Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Balance Bar, great travel tips #Giveaway

 Are you looking to eat healthier and live a better lifestyle? Well I have a great suggestion for you all, Balance Bars, great low calorie bars that you will love. Here is a little more information about Balance bars from the website:

Founded in 1992, Balance Bar, one of America’s original nutrition/energy bars, inspires consumers to lead active, well-rounded and balanced lives by providing great-tasting, healthy and convenient nutrition for lasting energy. Balance Bars are available in eight unique product lines (Original, Gold, Dark, Bare, CafĂ©, CarbWell, nimble and mini) and all 28 flavors are based on the 40/30/30 nutrition model – a proven formula developed by scientists to help stabilize  blood sugar levels that represents the caloric ratio the body needs to enjoy lasting balanced energy and satisfy hunger for longer; 40% of total calories from carbs, 30% from quality protein and 30% from dietary fat.

 I was very fortunate to be able to try out some of the great bars including,

Sweet and Salty Peanut, Blueberry Acai, Sweet and Salty Chocolate Almond, and dark chocolate brownie. Each are only 100 calories!

   I know what you may think, you may have tried healthy bars in the past and they are tasteless… or they just are terrible.. Well Balance Bars are here to help, they are nothing like bars you have had in the past. I just adore the bars, they remind me of delicious candy bars, they seem too good to be true! If I had to choose a favorite I  would have to choose the dark chocolate brownie bar, because who does not love yummy brownies? Well I sure do, and this bar realty has a sweet real chocolate flavor. So if you are looking to eat healthier in this summer I would highly suggest Balance Bars you will surely love them as much as I love them.

Summer travel means tasty dishes from around the world. Stay tuned for more healthy vacation tips all summer long!

Make sure to check out the Balance bar Twitter Chat information  http://www.balance.com/blog/news/join-us-for-a-summer-travel-twitter-chat/  When: Wednesday, June 26 at 2pm EST
Where: Follow @BalanceBar on Twitter and use the hashtag #SummerBalance to tweet your summer questions for our team of experts. Every question is a chance to win!

1. Don't Forget Your Sneakers
Make a plan to work out on vacation by dedicating some of that valuable space in your luggage to your sneakers. Having them with you will be a great reminder to take a few minutes out of your day to go on a run. If you don't actually use them on your trip, you’ll be upset you used that precious space in your luggage for items you didn’t use (and guilty you didn’t work out!)
2. Pack Some Balance
Pack a Balance Bar® (like Balance Bar® Bare bars or the Double Chocolate Brownie bar) for every day of your trip, including the travel days. By planning ahead, you have a portion-controlled snack for the airport or the car, a few to stash in your bag when you are out exploring your vacation destination, and a couple for breakfast when you have an early start and don't have time to go to a restaurant.
3. Remember your Cs
Vitamin C doesn't just help support your immune system, it has also been shown to help fight cell-damaging free radicals. Make sure to pack a couple packets of vitamin C powder so that you have your on-the-go support plus a daily dose of antioxidants.
4. Workout at the Airport
The surprising fact is that you start racking up calories burned even before you arrive to your
destination, especially if you do “carry-on only.” Just the act of traveling (lugging your bags through a busy airport, getting lost in a foreign train station) can burn an average of 117 calories per hour. Want to burn some more calories? While killing time in the airport, try 
carry-on bag curls, terminal lunges, calf raises, or wall sits.
5. Do a Quickie Workout in the Hotel Room 
If you don’t want to interrupt your vacation relaxation, before you get out of bed in the morning, do a quickie workout! Kick your legs, circle your arms, get your abs involved and burn some calories before you even start your day! If you brought your computer, download an ExerciseTV workout and do a full-on sweat session in your room.
6. City Tripping? Take Yourself on A Walking Tour!
Familiarize yourself with a new city by power walking or running through it. You will have the opportunity to notice the details, talk to the people, and feel its beat much better while pounding the pavement instead of through the window of a car. Make sure to bring along plenty of water and a Balance Bar® to keep hydrated and energy levels high!
7. Eat Simply, Local and Share
When you go to a local restaurant, talk to the chef to see what’s local and fresh. Ask for that item prepared in the simplest clean way to bring out the ingredients’ natural flavors. I love fresh, simply grilled fish, ceviche (raw fish and cucumber marinated in lime juice, spices), a fruit platter flavored with fresh lime or even cayenne pepper. I also LOVE guacamole, but instead of using fatty fried chips for dipping, try jicama, carrot sticks, celery, or radishes. 
8. Brake for Health! 
Weekend traffic to popular beach and outdoor spots can mean lots of idle time sitting in your car - and that means slowing metabolism and stiff muscles. Take a break every 45 minutes to an hour to get out of the car and stretch. A quick round of lunges, leg and arm stretches will get you quickly refreshed both physically and mentally. Of course, don’t derail your diet before you even arrive with high-calorie (and messy) car food. Pack a nutritious cooler with plenty of water, Balance Bars and some fresh fruit. You’ll feel much better upon arrival at your destination. 
9. Drink Skinny
Cocktails can be the ultimate calorie sabotage while on vacation, so watch how many you are having and opt for lower calorie options that still pack a flavor punch. For example, ask for your margaritas “skinny”: tequila, fresh squeezed lime (lots of it), agave, and a little fresh juice or a seltzer float if you want. 
10. Outdoor “Adventuring”

