Luna Bars: Product Review & Free Giveaway!

Any other Luna Bar fans out there?

LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, is the first nutrition bar specifically formulated with a woman’s needs in mind to help nourish them throughout their busy day and lives. LUNA contains nutrients women often lack, like folic acid, calcium, iron, vitamin D and other vitamins and minerals that are essential to a woman’s everyday needs, while being as organic as possible.  LUNA is made with 70% organic ingredients and free of trans fats, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup; artificial sweeteners, flavors or preservatives; and ingredients sourced from GMOs. SRP: $1.39/bar

The folks over at Luna have kindly sent me two of their new flavors to sample:  Chocolate Chunk and Chocolate Dipped Coconut!

Chocolate Chunk is Luna’s nutritious take on the classic chocolate chip cookie with big, mouth-watering chunks of dark chocolate.  When I read this my first thought was, “Can a granola bar REALLY taste just like a chocolate chip cookie?” but Chocolate Chunk comes pretty close.  I decided I really like “chunks” over “chips” for that extra chocolatey taste.

Chocolate Dipped Coconut is a deliciously decadent combination of toasted coconut and chocolate.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from this flavor, to be honest, since I’m not a HUGE coconut fan.  But this bar was a pleasant surprise!  The coconut flavor is not overwhelming in the least.  It was strong enough that I could taste it, but subtle enough that it didn’t overtake the chocolate either.  Thumbs up. 

I always want to be completely fair and honest in my product reviews on Fitness & Feta, so I would like to note that I personally prefer having a fruit or nut flavored bar over a chocolate one for a snack.  I just don’t crave it!  Luna bars are my go to when traveling and need a healthier snack option between meetings with customers or on the plane.  I also enjoy having them as a quick snack when running around between work, my classes, physical therapy, etc.  And for a pre-workout snack, I just prefer a different flavor than chocolate.  So although I really did like these two bars and they definitely lived up to their descriptions, my personal favorite Luna bar flavors are still Vanilla Almond, Toasted Nuts & Cranberry, and Iced Oatmeal Raisin – in that order.

But I’ll let you guys be the judge!

Luna has offered one lucky reader the chance to also sample these new flavors. 

To enter the giveaway:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me about one “fun fact” that you learned from visiting the Luna Bar website here.
  • You can earn a second entry by liking Luna on Facebook (and you have to like the Fitness & Feta page too!)
  • You can earn a third entry by tweeting about or posting this giveaway on Facebook.

Just be sure to leave a second and third comment for the additional entries, or they won’t count.  I’ll randomly pick a winner on Friday morning.  Good luck.

P.S.  Luna Bars aren’t just for women!  I know plenty of men who admit to liking these too.  🙂

Columbus Day Cape Getaway

Good morning everyone!  Happy Wednesday.  Since I had Monday off and used a sick day yesterday for two doctor’s appointments, I’m pumped that it is already Wednesday.

WEEKEND

As I mentioned on Monday, I spent Saturday & Sunday down the Cape with a bunch of friends.  My roommate’s boyfriend Geoff invited us to spend the night at his family’s house in Orleans, dubbed “Camp Rice.”  We really lucked out weather wise – Mother Nature apparently still thinks it’s summer!  We were able to get to the beach both days, hang out outside by the campfire, and really just enjoy being removed from everything.  Literally – we were in the middle of the sand dunes and not much else – which was perfect.  The house was built in 1940, has two rooms (kitchen/living room in 1, and 1 bedroom), no running water, no electricity unless you use a generator, and the bathroom is actually an outhouse in the yard.  It was so fun to “rough it” for the night!

I guess you could call this another No Carb Left Behind weekend of sorts – although we didn’t bring nearly as much food, I ate a lot!  I didn’t document every single meal and snack, so instead I’ll list out what we all consumed this weekend in some shape or form:

  • Mimosas
  • Chips & peach mango salsa
  • Pretzels (I might have dipped these in cream cheese a few times…)
  • Deli sandwiches
  • Cheeseburgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Shipyard Pumpkin beer
  • Coors Light
  • Swedish Fish Vodka and Seltzer Water
  • Apple Streusel Muffins
  • Mini Bagels with cream cheese
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Beer Bread
  • Carrots  & Hummus
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • S’Mores

Whoops.

Some picture highlights:

For the full album of pictures, you can click this link.

WEEK’S WORKOUT PLAN

Monday:  Heat yoga at Prana.  I haven’t been to yoga in so long.  Felt nice to be back, but my shoulder was sore afterwards 😦

Tuesday:  Liz’s Corpbasics Kix class, followed by my Circuit Training class at the Oak Square Y

Wednesday:  Andy’s Kix class at CBC

Thursday:  My morning Circuit Training class

Friday:  Own workout – thinking a lunch time elliptical sesh since I’m working from home.

WEEK’S FOOD

I also went to the grocery store (Trader Joe’s!) to stalk up on healthy food for the next week (hopefully 2).

In my cart:

  • Veggies:  Bok Choy, 1 orange pepper, celery, mushrooms, green beans, asparagus, broccoli
  • Fruit:  2 apples, bananas, blueberries, blackberries, grapes
  • Dairy:  Cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, crumbled goat cheese
  • Nuts:  Raw almonds, California chopped walnuts, halved pecans
  • Snacks:  Multigrain pretzel sticks, TLC Original 7 grain crackers, pumpkin spice granola, 2 Clif Bars, 2 Luna Bars
  • Drinks:  2 bottles raspberry lime seltzer
  • Spices:  Coriander, Ground Cloves
  • Other:  2 boxes Trader Joe’s soup, 1 jar almond butter, 2 cans pumpkin

Question of the Day:  What are you doing to keep healthy this week?

