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>Photobucket  Just before my blogging hiatus I was sent a loaf of Formulated 28 100% Whole Wheat, High Protein Bread to review here on the ol’ bloggy. I had heard about it on another blog many months ago and it sounded quite appealing. So, when they sent me a loaf to try I was super-duper excited. I mean, what fitness enthusiast (or anyone wanting/currently eatting healthy) wouldn’t want to try it? It’s full of whole grain, low in carbs and high in protein. I don’t know about you but that’s right up my alley.

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Just to give you a bit more reasons as to why anyone would want to try this, let me break down the nutrition stats for you….

One piece of P28 is only 130 calories, 3.5g of total fat, 12g of Carbs and 14g of protein.
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What I love even more about this bread is that it freezes great!!!! If you notice on my picture it says best if used by May 2. Well, I had gotten it about a month before that date (yeah, it’s been that long since I wrote my review…shame on me..bad blogger, bad. LOL! But better late than never, right?) and knew I wouldn’t be able to test it out right away (I had a zillion other products pouring into my mailbox daily that were just piling up) so I put it in the freezer. I pulled it out two weeks ago and WOW! Still fresh! That, in itself, sold me. I mean, you know how some breads don’t freeze and thaw out well, right? Not this bread. It came out still so fresh and moist.

I’ve been eating my P28 this way for the last week…..1 slice P28 bread, 2 egg whites, 1 full egg and 2T of shredded cheese. It is the perfect combination of protein, carbs and fat.  On Friday, I tried two slices of the P28 bread with some Natural Peanut Buter and a half a banana sliced for a protein packed, yummy peanut butter banana breakfast sandwich.  Here’s what the banana sandwich looked like…yummy!

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Overall, the Formulated 28 100% Whole Wheat, High Protein Bread is quite a high quality product. In my humble opinion it is also one item that everyone should forever have as a staple in our pantry.  Granted, the overall cost is $4.99 for a loaf of bread. It is a little bit on the pricey side but coming from a frugal gal such as myself, it’s really worth every penny. Customers can purchase these by the case, receiving four loafs in a case – which isn’t bad.  As I said, they freeze REALLY well!

Disclosure: I was provided a product or sample for the review. As always, all opinions are mine.

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As you all know, I’ve started the Girls Gotta Move 5k training program this week. Monday was day one and it was awesome! Day two was a cross training day and I was torn as to what I would do for that. Well, I stumbled upon The Fitnessista’s Winter Shape Up 2011 program yesterday morning and my light bulb went off. What a great idea and addition!!! Needless to say, last night’s cross-training was Workout 1 of said program.

It was great!!! I went into it with the mentality of being on the bench for so long and brought out the wimpy three-pounders. Glad I did but think I can go up to the five’s next workout.  I’ll tell you what was tough tho – the cardio bursts inbetween the circuits. Yowsers!! Way to kick my bootay, girlie! I did not do the follow up HIIT session after as I’m doing the 5k training program above as well as the fact it’s technically my first week “back at it” and did not want to overdo it. I’ll probably be adding in the HIIT next week. After my workout I felt great. I even woke up a bit sore this morning. Yayaya!! Oh, how i’ve missed DOMS!!

While doing The Fitnessista’s Winter Shape Up 2011 program I noticed that the cardio bursts were in one minute intervals. This was an ideal moment to try out a new product to review on the blog…the ever-so-popular GYMBOSS!!! Mark over at GYMBOSS (Hi Mark!!) was kind enough to supply me with a pink one to review.

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I am so uber happy with this product. I do not know where this has been all my fitness loving life. How I managed to train without it is beyond me. Intervals are now much more fun using my GYMBOSS.

