It’s finally Friday. I don’t know about anyone else, but I feel like this week has been a weird one. I’m loving the weather we are now having, bye-bye humidity, and am wishing desperately that it will carry into the weekend.
Before I get into one of my newest favorite things, I wanted to talk a little bit about this weekend. So as most of you may have read, I was signed up to lead the 1:40 pace group this weekend at the Fairfield half marathon. I’m pretty bummed to announce this, but I had to bail. It was NOT an easy choice for me. As much as I would have loved and been so honored to have the experience to run as a pacer, I am not sure where my body stands. I have been running here and there, paces ranging from mid 7s to mid 8s. While I feel like I could still run a 1:40 half on Sunday, I couldn’t bear the thought of potentially throwing off someone else’s race. I will still be running, but really taking this in stride with how my body has been handling it’s last flare. After some un-fun side effects from treatment Tuesday night, I am crossing all my fingers and toes that I start to get some relief soon.
If you are running Fairfield on Sunday – I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to meet up! Blog friends in real life sounds PRETTY AWESOME to me!
So since it’s Friday, I’m linking up with Heather, Katie, and Clare this week for my Friday Favorites, now let’s recap my newest OBSESSION – Eat Nakd Bars Natural Balance Foods natural protein bars, Nakd !
First off … this packaging though. Anyone who sends me something that says “hello gorgeous” is A.OK in my book : ) If we all can agree on one thing, it’s that I am extremely picky with the nutrition I put into my body (please ignore my pizza binges). Eat Nakd whole foods focuses on moving away from”hyper-processed junk foods and instead embracing new whole food alternatives”. Part of the reason I love to make my own date balls is because I know EXACTLY what I am putting into them. Nothing ticks me off more then when you go into a health foods store and the employees don’t know what the ingredients in their “energy balls” are. Like really?! #Tangent.
So when the people at Nakd reached out to me, I was BEYOND excited. From the company, “Eat Nakd bars are a perfect solution for those who want to replace over-processed foods with more nourishing whole foods. As champions of the benefits of raw, natural and unprocessed foods, Eat Nakd is making the move to whole foods easier than ever for health-concious snackers”. AKA sign this girl up! One of the most beautiful things about these bars is they are completely made of ingredients I have in my own kitchen. Eat Nakd bars contain 100% natural ingredients. Therefore, no added sugars or syrups. I think everyone can be happy about that. The bars are perfect for an afternoon snack. Small enough to not totally fill me up, but filling with all their natural ingredients that I’m not hungry 10 minutes later like I am after I eat a granola bar. The fruit bars are also all dairy, wheat, and gluten free.
Although Eat Nakd is based in the US, there are 9 AMAZING fruit and nut bars available in the US. Cocoa Mint, Cocoa Orange, Pecan Pie, Ginger Bread, Cocoa Delight, Caffe Mocha, Berry Delight, Rhubarb and Custard, and my personal favorite Cashew Cookie. Remember those health tips – always look at the ingredients list and if you can’t pronounce what’s in it, don’t eat it. Well how about this, my favorite bar only has two ingredients.
Two ingredients? Yes please! While I haven’t tried every flavor, I can tell you that I like them ALL. I’m shying away from rhubarb and custard because I’m not sure I’ve ever had rhubarb and custard before. But going off all the other flavors, holy cow are they amazing! Ginger bread was perfect for a mid morning snack, where the pecan pie was an after dinner dessert : )
I also received a sample of Nakd Crunch bars, which I actually liked a bit more because of the crunch that came with it. I don’t know what it is, but I like making loud noises when I eat. I may still be a child. It’s whatever. Again, these bars are packed with natural ingredients, and just like the fruit and nut bars, they are dairy, wheat, and gluten free. Completely vegan friendly, and have a little bit more of a protein punch in them. They come in 4 flavors, strawberry, banana, apple, and cocoa. OBVIOUSLY cocoa was my favorite, because duh, chocolate. But again, I had no problem demolishing these bars.
If you’re looking for a perfect, healthy, and COMPLETELY natural snack, that’s easy to pack and provides long lasting energy, look no further. I can’t say enough great things about this company.
For more information, please feel free to visit their website at http://www.eatnakd.com, at their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/eatnakd, or follow them on Twitter @nakd. You can purchase Eat Nakd products at their website or on Amazon.com
**I was sent this box of Eat Nakd bars to review and try, however I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions of the product are my own.
What’s your go-to healthy snack during the day? Before these, my homemade date balls, but these are perfect to throw in my gym bag before an afternoon run!
Which flavor would you most like to try? Any different flavor suggestions?
And because it’s Friday… what are you looking forward to most this weekend?!