Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Picking the Right Snack (sponsored post)

I've been thinking about writing this post for a while, because I. Love. Snacks. I much prefer to eat small meals and have snacks along the way.

Before I realized this about myself, I would eat meals the way we're "supposed" to - large servings of  protein, carbs, and veggies. Ya know, "square" meals. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but when you snack between meals regardless of how hungry you are... surprise! You'll struggle to maintain your weight. It's been helpful to accept my snackiness and change how I eat meals.
The other thing I've learned about my snack habits is that I pretty much always want something sweet after lunch. So, if I'm still hungry after lunch and reach for some pretzels, it's a mistake - I'm still going to crave something sweet even if the pretzels fill me up.

Everyday I pack my lunch and my post-lunch snack to make sure I don't end up at the coffee shop in my building getting a size-of-your-face cookie. Even a package of 4 low fat cookies can cost ya 200 calories and 40 or more grams of carbs.

At my desk, ready for my post-lunch snack!
Enter Special K snack bars. I've always chosen to use them as my post-lunch sweet treat, and this week Special K asked me to try their new line of chewy bars that will be rolled out next month. They're only 100 calories, or 3 points plus for the WW fans out there.

To steal from Special K's description, these new bars are "made with tasty, wholesome ingredients that you can see – like, rich chocolatey chunks, crunchy salted pretzels, real fruit pieces and chewy rolled oats – that deliver great taste."
They come in 4 flavors:

  • Berry Medley
  • Blueberry Bliss
  • Salted Caramel Chocolate
  • Salted Pretzel Chocolate

The bars are absolutely delicious, with a ton of flavor for minimal calories. They're not quite as big as other granola bars (maybe half an inch shorter), but they're perfect for someone like me who wants a sweet bite to satisfy a craving.
Trying to show actual size, but
note that I have big hands. :)

I only share products on The Z Beat that I think others will really like, and I have to say - these snack bars fit the bill! They are going to be part of how I keep a balanced diet during the holiday season. So, a few take-aways:
  • Know yourself. Following an eating plan that doesn't fit you body doesn't set you up for success. For me, I gotta have my snacks!
  • Before eating a snack, ask yourself - is this what I really want, or will I be reaching for something else in a few minutes?
  • If you have a sweet tooth, shop around until you find something healthy and satisfying. You can do it!

For more info, visit Special K on Facebook or follow them on  Twitter!

The opinions in this post are honest and my own.
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Special K Snack Bars.