I first started by throwing out all the sweets I had bought and stashed throughout the house. I stocked up on fruits and veggies to snack on, and began counting calories again. I also found myself looking for healthier ways to cook up meals for the whole family. And, when it came to grabbing snacks for on the go, I made a point to have an assortment of Balance Bar energy bars on hand. Not only do these nutritional bars taste great, but they also give you a boost of energy -- something this busy mom of two girls under 5 yrs. old needs!
With so many flavors to choose from, I recently had a mini taste test party with a few girlfriends. They, too, found themselves putting weight back on, and wanted to say goodbye to them for good. Before hosting this tasting party, I visited my local Walmart and picked up an assortment of Balance Bars, including cookie dough and peanut butter.
Then, the fun part -- trying out the different flavors to find our favorite balance bar. :-) Two of my girlfriends had never tried Balance Bar products before, so they were in for a treat. And, my other friend was a fan of another energy bar brand...that was until she tasted the Dark Chocolate Caramel Macchiato Balance Bar...and, then she made the switch. :-)
We had a blast trying out the different Balance Bars and in the end found our favorites.
My personal favorites included the Peanut Butter, Chocolate Craze and s'mores bars, while my friends all found the Cookie Dough and Chocolate Raspberry Balance Bars to be their favorites.
In addition to hosting a tasting party, I also participated in the fun #BalanceShapeUp Twitter party, hosted by Balance Bar.
I asked a few cardio questions and got some great tips for at-home workout and alternatives to expensive exercise equipment. I loved reading other Twitter party attendees' questions and their responses which were answered by personal trainer, Holly Del Rosso, as well as other fitness experts. Not only did I have a great time at this fitness themed Twitter party, but I learned more about my go-to nutritional bar brand, Balance Bar, including their 40-30-30 nutrition principle, which I didn't know about.
"Balance Bars are designed to provide long-lasting, balanced energy, rather than a quick sugar rush followed by a crash. Their bars follow the 40-30-30 nutrition principle, which represents the caloric ratio your body needs to stabilize blood sugar levels and satisfy hunger:
40% of calories come from carbohydrates - blended with Balance Bar's unique protein blend and dietary fat to help promote a slow glycemic response and sustain your energy levels.
30% of calories come from quality protein - a combination of whey, milk and soy protein for muscle recovery.
30% of calories come from dietary fat - a concentrated source of energy and source of essential fatty acids."
To learn more about Balance Bar including varieties they offer and to find a retailer near you who carries these nutrition energy bars, visit http://www.balance.com/.
Thanks to the kind folks at Balance Bar, they are offering Inspired by Savannah readers the chance to win a $10 Walmart gift card, so that you can pick up an assortment of Balance Bars to sample, or your favorite flavors if you are already know. In addition, Balance Bar will also send along a variety pack of Balance Bars so that you have bars for at home and on-the-go snacking. :-)
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Disclosure: I received a Walmart gift card and any additional product as part of a sponsored collaboration with Balance Bar. However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.