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YouBar Review and Giveaway!

17 Feb

The Review

I am SO EXCITED to tell you guys about this company. I first discovered YouBars through the site Groupon. I purchased a gift certificate worth $25 for $12, and I’m so happy to have found them.

Most of you guys have heard of Lärabars, right? These are like Lärabars, but totally customized! YouBar makes custom nutrition bars, trail mix, protein shake mix, cookies, and cereal. It’s an incredibly simple process, too. You simply choose which type of product you want to make, then check off all the items you want to include in there. You choose a base, protein powder, nuts/seeds, fruit/berries, sweeteners, seasonings, grains, and infusions, as well as the strength of each ingredient. It even calculates nutrition information as you go. Once you’re done creating your bar, you even get to name it :)

I made a box of nutrition bars using my coupon, and it took me a while to order since I couldn’t choose what I wanted in there! I finally decided on an autumn-inspired bar:

  • YouBar Base (almond butter and organic dates)
  • whey protein
  • organic pumpkin seeds
  • organic flax seeds
  • organic apples
  • organic black mission figs
  • organic brown rice syrup
  • cinnamon
  • organic ginger
  • crunchy rice cereal
  • all-one vitamin infusion

IT IS DELICIOUS. The flax seeds add this wonderful toasty, nutty flavor to it, and the pumpkin seeds give it a bit of pop. The almond butter and date base holds the bar together well, but it isn’t as dense as a Lärabar (I always found them too dense to finish). The crunchy rice cereal isn’t very apparent, but there’s still a hint of crunch. I think I like the crunch level for this type of bar; any crunchier and it’d be chunky.

And of course I named it…

Running Fuel! I eat one before my training sessions and it fills me up for quite a while.

The Giveaway

I emailed the folks at YouBar and they have kindly agreed to give away a YouBar Starter Box to one lucky reader! The Starter Box includes:

  • a $15 gift certificate towards any YouBar product
  • two pre-made nutrition bars
  • two pre-made protein shake mixes
  • two pre-made bags of trail mix

Yum yum yum!

The contest ends at 11:59pm on February 24th, and you have four chances to win:

  1. Go to YouBars.com, check out the products, and leave me a comment with which product you’d like to create, and which flavor combo appeals to you.
  2. Add my blog to your RSS feed and let me know in another comment.
  3. Link to this post from your blog (1 entry), or Twitter/Facebook/Whatever (another entry)  and let me know in another comment.

Love what you see on YouBar, but don’t want to wait for the end of the contest? Just use coupon code runkerarun to get 5% off your order!

Cookie Time!

22 Dec

Oh people. I can’t even tell you how happy I am with this year’s baked goods. I made a bunch of gift packages for friends, family, and coworkers. My coworkers gobbled up almost all of them in one day. Yay.

Here’s the rundown of cookies (and links to the recipes):
Cornmeal, Black Pepper & Rosemary Butter Cookies
Lemon, Lime & Clove Sugar Cookies (my favorite in the bunch- it takes summery flavors and gives them a wintry twist)
Peppermint Shortbread
Molasses Spice Cookies (no link because it’s mostly my recipe, listed below)

They’re risky recipes- very different from the standard Christmas cookie. But because they’re so different they’re usually very well-received (unless you only like chocolate chip then whatever). There are tons of other recipes on that site that I want need to try. Hazelnut Honey Toffee Tart? Um yes please.

Okay here are your gratuitous photos:

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Nifty Gifties and Angrypants

21 Dec

Gooood evening, blogland. To start, I have a confession to make: I didn’t run until Saturday. I took almost a whole week off. Now, in my defense, my old internship was having their holiday party on Friday night and they gave me a glass of scotch. There was no way I’d be running. But I went to the gym on Saturday morning and, despite being on the treadmill, was beaming for the first mile. It was great to move again. I intended on doing 5.5 miles, but as time went on my body was so not into it. So I did 2.5, half an hour of strength, and another mile. I’m doing the 5.5 tomorrow night in preparation for feasting the rest of the week.

