In an effort to find a healthy snack I can easily take on-the-go I’ve tried lots of different bars. Protein bars, energy bars, granola bars. They’re quick and easy, right? Unfortunately a lot of times they taste awful. And let’s just be honest. If it doesn’t taste good, I’m not eating it. My husband and I split a new bar we bought recently a few days ago and after one bite I threw it in the trash. You know what I mean. Some of them are just nasty.
Balance Bar mini energy bars taste good. Ta-da! That’s what we’re all looking for to begin with. Mini energy bars come in two flavors: Cookie Dough and Double Chocolate Brownie. These actually taste almost more like a candy bar than an energy bar. The Cookie Dough flavor has a covering of chocolate on it, and the Brownie flavor tastes like, well…a brownie. Yum!
They are small, only 100 calories. This makes them the perfect snack for kids and adults. I ate one as a mid-morning snack today and it satisfied me until lunch. And I didn’t feel like I had overeaten at all. It’s the perfect size. My 3 year-old son thought so, too!
Mini Energy Bars are nutritious! Of course they are. Balance Bar makes them, so they follow the 40-30-30 principle: 40% of calories come from healthy carbohydrates, 30% come from quality protein, and 30% come from dietary fat. This combination keeps you full longer and provides long-lasting energy. I actually think this works. I felt pretty good this morning and now that I’m getting up early to get the kids to school, I’m dragging in the afternoon. This was a great boost for me today! Mini energy bars also contain 7 grams of protein and 23 vitamins and minerals. Healthy snack, for sure!
So while you’re running your kids all over creation this school year, what are you taking your mini energy bars with you in? How about a cute new Itzy Ritzy Snack Happened reusable and washable bag? I love (seriously, I have a problem) cute reusable bags and these are awesome!
Itzy Ritzy bags are waterproof and have a nice thick lining. They are 100% cotton on the outside and come is some great patterns and colors! I love that they zip – food stays put and fresher longer. And they are all FDA-approved, BPA-free, PVC-free, phthalate-free so you don’t have to worry about what’s getting into your food. And they’re even machine washable. I always recommend hand washing reusable bags. I’ve found with a variety of brands that they just last longer, but these bags are somehow thicker, sturdier, than any other brand I’ve used. I think they actually could withstand a washing machine without falling apart. Check out some of their great styles. I love using reusable bags to pack lunches and snacks for my kids and to take things on-the-go for me. This one is the perfect size for the Balance Bar mini energy bars!
Balance Bar is currently offering a special deal on their mini energy bars and an Itzy Ritzy snack bag! Buy four boxes of Balance Bar mini energy bars and receive one FREE regular-size Itzy Ritzy Snack Happened bag and FREE ground shipping. This offer is limited to the first 50 buyers only so check it out now! Want to look for mini energy bars in your local store? Go to the Balance Bar website and click on ‘Get a Valuable Coupon’ to save $1!
It’s back-to-school time! We’re all busy, especially so during this time of year. Balance Bar mini energy bars and Itzy Ritzy reusable bags can make life tastier and easier. Sounds good to me!
Balance Bar and Itzy Ritzy have teamed up to give away a Back-To-School Prize Pack to one of you! This giveaway will end at 12 midnight ET on September 5, 2012. You can enter to win here! Please note: One winner per household, email address or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again.
I was provided with a Balance Bar mini energy bar and Itzy Ritzy Reusable Snack Bag to facilitate this review. The opinions in this post are 100% mine. You can read my full disclosure policy here.