Not all nutrition bars are created equal.
Not at all actually!
At this point there are SO MANY different options out there for “healthy” nutrition bars it’s hard to know which ones are actually good for you and which are simply candy bars in disguise.
For this post I decided to do a little taste test/ ingredient review on 5 “healthy” nutrition bars that I’ve seen all over social media lately. I tried multiple flavors of each bar before writing this and randomly chose the flavors I took pictures of. This post is NOT sponsored and all my thoughts are my own.
I’ve been blogging now for a little over 1 year… CRAZY how fast time flies when you’re trying to create meaningful content week after week.
In celebration of my blog’s first birthday I went back and looked through some of my first posts and it was incredible to see just how far I’ve come in 1 short year. I believe my photography has improved, my content has gotten much more valuable and I’ve stopped blogging for myself and have been focusing on blogging for my readers. My goal with Live Lean Eat Green is to share some parts of my personal life but mostly to inform and educate everyone on healthy eating and fitness by providing quick tips, nutrition facts, easy recipes…etc.
Last Halloween I gave you all my “Healthy Holiday” rant.
Just in case you missed it… I’m going to go over it again because I think it’s so important!
Halloween kicks off the holiday
season sugar binge! Think about it, In the next 3 months we have Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years…all holidays centered around food, dessert and booze!
So many people go into a mindset this time of year thinking “Oh, I’ll worry about exercise in January” or “I’m going to eat whatever I want until New Years then make my resolution to lose 20 lbs.”
NO. NO. NO.
I love when you have such a good weekend that you actually start Monday feeling refreshed and ready to attack the week!
Just to fill you all in…
My weekend was filled with hot yoga, an 8 mile run and TONS of football–and with all that football comes a lot of snacking!
While we’re on the subject of football… AJHKJHJKEHTJKHTKN SAN DIEGO CHARGERS?!?! It’s a true talent for a team to find a new, heartbreaking, creative way to lose a game every single week.
So yes San Diego Chargers, I blame you for giving me game day stress causing me to snack a little too much…oops!
I have a very love/ hate relationship with protein powder.
After I run or lift weights I always have a protein shake to help my muscles recover and build themselves back stronger than ever. I truly see a huge difference in my work out progress when I regularly consume protein powder BUT drinking the same shake over and over again can get old.
Until very recently I hadn’t even thought to mix things up and instead of drinking a boring shake maybe using some protein powder in things like cookies, pancakes, muffins, energy balls…etc.
But after receiving a couple of requests on ways to incorporate protein powder into your diet without making a shake/ smoothie I was very intrigued to broaden my protein powder horizons.
To provide you all with the most ideas possible I reached out to my fabulous friends in my blogging community for a little help.
Avocado lovers…boy do I have a treat for you today!
After seeing avocado pudding recipes all over social media and even on the Kardashian’s I knew I had to try it myself to see if it really lived up to the hype!
Well spoiler alter…IT’S DELICIOUS and so incredibly easy to make!!!!!
Avocado pudding is meat to be a healthy, filling breakfast but I have loved having it as a snack too. Actually I’m currently sitting on my couch watching NFL Red Zone eating avocado pudding as dinner cooks in my crockpot. Holy hell am I 90 years old?
Quick football tangent…How on earth did the Chargers lose that game?!?! I’m still upset! Maybe I’ll have another bowl of avocado pudding to make it better—-yep!
Summer is here and what does that mean?
I’m currently loving watermelon juice, watermelon salads, plain watermelon, grilled watermelon, watermelon beer and especially these delicious Watermelon Caprese Bites.
Besides being delicious watermelon is also incredibly good for you. It’s packed with Vitamin C, contains powerful antioxidants like lycopene and even acts as a natural electrolyte replacer due to it’s high potassium levels.
I get asked constantly what to eat just before a run. This is actually a very difficult question to answer because everyone is so different.
I know people who prefer to run on an empty stomach and those who like to eat minutes before a run. If you’re an eater the general recommendation is to eat something high in carbohydrates and moderate in fat, protein and fiber about 1-1.5 hrs before a run. The reason behind this is to provide your body with carbohydrates for energy and to avoid foods that may cause gastrointestinal distress.
…We’ve all had those fun unexpected bathroom trips mid run right?
What you eat before a run also depends on how long/ far you are planning on running. I think if you are going to be running for 60 minutes or less you really don’t need to eat anything before you run but if you’re going to be doing a long run your body will definitely needs some fuel.
Remember this too varies from person to person. I need food to even run 1 mile and my boyfriend runs half marathons without eating anything.
We’ve officially (almost) made it to the weekend!
This was my first week working at Perfect Bar and to say I’m exhausted would be an understatement. This isn’t just another new job for me this is an actual career! Working for Perfect Bar is a dream come true and I’ve put 110% of my heart and soul into this first week.
Normally I’d say bring on a glass or ummm BOTTLE of wine to celebrate and relax but I’m holding strong to my no booze until after my marathon promise.
SO…option #2: A guilt free protein ice cream sandwich instead???
Good morning & happy Sunday!
I’m about to head out to my longest run yet for marathon training but HAD to share this recipe with you all first.
Naan, goat cheese, green olive tapenade & artichokes…does it really get any better than that?
Actually, it does because you can get everything from Trader Joe’s and whip this delicious meal or appetizer up in 10 minutes.
You may be asking what Naan is. Naan is an oven baked flat bread that normally is eaten soft but is even more delicious crisped up for a pizza variation.