Here is just some of the reasons why you would want a GYMBOSS:

  1. Price: at only $19.95, the Gymboss is much more affordable compared to other watches/timers that can cost well over $100.
  2. Size: Gymboss is the size of a pager, so it can go wherever you go. Traveling on business? Just too lazy to lug all of your little gadgets to the fitness club? No problem!
  3. Features: Are you interval training or using a stopwatch for sprints? The Gymboss has you covered as it provides for both functions.
  4. Accuracy: Don’t you just hate constantly looking at the clock or watch to now when you need to resume or move onto your next exercse? Gymboss allows you to precisely time your work-to-rest time ratios, allowing you to concentrate on your muscle group instead of the clock.
  5. Simplicity: Gymboss offers a simple, easy to use 3-button setup that allows you to quickly change interval times for different workouts.
  6. Alarms: The timer also has a vibration function that allows you to know when to start and stop – even when using headphones or your iPod. Gymboss also has a long ,as well as short, beeper alert for when you’re in a noisy gym.

This enough to make you want to run to that website and purchase one? Well, WAIT JUST ONE SECOND!! I have one pink GYMBOSS to giveaway!!!! Stay tuned as later on this week I will offer an opportunity for you to win it!

Alright…onto the nitty-gritty of my nourishment of yesterday’s eats….

Here’s my eats for yesterday:

M1:  1 egg, 2 egg whites, 2T shredded sharp cheddar cheese, 1/2 banana, 1 slice of P28 bread (it’s a high protein bread – im doing a PR of it later on this week), 1C coffee, 2T Coffeemate Fat Free Skinny latte creamer

M2:  Oikio’s Carmel Yogurt, 1/2 red grapefruit

M3:  1/2 cucumber, 1/2 green pepper, 2T Low Fat Ranch Dressing, 6 slices turkey breast, 2T Olive Oil Mayo, 2 slices tomatoe, Honey Wheat Arnold Thin, 1C Progresso High Fiber Creamy Tomatoe Basil soup, 1C Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate w/Marshmellows

M4:   Fit & Active String Cheese, Orange, 1C watermelon, 1C coffee, 1T coffeemate creamer

M5:  2C Janetha’s beef stew recipe , 1 Great Value Buttermilk Biscuit

M6: 1 Blue Bonnet Chocolate Frozen Yogurt Sammie (sammie was honey oat cookies)

H20: 60oz (A work in progress)

I am adding more fruit than veggies. Going to have to work on that one a bit more. I also see i’m eatting more dairy – not sure if I like that too much or not. We’ll have to see what that does to my body.

I have also been thinking that maybe you gals are onto something with posting your pics of the food you consume daily. Accountability! I think I might start going this route for now as I feel it will be a great tool for me and my overall health and wellness success. I think I might start this tomorrow since I did not bring my camera with me and well, I’ve already had two meals today so far. HA!

I must say that Janetha’s beef stew recipe is banging!! Girl, your Mom was onto something! Hubby thought it was “alittle bland” but I immediately told him that’s because he hates onions and won’t let me cook with them. Ha! Take that! Little Bear and I LOVED it tho! So delicious! I’ve already shared it with a good portion of my Facebook friends. ;o)

A quick update on Little Bear’s waking up times…it appears this morning we were on schedule. She woke up around 6:26am. She did wake up at 2:00 to crawl into bed with us. I don’t know if this is a stage or not but I put her back into hhr bed.  I’m just glad she slept until close to 6:30. Hopefully, this nap change we made this week is finally working. Guess time will tell eh?

Oh, here’s something I want to share…the Poppa and I were watching television last night and a commercial came on. I cannot recall which one but anyway, it said that “after the age of 40 we can loose up to 8% of our muscle mass a year.” That was quite an eye-opener for me. Now, I know i’m only a 30-something (and now have to start to worry about bone loss, because you know once you hit 30 you start loosing some, right?) but this is something that I want to be concerned with. I do not want to loose my muskles!! Strong is the new skinny! Just goes to show you how important weight training really is to any fitness regime. Remember that gals (and guys!).

What are your thoughts on muscle loss and the importance of weight training?

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A month ago I was sent a free mixed case of Zevia to sample and review (thanks Margaret!!). I could not wait to try Zevia after I learned that it was a zero calorie, all-natural, sweetened with stevia diet soda. I stopped drinking soda a few years ago (aside from the occasional Cherry Coke Zero. I have a weakness for that stuff) and I have never been a fan of diet soda because of it’s bad rep (chemicals, artificial sweeteners, etc). I do not have my Cherry Coke Zero often but sometimes I have a craving for soda other than the Cherry Coke Zero and so these guys are perfect for me, as well as any other health conscious person who is trying to steer away from soda.

