August 1, 2016

Crave Freely

This post is part of a compensated campaign with Mom It Forward and Balance Bar but all my opinions are my own.

As women, we are taught that the word "crave" means something we should avoid.  It carries a negative connotation and/or references a period in life when women are "weak" {pregnancy, PMS}.  We never crave wholesome things, right?  How many times have you heard someone say, "Oh I'm really craving some kale"?  When the foods we crave are less than healthy {ice cream, pizza, cake} we try to avoid them at all costs because they are "bad" or they will make us "fat".  But, what if I told you you didn't have to deprive yourself of anymore?

My biggest cravings in life are sweets.  Gimme chocolate chip cookies {especially fresh, hot, homemade ones}.  I'll also take a double scoop of chocolate/peanut butter ice cream in a waffle cone anytime someone asks, "wanna get ice cream?".  Those things, however, don't coincide with my goals so they are eaten in moderation.  That's where Balance Bars come in.

I recently discovered Balance Bars and they have quickly become my go-to snack, quick breakfast on the go, post workout meal, and late night snack.  Guys, I'm addicted to these little smart bars.  I have tried Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat, Dulce De Leche & Caramel and Dark Chocolate Pecan Turtle and I can't tell you which one I like the best because I love them all.  I packed all three flavors for our most recent camping trip so that I could be sure I'd have at least one healthy option while we were sitting around a campfire or out on the boat.

Most of the time I find myself reaching for Balance Bars after my workouts.  The balance between fat, carbs, and protein promotes slow glycemic response, supports muscle recovery and helps satisfy your hunger with steady, sustained energy.  Fueling your body properly, post workout, is so important to your results and can help reduce soreness the following day {even though I do like to feel a little sore every no and again}. And all that for under 200 calories is a total win in my book!

Would you like to try these for absolutely FREE?  One commenter will win a 6-pack box of Balance available in Chocolate Caramel Peanut NougatChocolate Peppermint PattyDark Chocolate Turtle or Dulce De Leche & Caramel varieties.  All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your BIGGEST craving in life.  Good luck!


  1. Sweets are surely my biggest craving! In the summer, give me ALL of the Whit's Almond Joy custard!

  2. The chocolate caramel pb sounds so good!!! I crave comfort foods like Dutch chicken pot pie.

  3. I crave all things sweet & salty and if I can't get ahold of that then I will go for some ruffles and French Onion dip or chocolate ice cream all day long.

  4. Sweets in general! Donuts are my #1.

  5. I go through phases - sometimes I can't get enough salty and sometimes I just gotta have the sweets! Right now I'm pretty hooked on mini KitKats!