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Monday, December 8, 2008

MONDAY GIVEAWAY!

On this day in History: 1941 U.S.A. US Enters World War II : Following the unprovoked Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor yesterday the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan.


Gloomy Monday, woke up with a bit of a soar throat and the sun is still hiding! I need to get out there and hit the pavement:( I am not feeling it. Well hopefully I get out of here and at least get some miles in, todays the first day of HBBC!!!!


NEW THINGS FOR A NEW YEAR

December 1: I took a scenic route to work, it was beautiful and neat to see new things!

December 2: Crawled into a tiny princess tent full of stuffed animals, it was cozy and made me want to be 7 again!!! lol..I never had a pink tent when I was 7 shoot or 8 or 9 .....!

December 3: My friend gave me a Rod Stewart CD I listened to it, and I LOVED IT! My first Rod Stewart experience, I have been missing out!

December 4: I let two of my students drink out of my cup yesterday!!!! I am a stickler about letting people drink out of my cup I kinda have a big issue about it, but I was going to let it go in honor of trying something new (lets hope I don't get sick). A first for me!

December 5: Well there were a lot first today, making a new meal, and drinks.

December 6: I had a subway breakfast sandwich, and it was GOOD!

December 7: Hubby and I rode our bikes to a a fun new restaurant (new to us), WE LOVED IT! We can't believe we have never been there.


PROBAR CONTEST & REVIEW




Kendall with PROBAR was so kind to send me 6 different flavors of the PROBAR. I received the following flavors: Kettle Corn, Apple Cinnamon Crunch, Super Food, Maple Pecan, Nutty Banana Boom, and Cherry Pretzel. I let hubby review the Apple Cinnamon Crunch and his bff Josh try the Kettle Corn. Here are their responses:

Hubby

“It didn't taste like apple cinnamon, it tasted like cherry-something.Texture was good but still couldn't get over the cherry-ish flavor bar was big,so that was nice. But with the grams of fat being so high, I would have rather had a good-ol' Snicker bar which tastes exactly what a Snicker bar should taste like.”

Josh

“It was good, a lot of yummy chewyness but I couldn't’t taste the Kettle Corn flavor too much, this would be great before a workout.”

Me

"I tried all the others, and I loved them! The ProBar is quite the tasty energy bar whose ingredient list makes you feel pure and wholesome. It is so great to find an energy bar that tastes great, has all the right qualities for carrying on the go, and is also 100% natural, vegan, and has no preservatives."

Nutrition Facts
In my opinion the ProBar should be used as an energy bar - it is high in sugars and fats, low in protein. If used as a meal replacement or recovery bar, supplement it with a protein and vitamin source. Because of the high energy density, ProBar recommends using only half a bar at a time during exercise as an energy source.

Calories: 380

Carbohydrates: 50 grams, with 6 grams of fiber.

Protein: 6 grams

Fat: 18 grams, with 4.5 grams saturated fat, 0 trans fat, provides omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Low in vitamins.

Serving Size 1 bar (2 oz) (57g)1 bar, fun size (15g)1 bar, king size (4 oz) (113g)1 package (9072g)

As an Energy Bar for Athletes

The ProBar is marketed as an energy bar for athletes. It's high amount of carbs will provide endurance energy, especially for distance walkers and hikers. With the large number of natural seeds, walkers should test it out for tolerance before using it in a competitive event.”-About.com

I think that as an athlete who tries to get a balanced amount of proteins, complex carbs, fats, and veggies, the PROBAR is perfect! At first I was a little leery of the high fat and calories in the bar, and then when I realized what was making the fat content so high I thought twice about my opinion. The reason the fat and calories are so high is because the nut butter that is keeping the bar together is higher in fat. But not BAD fats. As someone who eats very little fat in my diet, it’s good to get good fats in where I can. I would recommend eating half the bar 30 minutes before vigorous exercise, and then right after your workout as well.