After trying all the flavors I am here to tell you that these diet sodas are not only healthy and all-natural, but they are delicious!

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Cola :  I chose this flavor to test first because we all like a good cola. I found this to be less sweet than the regular diet soda. This is a good thing. The sweetness it has is also different in taste. It is a lot less artificial tasting (which should be obvious since there is nothing artificial about it. LOL) If I had to compare it then I would like to say that it tastes more like Diet Coke than Diet Pepsi.

Dr. Zevia: I tried this one next hoping it would be my Dr. Pepper alternative. Thank goodness it did!!! When I am not craving a Cherry Coke Zero it is a Dr. Pepper. I love Dr. Pepper (And the Diet Dr. Pepper tastes just like it!). This version definitely embodied all the flavors of a Dr. Pepper but was less sweet but the overall flavor was outstanding! Yes, I do believe I found my Diet/Dr. Pepper alternative!

Ginger Ale: I am not much of a ginger ale lover but every once in awhile I will indulge. Just like the other flavors thus far it did not disappoint. Tasted just like the usual Ginger Ale’s you would drink but without all that yucky stuff inside. There was the tang of ginger but less intense than a regular ginger ale by a smidgen. I also found this soda to have a lot more fizz/carbonation than the other sodas.

Ginger Rootbeer: This tastes mostly like rootbeer but the added ginger flavor really takes it up a notch. It was hard for me to pinpoint exactly what it tastes like. The only thing I can really say is that it tasted really smooooth.

Lemon Twist: I wasn’t really a big fan of this one. It did not really have much flavor to it. If they discontinued this flavor I wouldn’t miss it or mind.

Black Cherry: Mmm Mmm Good – no Delicious!!! This had A LOT of flavor and just like the Ginger Rootbear it tasted smooothh. The cherry taste wasn’t too strong but it was just enough!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Orange:  I believe that it would be very hard to make an orange soda taste natural. If it did it would taste like orange juice and who wants an orange soda to taste like that? Having said that, this orange soda definately tasted less artificial than any other orange soda i’ve tried in the past.

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And now for the good the part you’ve all been waiting for…details on the giveaway! Zevia has been kind enough to support a giveaway for THREE WINNERS. There will be one grand prize winner who will receive a 24 pack variety case! There will be two runner up winners who will receive a 6 pack variety case.

HERE’S HOW TO WIN

1. YOU MUST DO THIS FIRST or all other entries will be DELETED! Leave me a comment and let me know what is your favorite flavor of soda and why you want to win Zevia

BONUS ENTRIES (each bonus entry must be on a seperate comment otherwise it will count as one entry)

2. Subscribe by Email and Confirm that Subscription (1 entry)
3. Follow my blog (1 entry)
4. Follow ME on Twitter (1 entry)
5. Leave a Tweet and the direct link to that tweet (1 entry) You can do this Daily
6. For another extra entry- Blog about this giveaway, with a link to my blog and come back and leave the link to your blog post. (1 entry)
7. If you don’t have a blog, email or tell a friend about this giveaway and leave me comment telling me you did so. (1 entry)
8. Add me to your blogroll with a link back to me! (1 entry)

**LEAVE YOUR EMAIL IN YOUR COMMENT SO I CAN REACH YOU IF YOU WIN!

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This giveaway ends Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. U.S. entrants only. I will pick a winner on Monday morning via Random Org Generator.

Good luck everyone!

No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. I was provided a product or sample for this Review & Giveaway..

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A month ago I was sent a free mixed case of Zevia to sample and review (thanks Margaret!!). I could not wait to try Zevia after I learned that it was a zero calorie, all-natural, sweetened with stevia diet soda. I stopped drinking soda a few years ago (aside from the occasional Cherry Coke Zero. I have a weakness for that stuff) and I have never been a fan of diet soda because of it’s bad rep (chemicals, artificial sweeteners, etc). I do not have my Cherry Coke Zero often but sometimes I have a craving for soda other than the Cherry Coke Zero and so these guys are perfect for me, as well as any other health conscious person who is trying to steer away from soda.

