Friday, November 27, 2015

Food: Nakd Bars | Ad

I'm not the healthiest person on the planet, not even close, but I do try once in a while. So, when Fran from Total Media contacted me about a collaboration, I jumped at the chance to try Natural Balance Foods' Nakd Bars. They're natural snacks with only natural preservatives. Did I mention they're also gluten-free, wheat-free, and dairy-free? Score!

There was no way I could eat the entire sampler pack on my own, so I happily distributed some to my mother and my roommates. I was still left with about 6-7 bars so I decided to bring them to work. They each tried a small piece, and most people enjoyed it. One person in particular really enjoyed it because she loved healthy snacks. Towards the end of the day, I ended up giving her the rest of the box. She was very happy about that.

Since everyone was so excited to get free treats, I was not able to take a photo of the bars themselves. However, check out this blog post from Grocery Gems if you'd like to see what the bars look like. They essentially all looked the same, to be honest.

For those of you health lovers, you'd be pleased to know that these bars had three main ingredients: Dates, Cashews, and Raisins. There was a bar called Bakewell Tart, which I would assume to be the original bar because it literally just had the three ingredients.

My favorite of the bunch was the Cocoa Crunch. Like I said, healthy foods weren't my favorite to eat, but anything with chocolate would entice me to try it. I loved that I couldn't taste the healthy ingredients and it was actually delicious. Personally, I thought it was quite sweet, but my co-workers didn't think so. 

I was a bit concerned with the fiber content, but since it was an all-natural bar, I didn't react to it negatively. My body honestly just loved it. Some of my coworkers also agreed that the texture was like that of Fig Newtons. I honestly wasn't a big fan of Fig Newtons, but if you just gave me Nakd Cocoa Crunch, I'd happily eat it :)

I tried a piece of most of the bars and found that I also liked the Banana Crunch because it tasted like banana nut bread. It did have the strongest banana scent when you open it, though. I didn't mind that since it was delicious!

Another co-worker tried Cocoa Orange. I informed her that chocolate orange was a big thing in the UK, and she said that she would love to eat the bar with a glass of chocolate milk. Perfect for this time of year, to be honest. Some did say the bar was a bit chewy, but besides that, they tasted good.

There was one bar that I didn't think I would like, but when I tasted it, I was blown away, and it was the Apple Crunch. I wasn't the biggest fan of apple-flavored products, but the bar was so good, I'd say it was one of my favorites. The apple taste was so subtle, which I really appreciated.

Before this post got too long, I just wanted to mention one more flavor: the Strawberry Crunch. It tasted like a really sweet candy to me, which was something I'd expect from a strawberry-flavored food. I don't know why, but strawberry-flavored foods somehow always turn out quite sweet.

The one big question about these bars was the expiration date. I looked all over the packaging and nowhere did it say when the bars would expire. I had thought that with them being all-natural, that they would spoil quite easily. However, according to the Natural Balance Foods website, their products actually have such a long shelf life. So there you have it, a bit of an assurance :)

Now for my final words about these products. I personally could not eat one bar in one sitting. In my opinion, it was too sweet. As for my favorite flavors, I think I could safely say that I really enjoyed the flavors that had "crunch" in its name. I'd certainly suggest those :)

P.S. If you're reading this the day it's published (11/27/15), there's a Black Friday Bonanza sale on their website. I'm not affiliated or anything, but may I suggest the Crunch Mixed Box or Chocolovers Box? Anyone want to send me a box for Christmas? ;)

Have you tried Nakd Bars? If not, would you be interested in trying them?

In case you didn't pick it up from this post, these products were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own. :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Life: Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

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Mockingjay Part 2 was the epic ending to the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy. I saw somewhere online that this movie didn't do as well in the box office as the other movies in the saga, but I honestly thought they were all the same tear-jerker quality. I was at the edge of my seat and on the verge of tears for the entire movie, as I always did with every movie from this franchise.

I believe that this was by far the most emotional movie. There were "casualties" that upset me and there was just a general theme of chaos for this final installment. 

One of my favorite parts, of course, was when Peeta would interact with Katniss. His struggle to find his way back to her was so precious. Real or not real? I was sad for the corruption of Peeta, but I was happy that it strengthened his bond with Katniss.

The climax of the movie was so satisfying. Katniss will always be Katniss, no matter what she appeared to be. I really admired that about her character. She was truly an inspiration to stick to my guns and stand up for what I believed in.

Katniss went through so much, but she survived. I think we could all learn from her. Keep on fighting for what you believe in, don't hurt the people around you unnecessarily, and trust your instincts.

Have you seen this movie? What did you think?!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Life: Five Things I'm Thankful For

I have received many blessings in the past couple of months, some of them I've mentioned in my Grateful for Good Graces post. So, in lieu of Thanksgiving this week, I want to share with you five things I'm thankful for!

1. I have met new clients for my freelance copy editing business and I couldn't be more thankful. Most of them didn't really have a book for me to edit, but it was nice knowing that they were aware of my existence and would hopefully utilize my services in the future.

2. My relationship with my mom had improved greatly. These past few months, we've been able to get along better than ever and we've been able to tolerate each other. That was certainly something to be thankful for. Now, I would miss her if I don't see her once a week.

3. I'm quite thankful to have a great day job. There would always be challenges and sometimes conflicts with any occupation, but I was very grateful to be surrounded with supportive and overall good people. The office had always been filled with laughter, camaraderie, and professionalism. 

4. It had been quite a journey getting along with my roommate because I tend to run away from conflict. I'd been very thankful that she had taught me to talk about the situation and work things out. In addition to that, I had also been appreciating my friends more. If you didn't know, I didn't have many friends, but the ones I did have were great!

5. Finally, I couldn't be more thankful for my therapist. There had been times when I could cry throughout half or all of the session, and he would simply listen or offer some comforting words. I had also been thankful for the online support group that I'd developed this past year, especially on Twitter. Having someone on the other side of the world was quite helpful for late night bouts of anxiety.

Now you know what I'm thankful for, I want to know what you're thankful for in the comments! You can list as many or as little as you want. Just remember, being alive is enough to be thankful for each day.