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Protein Takes You Places {Review & Giveaway}

One of the Β most challenging aspects of my all over the place schedule is making sure that I fuel myself properly given often long stretches between meals and late dinners. I always make sure to eat a substantial breakfast, lunch and dinner but I often find myself needing a good snack, especially in the afternoon. My go to choices are apples with peanut butter and bars. I look for snacks that are a good balance between carbs and protein so that they’ll actually hold me over and not have me starving again 5 minutes later.

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I recently had the opportunity to sample a new protein bar from Cascadian Farm that has become my bar of choice over the last few weeks. I’ve carried one with me in my purse and gym bag ever since and they’ve saved me several times from a hunger emergency!

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The new bars are made with pea protein which is plant-based and a great option for anyone who follows a vegan or vegetarian diet. They are also organic.

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The ingredients list is short but the nutritional content is substantial with 250 calories, healthy fats, relatively low sugar (especially compared to many other bars and to flavored greek yogurt) and a decent amount of protein.

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The texture and flavor of the bars is perfect. They are loaded with big pieces of nuts and are nice and chewy. I actually feel like I’ve had a good snack that will keep me full after eating one of the protein chewy bars.

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I love both flavors but surprisingly prefer the honey roasted nut flavor over the peanut butter chocolate chip!

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It served as the perfect post-run recovery snack after my five miler last week and I also ate one after a tough CrossFit workout.

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And I thew a few in my bag for this yoga retreat and they’ve totally saved me when I need something to hold me over before or after practicing. Getting food in the restaurants here is definitely “on island time” and when I need food, I need it now! πŸ™‚

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The amazing team at Cascadian Farm sent me a prize pack to share with a reader so that you can try the bars too and get some extra goodies. The prize pack includes a box of each flavor of chewy protein bars, a cute and soft t-shirt, a reusable tote/shopping bag, a water bottle and the most cozy mittens ever. (I have a pair and have worn them all winter!)

To enter the giveaway tell me how protein takes you places. When do you need a little protein boost to power you through your day?Β 

The giveaway will be open until Sunday, March 2 at midnight and is open to U.S. residents only. One entry per person.

This post is sponsored by Cascadian Farms.Β 

{ 247 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Jessica February 24, 2014, 5:58 pm

    i need extra protein on days when i teach TWICE- once at 6 AM and again at 6 PM!

  • 2
    Liz February 24, 2014, 6:05 pm

    I need extra protein when I’m away at frisbee tournaments and we’ve played 6-8 hours and the food options around are not that great or nutritious

  • 3
    Carolyn February 24, 2014, 6:12 pm

    I need protein for my long days at work and keeping up with my four children!

  • 4
    Michelle February 24, 2014, 6:13 pm

    I need protein most especially after working out or mid-afternoon around 3:00 p.m.

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    *Andrea* February 24, 2014, 6:17 pm

    protein helps power me through a 10+ hr work day followed by 5 hrs of grad school every tuesday night πŸ™‚

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    Randi February 24, 2014, 6:18 pm

    Protein helps me everyday around 10:30am, to wait just another hour longer until lunch time! πŸ™‚

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    Kristin February 24, 2014, 6:18 pm

    I need protein in the mid-afternoon to keep me out of the cookie jar.

  • 8
    Kimberly February 24, 2014, 6:18 pm

    I always make sure I have some kind of protein with every meal and snack. Keeps me full and satisfied for hours, along with carbs and some fat. Helps get through a tough gym workout too,

  • 9
    Amy February 24, 2014, 6:19 pm

    Yum these look great! I try to focus on eating enough protein everyday especially in the morning but also having some at every meal (and snack). It’s so easy to just eat carbs but I feel so much better when I have more protein.

  • 10
    Laura February 24, 2014, 6:19 pm

    I need a little extra protein after working out.

  • 11
    Holly February 24, 2014, 6:22 pm

    I’m pregnant plus I’m chasing a toddler around so I feel like I could use a protein boost anytime!

  • 12
    Jodie February 24, 2014, 6:23 pm

    I definitely need protein before my workout and in the evenings to take me through work.

  • 13
    Tina February 24, 2014, 6:24 pm

    I am a medical student on a surgery rotation and I definitely need protein-filled snacks to get me through long hours in the OR!

  • 14
    courtney @ fitness with a fork February 24, 2014, 6:24 pm

    Between graduate school classes, research, teaching (both academic and in the gym), and friends and family, I definitely need protein to keep me going all day!

  • 15
    jen February 24, 2014, 6:33 pm

    I find after a long run I am pretty much starving all morning and need a snack between breakfast and lunch. Protein helps so much! If I skip that snack then by 3 or 4 pm I’m cranky and hungry and usually grab a protein heavy snack at that time.

  • 16
    Catherine P February 24, 2014, 6:33 pm

    Another med student here – I’ve got to agree that good protein keeps me energized throughout my rotations!

  • 17
    Lauren February 24, 2014, 6:34 pm

    I need protein to fuel my ultrarunning adventures!! These bars look delicious!!

