazy. Often I have to park far away from the entrance to the building.

I really get a work out at work. LOL!

What I need to do it get in shape. The summer is a great time to do that because the weather is good for walking (except those super hot and humid days) and we have access to our condo complex’s pool. Swimming is an excellent workout. It’s low impact and it cools you off at the same time.

I headed off to Walmart with my family to pick up some essentials to help me shape up this summer. As soon as we walked into Walmart we headed straight to the section that holds exercise equipment and the like.

My kids REALLY wanted me to get a treadmill. I would in a heartbeat if we had the money and the room for one. One day I’d like to get one.

My daughter tried to convince me to get an ab roller. That was not what I had in mind. I was specifically looking for some hand weights to help me tone up and build muscle and something I could use to help me work out while I was walking.

I found a walking DVD which I almost bought, but my husband question why I would need a DVD for walking. I guess he has a point.

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I did want to get some weights so I can tone up my flabby arms and build some muscles. I had thought about a kettle ball, but in the end I opted for a pair of 3 pound hand weights.

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While we were there we checked out some bikes. I REALLY want a bike. I would love for my entire family to have bikes so we can ride around the lake where we live, or even just around the condo complex where we live. Currently my son is the only family member with a bike. Our daughter outgrew hers.

Getting bikes for my whole family is on my “Bucket List”. Bike riding is not only a great workout it’s also fun and a great bonding family experience.

Bikes everywhere!

Bikes everywhere!

We also picked up a new basketball. We had one but we lost it. I think we left it at the park one day. My family enjoys shooting hoops together at our local elementary school. Ever since we lost our basketball we haven’t been able to play. My kids are excited that we have a new ball now. The weather has been “iffy” this weekend so we’ll shoot for next weekend (no pun intended – LOL).

Basketballs

While we were at Walmart I swung by the health section to pick up some more vitamins. Now that I work around a lot of little children I have a feeling I’m going to be exposed to colds more often. I wanted to pick up something that would help boost my immunity so that I don’t get sick, or bring home anything to give my family a cold.

The health section is where I found some Balance Bars that I tossed into our shopping cart too. Someone must have stocked up on them because there were hardly any available and only in two varieties. I wanted to get an assortment of Balance Bars.

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The reason why I wanted to stock up on Balance Bars is because I want to participate in Balance Bar’s Summer Shape Up Challenge.

Balance Bar® Summer Shape-Up Challenge kicks off to help consumers move more, eat healthier and feel great while enjoying summer. The 40-day Challenge will be filled with 30-minute workouts, healthy eating tips and multiple social media giveaways on FacebookPinterest and Twitter. Holly Del Rosso, an NASM certified personal trainer, created the exercise program which includes 18 different 30-minute workouts focused on different parts of the body such as abs, legs and back.    

I want to participate because I am interested in the 30 minute work outs, especially ones that can help me with my “problem areas” like my legs and arms.

I have blogged about Balance Bars in the past (they are so yummy!).

Balance Bars are made with ingredients and nutrients specifically formulate to keep you in “balance”. Balance Bars are available in 20 different flavors. Each one is based on the 40/30/30 nutrition model – 40% calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein and 30% from dietary fat. This ratio helps to provide your body with long lasting balanced energy, maintain blood sugar levels and helps satisfy your hunger.

Balance Bar is hosting a Twitter chat on July 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM (EST). The official hashtag is #BalanceShapeUp. I’ll be there and I hope you will be too. I’m excited to see what tips and tricks I can learn to help me with my Summer Shape Up.

For more information about Balance Bars please visit Balance.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. The links are above (in the quoted section).

For more information about the Summer Shape Up Challenge please click on this link – Balance Summer Shape Up Challenge.

Be sure to check out the delicious recipe section while you are there.

For a Walmart location near you visit www.Walmart.com.

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Balance Bar would like to give a lucky reader a variety pack of Balance Bars and a $10.00 Walmart gift card to pick up any summer essentials you might need. Thank you Balance Bar.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 9, 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 what is your favorite way to shape up?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Balance Bar to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Balance Bar will be providing the prize. 

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Introducing CLIF Kid’s Zbar Protein Bars – Your new “Lunchbox Hero”

 

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There is a new “hero” in time – complete with a cape!

I know that most people don’t want to think about back to school time. Sadly it’s on the horizon and for some children they will return to school in a matter of a few weeks.

There is a lot to think about when your children go back to school from shopping for school supplies to making sure your child has the coolest wardrobe. One of the last things you’d probably think about at this stage is their lunch.

I used to pride myself on providing my children with a healthy lunch. Once the school nurse even called to compliment me on the great lunches I sent my kids to school with. She said even as a nurse her kid’s lunches were no where as nutritious and healthy as the lunches I packed for my kids. That was a huge compliment.

I always made sure my children had a beverage (usually water), a protein, fruit, veggie, carb and of course a sweet treat.

When my kids were younger they knew to eat their sandwich first, the the fruit or veggie followed by the treat (last). That way I knew they were getting all the good foods into their bodies before the “junk” food. Otherwise they would fill up on the junk food first.

My kids are older now and make their own lunches. I like that they do include a lot of good stuff but sometimes their lunches make me cringe because I don’t feel like it’s healthy enough. Since they are in high school it’s hard for me to assert my opinions on them without backlash. Plus they are old enough to understand good foods from bad foods.

Even if I can’t control what they eat for lunch I can still offer them healthier for you options, including foods they can eat when they get home from school. They get home from school around 2:30 in the afternoon and we don’t eat until around 6:00 PM so they need to eat to hold them over until dinner time.

I keep on hand a lot of fruits, veggies and better for you treats.

CLIF Kid has recently introduced a new bar that is sure to become your child’s “lunchbox hero” – CLIF Kid Zbar Protein!

Ideal for lunchboxes, after-school or post-practice snacks, Zbar Protein contributes to kids’ daily intake of protein (5g), which is important for growth. And, made with organic whole grains, Zbar Protein offers necessary nutrients that are essential for growing kids but are often lacking in their diets – it is an excellent source of calcium and a good source of fiber, iron, zinc and vitamin D.

We received a few samples to try out. I never had a chance to try one. My kids gobbled them all up on me before I could try one. Needless to say I think they enjoyed them.

The new bars are something I would buy for my kids to take for lunch or to enjoy after school. I like that they provide 5 grams of protein. I often worry that my kids might not be getting enough protein in their diets, especially because my daughter is not much of a meat eater.

CLIF Kid Zbar Protein is available in kid friendly flavors – Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Mint and Chocolate Peanut Butter.

Look for the new bars at a grocery store near you.

For more information visit www.ClifBar.com/Products/Clif-Kid.

What do you think about these new bars? Will you buy them for your family?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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