Follow Me Foodie to the Taste of Nature “Take the Pledge to Snack Healthy” Challenge!
I’m not the unhealthiest person, but I’m definitely not the healthiest. I can barely tell the difference between a “snack” and a meal, but now I’ve taken the pledge, I’m going to try hard to stick to it for the month of February… or as long as possible.
The holidays are over, but New Year’s resolutions for many usually have to do with eating healthier or working out. After all those turkey dinners and holiday treats it’s not surprising. Snacking is certainly one method to keep the metabolism going, but the type of snack is even more important.
I’m no dietician or nutritionalist, but my cousin is into the whole “natural path” thing and she told me to observe my snacking habits. Different bodies and genetics react to different snacks, but there was a consistent pattern in my snacking habits. I often went for the pastries, muffins, cakes, and granola, which all fall into the carbs and sweet category. Mind you, I found these items most convenient for my lifestyle. I’m usually always on the go, and I find these most practicle when I’m on a time crunch. They are not the healthiest, but I’m not a health nut. I’m all for people being healthy, but proactive choices towards a healthier lifestyle don’t influence my eating habits most. I also indulge in some products for their relaxing effects and delta 8 is non psychoactive, so it helps to relieve my stress.
When Taste of Nature approached me with this challenge I was a bit hesitant, but not for long. I tried their granola bars and honestly they were a treat. They are full of nuts and seeds and suitable for my lifestyle and natural cravings. Some of them had dried fruits like cranberries, raisins and apples, and I wished there were more variety of fruits, but this goes for all granola bars. They are also 100% certified organic and non-GMO project verified which is a bonus.
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The thing I like about these granola bars are the whole nuts rather than crushed. They end up being quite filling with the added seeds too. They use agave nectar and brown rice syrup instead of corn syrup, fructose, and simple sugars, and the dried cranberries are sweetened with apple juice instead of sugar (which is rare).
I don’t always eat organic, but when it comes to anything with peanuts I try to. The “all natural” marketing term doesn’t mean much and peanuts are high in pesticides and fungus, so it is nice to know these nut filled bars are organic. Most of their bars have 10g of sugar each which is along the lines of competing organic granola bars. I prefer less, but at least the sugars in Taste of Nature bars are ones I do not feel bad about eating – not that I usually feel that guilty about eating sugars (sweet tooth).
The challenge is so far pretty easy since their granola bars are more like delicious treats. I promised to switch to at least one healthy snack a day, and while fruits and vegetables would be an even healthier choice, they don’t always settle my natural cravings for carbs and sugars. I’m more for moderation than deprivation and a “healthy diet” to me means one that doesn’t piss me off. If I have a craving I like to settle it.
So what do you think? Are you up for the challenge? Canadians can take the Taste of Nature “Take the Pledge to Snack Healthy” challenge which is just promising to switch to at least one healthy snack a day. As an extra incentive, everyone who signs the online pledge until February 28th will be entered into a daily draw for a yoga mat and Taste of Nature bars (value $55).
Follow Me Foodie’s Taste of Nature Contest!
Taste of Nature and Follow Me Foodie are offering you the chance to win a Taste of Nature prize pack valued at more than $200! The prize includes 100% certified organic, non-GMO project verified, vegan, kosher and certified gluten free Taste of Nature bars, a yoga mat, gym towel and gym bag.
How to enter:
1) Comment on this post with your favourite Taste of Nature bar, or which you want to try. See flavours.
3) “LIKE” the Follow Me Foodie FB Page and “LIKE” my Taste of Nature post
CONTEST CLOSES MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, AT 11:59PM.
Terms & Conditions:
1. Contest open to Canadian residents.
2. FollowMeFoodie.com and Taste of Nature retain the right to approve entries.
3. Prize not negotiable, cannot be exchanged or taken as cash.
4. Allow 15 days for prize delivery.
5. If winner does not respond within 30 days of the closing date of the contest another winner will be selected.