Before we dive into today’s post, I’d like to give a special birthday shout out to my good friend, Meg! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GIRL! You are so incredibly special, inspiring, and kind. You have the most beautiful heart and are going to be an amazing, passionate, and knowledgeable RD someday. Love you so much!
At 5:45 a.m., my alarm went off. I grabbed my iPod, laced up my sneakers, and went downstairs with my cup of water in hand. Today’s workout was another ZWOW. I completed ZWOW #9 and swapped the crab toe touches for bicycle russian twists, using 5 lb. dumbbells. Thirty bicycle russian twists are crazy hard, FYI.
Last night, I finally finished my microbiology assignment around 9:30 p.m. I then remembered that I had to pack my lunch and snacks for class the next day – and this girl was in no mood to do so. But I did – I just took the guesswork out of everything and had the exact same lunch as yesterday.
Looks just as delicious, right? It was.
Thankfully, I got out of microbiology a little bit early, which granted me the opportunity to a.) go to Matty’s b.) record a new song (!!!) and c.) work on the monster of a case study that is due on Monday. All necessary things, really.
Conveniently, Matty also had a crap-ton of work to do, so I didn’t feel bad about ignoring him for school. A couple of hours in, I was ready for dinner! Thankfully, he had a bunch of vegan-friendly food on hand so I whipped up something quick.
Falafel! Any day with falafel is a good day. Alongside my falafel balls, I squirted a dollop of spicy brown mustard onto the plate. The real show-stealer, however, was that massive blob of peas and red & yellow peppers. I stirred 1/3 cup of daiya cheddar shreds in with them for about five minutes on medium-heat and it yielded a pretty fantastic result. So, so, so delicious. I love daiya so much.
Today, I have something special for you! We all know I love teaching barre classes at Mind Body Barre. There is nothing like pushing people to their limits and giving them the energy and inspiration they need to break out of their comfort zone. Sigh – I miss teaching now. Is my summer class over yet?!
When Julia Erickson, owner and founder of barre LLC, contacted me a couple of weeks ago, I was psyched! After years of being a professional ballet dancer and grabbing convenience bars at the drug store for energy, Julia began schooling herself in nutrition, specifically the benefits of whole foods for optimum energy and vitality. She started to take notice of the energy bars’ ingredients and, the less she recognized, the more weary she became.
The above bookmark was enclosed with the bars I was given to sample and I loved the creative, fun, and honest mission statement! Each bar is given a ballet-inspired name, which I find to be so adorable, innovative, and a nice touch to the ballet theme.
The first bar I sampled was the ballerina spirulina.
This is barre’s latest flavor and also happens to be the one I was most excited to try – and for good reason, too! This bar was so incredibly delicious! Honestly, I was a little weary of the spirulina because of its notable earthy flavor but this bar had the perfect balance of sweet with earthy undertones. It also held me over for a good two hours during one of my shifts at the clinic. I’ve been craving another one for the past week. Julia, I think you have a new, faithful customer in me!
The next bar I tried was the pirouette cinnamon pecan.
This one had my favorite packaging. Isn’t that pale salmon color so gorgeous? While still quite yummy, this was my least favorite of the three. The cinnamon flavor was vibrant and fresh but it lacked in the pecan department, in my opinion. This made the overall bar a little bland for my liking. Having said that, the bar was still very tasty! I’m just very picky and particular about my bars.
The third and final flavor that I enjoyed was the black swan chocolate berry.
Obviously, the ingredient list had me at dark chocolate. The dark chocolate flavor was incredible and the cranberries were laced in perfectly, providing the ideal hint of tart! It was one of those bars that ended far too soon – or maybe that was me eating it a little too fast out of sheer excitement?
Overall, I was super impressed with the barre products. Julia is clearly passionate about the barre philosophy – and I am happy to help spread that to you guys because Julia is offering one lucky reader a box of their own! Best of all, the winner will get the opportunity to choose from two flavors of their choice! All you have to do to enter is the following:
- Leave ONE comment telling me which two flavors you would like to try and tell me your favorite thing about the barre mission.
- Extra entry: Fill out the barre request form, hand it to your nearest retailer (with a smile of course!), and ask them to start carrying barre products! Comment here after you’ve done so. I’m trusting you on your word here.
You have until Sunday, June 24, at 10:00 p.m. EST to enter. Good luck!