While I was doing my first stint on the treadmills, there was a very angry fellow next to me. He was running at a good pace, but was making really loud, obnoxious noises as he ran. He was also wearing big headphones, so I’m not sure if he knew how loud he was being. It was sort of gross. Then he accidentally hit the giant red button that stops the machine. Rather than use logic and pressing the green button to start it up again, he decides that the proper reaction is to start swearing at the machine and keep mashing buttons until all his data has cleared. He starts his run over again. Not even 5 minutes later he does the same thing; hits the red button. Cue more swearing and a storm-off Rachel Berry would have admired. I was relieved when he moved on to another treadmill in the row ahead of mine, but disgusted to realize that he didn’t wipe his midlife crisis sweat off the equipment. Idiots make me sad.

Anyway, whether or not it was noticed, I disappeared for a few days. I was kept within the walls of my kitchen all weekend making cookies. Don’t believe me? Just wait until I go all cookie photo crazy up in here. I made upwards of 200 cookies, then packaged them all into little gift bags. Then tested a stuffing recipe. Then wrapped gifts. Ho ho ho. Oh, and I chopped off most of my hair. Still getting used to it, but I think I love it.

Speaking of gifts, check out this totally awesome shirt Velma sent to me! I love love love it, it’s so soft and warm. THANK YOU! :D And J (forgive me, I wrote the wrong name earlier… shouldn’t blog when I’m tired), thanks for organizing such an awesome exchange :)

Okay see you next time when I give you diabetes via pictures of cookies on the internet.

I Can’t Win (also, cookies)

15 Nov

So today was my 3.5 mile run. Also, the completion of my second week of training. But the 3.5 is more important. Why? It’s officially the furthest I’ve ever run. I’ve never been able to get past that 3.1 barrier. And I did the 3.5 in 32:11. Yeahhhh. But of course, it can’t just be awesome. My right arch started acting up after the first half mile. I shrugged it off as tightness and my legs being tired. I worked all morning (standing for 5 hours, meh) and already had some soreness in my shin. I stopped for a minute at .75 miles and stretched, then did the same after finishing 2 miles. Once I finished my foot went into full cramp mode. Ugh. I can’t win. I’ve been having muscle cramps in my foot for years, and I’m guessing this is just the end result of leaving it untreated. I made a run over to the Marathon Sports near my house and picked up a Foot Rubz and The Stick. Rollin’ my foot as I type. Go away, pain. You’ve annoyed me enough. I’ve had bad heel/tendon injuries before, so I’m going to do everything I can to make sure this goes away quickly. No plantar faciitis for me, thanks.

Today was my last day at the coffeehouse and I didn’t get to bake anything. Sadface. So of course, I decided to bake something when I got home. I made some Applesauce Almond Butter cookies. The applesauce replaces butter, which makes the cookie SUPER light and very cake-like. Unfortunately, due to the light flavor of almond butter, there isn’t a ton of flavor to the cookie. I’m going to have to play around with spices. I’ll post the recipe, and if you make them and find a magical spice combination, let me know!

Applesauce Almond Butter Cookies
As adapted from Simply Recipes’ Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (I used creamy unsalted)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Cream the applesauce and sugars for 2 minutes. Mix in the almond butter and egg. Mix together the dry ingredients – flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir into the sugar applesauce mixture.
  • Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate at least 3 hours. (Definitely didn’t do this step… I was too impatient)
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Shape dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. (I used a 2 tablespoon ice cream scoop, much easier than rolling them) Place about 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten in crisscross pattern with a fork. Bake until light brown, 9 to 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for a minute; transfer to rack to cool completely.
    Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
    For chewier cookies, bake at 300°F for 15 minutes.

The end result: a super light, pretty healthy cookie. Like I said, it definitely could use a bit of oomph, but it ain’t too bad as-is.

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First day of work in the morning! And a rest day for me. G’night, all… hope you had a great weekend!