Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Have a Delicious and Nutritious Valentine's Day with Balance Bar {Review & Giveaway}

Balance Bar logo
While I would like nothing more than to dive into a tub filled with chocolate truffles and heart-shaped cookies covered in sprinkles this Valentine's Day, the guilt that would follow would most likely be overwhelming. Even though my sweet tooth would be happy with the chocolate feast, there aren't too many of us that enjoy the feeling of quite that many calories in one sitting, right?

Instead, avoiding the extra pounds isn't impossible thanks to finding products that combine the great taste of sweets with healthy nutrition, energy and convenience. That's why this Valentine's Day (and beyond) is the perfect time to step away from the junk and instead reach for the satisfying flavor and health benefits of Balance Bar.

Balance Bars

Founded in 1992 by a group of sports enthusiasts, scientists and people with a passion for life, Balance Bar was one of the originators of energy bars and the nutrition bar category.

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As they have long crafted their products with the perfect balance of great taste, quality nutrition and lasting energy, it is easy to see why their 40-30-30 nutrition principle (40% of calories come from carbohydrates, 30% from quality protein and 30% from dietary fat) provides balanced energy... as opposed to a sugar rush and subsequent crash.

Add to that the many different flavors, styles and formats of energy bars that Balance Bar offers and there is no reason that nutrition can't be easy and delicious for everyone. These convenient bars can be eaten at home, work or on-the-go, so no matter if your day has you attending meetings, running errands, picking up the kids, squeezing in a workout or more, you can stay balanced and ready to keep up with it all.

So, with Valentine's Day on the calendar this month, it was the perfect time for a heart tin and assortment of bars to arrive to help remind me about not completely forgetting about my waistline.

Balance Bar heart tin

Waiting inside were two scrumptious flavors of Balance Bars: Chocolate Raspberry and Chocolate Mint Cookie Crunch.

Balance Bar gift

While I wasn't sure what to expect from either of these flavors, I was already happy that they were both an excellent source of antioxidants and Vitamin D and that both contained 23 vitamins and minerals.

But... could they really taste all that good?

Balance Bar flavors

Fortunately, the answer is yes!

The Chocolate Raspberry is a gluten free, 180-calorie bar that manages to have just the right amount of smooth chocolate with a hint of sweet raspberry that melts in your mouth. Considering that these bars also include 4g of fiber and 13g of protein, they're a great replacement for the usual chocolate Valentine's Day treats!

Chocolate Raspberry Balance Bar

Although I was hesitant to try the Chocolate Mint Cookie Crunch simply because I'm typically not a fan of chocolate and mint together, I was surprisingly pleased by the satisfying crunch that these provide and the way that the flavors mix together for a light, refreshing taste.

If you're a fan of Thin Mints, these would be a much healthier, extremely delicious replacement that would keep you going with only 200 calories and a whopping 14g of protein!

Chocolate Mint Cookie Crunch Balance Bar

Whether you are trying to make your New Year's resolutions last further into the year than most or you simply know that it is better for your body to eat healthy snacks throughout the day to stay fueled (and not starving!), Balance Bars are a delicious way to keep you on track... while giving your taste buds a treat at the same time.

To find out more about the HUGE variety of Balance Bars and the endless number of flavors available, visit them at Balance.com and on Facebook and Twitter. As well as keeping an eye out for these bars at your local grocery store and health food store, you can also find them at ShopBalance.com as well as on Amazon.

Plus, thanks to the generosity of Balance Bar, one person will be able to have a post-Valentine's Day dose of healthy nutrition as well, because...

One lucky person will win a Valentine's Day tin and assortment of bars from Balance Bar!

heart tin


A big thank you to Balance Bar for providing a prize pack for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

184 comments:

Monica said...

Nuts!

Thanks

Tamar said...

Diet shakes :)

Jammie Morey said...

dark chocolate almonds!

Allison said...

fruit is my go to healthy snack

barrandtable said...

My go-to snacks right now are greek yogurt and fruit and nut or protein bars.

Yona Williams said...

Fresh fruit, block cheese, peanuts.

steve weber said...

cottage cheese!

Sylvia said...

Nutrigrain bars

Bakersdozen said...

Nuts and berries. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sarah said...

Wasabi almonds and lots of fresh fruit that is in season right now!

mummytotwoboys said...

My current go to is almonds and pistachios

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sonyamorris (Sonya Morris) said...

Dried fruit.
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BeeBubbaBella said...

dry cereal is my current healthy go to snack

Sherry Butcher said...

Raw Veggies

Joni J Caraway said...

I eat dried fruit and granola

Robyn Dones said...

I love crunchy healthy snacks, so I'll get either a handful of pretzels, or nuts, or Frosted Mini Wheats (without milk). Thank you for the chance to win!

