Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Snacking with Tuesdays on the Run and a Giveaway

This week's topic for Tuesday's on the Run is Weight Loss or Maintenance while distance running. My sister and I are conscientious of what we eat and our workouts but we admittedly do it for over all health purposes and to feel good and not so much to try to loose weight.  We will admit, we DO like to eat. We no doubtedly have our snacks after dinner while we are watching our evening shows. Sometimes we have a bit too many snacks or that extra bowl of ice cream that we probably shouldn't have!


We were asked to try out these MealEnders (the antidote to overeating).  Last Wednesday night, my sister and I had an evening planned. We were going to have dinner together and then eat some popcorn while watching our Wednesday night shows.  The funny thing was, when we got the MealEnders, we felt obligated to try them after our dinner. But we decided that we would wait till later because we actually WANTED a snack after dinner. We WANTED to be hungry enough to have our popcorn!


The MealEnder are little lozenges a bit smaller than a cough drop. They come in 4 distinct flavors, Mocha, Chocolate Mint, Citrus, and Cinnamon.  For our first try, I had the chocolate mint and Lacey had the Mocha.  What we thought was unique was that each of the meal ender had like a creamy chocolate coating on it which was quite tasty and then the center was like a hard candy.  They call this their two components: a sweet outer reward and then a cool/tingling center.  The center engages the trigeminal nerve ( the nerve that senses taste sensation) to cue the end of eating and to clear the palate.
Honestly, I think this same concept could be achieved with an after dinner mint or simply brushing your teeth.  Brushing my teeth makes me curb my appetite quite quickly because I can't really think of eating anything else after I have that toothpaste taste in my mouth.

I will say this, the good thing about the MealEnders is that each piece only contains 2 grams of sugar and 15 calories.  They make a great alternative to picking up a candy bar or a cookie when you are craving something sweet. Especially for people who are watching their sugar intake like me.

Later in the week I did try the other two flavors (Citrus and Cinnamon). After knowing that the Mocha and Chocolate Mint had those chocolaty type outer coating on them, I wondered if the Citrus and Cinnamon ones would have any kind of outer coating (I couldn't imagine those flavors having a chocolate coating).  Sure enough they each had their own coating. The Cinnamon one was kind of like a cream and it kind of tasted like a Snickerdoodle cookie, and the Citrus one had an outer coating that was creamy as well and tasted a bit like key lime pie. I was putting off trying these two flavors but in the end, they were both quite tasty!  The MealEnder did not curb my appetite all night long, but I think they are worth throwing a few in your desk drawer or in your pocket and having one when you feel the urge to snack between meals.  These MealEnder flavors are so good that after a while I started to crave them. That's okay though because they are only 15 calories each and each lozenge last a long time ( that way I can savor the flavor)!

Would you like to try some MealEnders of your own?  In the comments tell us your secret to curbing your appetite and then enter via the Rafflecopter.  If you enter the Giveaway, please be sure to follow our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/fairytalesandfitness    We will announce the winner there on Friday.

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28 comments:

  1. I've read about these and they sound very intriguing! Great review! :)

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    1. Thanks, they are definitely worth checking out!

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  2. I've seen other reviews of this product and it certainly sounds like something that would benefit many overeaters.

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    1. They are a nice little sweet treat to have after dinner instead of having a full fledged dessert!

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  3. I should try these. Sometimes I just get "snacky" even though I'm not actually hungry. If I brush my teeth or drink a big glass of fizzy water, I'm usually fine, but sometimes in the moment, I don't take those steps.

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    1. I hear ya! It's much easier and more satisfying to just eat that snack!

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  4. I love this idea - sometimes I end up eating chocolate because I feel like I 'need' something to signal the meal is over - this would be perfect for that.
    But I don't tweet or pin, so I can't enter the giveaway. :(

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    1. I love that these are covered in a little bit of chocolate! ( I think there needs be just a tad more chocolate on them though..lol)

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  5. My secret is to brush my teeth with the new Colgate Chocolate Mint toothpaste. Would love to win some of these.

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  6. I have tried the Colgate Vanilla mint toothpaste and have been wanting to try the chocolate mint!

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  7. I'm always afraid stuff like this will mess with my stomach...

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    1. Surprisingly these set just fine with my stomach. No surprises!

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  8. Good review! I like a little taste of chocolate after a healthy meal and I can usually stop myself from over doing it. I think these are a great option for people who might not be able to do that.

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  9. This is actually an awesome idea! I like it because the "after dinner mint" or "brushing your teeth" tips don't do it for me, so this might actually work better!

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    1. Yea, and these are much more convenient than having to brush your teeth after every meal!

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  10. Those sound really interesting. I like to have one (or three) individual Dove Dark chocolates after dinner as my "signal" that eating is done but these would be a lot less caloric! Thanks for linking up with us today!

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    1. Oh the Dove dark chocolate sounds really good!

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  11. nice review! I am reviewing them as well! I like them!

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  12. I usually chew gum after. These sound great.

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    1. Gum is also a good idea but something I don't usually have on hand.

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  13. Great review of the Meal Enders. I'm still a fan of the real thing, Hershey's nuggets. I keep them in the freezer so I'm not tempted to eat as many. Usually I'm good with 2 after a meal.

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    1. Keeping them in the freezer is a good idea!

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  14. I've never heard of that before. I like low sugar :) Keeps you from wanting more.

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    1. Yea, I definitely need to be trying all the low sugar options since I have become a candy-holic lately!

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