  • 18
    Megan K February 24, 2014, 6:34 pm

    I need protein most when I hit my daily wall at 3pm!

  • 19
    Danielle Diede February 24, 2014, 6:37 pm

    Protein is sooo important for me, everyday! I wake up at 430 to run and got to work at 7 and get off at 5 and do not get home til 6 and than do a 35 -45 min night workout. I don’t think I could survive without my 2 protein shakes a day and at least one bar in the afternoon! I would tip over! haha

  • 20
    Valerie R. February 24, 2014, 6:38 pm

    I didn’t realize until a couple years ago how much I needed protein in my breakfast. I would get SO hungry after about 2 hours and have to snack on half my lunch to get through. After adding plenty more protein from greek yogurt, peanut butter, eggs, and/or bars, I can make it through teaching several of my high school English classes! I still need a small protein-packed snack around 3:00 since teaching all day forces me to eat “lunch” at 10:45.

  • 21
    Emily February 24, 2014, 6:40 pm

    Protein at breakfast is must for me…otherwise I’m starving my 10am!

  • 22
    Brindi February 24, 2014, 6:41 pm

    Protein gets me through my mid-afternoon, where I always need that extra push to finish the work day. That’s when I enjoy a quick protein snack, usually in the form of almond butter and an apple. But some form of protein is always a must in my morning bowl of oats!

  • 23
    Melissa February 24, 2014, 6:41 pm

    My body really does seem to need a protein smoothie or bar after my workouts.

  • 24
    Amanda Holder February 24, 2014, 6:42 pm

    I ALWAYS have to start my day with protein–usually a hard boiled egg white with a green juice or some oatmeal, YUM

  • 25
    Betsy February 24, 2014, 6:43 pm

    I need protein after evening body pump classes. Otherwise I wake up in the middle of the night starving!

  • 26
    Fiona February 24, 2014, 6:43 pm

    need extra protein in the middle of the afternoon when im starting to doze off in class

  • 27
    heidi February 24, 2014, 6:46 pm

    My body craves protein when I first wake up – after a workout and between lunch and dinner!! πŸ™‚
    Otherwise I will wake up with hunger pains!!

  • 28
    Natalie February 24, 2014, 6:51 pm

    I started teaching spinning classes and need more protein!

  • 29
    Kait February 24, 2014, 6:52 pm

    I always try to refuel with protein after a hard workout & I also love protein pancakes in the morning!

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    Jessie February 24, 2014, 6:54 pm

    Protein helps get me through the afternoon slump and holds me over till dinner!

  • 31
    Amelia February 24, 2014, 6:56 pm

    I am exactly the same way when it comes to snacking and needing to eat. If I need to eat, give it to me NOW. I usually rely on a mix of protein/ carbs post post workout. Right now, that is a protein smoothie with 2.5:1 carb to protein ratio, but I would love to give these bars a whirl to see how they stack up in sustaining me post workout.

  • 32
    Susan February 24, 2014, 6:57 pm

    I have a shake in the morning after my 6 mile run, then a protein bar at snack time while teaching my fifth graders and finally, once again at night when I need a little “chocolate” infused protein bar as a dessert! I don’t think I could get through my day without the protein intake I get!

  • 33
    Zoe February 24, 2014, 7:08 pm

    Hi Jen! I am a second year dance major at The Juilliard School, so my days are filled with physical activity. Leading such an active lifestyle, and being a vegetarian, I am always searching for new protein options and ways to fuel my body. I know that I have fulfilled my protein needs when my body feels excited and ready to dance. These bars would be a great afternoon snack before I dive into long rehearsals.

  • 34
    Melissa February 24, 2014, 7:08 pm

    I try to have protein at breakfast (my fav meal) to keep me going during the day!

  • 35
    Angela February 24, 2014, 7:08 pm

    I need protein in the mornings–always have to rush out and don’t have time to eat for several hours. my green drinks just don’t hold me over long enough!

  • 36
    Katie February 24, 2014, 7:12 pm

    I am prepping for a Ragnar relay and these would be perfect snacks for the van!

  • 37
    Tracy E February 24, 2014, 7:18 pm

    Protein really carries me through the afternoon when energy can dip into the red zone and I’m between meals.

  • 38
    Karla February 24, 2014, 7:23 pm

    I need extra protein to repair my body and help me regulate my cycles !

  • 39
    Lauren February 24, 2014, 7:26 pm

    I workout before eating breakfast and am STARVING afterwards. I love making protein pancakes or oatmeal with protein powder mixed in.

  • 40
    Katie Cook February 24, 2014, 7:26 pm

    I never knew the importance of protein until I began working out at 6 am. It most definitely get me through my day and helps me refuel after I’ve fatigued all my muscles!

  • 41
    Colleen Keith February 24, 2014, 7:27 pm

    I definitely need my protein in the morning, or else I’m hungry the whole rest of the day!