After trying all the flavors I am here to tell you that these diet sodas are not only healthy and all-natural, but they are delicious!

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Cola :  I chose this flavor to test first because we all like a good cola. I found this to be less sweet than the regular diet soda. This is a good thing. The sweetness it has is also different in taste. It is a lot less artificial tasting (which should be obvious since there is nothing artificial about it. LOL) If I had to compare it then I would like to say that it tastes more like Diet Coke than Diet Pepsi.

Dr. Zevia: I tried this one next hoping it would be my Dr. Pepper alternative. Thank goodness it did!!! When I am not craving a Cherry Coke Zero it is a Dr. Pepper. I love Dr. Pepper (And the Diet Dr. Pepper tastes just like it!). This version definitely embodied all the flavors of a Dr. Pepper but was less sweet but the overall flavor was outstanding! Yes, I do believe I found my Diet/Dr. Pepper alternative!

Ginger Ale: I am not much of a ginger ale lover but every once in awhile I will indulge. Just like the other flavors thus far it did not disappoint. Tasted just like the usual Ginger Ale’s you would drink but without all that yucky stuff inside. There was the tang of ginger but less intense than a regular ginger ale by a smidgen. I also found this soda to have a lot more fizz/carbonation than the other sodas.

Ginger Rootbeer: This tastes mostly like rootbeer but the added ginger flavor really takes it up a notch. It was hard for me to pinpoint exactly what it tastes like. The only thing I can really say is that it tasted really smooooth.

Lemon Twist: I wasn’t really a big fan of this one. It did not really have much flavor to it. If they discontinued this flavor I wouldn’t miss it or mind.

Black Cherry: Mmm Mmm Good – no Delicious!!! This had A LOT of flavor and just like the Ginger Rootbear it tasted smooothh. The cherry taste wasn’t too strong but it was just enough!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Orange:  I believe that it would be very hard to make an orange soda taste natural. If it did it would taste like orange juice and who wants an orange soda to taste like that? Having said that, this orange soda definately tasted less artificial than any other orange soda i’ve tried in the past.

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And now for the good the part you’ve all been waiting for…details on the giveaway! Zevia has been kind enough to support a giveaway for THREE WINNERS. There will be one grand prize winner who will receive a 24 pack variety case! There will be two runner up winners who will receive a 6 pack variety case.

HERE’S HOW TO WIN

1. YOU MUST DO THIS FIRST or all other entries will be DELETED! Leave me a comment and let me know what is your favorite flavor of soda and why you want to win Zevia

BONUS ENTRIES (each bonus entry must be on a seperate comment otherwise it will count as one entry)

2. Subscribe by Email and Confirm that Subscription (1 entry)
3. Follow my blog (1 entry)
4. Follow ME on Twitter (1 entry)
5. Leave a Tweet and the direct link to that tweet (1 entry) You can do this Daily
6. For another extra entry- Blog about this giveaway, with a link to my blog and come back and leave the link to your blog post. (1 entry)
7. If you don’t have a blog, email or tell a friend about this giveaway and leave me comment telling me you did so. (1 entry)
8. Add me to your blogroll with a link back to me! (1 entry)

**LEAVE YOUR EMAIL IN YOUR COMMENT SO I CAN REACH YOU IF YOU WIN!

 

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This giveaway ends Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. U.S. entrants only. I will pick a winner on Monday morning via Random Org Generator.

Good luck everyone!

No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. I was provided a product or sample for this Review & Giveaway..

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A few weeks ago, I arrived home to a lovely box on my front porch.

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And in the lovely box above the contents of which it contained are below……..(please pardon the countertop clutter in the second picture)

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Do you see all that yummy goodness potential??? I was so excited to test drive these products. Thanks Chobani for giving me the opportunity to taste your products.

