Monday, April 1, 2013
Balance Bar Review and Giveaway
Sports nutrition has always fascinated me: the idea that what you put in your mouth can positively or negatively effect your performance just seems so tangible - something everything athlete can do to improve themselves. So when Balance Bar offered to send me some of their new Balance Bar Dark bars I was pretty psyched. Not only because Balance Bar has been around a long time and has a good reputation, but because this bar has a lot of good in it.
First, it's gluten-free, which can be difficult to find in a nutrition/protein bar. Second, the chocolate in it is made with cocoa that's Rainforest Alliance Certified. And third, it's made with a 40-30-30 nutrition ratio of carbs, protein and dietary fat respectively, an idea that I've heard a lot about (think: Zone diet) because it stabilizes your blood sugar and helps you feel fuller, longer. And fourth, it has 13 grams of protein in each bar, which makes it the perfect food for muscle recovery (as a general rule of thumb, the average athlete should consume .05-.07 grams of protein for each pound they weigh after an intense workout).
Balance Bar sent me their three "dark" flavors: Dark Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Coconut and Dark Chocolate Peanut. The box was sitting on my doorstep as I pulled in the driveway from a workout I had to cut short because I started feeling dizzy; it was perfect timing. I happily scarfed down the Dark Chocolate Crunch: the crunch and smooth chocolate combo was super tasty and I felt immediately better. I've sample the coconut and peanut varieties too and can't wait to "earn" them in their entirety after another workout.
WIN YOUR OWN BOX!!
Here's how you could win your own box of Balance Bar Dark. Balance Bar will send one randomly selected winner the goodies, and you've got a few ways to increase your chances (leave a separate comment for each thing you do).
1. "Like" Balance Bar on Facebook (comment below that you did that).
2. Comment below and tell me which flavor you'd most like to try.
3. "Like" The Good Eatah on Facebook (comment below that you did that).
A winner will be selected by 11:59pm on Monday, April 8th and will be notified by email (please make sure you leave a valid email address when you comment).
Disclaimer: One winner per household, email address or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again.