zingbars 004According to the information on the website these bars were created by Nutritionists and Registered Dieticians because they wanted good nutrition bars they could recommend to their clients. They have the optimal balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats.  Certified wheat and gluten free. Soy and dairy free flavors. Sweetened with low glycemic organic agave. High protein and a good source of fiber. Healthy fat and nuts. No trans fats or palm kernel oil. No artificial colorings, flavors or preservatives. No artificial sweeteners or corn syrup. The bars come in 5 flavors, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cranberry Orange, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Almond Blueberry and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. (Are you drooling yet?) 🙂 All the bars have 210 calories, 10-13 g protein and they are Wheat and Gluten free and in addition the Cranberry Orange and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip are both Dairy free as well. The first bar I  tried was the Chocolate Peanut Butter, as you can see from the ripped package I really could not wait to taste this.  You can’t go wrong with this combination.  ( Note to self take pictures before ripping package.) I really enjoyed the flavor and taste of this bar. It had the right amount of sweetness and the right amount of peanut butter. The first bite was chewy but the bar itself has a nice soft consistency. It was so delicious.

zingbars 003The Oatmeal Chocolate Chip bar tastes just like homemade cookies. Delicious, delicious, delicious. I warmed it a little and had it with my morning cup of coffee and I really wished I had another for later in the week. I really enjoyed it. The next flavor the Cranberry Orange bar, I like cranberries and oranges by themselves so I was a little skeptical of this combination. But I was pleasantly surprised. this combination was really very good. You were able to taste each flavor separately but at the same time together. Understand? Ok on to the Almond Blueberry, again delicious. The bar tastes like almond butter with fresh blueberries swirled in.  Yum!

zingbars 002The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip was very rich. It almost tasted sinful. More peanut butter than chocolate chips so if you are looking for a  rich peanut butter bar with a hint of chocolate then this is the one for you. As you can tell I really liked these bars, they do not leave a weird after taste and they are so easy to digest. They are a great pre workout snack, or even a mid afternoon snack. Try them; you will see what I mean. If you sign up for their newsletter you will also receive e coupons as well as the opportunity to request/ suggest a new Zing bar flavor. I suggested a Coffee Chocolate bar.

I would like to thank Stacey at Zingbars for giving me the opportunity to review the bars. Thanks again Stacey. In order to give everyone an opportunity to enjoy the bars, the wonderful people at Zingbars is offering $5 off per box purchased at zingbars.com. (They have a variety box if you would like to try them all.) Check them out. The coupon code is Jodie and it expires 30 days after this post. Thanks Zingbars.


 Good morning all the winner of the Performance Nutrition for Runners is ………………..    Whitney of IrunIsweat.
Whitney said : I’d LOVE that book, and I’m sure it would help me on my next 1/2 marathon! I’ll definitely link back!
Congrats Whitney!!!  Please email me your address and your book will be on its way.

Thank you to everyone who entered.



Last-Minute Marathon Medical Tips

Date: September 16, 2009

Time: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. FREE ADMISSION

Location: Robert Wagner Middle School

220 East 76th Street, NYC

Fall marathon season is approaching. Perhaps you’ve had difficulties during your training, or you’re worried about the 26.2-mile distance. How can you be sure you’ll finish? What should you do if that injury reappears race day? How much should you drink? Should you take salt?

Join us for this not-to-be-missed NYRR Learning Series event, led by:

Lewis G. Maharam, MD, FACSM

Sports-medicine specialist practicing on 57th Street in NYC (212-765-5763)

NYRR and ING New York City Marathon Medical Director

Medical Director, Elite Racing’s Rock ’n’ Roll marathons around the country

Medical Director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program

Chairman of the Board of Governors of the International Marathon Medical Directors Association

“Ask Running Doc” columnist, Runnersworld.com

Annually Recognized in New York Magazine’s Best Doctors Issue and Castle Connolly’s Best Doctors in New York and in America.

This information will be beneficial to all.


Befine food skin care products are listed as Paraben, Allergen and Fragrance free.

The website states the following about the products:

“Prepared from ingredients sourced from plants or minerals. Be fine products offer skin what the body innately knows: You are what you eat”.

I reviewed the following:

blogreviewgvawy 010Pore Refining Treatment Scrub with Coconut, Jojoba, & Citrus on the left.

After using this product I noticed my skin felt firmer and smoother.

Befine Gentle Cleanser with Sugar, Oats, Mint & Rice on the right.

This product cleans, conditions and moisturizes your skin all at once. The addition of the mint in this product gave my skin a “cooling effect” the mint really gets the circulation going.

blogreviewgvawy 009Befine Night Cream with Cocoa, Millet & Rice Bran on the right.

This cream although a little thick was immediately absorbed, my skin just gobbled this one up.   Normally, night creams “sting” my skin but not this one.

Befine Exfoliating Cleanser with Brown Sugar, Sweer Almond & Oats on the left.

Although this product was grainy, it was not coarse or abrasive. It is sticky from the brown sugar, but it rinses off easily.

My skin felt really good after, I will be using this one again.

Over all I found the products quite good and I did not have a reaction to any of them (I have very sensitive skin).

On their site you have the option of purchasing single serve packs of the products, which is what I did because I was not sure if  (a)I was going to like them or if  (b)I would have an allergic reaction to them.

Their website also has a recipe section which initially I thought how strange, but the products are food based and they state, the same foods that we eat are also good for our skin. So each recipe featured on the site has a link to the product that uses it. For example, they have a Minty Beet and Greens Salad recipe, with a link to their Lip Serum which contains beet.

You should check out their VLOGS as well. The one I found interesting was an interview with the Founder, which states how the idea and products came about.

Here is the link to the site: http://www.befine.com/

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway.



Happy Wednesday everyone. How has your day been so far?
Mine is going really well, busy, busy. I promised a “GIVEAWAY POST”. 🙂
Well, it’s about that time……………………………………
This is an excellent book to have in your library, you don’t have to be training for a marathon to enjoy this book, your love for running or being active is all you need.

Two chapter titles included are : Pre-race nutrition information and Recovery nutrition and more.

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How to enter:

1. Leave a comment stating why you would like to have this in your library.

2. Or email me your comment.

3. Link back to this post on your blog and let me know.

You have until midnight Wed. Sept 16/09. The winner will be announced Thursday Sept. 17/09.

This giveaway is open to US residents only.