Until this point, the only Greek Yogurt I have tasted is Oiko’s. Let’s be real here and remember how much I raved about the yummy goodness that is Oiko’s. Trying to top that would be pretty hard. Well my friends, I am here to tell you that Chobani Rocks My Socks right off!!!  Here’s the lowdown on how my taste buds felt about these fabulous flavors…
Plain: Good, thick and creamy! Much creamier than Oiko’s by a long shot. Similar in taste, but this one tasted better.I liked to mix mine with some cocoa powder or some fresh frozen fruit like mixed berries.

Peach: Delicious! I really enjoyed the huge chunks of peach. It really made this flavor a great one!

Blueberry and Strawberry: Lots of fruit in both of these, great taste too, but I liked the peach better. It had a more powerful fruit flavor than these two. It seemed, to me, that these two lacked a bit of that even tho the fruit bits were in there.

Strawberry-Banana:  I love me some strawberry-banana anything and this was quite tasty. Again, I would have expected a bit more of a PUNCH in flavor but it was still yummy goodness.

Pineapple: DELISH!!! Yum, Yum Gimme Some Delish!! The chunks of Pineapple in here were just the right size, taste and texture. This flavor was certainly my #2 spot. (Peach came in #3)

Raspberry:  Tasted pretty good but i dunno..it was missing something. Maybe I am/was just spoiled by the Peach?!?

Pomegranate…OH BABY! Where have you been all my life?! For real…wanna make a permanent home in my fridge? Yes folks! This is my #1….THEE BEST FLAVOR Chobani has added to their lineup. It seriously tastes just like the pomegranate minus the whole clean up…plus it’s added into the greek yogurt for that extra protein packed punch that we all love and crave with the greek yogurts.  Definately hands-down my #1 favorite flavor!!!!! Chobani did right when they made this flavor! Way to go Chobani!

Honey: Packed full of honey flavor but i’ll be real with ya’ll..i do not like honey in my yogurt so this one didn’t fly with me. yuck! Tho if you are a honey lover, you would enjoy it.

And last but certainly not least……

Vanilla: Omg. This changed my yogurt-eating life! This is seriously my PERFECT yogurt. Thick, creamy, smooth, vanilla-y and just DELICIOUS. Ever since I got these samples (about a month ago) I have been trying to find a local retailer that sells the Chobani but alas, I’m very saddened…no one around here sells them. If they did, I would regularly buy the Vanilla and Pomegrante weekly! They both are THAT good!!!!

Oh but wait…the review doesn’t stop there!!!! Chobani was also kind enough to send over the Children’s Line called Chobani Champions for Little Bear to try.

Straw-nana:  Little Bear was not as excited with this one as she was the Very Berry but she did like it. It made a perfect addition to her snack line up.

Very Berry: Little Bear immediately went “Mmm” and smacked her lips with this one. She loves berry anything and this was PERFECT for her. She finished the cup in lightening speed and even asked for more! When I tried it I then knew why she liked it. It was just the right berry-fection.

Chocolate:  Little Bear was not fond of this one at all!! She had one small taste and went “EW”. Really, you should have seen the look on her face. I tried to take a pic but she wouldn’t let me.  I obviously had to take a taste for myself..EW is right!!! Sorry Chobani but you need to work on this one. It tasted so gritty and not chocolatey at all. Two thumbs DOWN on this one.

HoneyNana: Little Bear must be like me because she said “Ew” and made the face with this one too. It just wasn’t her cup of tea – nor mine. I tried but again, we know how i feel about honey in my yogurt. no dice.

There you have it folks….it looks like Chobani is certainly a greek yogurt winner for this family. It’s just too bad I cannot find it anywhere around here. I’ve since went back to my Oiko’s yogurt and let me tell you, there is no comparison between the two once you try Chobani.  I’m very sad I cannot get my hands on these. They are AWESOME and pack more protein in their cup than Oiko’s.  If you can grab your hands on some Chobani, I suggest you do…Oh wait, you can!!! Here’s how……

The folks over at Chobani have offered one lovely winner an opportunity to receive your own Cho-Case. There are a few ways to enter our CHOBANI GIVEAWAY!!!!!! Which also happens to be my very FIRST GIVEAWAY!

