Saturday, September 3, 2011

Hello, HALO! 200th Post! Review and GIVEAWAY!

Happy 200th post to me!!  And – yay! – I’m celebrating with a giveaway!  Think I’m gonna stop with all the exclamation points?  No way, I’m too excited!

Remember when I won the box of PROBARs from Another Mother Runner a few weeks ago?  And I predicted that my review would be all, “Nom, nom, nom!”  Yeah, well, here’s my review:

Nom, nom, nom!!

HALO Bars 003Obligatory wildly unflattering photo of me trying to eat the whole box.

Oh, okay, there’s more to the review:

I’m not a super healthy eater.  In fact, I’m something of a recovering Cheeto-aholic.  I have eaten a bag of microwave popcorn and called it dinner (don’t you judge me – popcorn has a lot of fiber; thus, it is a health food).  But last year, when IronHubs was training for Silverman, we started cleaning up our eating a little bit at a time.  I’m not going to act like I never microwave dinner anymore, but I’ve at least started to make some healthier choices.  One of the biggest changes I’ve made is really reading labels on my prepackaged food.  I’ve always paid attention to fat and calories and whatnot, but I’ve never given a lot of thought to what the food is made of.  Nowadays, if there are lots of ingredients I can’t pronounce or don’t recognize, I (probably) won’t buy it.

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*seamless segue way*  The HALO ProBars are 100% natural – every single item in the ingredient list is actual food.  They are certified organic and vegan.  Did you know that there’s such a thing as vegan marshmallows?  I just found that out by reading these labels.  Even if you don’t care about the ingredient list, lemme tell ya – these things are freakin’ delicious!  Here are the flavors, in the order of how much I loved them:

  1. S’Mores – when my box arrived, I ripped it open and devoured one of these puppies right away!  Yes, please, I would like s’more!
  2. Rocky Road – super chocolatey and nutty!  I don’t like rocky road ice cream at all, so this was the last flavor I tried, but I was very pleasantly surprised by how yummy it was.
  3. Nutty Marshmallow – this one could actually be a tie for second place with the rocky road, it depends on whether or not you’re in a chocolate mood.  Ha, ha – like there’s such a thing as “not a chocolate” mood!  I crack myself up.
  4. Honey Graham – the only reason this came in fourth place is because I’m not a huge graham fan.  I like graham crackers, but only after I’ve eaten all the chocolate chips in the house.

My thoughts on all of the bars:

  • They’re very, very moist.  In my opinion, this is a good thing.  I like chewy cookies more than crunchy ones, soft granola bars more than crispy ones, cake more than celery, etc.
  • They’re totally nutty.  Not like they tell zany jokes or love a good whoopie cushion, but they’re actually full of nuts.  Again, this is a good thing.  I keep nuts in the house all the time for a quick snack because I love ‘em.
  • They’re super sweet.  You could easily eat them for dessert.  In fact, I did.
  • They’re much more filling than I expected.  When I opened the first one (at about 1:30 pm), I’ll admit, I was a little disappointed because it was sort of small, but after I ate it I was full until dinner.  And I’m generally a two-snacks-in-the-afternoon sort of girl.
  • They’re hearty.  By this I mean they’re not an especially low-cal or low-fat snack.  The 1.3 oz Rocky Road bar has 160 calories and 8 grams of fat, so it’s more robust than just a light snack.  It’s a lot of good fat, of course, from all the nuts, but still, you probably don’t want to plow through three of them at a sitting.

So!  Wanna win a BOX (seriously, 12 of them!  Not just one measly bar) of these for yourself??  HALO, yeah!  Here’s how (please leave a separate comment for each):

  • Mandatory – Be or become a follower of my blog. Thank you!
  • Mandatory – Go to the PROBAR website and check out all their delicious flavors.  There’s way more available than just the HALOs!  Tell me which one is/would be your favorite.
  • Optional – Post about this giveaway on your blog or your FB page or on “the Twitter” (please include @PahlaB and @theprobar in your tweet)
  • Optional – “Like” Adventures of an Average Athlete on Facebook (link on sidebar)
  • Optional – “Like” PROBAR on Facebook
  • Optional – Follow me (@PahlaB) on Twitter (link on sidebar)
  • Optional – Follow PROBAR (@theprobar) on Twitter

Yes, this means you could have up to nine entries to win!  I will accept entries until next Monday, September 12 and announce a winner on Tuesday.  Good luck!!

What if you can’t wait to win and you love a good bargain?  Oh, yeah, baby, I’ve got a discount code for you!  Head on over to PROBAR’s online store and enter the code BLOGGER at checkout for 40% off your first purchase!!

