Do you like to read about and see pictures of what other people ate during the past 24 hours? It’s quite possible that you do because there’s no shortage of bloggers documenting just that. Fortunately, I’m not one of them. Fortunately, because I wouldn’t be very good at it. I’d most likely bore you to tears and send you running away. And that would be a big fat blogger fail.
If I gave it a shot, even for just a few days, you’d quickly learn to predict almost everything that goes into my mouth before dinner time based on the following list:
*Eggs (‘beaters, whites, or whole)
*Joseph’s Low-Carb Lavash wraps
Oh, what’s that you say? One of these things is not like the other?
Let me clarify: my daily choice of candy bar is not the kind that you’d find in a ratty pillowcase carried door to door by little witches and pumpkins on October 31st. There are no cups of peanut butter, or peanuts and caramel snicking around in my lunge back.
But let me assure you I have something just as good. Not only does it satisfy my craving for sinful chocolate, crispy and gooey all in the same bite,it energizes me both mentally and physically to attack at 5:30pm in the gym. What is this piece of super-fuel?
A ZonePerfect bar, naturally.
Zone bars are nutrition bars formulated to fit in nicely with the classic Zone 40/30/30 eating plan. Followers of this approach aim to take in about 40% of their calories from carbohydrates, and about 30% each from protein and fat. This macronutrient breakdown has been shown to result in greater satiety and to more effectively support an active lifestyle when compared to eating the same total number of calories with a greater carbohydrate contribution. Zone bars weigh in around 200 calories, just right for a hearty snack.
All science aside, I’ve figured out over the past several years that eating more protein and good fats and less carbs makes ME feel good. While I no longer track my calories and macronutrient percentages every day, I know I’m still right in that 40/30/30 ballpark.
Zone bars came in over a dozen crave-worthy flavors, but I can most often be spotted with a Double Dark Chocolate or Dark Chocolate Almond in tow. One, because I’m a chocoholic and these flavors seriously bring it, and two, because they are available at a can’t-be-beat price at both Sam’s Club and BJ’s.
However, when I need a snack on the go, I love finding the Zone bar display and picking out a new flavor to try. Mint Chocolate? Fudge Grahame? It can be so hard to decide!
Recently, ZonePerfect came out with two new flavors to satisfy those sweet AND salty cravings we all have. You know, like chocolate covered potato chips? Anyone? Sadly, that wasn’t one of the flavors, but maybe some will read this and take note.
Remember the good old days of hiking up a mountain (or maybe it was a big hill) with a sandwich baggie full of GORP? The Trail Mix bar rolls those gold old raisins and peanuts into convenient form and function. A true delight for the peanut lover, this bar boasts three peanut butter-y ingredients: peanut butter fudge, peanut butter drops, and roasted peanuts. Throw in the essential raisins along with some coconut, oats, and walnuts, and it’s easy to see how this is a winner.
But for me, it wasn’t the winner. Maybe it’s because a touch of fruit, while perfectly delicious, always makes me feel like I’m eating something not-quite-as-indulgent as I could be. The Cashew Pretzel bar, loaded with creamy nuts and yogurt chips that my tastebuds actually mistook for a caramel swirl, was right up my alley. The crunchy, salty pretzel pieces throughout provide the perfect contrast in each bite. I was actually surprised at how much I loved this bar, given that it didn’t have a single bit of chocolate. I even had to double check the ingredients to make sure, doubting that I could love anything without chocolate that much!
These bars were provided by ZonePerfect, and as with any review, the opinions are my own.
Now I’m back to my Dark Chocolate Zone bars, and while I’m not complaining, I’ll definitely be jealous whoever wins this giveaway and ends up with two boxes of Sweet & Salty ZonePerfect bars delivered right to their door. That’s more than I got to sample, and you’ll be getting some other fun stuff as well. Lucky you!
Here’s what you need to know:
- The contest is open to US residents only and will run until Wednesday, 8/10/2011, at 12pm EST.
- The winner will receive the following:
- A 5-pack of ZonePerfect Sweet & Salty Trail Mix Bars
- A 5-pack of ZonePerfect Sweet & Salty Cashew Pretzel Bars
- A ZonePerfect T-shirt
- A reusable ZonePerfect bag
- There are many ways to enter. Please do any and all of the following, and leave a separate comment about each one:
- Talk to me about your favorite ZonePerfect flavors, which flavors you’d like to try, or what your favorite pre-workout snack is
- Follow Cara’s Cravings on Twitter (@carascravings)
- Like Cara’s Cravings on Facebook
- Follow @ZonePerfect on Twitter
- Like ZonePerfect on Facebook
- Tweet about this giveaway, with a link to this post, and mentioning both @carascravings and @zoneperfect.