I’m Going Bananas Over THIS Sweet Treat!

Bananas are a wonderfully versatile fruit that perfectly compliment many sweet and savory dishes. On top of that, they are loaded with potassium and fiber, making them a heart-healthy snack that helps you manage cholesterol levels and decrease your risk of heart disease. In fact, a study referenced by MindBodyGreen showed that when long-distance cyclists consumed half of a banana every fifteen minutes, their energy levels were equivalent to those when consuming energy drinks. And think about all the sugar and calories they saved!

It’s clear bananas are a healthy choice when it comes to feeding your body right, but the super bonus is that they can also be incredibly delicious! Especially when coated with creamy peanut butter, packed tight with crunchy coconut bits or delightfully sweetened with dark chocolate. I’m talking about the incredible snacks made by Barnana.

Barnana Barnana snacks come in all shapes, sizes and flavors, giving your taste buds an experience they soon won’t forget. My favorites are the Organic Peanut Butter Chewy Banana Bites and the Organic Chocolate Chewy Banana Bites (pictured left). But you don’t have to just stop with these two. For those of you who want to skip the creamy coating, the Organic Original Chewy Banana Bites taste like candy but fuel your body with 800mg of Potassium per serving! For a more tropical treat with a hint of crunch, snack on the Organic Coconut Chewy Banana Bites – after one bite, you’ll swear you’ve been transported to a Hawaiian island.

I enjoy these bites between meetings, post-workout or during that mid-afternoon dive when my brain needs a supercharge to get through the rest of the day.

The best part? You can find them at your local health food store, including Whole Foods and Sprouts! Want them to come to you? You can order them online by clicking here. Happy snacking, friends!

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Taste the Power of Yogurt

What do you get when you cross a delicious, creamy yogurt with all-natural non-GMO ingredients and 20 grams of protein? A flavorful blast of goodness that only Powerful Yogurt could capture. I’m talkin’ sweet, chewy, creamy, deliciousness in three different flavors that will help you re-charge your workout, satisfy your sweet tooth and keep your diet on track!

Whether you’re craving creamy vanilla yogurt, chocolate coconutty goodness or a classic peanut butter and jelly, you’ll be pleased to find these bars are the tastiest I’ve tried since Quest bars! The size and texture is similar to that of a Balance Bar, but the sugar content is much lower (only 6 grams!), so you can enjoy these snacks guilt free.

Powerful Yogurt Protein Bars

The outer coating is smooth and the inside chewiness leaves a satisfying taste that I just love! My favorite of the three flavors is Yogurt Creme. Peanut Butter and Jelly comes in at a close second and the Chocolate Coconut is divine. I ranked them in this order based on taste, as the Chocolate Coconut is not as sweet or flavorful as the other two.

The bars are all 180-190 calories each, and made with probiotics to support digestive health and aid immune function. To pump up the satisfaction level, I recommend storing the bars in your refrigerator to make them a bit more solid and enhance every bite. This soft, chewy snack is one that I will definitely keep on hand!

The bars are just the tip of the iceberg, though. The nutrition company also makes Powerful Yogurt in seven different flavors; Powerful Yogurt Plus+ in Coconut + Quinoa, Lemon + Chia and Tropical Fruit + Oats; and will be coming out with Powerful Yogurt Protein Drinks! Since you all know how much I LOVE protein bars, I started with those, but I’ll report back once I’ve delved into their other delicious snacks.

Want a head start? Find a store or shop online!

These Set the Bar on Nutrition

Thanks to 22 Days Nutrition, I had a field day taste-testing the amazing protein bars that this exceptional company produces. What I discovered was a tantalizing variety of flavors that made my taste buds dance and my tummy fill with joy! I was thoroughly impressed and pleasantly surprised by the delectable combinations of flavors the bars included. Anything and everything you could possibly crave – from pumpkin seeds and Goji berries to pineapple and chocolate chips – these bars have your hankerings covered.

When it comes to snacks – and bars in particular – some of us our more sweet, chocolatey, savory fans, while others are salty, nutty, crunchy fans. The genius team at 22 Days Nutrition made sure to cater to everyone’s tastes by creatively combining an amazing assortment of flavors into one protein-packed snack!

