Monday, July 28, 2014

How to Fight Those Cravings



It's no secret that I have a major sweet tooth. In fact, I think it is worse now than when I was a kid. In fact, I just made a chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake this weekend!


Okay, So I admit I only make cakes for a special occasion ( which honestly are few and far between).  As much as I would have loved to try everything in that picture above, I do control my urges because I know that I am not getting any healthy nutrients from cookies and cakes.  But boy are they SO tempting when I walk down those isles at the store.

So after my shopping trip last week ( where I did not buy any cookies or brownies), I was still craving the urge for something chocolaty, so what did I do? I went for a run.

When I came home, I was starving and was ready for dinner but then Scott came home shortly after me and decided that he wanted to go for a run too.  I wanted to go back out with him so while he got ready I decided to bust open the box of Vega Sport Bars that I was sent to review.  We try to keep things real and honest here on the blog, so I will disclose this: I was a little hesitant to try these bars only for one reason, they are plant based and the last plant based product I tried had a very "earthy" taste to it but never the less I agreed to test them out.



The flavor I was sent to taste was Chocolate Coconut Almond. It certainly sounded like something I would enjoy.  When I bit in to it I was pleasantly surprised. I thought maybe it would be a dry tasting bar, but it was just the opposite.  It was very moist and it literally tasted like a piece of chocolate cake. I'm actually craving one right now but I like to save them for when I run.

The bars I was sent were the Energy Sport bars that sustain energy. Like I mentioned above, they are plant based. They are also Gluten Free and non GMO.  The Chocolate Coconut Almond bar not only tasted great, but was the perfect snack for in between my two runs that day.   Something else I really liked about these bars is that I could pronounce every single ingredient on the label and I actually knew what it was. Maybe I could make these in my own kitchen? But I won't.


The bars are 230 calories each but they really sustained my energy through my second run of the day.  These Vega Sport bars also come in the Apple Cherry flavor as well. Actually Vega has a whole line of products for Preparing, Sustaining, and Recovering.

I don't like to eat energy bars just for snacks. I use them during my runs or as a treat afterwards ( for recovery).  Because these bars have such a great chocolaty flavor, it gives me more of an incentive to go run ( because I really want to eat one of these bars).  They definitely satisfy my craving for chocolate cakes and cookies. Who ever developed the flavor of this product is a genius! 

Vega Chocolate Coconut Almond bar, check it out. You wont be disappointed ( if you like chocolate of course). I'm curious to hear how the Apple Cherry ones taste.   ~M

*I received a complimentary box of Vega Sport bars at no cost to me for review purposes but all opinions are my own and you know that if I didn't like them I would say so!

23 comments:

  1. I have a sweet tooth too, but I tend to go for daily bowls of ice cream. However, I justify that because it is dairy! Energy/recovery/snack type bars are in my pantry always, but mostly I put them in my purse in case my errands run too long. They are also in both of our golf bags!

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    1. I don't always carry my energy bars with me, but I do try to always have a snack with me when I go places.

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  2. I struggle with a sweet tooth too. I've been trying to satisfy it with fruit lately and that often works, but it's not the same as cake! The bars sound delicious. I'll have to look for them in the store.

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    1. I don't know if they are in stores yet or not. I'm actually going to look or them next time I go to!

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  3. Sounds delicious! I have a major sweet tooth as well. Cupcakes are one of my biggest weaknesses!

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    1. These really taste like a chocolate cupcake!

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  4. I've got a sweet tooth too! I need some chocolate everyday. Do you really like the vega bars? I tried one of their shakes and the consistency was awful

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    1. I really do like these Vega bars. I like them much better than the Vega protein shakes I've tried!

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  5. I have a HUUUUUUUUUGEEEEEEEE sweet tooth. I need a sweet every day! I satisfy it with a variety of things, such as a square of dark chocolate, dates, Snackaroons, or a nibble of a cookie/brownie/etc. These bars look delish though :)

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  6. Those sound yummy! I should check them out.

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  7. I also have a sweet tooth, as a result I usually don't buy sweets because I know they'll disappear quickly. My husband is the one who buys the junk food. Looks like I ought to try these!

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    1. I know what you mean. I try not to buy bags and boxes of junk food like that but sometimes I just cant pass up the individual sized items!

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  8. I have been craving the sweet stuff recently, too! Haven't heard of those new Vega Bars but may have to check them out next time I'm at Whole Foods. Since my little diet fiasco, I've been making it a practice to limit buying as much packaged foods as possible. So even though the Oreos look so good every time I walk down the grocery store aisle, I've made a promise to myself not to buy things like that. It helps!

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  9. Oh yum! I also have a love of sweets and portion-control issues. These sound fantastic!

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  10. I've tried Vega Sport Energizer before, but I have't tried these I am sure they are great!

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  11. my sweet tooth is ridiculous. especially with cookies. I CANT STOP. I haven't tried these bars, but I do like granola bars as snacks if I'm really craving something sweet but don't want to go overboard. But I really need to cut it out. It's been bad recently!

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  12. Those sound like yum! What are the other bars made from if they're not plant based?

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  13. We have a jar of peanut M & M's and sometimes I just get one or two pieces of candy from it for a treat when I want something sweet. I've never tried these bars, but Chocolate Coconut Almond sounds like a great combination.

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  14. I love Vega Sports bar! They seriously taste like candy bars to me.

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  15. My sweet tooth has been running rampant these days! I don't let myself buy cookies/cakes either. I've been eating Clif Builder's bars to try and tame it :) These bars look good too!

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  16. I tried these as well and thought they were great. My go to snack when I'm craving cookies or cakes is now frozen cherries. Satisfies my sweet tooth immediately!

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