HERE’S HOW TO WIN

1. YOU MUST DO THIS FIRST or all other entries will be DELETED! Please go to the Chobani website, take a look around then come back here and comment about one thing you learned AND why you want to win.

BONUS ENTRIES

2. Subscribe by Email and Confirm that Subscription (1 entry)

3. Follow my blog (1 entry)

4. Follow ME on Twitter (1 entry)

5. Leave a Tweet and the direct link to that tweet (1 entry) You can do this Daily

6. For another extra entry- Blog about this giveaway, with a link to my blog and come back and leave the link to your blog post. (1 entry)

7. If you don’t have a blog, email or tell a friend about this giveaway and leave me comment telling me you did so. (1 entry)

8. Add me to your blogroll with a link back to me! (1 entry)

LEAVE YOUR EMAIL IN YOUR COMMENT SO I CAN REACH YOU IF YOU WIN!
The giveaway ends on Sunday night, 4/4/2010 at 11:59pm EST. U.S. entrants only I will pick a winner on Monday morning. Many thanks to Chobani for this Review and Giveaway Opportunity!

Good luck everyone!
 
No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. I was provided a product or sample for this Review & Giveaway..

P.S. I have a few more reviews and giveaways up my sleeve in the coming weeks…stay tuned. 🙂
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A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to try Oikos Greek Yogurt. The gals at Stonyfield were gracious enough to send me some coupons for some free containers of their greek yogurt to try. (Thanks Girls!) Boy, was I glad they did! I had seen this product all over the blogging world and just knew I was missing out. I now know I was.

Now, first let me apologize for lack of pictures to this post. I was so quick to eat them up that I forgot to take pictures for the blog review. Sorry!

This stuff is THICK and RICH and CREAMY!!! It is packed full of nutrients, too!! It is only 90 calories but it has 10g of Protein – 10!! I was able to try the honey, the blueberry and the plain.  I’m not a big fan of honey in my yogurt so this did not taste that well to me.  However, the blueberry was out of this world. LOVED the blueberry.  It has so many blueberries and the blueberry flavor is enormous.  The plain is great too either plain or with cocao powder for a chocolate punch.

Another great thing about Oikos Greek Yogurt is that they offer coupons on their website! You can now get your favorite greek yogurt for cheap! How awesome is that? Pretty awesome for me. I can usually score this pretty decent over at my local Wal-mart. If you can get your hands on some of this fabulously delicious, healthy and protein-packed yogurt, DO IT! You will not be sorry!

I know this has only been my first Greek Yogurt experience but I have to say that so far it is also the best and my number one favorite. LOL!!! But wait, it might have a runner up…..Chobani sent me samples to try two weeks ago and i’ve been going through the flavors. What’s my take? Stay tuned for that review (and a giveaway!) in the coming week.

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Perfect Foods Bar

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A short while ago I was given an opportunity to try out some Perfect Foods Bars that they graciously sent me for review.  I couldn’t wait to dig into them and it took me a little bit to taste all the flavors they sent.  Thank you Perfect Foods for giving me the chance to review your products.

*Click links for ingredient listing

Fruit and Nut: Very good. I love raisins tho so anything with them in it is pretty much a hit for me. To me it tastes like peanut butter fudge with nuts added!

Carob Chip: Very tasty!! It was dense and moisty and just delicious. It is made with mostly peanutss and honey..two excellent ingredients if I do say so myself.

Cranberry Crunch: This was fun to eat because it really did crunch. Love, Love, Love cranberries so this was on the top of my list.
 
Peanut Butter: This bar was dense, chewy, moist and freaking delicious. It was like eating peanut butter straight out of a jar. It does need to be refridgerated tho. I left it in my bag til my afternoon snack time and it was softer and creamier than it orignally once was earlier in the day. 
 
I love that all these bars are all-natural, gluten-free and have a ton of protein. Every one of them was tasty and kept me full for a full three hours. I would certainly put these in the meal replacement category.
 
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