AMRAP Bar Giveaway Winners!

And the winners are….

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Please e-mail me at danielle[at]workitweariteatit[dot]com with your full name, address, and flavour choice and AMRAP Nutrition will get those out to you ASAP!

Thanks!!

Danielle

xo

Free Food! (AMRAP Bars Review & Giveaway!)

Hi hi hi!

I had a wonderful weekend celebrating my friend Brandy’s birthday in Toronto where we stayed at the SHANGRI-LA (no big deal). We spent all our money, ate all the food, and destroyed a dance floor. Mission(s) accomplished.

ANYWAY.

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity through FitApproach to try and review some new flavours of AMRAP Bars that were recently released. Obviously I love to eat all the food, so I jumped at the chance!

I received a sample of each of the three new flavours: Fig Cacao, Cashew Vanilla, and Almond Honey. Let me tell you, they did NOT disappoint! The first bar I tried was the Fig Cacao, because I was pretty certain it would be my favourite. It was really good, but it turned out to be my least favourite! (Because the others were that good!) It was sweeter than I wanted it to be– well, just more fig and less cacao, and obviously I am in the market for maximum chocolate. The Cashew Vanilla was probably my favourite. It reminded me of a salted white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookie. YEAH. Yeah. The Almond Honey was ALMOST as tasty as the Cashew Vanilla, but it wasn’t quiiiittte on that level. But I still want to eat it all the time.

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AMRAP bars are paleo friendly, gluten free, dairy free, GMO free, preservative free, and free of artificial sugars! If you couldn’t tell by the name, AMRAP bars (stands for As Many Reps/Rounds As Possible) were designed with crossfitters in mind, but they’re really good for any athlete!

These bars are very similar to Larabars in consistency and flavour, with a few things that separate them.

  • AMRAP bars are pretty enormous. Probably the the size of two Larabars. Sign me up.
  • AMRAP bars have a higher calorie count. They range from 270-320 calories per bar. While I wouldn’t quite call these a meal replacement, they are definitely going to lock down hunger for a couple hours (thanks to the healthy fats!)
  • AMRAP bars taste better. No one told me to say that! Larabars are very simple and have very few ingredients, and while I really appreciate that, sometimes it leaves something to be desired for your tastebuds. AMRAP bars manage to stay “clean” with short ingredient lists, but they taste really, really good and flavourful. Almost like they can’t be healthy for you!

CHECK THIS OUT:

Almond Honey: Almonds, Honey, Unsweetened Coconut, Egg-White Protein, Sesame Seeds, Cinnamon, Sea Salt.

Almond Honey

Fig & Cacao: Dates, Egg-White Protein, Figs, Almond Butter, Almonds, Unsweetened Coconut, Cacao Nibs, Coconut Oil.

Fig Cacao

Cashew Vanilla: Cashews, Honey, Cashew Butter, Unsweetened Coconut, Egg-White Protein, Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt.

Cashew Vanilla

What I didn’t like:

  • The protein levels are kinda weak, ranging from 12-15g per bar. But really, the fats kept me full so I didn’t mind; I don’t count macros!  Check our the full nutritional profiles here.
  • The packaging. I’m a sucker for pretty packaging, and the AMRAP bar package doesn’t do it for me. Would this ever be a deal breaker? No. But I just might not have noticed the product in the first place.
  • The price. $32 for a box of 8 bars just sounds crazy to me. I guess it doesn’t seem as bad when you consider the size of them,  but really 8 bars means 8 snacks to me (regardless of size) and $4 a bar is probably not in my budget.

Overall, I loved these bars. (I really did!)

Want to try these bars for yourself?

I know you do.

AMRAP is offering up a box of 8 bars to THREE lucky winners!

To Enter, do any of the following things and leave me a comment for each thing that you do! 

You have until Friday September 26th at midnight to enter!

Have fun!

Danielle

xo

 

 

 

This week’s food addiction + LYFT Clean Caffeine Review

So like I mentioned in my last post, I made a giant batch of Fresh tempeh.  I have never made tempeh for myself before, but I don’t know why? I’m not a vegetarian, but for some reason I just freaking love tempeh. I love it. It’s been tempeh all day and all night, all week! Not upset. I bought a block of plain tempeh at my local health food store (three packs, actually), and I went to work with my little Fresh Cookbook in hand. If you’re not sure what tempeh is, it’s similar to tofu in that it is a soy product, but it is less processed and contains more protein and fiber than tofu. I actually MUCH prefer the texture. I actually won’t eat tofu at all.

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I’ve basically been eating this salad non-stop. Sorry the picture isn’t very pretty– I had 30 minutes at lunch to make the dressing from scratch, put the salad together, eat it, and entertain my dogs. NOT EASY.

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Fresh’s “Green” dressing. If you don’t like cilantro you will toss your cookies over this bad boy.

Did someone say TEMPEH SANDWICH?  …just me eh?  I threw it on some ezekiel bread with jalapeno hummus and lettuce, and it was the bomb.com. Pickles count as a vegetable, right? Right.

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In other news, I was given the opportunity (through FitApproach) to review this new product called LYFT: Clean Caffeine. I am not a coffee drinker, so I was REALLY excited to use this product, because, well, everyone needs a boost some mornings (or afternoons…at 3pm…when all you want is a DQ Blizzard…). While I do drink a lot of flavoured tea, most of my favourite flavours are caffeine free. Basically, LYFT is a stir stick that is filled with Green Coffee Bean Extract. It comes in compact packaging that you can take anywhere, and it mixes into anything. I chose to mix it into David’s Tea “Goji Pop” flavour.

lyftYou just peel the plastic off the stir stick, and go! You stir for about 10 seconds and then throw it away. The package says that is has the caffiene equivalent of a “tall” coffee. I made sure I chose a caffeine free tea, and I used it on a day when I was SUPER SLEEPY to see if it really worked. And it worked like a freaking charm. I can honestly say that I love the product and I could 100% see myself using this on a regular basis. It had no taste and no weird texture, either. While I think it is too expensive to use daily, (2 sticks for $5.99, 6 sticks for $15,99, 24 sticks for $49.99), it is something I would certainly keep on hand for “emergency situations.” The packaging is pretty extravagant, so maybe LYFT could work on making it a little less fancy for a cheaper price point.

All in all, I loved the idea of the LYFT stick and it certainly helped me the way I needed it to! I would love to keep using it! Right now I think the only place you can purchase it is on their website.

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Anyway, I am going to go back to convincing myself not to eat a blizzard.

 

Do you have a coffee alternative? Everyone is so shocked when I say I don’t drink coffee, I always tell them I’m “high on life” hahah.

 

Night!

 

Danielle

xo