So, about 8 and a half years ago, I was able to give birth to a wonderful little bundle of joy! She was the result of an embryo adoption, a little miracle baby, and the perfect addition to our family, with our older daughter being adopted by traditional means. I never thought I'd be able to actually be pregnant, so I soaked up every second of it, Y'all! I mean, I still worked out 5 to 6 days a week (rocking my compression hose under my gym shorts), but I enjoyed me some Dairy Queen and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (and my mama's meatloaf and macaroni and cheese and sauteed cabbage which I call my "Death Row Meal"- what I would request for my last meal if I was ever sent down the river! 😉
Well, all those wonderful treats treated me with some serious lbs after giving birth! I had never felt so lumpy and squishy, and I couldn't stand it! As soon as I hit the 6-week postpartum mark and got the all clear from the doc, I hit the gym and started watching what I ate. That was the beginning of me being super serious about what went into my mouth.
I started the "Body for Life" plan and was STARVING FOR SOME DQ, y'all! Going from a serious sweet tooth to some cottage cheese with apple was NOT cutting it! My cheat days started to blossom into full-out binges where I would wake up early to hide in the pantry and eat. (I know, right?!) I felt like I couldn't have anything "good" unless it were a cheat day, so I was simply miserable!
Enter Zone Perfect Bars. These were my salvation. Everyday, I would have one of these bars and not feel the least bit guilty about it. With protein and pretty wholesome ingredients, I would savor each and every bite. All day I would wait until my 2 pm snack, and then close my eyes while I tasted each deliciously sweet mouthful. My kids could be screaming, and my sink could be full of dishes, but at 2 pm, I was in heaven.
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These bars got me through days of eating clean and hangryness. They allowed me to feel like I wasn't depriving myself while also fueling my body with the protein my body needed for building muscle. And, believe it or not, they are even MORE delicious today than they were eight years ago! They are cleaner and tastier and perfect for my little sweet "treat".
With these bars, you can actually SEE all of the ingredients! I can read and pronounce everything that is in them! They are sweet and just like eating a dessert (especially with a latte!) I can shove some of these babies in my purse and not sweat it when we are caught in traffic, and I'm starving. I can store a couple in my gym bag to have post workout when we have to run errands after the gym. AND, I still don't have to feel guilty! They are all 200 calories or less with protein that helps me feel full for longer.
The truth is, I know that I don't always snack well. We are a super busy family and have to rush out of the door more often than not. The Perfectly Simple protein bars are the perfect grab and go snack for my whole family (if I'm feeling generous and let them know where my stash is).