Why is the PROBAR higher in fats than other bars?
Here is what PROBAR has to say about the fat in their bars.
During extended periods of moderate level exercise (endurance sports) the body conserves vital carbohydrates by metabolizing fats at a more rapid rate than carbs. If the body becomes depleted of carbs it “hits the wall”. Muscles simply cannot function without the presence of carbohydrates. The PROBAR supplies a broad spectrum of healthy fats. Poly and mono unsaturated, saturates (yes the body actually requires certain saturated fats), and EFA’S (essential fatty acids more commonly referred to as omega essential fatty acids). Endurance athletes commonly deplete their bodies of these critical nutrients, several of which are not commonly found in foods. Because the PROBAR supplies these in abundance, it is not only an excellent tool for use during competition and training, but is also ideal for recovery application also.

For the non-athlete PROBAR lover, these fats translate into exquisite nutrition, providing one third of the bodies daily requirements for fats in every bar. The key here is to provide the balance of fats from all of the different categories required by the body, while eliminating all of the unhealthy trans and hydrogenated fats. If any of the fats required by the body are missing, the body lets us know by giving us RELENTLESS CRAVINGS. This means that if we do not consume all of the different fats required by the body, we will crave everything that is fatty! SUPPLY THE FATS and END THE CRAVINGS!! When we avoid these cravings, weight management becomes much easier. HOORAY!
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My Thoughts on PROBAR’s

So if you are an athlete or someone who is very active and needs a boost of energy I highly recommend this bar! The texture and combination of flavors is mouth-watering. Heck you can actually see everything you’re eating. Almonds, oats, sunflower seeds, raisins, dried fruit and more are all there in plain sight, not all blended up beyond recognition. If you’re looking for a great high-energy snack, or if you want to have an alternative to the other sugary and chemical-laden energy bars, check out the full line of PROBAR energy bars.

PROBAR Energy Bar Varieties

PROBAR’S come in great varieties–each one with a distinctive flavor and a special mix of 100% organic ingredients. Here’s a breakdown of the flavors:

Superfood Slam: The nutritional powerhouse with a mix of 15 signature whole food ingredients
Art’s Original Blend: The man’s first love and the inspiration for what is now PROBAR is like trailmix in a bar
Whole Berry Blast: Almond butter base with blueberries, strawberries and more make for a tasty meal
Nutty Banana Boom: Obviously contains bananas and nuts and a whole lot of other goodies
Apple Cinnamon Crunch: Apples with a hint of cinnamon goodness
Cran-Lemon Twister: Cranberries and lemon gives more kick than my father-in-law’s shetland pony
Koka-Moka: A chocolate treat with just a hint of mocha that is quite tasty

CONTEST

Alright would you like to try these bars? The kind folks at ProBar are giving away Six ProBars of your choice to a Nhershoes reader. All you have to do is come up with a creative flavor by way of suggestion that PROBAR should make next, just leave a comment. To check out all the flavors they have already visit. Contest will run through December 14th 12am Pacific Time. The contest is open to all residents of the U.S. and Canada.

HAVE A HAPPY MAKE A DIFFERENCE MONDAY!


81 comments:

misstiffie said...

OOOO those pro bars look good!!!! HMMM... creative flavor... OOO I'll use my favorite flavors for my oatmeal in the morning :] A fig/pear bar with a touch of lavender and honey and the crunch of almonds would be delish!!!

chasedaylight said...

They definitely need a Pumpkin Pecan Spice bar!

Anonymous said...

Mm...Tangy Orange?
KawaiiNeko2008 (at) aol (dot) com

Mark said...

Awesome stuff as always! Have a fantastic day! Thank you!

cdziuba said...

Probar has to take a look at the latest food trends. Cranberries are huge right now, the bags of dried cranberries are big sellers. I propose a Cranberry/Walnut Bar. Another possibility, one I would buy for myself, is a Trail Mix Bar. cdziuba@aol.com

Amelia said...

Might sound strange but I'd like to see a bar based around carrots. The nut butter holding these bars together made me think of it because carrots and PB is such a great snack. I think carrots, PB, and raisins (Rabbit Fuel) would be great!

girlrunningaround said...

I've never had a pro bar, but your reviews and pics make them look delish.

Maybe I'm weird, but I'd like to see a peanut butter cranberry flavor with chocolate chips! Mmmmm.

mverno said...

fig and chocolate chip

Lacey Nicole said...

