So today, I'm going to start off with a new little snack that I just got turned onto...
Nakd bars... did my title throw you for a second? haha ... oh clever wording is fun.
This box came to me the other day & I opened it up & saw all the bars & my eyes got as big as a kid in a candy store.
That's about equivalent in my eyes. An adult trying to be healthy? Yep - the same as a kid in a candy store - except I was looking at healthy treats!
The one thing I like about these things is that its all natural ingredients.
Have you ever really read the ingredients on granola bars or something you are snacking on thinking its healthy? I'll give you $10 if you can correctly pronounce most of those ingredients.
I can say DATES, CASHEWS, RAISINS & COCOA.
& we all know what those products look like. Its not like its "Food coloring #4".. like that's grown down the local field.
Ricky was fast to pick up on the Cafe Mocha one since his blood has become basically like 35% Cafe Mocha lately... He did let me taste it & it was AMAZING! Like, really taste like coffee amazing.
I tried a chocolate one & really enjoyed it myself.
They remind me a lot of the Lara Bars in the sense of texture. But the flavors just seemed a little stronger & better tasting for me. There seems to be a bigger variety in these then the Lara Bars.
I also love they have these little nibble bags. Small little treats you can pop in your mouth. I'm sure kids would love these since they are perfect for little hand - & again, all natural & healthy!
I saw where this product has won some awards from some of the big time nutrition magazines & web sites. I mean, why wouldn't it when you are giving a yummy treat that is gluten, wheat & dairy free? This has got to be a vegan's dream to just order instead of having to blend up dates yourself.
Speaking of Vegan - the people that create this has all sorts of info about their product, but also about being a vegan. I know that may seem extreme to some, but even if you just adapted some ideas - like how there is Meatless Monday - something like this would be handy to just check out their Vegan Diet Plan for Beginners - there's even a vegan brownie recipe on there!
I will say, the only down side to some of these products are calorie count. Not all of them are high in calories - I had one that was 130 calories - I'll go for that. But some of them are higher then I would want for a snack. But I guess its about balance if you think about the nutrition of the bar. It's always about balance.
If you want to know more about this product or give it a try, go to the website RIGHT HERE
Check out all the different flavors & the boxes you can get. Right now, I just saw a sampler box is on sale for $9.99 & they have standard shipping FREE right now!!! BAM!
Let me know if you give it a try... I'd be interested in what you think
Onto my Week 3 of Half marathon training
I ended up running a total of 8.66 miles for the week & got in 2 strength building work outs in a Dirty 30 Extreme & a Total cardio Extreme...
Monday - Run 2.25 miles
Tuesday - Total Cardio Extreme
Wednesday - Run 2.20 miles
Thursday - Dirty 30 Extreme
Saturday - Run 4.21 miles
I have to say, I can't tell you how thankful I was to get off the treadmill for the long run on Saturday (4.21 miles) - its getting claustrophobic in the basement. My brain needed the break. I run better out on the pavement too. You'd think the constant of the same speed on a treadmill would make it easier - it doesn't. At least for me. I like the road where I can speed it up, or even slow it down if need be. It just FEELS more natural.
I will say, my Bicep Tendinitis is already flaring up running again. How dumb that when I run, my SHOULDER is what aches - along with all the other normal runner stuff (knees/feet/back)... but shoulder? Yep - the swinging of the arm just aggravates it so bad. I still am debating at running with a sling on, but just wearing a sling at the end of December when I hurt my rotator cuff - the sling about killed my neck - so running a long time in it sound like misery. I don't know... I've got to figure out a way to make my arm deal with running. that is just the weirdest sentence. I mean, who has to worry about their shoulder when running on your lower body?
Excited to get into week 4 ... & we're in February now - which means the first race of the Triple Crown is just 26 days away! YAHOO!!!
So tell me some healthy choice you have made this past week!