The average person is more likely to try new things (sample more exotic foods, and yes, experience different forms of exercise) when on vacation. While you can’t bring home the exotic foods you’ve tried, you can bring home the renewed enthusiasm for exercise. Get out of your box and challenge yourself with Stand Up Paddle, Rock Climbing, Paragliding, White Water Rafting, or Swimming with Sharks - the sheer fear-factor will burn a ton of calories too! 

The generous folks at Balance Bar are giving one of Susan’s Disney Family readers a chance to win an assortment of Balance Bars. Would you like to win? Please visit the Balance Bar site, take a look around then come back here and tell me something you learned from the site. There are also other ways to enter, please enter below.
Buy it:
The Balance Bar is available at www.Balance.com

Win it:
One winner will win an assortment of Balance Bar®
a travel journal and travel cooler

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Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions .  I received bars to review. No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising . 


Unknown said...

I learned that Balance Bar was founded in 1992.

Unknown said...

I learned they have new balance bar minis!

Michelle said...

I learned that they also have a few varieties of miniature sized snack bars. Thanks for the chance to win!
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clc408 said...

I learned that they make dark bars.

noreen said...

I learned that they have so many different kind, not just favors but kinds

nicolesender said...

I learned that Balance Bars have five unique formulas, two sizes and tons of scrumptious flavors.

Unknown said...

I learned they have health tips on their site. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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Unknown said...

I learned they have balance bar minis.

Unknown said...

I leanred they have balance bar minis.

Amy said...

I learned they have convenient 100 calorie mini bars!

Jen lleras said...

I learned they have new bars that are half the size of the big ones! yay smaller portons

Sarah Hall said...

I learned that there is five different formulas.

Allisha Gold said...

I learned they sell them in 2 different sizes :)

Jakes Movie Reviews said...

These were created in 1992

Unknown said...

I saw that they carry some great snacks with only 100 calories! lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

Maryann D. said...

I learned from their tips that Vitamin C doesn't just help support your immune system, it has also been shown to help fight cell-damaging free radicals.
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Lisa said...

I learned they have mini balance bars

Ruth said...

I learned that they have mini bars that only have 100 calories!

Robin Wilson said...

I learned that they offer tips on health and bars that are smaller and have fewer calories.

Jennifer T. said...

I learned that their bars offer balanced 40-30-30 nutrition which means they constitute 40% protein, 30% carbohydrates, and 30% fat.

Unknown said...

I learned they are crafted to provide long-lasting, balanced energy, not to create a sugar rush followed by a crash.

Anonymous said...

They sponsor SAA ( Swim Across America )!


wallindeb said...

Vitamin C doesn't just help support your immune system, it has also been shown to help fight cell-damaging free radicals.

Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

I learned the company got its start in 1992.

cman said...

The average person is more likely to try new things (sample more exotic foods, and yes, experience different forms of exercise) when on vacation.

Kathy P said...

Certified organic fruits and vegetables are grown without the use of man-made chemicals, pesticides, fossil-fuel or sewage-based fertilizers or genetically-modified seeds. With that said, organic is considered by many experts to be healthier since you avoid ingesting harmful chemicals and pesticide residue. Even small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can have adverse effects on your health. Certain types of organic produce can easily reduce the amount of toxins you consume daily by as much as eighty percent. Studies also suggest that organic produce can contain more healthy nutrients than conventionally grown produce and tastes better.

Mary Gardner said...

i learned their bars are a balance of 40% protein, 30% carbohydrates, and 30% fat.

Anonymous said...

I learned that they were founded over 20 years ago.

Buddy Garrett said...

I learned Balance Bars have 40% protein, 30% carbohydrates and 30% fat.

Anonymous said...

Healthy tips about eating!

Tamara said...

I learned that each bar has about 15 grams of protein! Awesome!

Anonymous said...

lear that balance bar mints ty Vivian

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