MMB – The Best Processed Snack Foods?

Hi Everyone,

Happy Monday to you!  I hope you had an awesome weekend and enjoyed some St. Patrick’s Day festivities out there….maybe green juice or smoothies? Brussel sprouts?  Cabbage? 🙂 LOL!  Well, if you really enjoyed yourself, that’s o.k. and you are allowed every now and then.   However, today is a new day and it’s time to hydrate and get back to clean eating and allow your body to detox, restore, and recover.  Remember the lemon detox water with lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon and cayenne pepper?  Yup, that’s the one and I recommend making up this concoction and downing it today!

Announcements and Reminders:

  1.  Cardio Core at Jen’s Studio Tuesday:  Currently, there are (3) spots open at 5:45pm, (2) spots open at 6:55pm, and (3) spots open at 7:35pm.  Please text me if you’d like to join in!


  1. Cardio Fusion Thursday.  My boys have two baseball games scheduled and I was going to cancel class, but it looks like the games might be rained out.  Please stay tuned and I’ll let you know if I’m teaching class this Thursday.


  1. This Saturday is the Greens Recipe Contest!  Since we are celebrating all things green this month, let’s share some of our favorite dishes with each other!  After the 2nd boot camp is finished around 8:35am, we’ll spend 20-30 minutes tasting dishes and I’ll announce who the winner is!  Please bring enough so that everyone can have a “taste.”  This is not a full blown meal, just a sampling so you don’t need to bring a huge portion.  The rules are that it must contain some kind of greens and that greens are the star of the dish!  Winner will receive a gift card!


  1. Next Running Boot Camp is Sunday, April 8th at 7am!  Let’s try moving Running Boot Camp to 7am and hopefully this will allow more of you to attend this fun and adventurous class!


Photos from St. Patrick’s Day Boot Camp!


Thought for the week:  The Best Processed Snack Foods?

Living in the Bay Area is not for the faint of heart.  You’ve got to have some grit in you in order to take on a 3-4 hour commute, keep up with rising housing and living costs, manage kids’ school and sports schedules, and try to have some assembly of normal family time.  Wheww!  It can be exhausting right?! 

In regard to nutrition, we know that it’s best to consume home made foods that are prepared from fresh ingredients.  However, this is not always possible and we find ourselves at fork in the road moments where we are out and about and are hungry in need of fuel!  Oh what to do!

Instead of going through the drive through, you decide to wander into a grocery store and grab something that’s quick, fairly healthy, and loaded with calories and nutrients that will get you through to the next meal.  Can anyone relate?  We’ve all been there right?

So, there you are, standing in front of the food bar counter and you are trying to figure out which are the best bars to purchase.  It can be kind of overwhelming, especially if you only rely on the pretty packaging and marketing promises on the front.  No, no, no, you must flip over the bar and read the ingredients. 

If the first few ingredients are a form of sugar and oils, put the bar back down.  You should be looking for some kind of dried fruit, nut and/or seed combination.  Also, don’t shy away from fat.  You want the bar to have some monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats.  There should also be protein in the bar, somewhere between 10-12 grams.  It’s o.k. if the bar has some sugar and I would recommend focusing on 15 grams of sugar or less.  For fat, 8-10 grams.  For calories, 250 or less would be ideal. 

One of the reason I like RX bars so much is because there are about 5-7 natural ingredients that have been squished together.  Fat is 9 grams, Protein 12 grams, and Sugars are 13 grams.  1 bar is 210 calories, so you could have one for lunch or 1/2 a bar for a snack. 

The next time you are out and about, here are a few bars and articles to check out to give you some ideas of bars to try or to avoid!

Of course, you can’t go wrong with RX bars, Larabars, or Kind Bars.  Also, check out Go Raw products:

25 Best & Worst Low-Sugar Protein Bars


Of course, if you have time, try making my Mama Jen’s Raw Protein bars and save yourself some money and get the best quality ingredients!


See you in class soon!