For the most part, I eat decently. I try to snack on carrots instead of Cheetos; eat brown rice instead of white; avoid buying the pounder of M&M's, because I've learned that it usually does not make its into my DIY GORP, despite always pretending it will.
If you take away my sugar addiction, my biggest nutritional issue is I have a knack for letting the almost-empty light illuminate too often on my virtual fuel gauge. My mom--and now SBS, because we have spent so much time together--know that noodle-like, running-on-fumes state of mine well. "I can tell you need food," says SBS, after I either snap at her or become teary (both for no reason) as we stand behind our table at a race expo.
Traveling is more likely to bring on the must.eat.now crazies, but it happens in my daily life, too. Like this morning. I ran five miles, came home, and had a glass of chocolate milk, then I got carried away by sunscreen applying, dog walking, lunch making, and the like. Suddenly, it was 90 minutes past my run. Not only had I pretty much missed the magic 30-minute optimal refuel window, I was famished.
Or more like foaming at the mouth. I had to hit the road, though, and I didn't want to risk dripping peanut butter from a bagel on my clean skirt. So I grabbed a PROBAR, which is a dense whopper of a bar. It's a meal, actually: about 370 super-healthy calories (oats, sunflower seeds, cashews, flax seed, tons of fruity ingredients, the like; everything is organic and raw) and 17 grams of fat in flavors like Whole Berry Blast and Koka Moka. Don't freak on the fat: Like I said, the bar is hearty and satisfying. I wolfed it down at 8:30, and didn't wander to the kitchen for lunch until almost noon--a long time for me, considering I was "writing" and had plenty of procrastination opportunities.
My kids take one bite of a PROBAR and they're full, but Ben devours a whole HALO bar, which comes in drool-worthy flavors like Rocky Road and Nutty Marshmellow, in about 30 seconds. The smaller snack bar, which has a similarly impressive ingredient list, clocks in at 160 calories. More importantly, given the delicious name, it carries a surprisingly low sugar content: about 9 or 10 grams. (Compared to Yoplait yogurt, which has, oh, 30 grams or so.)
PROBAR wants to fend off the hungries in both you and your kids (or just you, if you want to hoard the HALOS...we won't tell). They're giving away two boxes of ridiculously tasty and truly healthy bars--one box of HALOs, one box of PROBARS--to two random winners.
To enter, though, we want some nutritional dirt on you. What is one pro and one con of your eating habits? Do you love broccoli? Drink too much Diet Coke? Plan your well-balanced meals in advance? Or hit the drive-through more often than you'd admit? It's time to spill some secrets, and possibly boost your pantry in the process. We will announce the winner on Friday.