22 Days Nutrition bars

The flavor list is impressive. Just to name a few, you can pucker up to sweet cherries in a Cherry Chocolate Bliss bar, kickstart your morning with a Daily Mocha Mantra bar (my second fave!) or nestle into your weekend with a Pineapple Chocolate Chip Wonder bar. So, where do I begin!?

Well, first of all, I couldn’t give you a fair review if I didn’t name my Number One favorite bar that’s produced by this company. So, without further ado…wait until you sink your teeth into the PB + Chocolate Chip Nirvana bar! This gold-wrapped meal replacement bar is hands-down my favorite of the bunch. The texture is soft and chewy (which you know I love), the mini chocolate chips give it that extra special chocolatey bliss, and the hint of peanut butter aftertaste is enough to leave you wanting just one more bite.

PB Chocolate Chip Nirvana barThis particular bar contains 20 grams of organic brown rice protein, healthy amino acids for post-workout recovery benefits, and very little sugar. The bar is soy-free, gluten-free and non GMO, making it an ideal option for any dietary lifestyle.

 

I could go on and on (and on!) about these tasty treats, but I better leave the rest up to you before I spoil the fun! Give them a try and let me know what you think! They are available at most natural food stores and online.

 

Something to KRAVE

I have been on such a protein kick lately that when I got the opportunity to taste-test a wide variety of delicious high-protein jerky, I was ecstatic! I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoyed this particular jerky and guarantee you’ll want to give it a taste if you haven’t already.

What am I talking about? It’s KRAVE Jerky! This healthy gourmet treat is not only jam-packed with 8-12 grams of protein per 1 oz. serving, but it is low in calories, salt and cholesterol, and virtually fat free.

I opened my sampler box and was both surprised and delighted with the vast amount of flavors and meats that KRAVE makes! With flavors ranging from Basil Citrus Turkey Jerky and Chili Lime Beef Jerky to Black Cherry Barbecue and Sweet Grilled Teriyaki Pork Jerky, there is certainly something to fancy anyone’s taste.

A number of the flavors are loaded with garlic, so they’re not for the faint of palate, but they’re ideal for keeping on hand during a long summer hike or storing in the cabinet for a mid-afternoon snack. My favorites were the Garlic Chili Pepper Beef Jerky and the Black Cherry Barbecue Pork Jerky, but if you’re looking for something a little on the sweeter side, throw your mouth a party by munching on the Pineapple Orange Beef.

Like all of the treats I sample and review, KRAVE Jerky is gluten free and low in carbohydrates, which make them even more enjoyable! But what I REALLY love about KRAVE is their true passion and support in leading active, healthy lifestyles. Because as you know, that’s what I’m all about!

JillianMichaelsI discovered “KRAVERS” (which is what they call KRAVE Jerky ambassadors, employees and enthusiasts) in all walks of life, including some high-profile athletes and health professionals you may recognize. This shows the level of support they truly have in their deliciously healthy snacks.

 

 So do yourself a favor and give KRAVE a try! You can buy the jerky online or in certain retailers across the country.

Shur(ky) to Satisfy

Sometimes you crave a little sweet treat to cap off your evening or get you through a long afternoon. Other days, you desire a crunchy, salty snack that is sure to make your mouth water. Did you know there’s an actual science behind why you crave one over the other?

According to SheKnows, you’re likely craving sugar when you’re seeking a little lift in spirits, as sugars – or simple carbohydrates – signal the body to release the mood-boosting neurotransmitter, serotonin. Whereas salt cravings may indicate a deficiency in sodium or calcium levels in the body.

Whatever the case, I have a simply delicious way to satisfy at least one of those cravings – Shurky Jurky!

Shurky Jurky

I recently taste-tested (and fell head-over-heels for) this high-protein, chewy snack. Made in five tantalizing flavors, including Traditional Smoked, Peppered, Spicy, Guajillo Chile, and Sesame, Shurky Jurky is not your traditional beef jerky. Not only do meat lovers get to enjoy free-range beef, turkey, pork or bison options, but all their meat products are raised in the Pacific Northwest, flavored with fresh pineapple, made without additives, preservatives or refined sugar, and use all-natural flavorings!

Whether that salty craving hits right before lunch time at the office, on a mid-afternoon hike or even late at night, Shurky Jurky is the ideal healthy snack to satisfy your taste buds.

Not sure where to get it? Here’s where to start!

Happy snacking!