Thursday, January 3, 2013

LÄRABAR Review and Giveaway!

It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if you run enough miles and do the right workouts, you've done all you can to prepare for a goal race. But eating right is another major component that factors into performance both during training and on race day. 

In my experience, it's a tricky balance. I need to eat enough to have enough energy to get through my workouts. However, I can't overeat because I don't want to put on extra pounds that will weigh me down on race day. This means every calorie needs to count and provide the best nutrition possible.

But for a girl who loves calorie-dense-but-low-on-nutrition desserts, this is easier said than done. Fortunately, there are ways to satisfy a sweet tooth while sticking within a proper training diet. 

Better than a candy bar, no joke!

I've regularly incorporated LÄRABARs into my diet for quite some time now and they are perfect for a small meal, pre- or post-workout snack or for dessert! My all-time favorite flavors are Peanut Butter Cookie and Coconut Cream Pie - these bars taste as good, if not better, than the actual desserts. Best of all, they are made with ingredients you can feel good about. For example, Peanut Butter Cookie has just three ingredients - peanuts, dates and salt!

LÄRABAR recently sent me some additional flavors to try. Whatever your sweet tooth craves, these bars will satisfy. Every flavor I tried was delicious and, like Peanut Butter Cookie, each contains only a short list of ingredients you can actually pronounce :)

Try serving these for dessert at your next get together :)

So now to make this post even sweeter - in addition to sending me a box of bars, LÄRABAR would like to gift one of you with a caddy of 16 mixed LÄRABAR flavors!


This prize could be yours!

To enter to win this awesome prize, you only have to visit the LÄRABAR website and then leave a comment on this post telling me which flavor you'd most like to try. It's that simple! I'll pick a winner at random on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Be sure to check back to see if you've won - I'll need the winner's contact info to pass along to LÄRABAR. 

I hope you all have a very sweet rest of the week :)

- ST

40 comments:

  1. Being one of the few gluten free health bars, I always have these in my cabinets (usually peanut butter chocolate chip or chocolate chip cookie dough). Though I am now very curious to try the ginger snap flavor!

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    1. The ginger snap one sounds good to me as well!

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    1. It is seriously my favorite bar ever!

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  3. First to comment! :) This is a great giveaway, I love LÄRABAR's products. My favorites are the Coconut Cream Pie and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavors, but I'd love to try the Ginger Snap.

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    1. Ginger snap seems to be the one people want to try :)

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  4. Peanut Butter and Jelly is calling my name!

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    1. It is pretty delicious - anything with peanut butter is a winner in my book!

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  5. I would love to try the cappuccino!!

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    1. It's a good one and nice to incorporate a bit of coffee flavor in a bar!

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  6. I love larabars! We found them when Alan started eating Paleo and we needed something quick. I would like to try ginger snap because I love ginger ale and ginger tea!

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    1. Me too! Ginger ale is one of my favorites :)

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  7. My favorite is the Chocolate Chip Brownie, but I really want to try Key Lime Pie.
    jshallow01 @ hotmail.com

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    1. I've tried that one and it is delicious!

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  8. I've never had a larabar. However the chocolate chip cherry torte flavor sounds divine.

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  9. The chocolate chip cookie dough bar. I love that one! But I'm intrigued by coconut cream pie...Thanks for this giveaway!
    ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. Thanks for entering the contest!

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  10. that was pretty easy to choose for me. I loooooooooooooooove Ginger Snaps!

    Im new to all this fitness stuff and I love trying new and GOOD things that will cancel out a BAD!!

    Im a new SPA as well. Im so excited and Im pushing myself harder than I ever have. Heres to a happy healthy and FIT 2013!!!

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    1. I agree - it's fun finding new things that are delicious and good for you :)

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  11. Can I just say ALL OF THEM?!?! I love me some Larabar, but have only tried a few of them. Peanut Butter Cookie sounds yummy, then again the cappuccino would be perfect because no one else in the house likes coffee but me.

    GREAT first giveaway!!

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    1. Thanks! Both of those are good picks :)

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  12. I love larabars!! I'd like to try the coconut cream pie, never had that one. Thanks!

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    1. Coconut cream pies are hard to find, at least where I live. The only place I've been able to buy them is REI.

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  13. Yum! I'd love to try the chocolate chip brownie one :)

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    1. Try half of the Larabar topped with a scoop of plain frozen Kefir or Greek yogurt - it's like a healthier brownie sundae :)

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    1. I like the idea of a taste of summer during winter :)

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  15. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough! (and also, any of the rest)

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  16. Coconut Cream Pie sounds so good!

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

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  17. sorry if this post more than once :) i would love to try the apple pie bar

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  18. peanut butter chocolate chip or lemon. Yum - cool that no bar has more than 2-9 ingredients.

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