Don’t forget to enter my free giveaway!

On the Road Again

This week I’m traveling for work in White Plains, New York.

First, an awkward story.  If you stick with reading my blog, you’ll learn that I love awkward moments.  They just find me, so I definitely plan on incorporating them into Fitness & Feta.

I left on Tuesday morning with my boss.  On Monday, my boss said he didn’t mind driving as long as I was aware that he likes to drive with the top down.  Sure, no big deal.  What I didn’t realize was that he meant he likes to drive his jeep with the top down, back down, and 2 back doors down.  With no air conditioning.  On a 97 record heat breaking day.  By the time we reached Mystic, CT for a break, my entire back was sweating and my hair was all over the place.  My boss and I didn’t speak one word for the entire last hour of the trip because I was focusing so hard on just breathing to make it without passing out.  I also had to concentrate on my every movement because one wrong move and my cotton skirt was flying up.  So not only did I have sweat dripping in places I didn’t even know I had, but I also had potential thigh exposure working against me.  AND I got a sunburn down my left shoulder / arm from the sun beating down on us from that direction.  If I had known all of this, I definitely would have volunteered the Camry instead.

It’s funny to think about today.

Anyways, my Renaissance Inn hotel room makes up for the drive from hell.  It’s pretty much an entire apartment!

The week is going pretty well.  We’ve had a couple easy days on site, and I’ve stuck to eating healthy and working out.  Not always so easy to do on the road, especially when you are eating out for every meal on your company dollar!

Here’s what I’ve eaten so far:

On Tuesday, I had a yogurt before I left my house and a banana during my sweat fest on the car ride down.  I did splurge and get a blueberry iced coffee (with skim milk and 1 splenda!) from Dunks to get me through the ride.  The ice melted within 3 minutes though.  We ate lunch at the hospital, so slim pickings.  Hospital cafeteria food is just not that delicious.  But I got a salad with spinach leaves, tomato, cucumber, dried cranberry, and carrots.  And a cup of grapes on the side.  After the hospital, I needed a little extra before working out, so I bought a Luna bar at the hotel “Market.”

Now I can never decide if these kind of bars are good for you or not.  So I looked this one up.  From the Luna website:  “Each 1.69 oz (48g) LUNA Bar has around 180 calories with 9-10g protein and 3-5g fiber. It is high in calcium folic acid and iron, a good source of Vitamin D, and rich in antioxidants (vitamins A, C and E). Each bar has 3.5-6g fat and 9-14g sugar depending on the flavor.”   These are one of my favorite bars to choose from, if I must!

After my workout, we went to a restaurant within walking distance to our hotel, called Blue Restaurant.  I ordered the Summer Salad to start, which had spinach leaves, walnuts, grapes, watermelon, tomatoes, and feta.  Delish!  And for my entree I went with a pistachio salmon topped with swiss chard and a honey drizzle.  I tried to leave the potato puree behind.

On the way home, I realized we were also within walking distance to the grocery store, so I went in to stalk up on some healthier options since I have the luxury of a refrigerator in my hotel room this week!  I got a couple Chobani yogurts, raspberries, 2 peaches, 2 bananas, and 2 Sobe Life Waters.   Sure beats snacking on all that packaged crap available in the hotel lobby or vending machines.  I felt a little lame at how excited I got by this purchase, but the raspberries were a perfect little munchie for when I was up preparing for today on site.

Today I ate breakfast at the continental breakfast.  I had a bowl of oatmeal and mixed in one of my Chobanis, because the yogurt gives the plain oatmeal a little extra flavor.  And I also had some scrambled eggs.  On site for lunch I had another salad for fear of the hot lunch line, had the rest of my raspberries and a peach for a snack before working out, and went for dinner at Legal Seafood.  I ordered grilled scallops and shrimp, with 2 sides of brown rice and veggies.  The menu at Legal had the calorie information next to every item on the menu, which I think some states have started mandating to promote healthier choices.  I love it!

Definitely happy with my food choices!  And working out hasn’t been too bad either.  For me, I find it the hardest to exercise when I don’t have my regular schedule of classes available.  When I’m not teaching a class, I’m taking a class somewhere, weather it be another class at the Y, yoga, kickboxing, or whatever I’ve stumbled upon in the area lately.  But on the road it’s pretty impossible to fit a class into a busy travel schedule.  So not only am I already not the best when it comes to hopping on a machine, but hotel exercise rooms are never that great.  The last one I went to only had one little step machine and one medicine ball.  This one is actually pretty decent because at least it has an elliptical!

On Tuesday I did 20 minutes on the elliptical, some bicep and tricep work interspersed with cardio intervals like jumping jacks and high knees, and a whole lot of abs.  Today we took advantage of our $10 a day to a gym while on a road and ventured over to the nearby Planet Fitness where I did another 20 minutes on the elliptical, then a little bit of everything!  Forward lunges, plie squats with lateral shoulder raises, squats twist ups with a leg raise (stolen from Jen!), glute presses, and a whole lot of ab work.

Off to bed.  I’m hoping to make it back to Planet Fitness at 6am in the morning before we have to be on site, to round out my 3 days on the road.  Then I can be back to classes again when I’m home!