Sonya Sanderson said...

string cheese

ColleenMarie82 said...

veggies and hummus

Jess said...

greek yogurt and fruit!

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Kimberly Lazor said...

To help me reach my goal of a healthier lifestyle, I subscribed to NatureBox, and now receive healthy snacks delivered to my door each month. Love them! Thanks!

janetfaye said...

I like a Banana.

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abfantom said...

When I need a healthy snack, I eat grapes or nuts.

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Diana Stanhope said...

Yogurt is my current go to snack.

Ken Ohl said...

blue diamond almonds. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

apple blossom said...

granola bars

Frugalista Mama said...

oranges!

SueZH said...

I love the cocoa covered almonds.

finallystayathomemomma.com said...

Raw veggies are my current go-to healthy snack

Darlene said...

Any kind of fruit

Jennifer said...

Fiber bars and yogurt!

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Bo said...

Currently, baby carrots with hummus!

s said...

Nuts

Jennifer T. said...

Greek yogurt with granola is my favorite healthy snack right now.
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stowelljg said...

Microwave popcorn is my current go-to snack.

psnyder said...

Almonds!! YUM!!~

Kelly Nicholson said...

celery without peanut butter,,,ha ha

Crazylicious85 said...

string cheese

Allison L.

Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

Fruit is my current go to healthy snack especially bananas.

shootin4par said...

cottage cheese

Claire said...

Yogurt with nuts mixed in!

Gina Ochsen said...

I try to have mostly healthy options in my kitchen for snacking and meal preparation. My favorite healthy snack would be yogurt with berries.

Space Monkey said...

My to go snack is indeed, granola or nut bars of some sort. I would love to try these!

clc408 said...

I usually snack on fruit, nuts or popcorn.

Rebecca said...

My favorite healthy snack is popcorn.

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Carolyn said...

Greek yogurt

Julie said...

they are not exactly healthy, but better for you than other stuff:

WHONU cookies:)

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virgomomwriter said...

Greek yogourt!

Heather! said...

I eat a lot of carrots. I love 'em!

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Lindsey said...

Strawberry Greek Yogurt & Raisins

Debra said...

fresh fruit or veggies most of the time

sweepmom said...

My go to healthy snack is carrots and hummas.

llinda29 said...

I go healthy with various protien bars

Lina said...

i like having grapes and yogurt!

Barbara Montag said...

Yogurt with fruit - thank you.

Jackie said...

a granola bar or banana

Unknown said...

An apple sliced with cinnamon and almond butter
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Carole Ingram said...

We have many to go snack foods such as Cheese Stick, Apples, Rice Cakes, Baked Chips, Bananas, Cuties, etc.

sparklingjul said...

baby carrots dipped in peanut butter is my favorite go-to snack.

Selinda said...

Bananas!

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Vicki S said...

chunky natural peanut butter with a crisp apple

Gina F. said...

granola bars!!!

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kim burnett said...

cottage cheese

walk9 said...

an apple or nuts.

Miss Sarah said...

Popcorn! :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

dawn keenan said...

Carrots!

Kate Fuller said...

String cheese

Sandra Davis said...

wheat crackers is my main snack food

Becca said...

Apples or bananas :)

Gina Wildorchid said...

greek yogurt

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Leslie Galloway said...

I love Edamame!

Melissa said...

trail mix

Michelle said...

Yogurt with granola. Thanks for the chance to win!
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Fangirl Jen said...

popcorn is my weakeness... I love popcorn.

kyl neusch said...

string cheese

Stephanie said...

I like dried fruit and almonds for a quick snack at work.
Stephanie
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Accidental Farm Girl said...

A banana and sunflower seed or almond butter. Yum!

Sharon Kaminski said...

banana and apple are my favorites

tamarackart said...

Chocolate chip peanut butter Larabars.

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jcwega27 said...

masa chips from naturebox
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Cserafini said...

Pretzel crisps.

ffc57d54-1f8d-11e2-86df-000bcdca4d7a said...

Nuts.

Dave said...

a banana

Shelly H. said...

Right now I have been snacking on a lot of apples and bananas!

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PixyStik4U said...

i love GNU bars

Terri said...

Fruit and Granola Bars

terra_incognita said...

Greek yogurt

Sara said...

Laughing cow cheese

Denise said...

Black grapes. Mmmmm. I love black grapes!

Danielle Lima said...

Popcorn

jlafount said...

Quaker Granola Bars

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Renee Walters said...

I eat grapes or nuts. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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lilyk said...

fruit

Stephanie Larison said...

String cheese

flutterby said...

Yogurt with frozen berries and granola!

mscoffee77 said...

Apples and grapes :-)

♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ said...

trail mix
Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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Holly_Heart said...

I love Lenny and Larry's muscle brownies!

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enizete said...

