The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Detour Bar.

Smart Bar

I am extremely picky about my snacks. I used to basically eat small meals all day long and now I try to stick with three big meals, and usually a mid-afternoon snack to help keep me from falling asleep/eating dinner at 4 p.m. because I’m so hungry.

When I think about what type of snacks to keep at the house for the mid-afternoon slump I have a few basic criteria; low sugar, some protein, and not over 200 calories. Most snack or protein bars fail one (or all) of those criteria. I try to eat real foods as much as possible but if I’m at work or running errands I love having healthy bars I can grab and take on the go. I also travel a decent amount and always try to bring as much of my own food as possible so bars are another great option in that situation.

About two weeks ago I received two cases of detours SMART bars to try out. I just ate the last one today. So, I’d say going through two cases in two weeks is a pretty good indicator of my feelings toward them. I receive both the apple cinnamon and the blueberry. Their nutritional profile is amazing, and they taste delicious!
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My favorite was definitely the blueberry. Whole grain oatmeal mixed with blueberries and finished with a greek yogurt drizzle. Yum!

  • Gluten Free
  • 10 grams of whey protein
  • 4 grams of sugar per 38 gram serving (one bar)
  • Good source of fiber
  • Sweetened with stevia
  • Made with organic oats

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The bars are soft and chewy, sweet without tasting artificially sweet, and keep me full long enough that I don’t get grumpy hungry before dinner time. Want to win two cases for yourself? Head over to my instagram today for my first ever Instagram giveaway!

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What are your criteria for a healthy snack?

This weekend I took a mini road trip to hang out in middle-of-nowhere Alabama. I packed up some healthy snacks, tried to convince Salem I wasn’t leaving him for good, and hit the road.

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2014-06-20 15.48.33I went there to hang out with someone awesome (hinthint winkwink say no more) and explore an area I’ve never been to. When he was last in town I took him to one of my favorite museums, the Naval Aviation Museum, so he returned the favor and escorted me around the Army Aviation Museum. Ever since I watched the 14 hour documentary The War I’ve been so fascinated about military history.

2014-06-21 11.35.20We went and saw 22 Jump Street Saturday afternoon which I thought was hilarious. I watched This is The End recently and I can never look at Channing Tatum the same. That night we cooked a delicious veggie stir fry with brown rice and chicken (his) and faux chicken (hers.) After dinner we both had a major sweet tooth so this happened. I think this is the first real ice cream I’ve had in years (I usually do frozen yogurt or Arctic Zero.)
2014-06-21 19.00.53My life will never be the same. I think the pint was gone within 10 minutes. Hey – 80/20 ya’ll, it’s all about moderation.

Sunday we played disc golf. Well, he and a friend played and I was the unofficial cheerleader/score keeper. It’s hot as hell in the South right now so even going out as early as we did it was pretty painful. Fortunately, I was occupied with picking wild blackberries for a while and that totally made up for the heat.

2014-06-22 10.11.29On both the drive there and back I ran into some nasty weather. I HATE driving at night or in the rain as my vision is atrocious, so of course I hit rain both times. And of course I was stupid enough to take a photo of it.

2014-06-20 17.20.48Other than wishing the weekend could have lasted about 5 days longer I had a wonderful time. I managed to get a good run in on Saturday after last weeks overheating episode, but I’m not feeling to well again now. I think I’m just wearing myself a bit thin and even as I write this I’m thinking of 100 things I need to do before I leave for Fitbloggin on Thursday. I will manage, I always do, but it will be nice to have a travel free schedule for the next few weeks!

How was your weekend?

Does driving in the night/rain freak you out?

 

A few months ago I shared a really cool opportunity; partake in a random act of kindness and enter to win a $400 gift card.

Well, now I’m back with an equally karma positive challenge! The goal for this challenge is to make someone smile. That’s it. Take a photo of them, upload it to the We Dare You Page and you could win $400. It takes two seconds and there’s not a whole lot of entries up right now so you actually have decent odds of winning enough money to buy peanut butter for a year. Which is what I would do with it.

A few of my favorite smiles from this year:

Christina and I in New Orleans for a girls ‘take back the city’ trip

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Dad and I at a baseball game I treated him to!

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One of my favorite TED talks that I show in class every year is this one by Ron Gutman on the Power of Smiling. It’s so cute! If you aren’t already convinced on the absolutely amazing things a simple smile can do then watch this asap and go submit your smile.

This post was sponsored by United Healthcare. Now, go enter to win free money!