Hmmm... how about the TIGER bar (roar) hehe... Orange-Chocolate-Almond or something like that. or maybe Lemon Meringue Pie!!!

ashley (sweetandnatural) said...

I'd eat a peanut butter-honey bar in a heartbeat! But pomegranate is hot right now, so that might work for them too.

Maddy said...

I would suggest a chocolate peanut butter or a coconut flavor!

Ken said...

I've never turned down Chocolate Peanut Butter anything. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

Catherine said...

I would love to see an orange-hazelnut or chocolate hazelnut flavor!!

Erin of Care to Eat said...

I love your positivity!

dryerlynt said...

I would love an almond cherry oatmeal bar!

KarLee said...

What about "Tropical Fruit Smoothie" with yogurt, banana, mango, coconut and pineapple.

l.hochner@roadrunner.com

janehixon said...

peanut butter, peanut, cashews, honey and dried cherries,

Amber said...

I think a Pomegrante & Chocolate flavored bar would be amazing.

Thanks, these looks good!

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

Laura said...

Blueberry Almond Bonanza! It could have almond chunks and dried blueberries swirled with creamy almnond butter. Yum. Thanks for the opportunity!

1agordon said...

gotta have something with peanut butter

eatingbender said...

Awesome! I'm never had a ProBar before :o) Can I suggest two new flavors?

1) Chocolate orange (or, in ProBar style, Chocolate Citrus FUSION) ;o)

2) Peanut butter and banana (or Nana Nutter POW)!

RunToFinish said...

Let's see what kind of flavor would really work for me... ChocoCranApple

chromiumman said...

chocolate

or double chocolate

Sandy said...

ok could we do a baked potato- like a sweet potaot with cinnamon

or maybe a smore or mint cherry or margarita

HangryPants said...

I second Sandy - s'mores or something like pumpkin peanut butter.

ttfn300 said...

awesome contest! i'm suprised they don't have an almond-centric flavor, how about apricot-almond? or mango-cardamom (like a lassi)? pear-ginger?

danosor said...

Chocolate my fave.

Amber said...

I love Clif bars, but these flavors look even better than the ones Clif bar has to offer - I would love to try any and all of them! Hmmm...a new flavor? Perhaps something like Acai Almond? I would like to try that!

David Johnson said...

If they don't have blueberry allready it would be great if they had that flavour, thanks titanicluck at gmail dot com

elkaye said...

Acai berry and nuts maybe?

toughturtles said...

dark chocolate cranberry sounds good

Tina said...

ProBars! I've been wanting to try these! Thanks for the review!

Great blog, by the way. It's my first time visiting. Someone gave you a shout out on my blog! :)

Tina said...

I saw your comment on my blog-- of course! I'm going to add you to mine too! :)

iggysaysno said...

I've never tried ProBars but I would think that orange goji would be a good flavor

Oz Runner said...

Hello from Kansas...stumbled on your blog and enjoyed reading it...I just started running a few months ago...do you have any good podcasts you listen to?

idahomom said...

Anyway to create something without nuts for all the nut allergy people?

llinda29 said...

hocolate raison nut

llinda29 said...

chocolate raison nut

Sunnyvale said...

Chocolate, peanut butter would be good.

Qwill said...

I think a fig variety would be good.

Sharon said...

Wow, sounds great!
As for flavors go: Almond + carob chips would do me wonders! Carob is so delicious!

MarissaM said...

awesome contest. I think bars are wonderful.

I shall suggest some type of Trail mix flavor.

drming said...

Champagne and Cocaine the Scottsdale diet.

EL said...

I suggest either pumpkin oatmeal streusel or a cranberry orange bar

yadgirl said...

I'd like a bar with NO soy and 150 calories or less. I like Oatmeal raisin the best.

jovanb77 said...

I would love to see pumpkin anything.

Beverley said...

Pecan Crunch.

kathemc said...

Vanilla, almond, honey
kathemc(at)gmail(dot)com

jvegegirl said...

