It sounds strange, but I take a little comfort in knowing that after a very long and stressful day at work, I can run away to my Zumba class, swim a few relaxing laps and take a dip in the hot tub.
My Wednesday nights usually go like this: Rush through the 15 minute commute home; push my dog out the door to go potty; change into workout clothes; put dog in house; and rush to Zumba.
Luckily my Zumba teacher is the opposite of prompt and class usually begins at 6:05. I don’t normally stay to swim laps. But tonight my stress level was “up to here” and a few laps sounded so peacefully wonderful. Ahhh.
Since I added in an extra workout tonight, I allowed myself a tasty-healthful snack before exercising. Presenting, Kardea Bar! Kardea was gracious enough to send me a 4 pack sampler to try out. So far, I’ve tried the Chai Spice and tonight I had Banana Nut.
When I bit into the Chai Spice I was a little confused. It really tastes like chai tea. I thought, “Is this tea? Is this a bar?” I have never experienced anything like the Kardea Bar. I figured it would taste equivalent to a Laura Bar, but I was wrong. The Banana Nut variety was good too. It could have been a little stronger in the banana and cinnamon department, but overall very tasty.
Not only do these bars pack a tasty punch, but they are loaded with good-for-you ingredient. Check out the following nutrition information, enclosed with my sample:
Cranberry Almond – recalls the taste of an almond croissant
Banana Nut – warmth of home baked banana bread
Chai Spice – as flavorful as the tea, suggestions of pumpkin pie
Lemon Ginger – with the zing of a lemon square
- 7 g Fiber, 7g Protein, 4.5 Healthy Fats from Almonds
Supports Weight Management
- Only 150 Calories (Significantly Less than most Nutritional Bars!)
- 2.5 Weight Watcher Points
Good for Diabetic Snacking
- 1 Diabetic Starch Exchange
- Low Glycemic
- Delivers 4 Ingredients with Proven Heart Healthy Benefits
- 1g Plant Sterols
- Vegan Proteins
- Low Saturated Fat/Low Sodium/Now Trans Fat
Because of all the fiber and protein, this little bar got me through an hour of Zumba and 20 minutes of lap swimming. I didn’t eat until 8:30 p.m. and I felt a-ok.
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Question: What do you look for in a nutrition bar?
Breakfast: ½ c. yogurt, 2 serv. fruit, ½ c. granola, 1 piece of toast with 1 tbsp jam
Snack: 1 serv. fruit
Lunch: Left over Salmon Alfredo and Broccoli
Snack: 1 serv. cheese, 1 serv. veggies, coffee and 1 serv. Silk
Dinner: Walnut Pear Salad (1 c. romaine, 1 c spinach, ½ pear diced, ¼ c. cherry tomatoes, 2 tbsp diced red onions, 1 oz walnuts, 1 tbsp honey, ½ tbsp olive oil, ½ tbsp balsamic vineger) and 1 slice of whole wheat bread
–Shawnee, The Ex-Perfectionist
‘Cause life isn’t perfect, but with a little planning and preparation, you can almost come close!
*Kardea provided the samples for free. I did not get paid for review of this product.