Who are the Bearded Brothers?
We're just two brothers who are passionate about the outdoors, staying fit, and especially about healthy organic foods. We love that last one so much, we started an awesome snackfood company. Our bars are, raw, vegan, gluten and soy free, made with organic ingredients, and crafted in hot and sunny Austin, Texas.
As awesome as the idea behind the company sounds, I must admit, when I was presented with the opportunity to review Bearded Brothers Energy Bars, I was very curious how they would taste...
I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of flavor each bar has packed into it. Each flavor brings its own unique taste to the table - but my favorite is the Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla.
Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla
Radical Raspberry Lemon (newest flavor - photo below)
Fabulous Ginger Peach
Mighty Maca Chocolate
Colossal Coconut Mango
Each 4-pack of bars (all same flavor) costs $12.00 or you can buy a variety 5-pack for $15.00. Also available are cases of 12 bars for $36.00.
All in all, I must say that Bearded Brothers succeeded in creating an energy bar that is healthy and tastes good.
Disclaimer: Bearded Brothers provided me with samples to review at no cost. All opinions are my own.
Last week, I started out with a couple great workouts, then still had great intentions, but the week had other plans for me.
Monday: arc trainer for 20 mins + ran 3 miles + walked 1.5 miles
Tuesday: walked 2.17 miles + ran 3 miles + 4 sets of 12 reps each of chest fly, chest press, overhead press, and lat pull down + 4 sets of 45 seconds plank
Thursday: circuit training x 3
Saturday: walked 60 minutes
Unfortunately, I let my week (head cold/holidays/unexpected events/any other excuse I can think of) get the best of me and became a huge slacker in the running - or any type of exercise - department. Ever since our vacation over Thanksgiving, I have been taking it TOO easy - starting this week, that is going to change...
On Tuesday, my husband and I will be starting the Hal Higdon Half Marathon Training Program. I am SO ready to begin following a legit regimen again. It was way too easy for me to slack these past few weeks without a real plan to follow. I am excited to get started!
I will leave you with a little motivation from Runner's World:
Here are just a few photos taken with my phone over the past couple weeks...
Enjoy your weekend!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!
Today I am going to keep it simple - a very easy, but yummy, recipe. Enjoy!
2 cups oats
a handful of dry roasted peanuts
2 T of chia seeds
2 T of flaxseed
Sprinkle with cinnamon
((I want to try to mix in some honey and chocolate chips next time))
- Preheat oven to 350
- Mix ingredients (except cinnamon) in medium bowl
- Drop mixture by tablespoon onto greased cookie sheet
- Sprinkle with cinnamon
- Bake for about 15 minutes
- Let cool and/or refrigerate
I am aware that my picture taking skills are less than average - please forgive me! I promise they look better in person :)
PocketFuel is 100% natural, portable whole food. You can use it anytime, anywhere - whether you are running, biking, or traveling.
Founded in Hood River, Oregon in 2010 by Mark & Heidi Ribkoff and Rod Parmenter. PocketFuel was created by athletes for athletes.
The nut butter blends are made from 100% natural, whole food ingredients found in nuts, seeds and fruits. Each blend is a slow burning, easy to digest fuel providing a natural & sustained energy boost to help your body to thrive and reach its maximum potential.
These blends are packed with many important B-complex group of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates.
They are also a rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium and sodium. These electrolytes are absorbed efficiently into the bloodstream, speeding fluid to your cells to refuel, rehydrate and replenish your body.
PocketFuel Naturals are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, corn-free.
I received 8 samples review. Each flavor arrived in a 1.8 ounce resealable, reusable pouch.
Almond Butter Blends:
- Crunchy Banana Blueberry
- Chunky Coconut Cherry
- Chocolate Espresso
- Chi Goji & Honey
Hazelnut & Almond Butter Blends:
- Pineapple Coconut
- Chocolate Haze
- Vanilla Haze
Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate & Coconut Blend:
- Chocolate Smackeroon
Flavors are available in a variety of sizes:
1.8 ounce individual packs - $2.99
3 ounce individual packs - $4.50
1.15 ounce variety pack - $14.99
1.8 ounce 10 pack - $29.90
3 ounce 6 pack - $27.00
You can refill the smaller pouches with the 20 ounce pouch or just use it on its own. Click here to check out your purchasing options.
Squish & Squeeze
Separation occurs naturally, so it is important to 'squish & squeeze' the pouches before opening to blend and soften the ingredients. There are no preservatives added to PocketFuels, so there might be some settling of the ingredients.
My favorite way to enjoy PocketFuel Naturals were by spreading on a piece of toast or on an apple or banana. I will definitely be turning to PocketFuels after the new year when I begin longer runs again!
Disclaimer: PocketFuel provided me with samples to review at no cost. All opinions are my own.
Another week of this lovely wake-up call time...
For those of you interested, here is a breakdown of my daily workouts from this past week:
Monday: 40 minutes on the arc trainer + 15 minute run + strength: chest/arms/back (3 sets of 10 rotations on the chest press, lat pull down, fly, and overhead press)
Tuesday: 2.64 mile run + 20 minutes spinning
Wednesday: 2.59 mile run
Friday: core circuit
Sunday: 30 minutes on the arc trainer + 30 minute walk
After some seriously low mileage weeks (winter has been kicking my butt!), I am in need of some motivation. So, in case you are in the same boat, here is a quote from Runner's World:
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
The winner of the FlipBelt giveaway is:
Congrats! I will be emailing you with further information!
Thank you to everyone who entered!
I didn't recognize my December Birchbox when I first saw it in the mailbox last week. It didn't come in its usual bright pink box - because this is the Holiday edition!
Take a look at the items I received in my December box:
Camille Beckman -Body Butter - Morelia Monarch Scent
Any Birchbox fans out there?
Last day to enter my giveaway for a FREE FlipBelt - Click HERE to enter!
I don't write regular 'Friday Favorites' posts, but it has been awhile since my last one I figured it was time...
Have a great weekend!
Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a FREE FlipBelt - Click HERE to enter!