Oooh those sound great!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - Probar should try a Walnut-type bar (protein) with perhaps some sort of healthy chocolate derivative?

kohndr said...

chocolate almond

sara said...

something that's primarily mixed nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds), or something with dates and walnuts ... i'm on a big dates kick right now :) yum.

Sunny8008 said...

I'd like to see them make a yogurt - pretzel flavor.

Elina said...

Another variation on their chocolate flavored bar since I'm a chocoholic :)

Anonymous said...

i say creme brulee would be yummy!!

Natalie Rae said...

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Crunch OR Pear Ginger Almond Crunch

Kate said...

--dark chocolate mandarian
--peppermint bark (peppermint & white chocolate)
--cranberry & white chocolate

someone loves her chocolate!
kconnell @ scjme . edu

Melissa said...

There are so many flavors you could put together. I'm going to say that something with blueberries, almonds and dark chocolate would be awesome!! Each of those ingredients are very healthy for you!!

glidingcalm said...

I would love a Pumpkin Banana Oat Bar! It's my fav. kind of oatmeal! Some PB thrown in the mix could be delicious too!

kmorghan said...

I've had a few of these, and they are great! Hmm...they've hit so many interesting flavor combos, so for new suggestions, how about chocolate hazelnut or cranberry walnut?

dolls123 said...

Trail mix

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yellowlabs said...

chocolate-peanut butter is my suggestion

Brooke Lorren said...

Strawberry

Beeb said...

Sounds great, thank you for the chance! How about a S'mores flavored bar? :)

-Beeb
supercoupongirl AT gmail.com

rosannepm said...

The link didn't work but would Acai berry as a flavor work?
rosans4@comcast.net

intime said...

raspberry melon

dvice said...

How about cherry pomegranate

joannaonthelake said...

The Probars sound delicious and all the flavor combinations sound fantastic! It is so great to learn about these Probars today because I truly enjoy eating food that not only tastes wonderful, but that is also natural and healthy for me too! My idea for a new Probar flavor would be called Pomegrante Delight and would have Pomegrante, Coconut, Cashews and White Chocolate! To me, this is an alluring combination that has my mouth watering with just the mere thought of it! Thanks for the fun opportunity to enter!
joannaonthelake@gmail.com

Taylor said...

licorice

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I would love to try the fig and chocolate chip!

klp1965 said...

a pina colada one sounds awesome :)

Brittany said...

I would love to try a peanut buttery or something with peanuts in it!

Deb said...

I thought I already left a comment but I don't see it so my pick would be Smores. I love anything with the Smores flavor !!

Abby said...

My husband swears by these bars for long adventure races. Anything that'll give you nearly 400 calories in one sitting rates high for these guys racing 24 hours and longer!

I had thought of a s'mores bar and a fig/dark chocolate bar, but it looks like those are both taken.

So, how about... chocolate pretzel? I know they have a kettle corn one, so this would be another salty/sweet option...

cathy2406 said...

A raspberry carob or key lime pie flavored bar would be delicious too!ashlyn@chuparkoff.com

Rachel S. said...

Hmmmm this is a hard one!!! I have had SO many bars in the past and there are soooo many out there....so how do you think of a flavor that hasn't already been created??!!!

Well, since I was stumped, I thought of my FAVORITE dessert eva.

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE. Seriously, like the Cheesecake Factory's fresh strawberries, homemade whipping cream, and humongo fluffy biscuits.

So then it hit me. A STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE BAR!!! I mean, why not?? I need an alternative to my favorite dessert :) Might as well be a healthy bar that tastes just as good with a lot more body-boosting benefits!! Ahhh that would be soooo good right now....

P.S. LOVE YOU BLOG LIKE WHOA!!! :)

Rachel S. said...

Oops meant *YOUR blog. I was apparently too distracted by thoughts of Strawberry Shortcake...good grief...

hazport said...

Peanutbutter cup! Cocoa and peanutbutter yum!

masonsgranny59 said...

carmel and pecans or maple and walnuts:)

donna444444 said...

Apple pie

Heather said...

Ooo, how about sushi and wasabi? No?
Okay, maybe something refreshing, like orange, apple, cranberry and walnut? Or apricot, pear and pecan?
Hello, I'm drooling.