Don’t say I never did anything for you. Smile  Happy Labor Day Weekend!

60 comments:

Marisa @ The Pace of my Life said...

Follower!

Marisa @ The Pace of my Life said...

Those Moka Koka Probars seem like they might be tasty. I like chocolate and coffee.

Marisa @ The Pace of my Life said...

I follow you on Twitter.

Marisa @ The Pace of my Life said...

I follow Probar on Twitter.

Marisa @ The Pace of my Life said...

I tweeted your giveaway. @marisae77

Average A said...

Holy moly, your hair is getting long! You know I follow. :)

Average A said...

I have tried some of the Pro Bars (PB&J namely), but I totally want to try the HALO bars! Any of them! ALL OF THEM! I had NO IDEA they were vegan, waaaaa!

Average A said...

WHAT YOU ARE ON TWITTER? I sent a request (@DiaryAvgRunner)

Raina said...

Hi P! Happy Labor DAy!
I follow :)

Raina said...

Moka Koka sounds delish!

Megan said...

I follow your blog!

Megan said...

The PB&J and the Moka Koka look awesome.

Megan said...

I sent a link to follow you on Twitter! (fitcraftyteach)

Megan said...

I like you on Facebook!! (Fit Crafty English Teacher)

Megan said...

I like PROBAR on fb!

runningonwordsblog.com said...

I follow your blog (follow and stalk mean the same thing, right?).

runningonwordsblog.com said...

I follow your blog (follow and stalk mean the same thing, right?).

runningonwordsblog.com said...

I really want to try the HALO s'mores! I love s'mores and the bars would be a lot less messy than making the real thing.

runningonwordsblog.com said...

I follow you on the Twitter.

Finallyfit2011 said...

Im a follower :)

Finallyfit2011 said...

The sweet & savory coco pistachio sounds amazaaaazing!!!

Finallyfit2011 said...

Posted giveaway to my bloggy :)

Finallyfit2011 said...

I liked you on fb :)

Finallyfit2011 said...

Following Probar on Twitter!

tri like mary said...

I'm already a follower!

tri like mary said...

Lemon Fruition looks like it would be delish but the nutty marshmallow sounds like my cup of tea!

Forward Foot Strides said...

I am a follower!

Forward Foot Strides said...

For my favourite, I am going with smores for sure!

Forward Foot Strides said...

Including this in a blog post that will be completed in about 30 minutes!

Forward Foot Strides said...

I like you on facebook!

Forward Foot Strides said...

I like probar on facebook.

Forward Foot Strides said...

Following probar on Twitter.

Forward Foot Strides said...

Following you on Twitter!

ajh said...

I want to try the old school PB and J.

ajh said...

I am a follower.

Karen said...

Following!

Karen said...

The cherry fruition bars sound kind of YUM :)

Kara said...

I already follow your blog!

Kara said...

I'd go for the old school PB&J bar!

Kara said...

I follow you on twitter. :)

track coach and adorable wife said...

I follow your blog!

track coach and adorable wife said...

I have quite the sweet tooth, so all the HALO ones sound delish, but I also have a thing for cashews and the fruitation ones sound good too!

track coach and adorable wife said...

I posted about it on my blog!

Tortuga_Runner said...

I'm a follower!

Tortuga_Runner said...

I would love to try the S'mores.

Tortuga_Runner said...

I follow you on twitter.

Tortuga_Runner said...

I "like" your FB page

The Jesse said...

i'm a follower :)

The Jesse said...

i "like" your FB page

The Jesse said...

i follow you on twitter

The Jesse said...

i "like" probar on FB

The Jesse said...

i think i would really like the cherry pretzel sweet & savory bars but i'm allergic to nuts and they all seem to have nuts or peanut butter. i guess if i win then the husband would have some new bars to enjoy :)

Julie said...

I'm a follower!!

Julie said...

S'mores sounds right up my ally.

Teamarcia said...

Happy 200! I'm a follower of course!

Teamarcia said...

Hell what bar doesn't speak to me--they all look delish. I'll go for rocky Road though. The old school PBJ looks good too...

Teamarcia said...

I like you on FB

Teamarcia said...

and I already follow you on the Twitter

Teamarcia said...

Linked you on my blog

Elizabeth said...

Hi! I just came across your blog and want to thank you for bringing a smile to my face on a MONDAY :) I'm now a "follower", and I'd LOVE to be entered into the HALO giveaway...I had no idea they were all natural, good for you AND delicious and would love to try them! :)