Nutrigrain bars and fresh fruits

Living, Learning, Eating said...

Energy Bars, Yogurt Parfaits, Nuts, or Fresh Fruit!

Michelle said...

one of my healthy go to foods is chicken avocado salad

KellBee8 said...

An apple with peanut butter!

skipthelaundry said...

Nuts and strawberries!
Amber Porter

Karen said...

I like to snack on fresh berries.

tina reynolds said...

cube cheese and grapes

judy gardner said...

bananas or cheese

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Brooke Adametz said...

grapes and cheese!

polly said...

i like to have fresh fruit

Super Blogger Girl! said...

I love fresh raw veggies, the crunchy kind!

Blueiris, RhondaC said...

Nuts and seeds with Fruit.

Fangirl Jen said...

Yogurt with flaxseed

Cody Anderson said...

Apples and peanut butter.

Kelly Grant said...
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Kelly Grant said...

fresh fruit

Chelsea said...

My go to healthy snack is rice cakes :)

Suzy said...

Almonds or a bowl of oatmeal if I'm at home.

Nancy P said...

Fresh fruit or string cheese!

Treesa said...

I try to eat string cheese!

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Jennifer Haile said...

Kashi granola bars

katfam95 said...

I usually have fresh fruit for a snack.

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Helga said...

luna bars

Helga said...

luna bars

TreasureToday said...

Apples with almond nut butter on the side.

coriwestphal said...

I love yogurt with granola! We make our own!

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Jeff Taylor said...

I make baggies and fill with Kashi cereal

Jennifer Reed said...

My current go to healthy snack is greek yogurt.

Danielle PB said...

trail mix or peanut butter and crackers

Laura Lane said...

hummus

luckynordberg said...

my go to snack is granola bars

buzzd said...

trail mix (mixed nuts w/dried fruit)

Kristen said...

I like raw almonds.

marissayvette said...

almonds

yellowlabs said...

Yogurt

michedt said...

Popcorn and grapes:)
Michelle Tucker

deniseyweesy said...

I eat protein bars

bac1 said...

i eat nuts

Karen F said...

any kind of fruit

Beck James said...

Nutrigrain bars

rosannepm said...

Bananas

Amanda Kinder said...

Apple or banana.

LesleyfromWI said...

I like apples

Melanie Montgomery said...

I like Pita chips

bettycd said...

chips and hummus, or just an apple

kroch said...

My go to healthy food is roasted edamame.

Katie R.
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Erica C. said...

I like celery with cream cheese.
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Christina said...

apple and nut butter

mtbears819 said...

sliced apples-Dorothy Deakyne

deanna said...

oranges and celery
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Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

pretzels
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saturdaynightfever said...

I heart the cashews!

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Jules525 said...

Greek yogurt and fresh fruit

Julie H said...

Veggies with hummus

bbrittbrat1398 said...

I love frozen grapes.
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Julia said...

i cut up a platter of veggies and they dont last long

Carolyn Daley said...

Light Vanilla Yogurt

cassandra said...

I really like carrots and apples.

ferriz said...

sunflower seeds.

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Patrice said...

My healthy snack is nuts. I especially try to eat walnuts, almonds and pistachios.

Patrice said...

Nuts - especially walnuts, almonds and pistachios.

Diane W said...

Hummus and whole grain crackers.

Lisa Pecora said...

Fruit and Yogurt

Maria Iemma said...

I put almonds in my yogurt it is quite satisfying

shanta spradlin said...

Apples are my go to snack

Kristen Allen said...

I like to eat fruit or nuts as a snack whenever I can. I love berries and fresh pineapple.

c allen said...

bananas are my healthy go to snack, thank you crystal allen

ladyvon5845 said...

I like to peal a grapefruit and eat it when I want to snack ladyvon2013 at hotmail.com

one frugal lady said...

I love apples and peanut butter!
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Kari Flores said...

Carrots dipped in Greek yogurt with crushed garlic and onion powder.

Mya Murphy said...

popcorn myamurphy@mail.com

kathy pease said...

I love lowfat granola

cdziuba said...

chips and hummus

Tonya Dean said...

yogurt

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Susan Smoaks said...

fruit and greek yogurt
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1porkchop said...

Honestly I usually snack on cookies and candy, but in my defense I offset that with plenty of physical activity throughout the day in addition to exercise.

blew415 said...

nature valley bars!

Audrey said...

Baby carrots :)

Teresa R. Simpson said...

Veggies and hummus!

Holly Kennedy said...

I keep almonds around everywhere

Alison King said...

String cheese!

mamalama82 said...

Bananas!

Melinda Elizabeth said...

Sunflower seeds!

Gianna said...

Honeycrisp apples.

noreen said...

Carrots and hummus

/\Heather/\ said...

Sugar snap peas and hummus.