  • 42
    sarah February 24, 2014, 7:29 pm

    Always at breakfast to keep me full throughout the day!

  • 43
    Mary February 24, 2014, 7:37 pm

    I am a teacher, and I get up and work out at 4:30 every school day. I love a high protein snack mid morning and mid afternoon. It gives me enough energy to keep up with my 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. It also help me make healthy choices come dinner time…I’m not famished.

  • 44
    Abby Sparrow February 24, 2014, 7:37 pm

    Protein always feels amazing after a tough strength workout or hard intervals at track practice!

  • 45
    Stephanie February 24, 2014, 7:39 pm

    I need a little extra protein on days when I want to work out after work. A hearty snack usually does the trick to hold me over until I can get home and make dinner.

  • 46
    Lauren C February 24, 2014, 7:41 pm

    I need a little something around 3-4 pm. While I’d prefer a cookie around that time, I usually end up with a bar for some added protein πŸ™‚

  • 47
    Michelle February 24, 2014, 7:42 pm

    A little extra protein in the morning helps me get through the day after a long workout!

  • 48
    Amy Deckard February 24, 2014, 7:43 pm

    I travel for work a lot and try to snack on protein bars instead of stopping for junk at a fast food joint or convenience store. The extra protein keeps me satisfied between meals.

  • 49
    Kim @ FITsique February 24, 2014, 7:51 pm

    I make the focus of my diet on protein. I try to include 20-30 grams with every meal, which sometimes can be difficult when you get sick of meat and eggs! These protein bars look like a great way to sneak in some extra protein.

  • 50
    juls @ livingblissed February 24, 2014, 7:58 pm

    morning time and about 20 minutes after a workout is when i need that protein to fuel me up!

  • 51
    Lisa @ runnermamablogger February 24, 2014, 7:58 pm

    I find that several hours after I run I crave protein. It is crazy how my body craves protein. Didn’t happen when I didn’t run.

  • 52
    Jill February 24, 2014, 7:58 pm

    just like you, I need that afternoon snack!!

  • 53
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun February 24, 2014, 8:05 pm

    I am currently working 3 part time jobs and am always on the go! I would love to take protein bars with me to snack on when I need a boost!

  • 54
    Beth February 24, 2014, 8:06 pm

    I definitely need a snack with lots of protein around 3:30 or 4pm in the afternoon to keep me going until dinner!

  • 55
    Hillary February 24, 2014, 8:06 pm

    I’m trying to add in strength training to my workot routine and because of that am really focusing on getting in quality protein!

  • 56
    Sarah February 24, 2014, 8:10 pm

    I need a three o’clock snack so I am not absolutely starving come dinnertime.

  • 57
    taylor February 24, 2014, 8:11 pm

    I always feel like I need protein mid-afternoon. I’m an elementary school teacher and when the end of the day rolls around, I’m exhausted! In order to stay motivated to work out once I get home, I try to have some form of protein – these Cascadian Farms bars would be perfect!

  • 58
    Kate February 24, 2014, 8:17 pm

    I need protein during busy days at school. Between a heavy course load, working out, dance rehearsals, and other meetings, a great bar is always a good option for a healthy snack. I would love to try these as a new option!

  • 59
    Claire February 24, 2014, 8:18 pm

    Usually after an early morning workout or mid afternoon!

  • 60
    Karen B February 24, 2014, 8:19 pm

    After school. I teach 5th and 6th graders, and by the end of the day, I’m hungry!

  • 61
    Mary February 24, 2014, 8:26 pm

    I need extra protein when I am seeing patients 7a-7p in my busy clinical practice!

  • 62
    Sara G February 24, 2014, 8:27 pm

    I always need something protein-y in the late afternoon – lunch has been digested, but there’s still hours to go until dinner. I usually rely on homemade granola bars, so these ones from Cascadian Farm would be awesome!

  • 63
    Emily February 24, 2014, 8:28 pm

    Protein helps me power through my mornings. Since I wake up and work out at 5 am, it’s a long time between breakfast and lunch! I love Cascadian Farm products and I can’t wait to try these bars out!

  • 64
    Krista February 24, 2014, 8:28 pm

    Protein gets me through the 3pm energy crash or after a tough crossfit workout….

  • 65
    Rachel February 24, 2014, 8:34 pm

    I desperately need a protein fix on the days that I have nursing classes, work, and dissertation meetings! When 2-3 PM comes I’m more than ready for a long-lasting snack.

  • 66
    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate February 24, 2014, 8:39 pm

    I reach for protein after a workout (especially a morning one) and for an evening snack!

  • 67
    Kimberly February 24, 2014, 8:40 pm

    Protein is how I start the day! Without it I’m starving by 10 am!

  • 68
    She Rocks Fitness February 24, 2014, 8:41 pm

    I need that extra protein almost every day, since I am always on my feet, on the go, and training hard. Having a balanced bar with low sugar is very important to me too. These look awesome and perfect for that 3:00-4:00 PM afternoon snack session.

  • 69
    lindsay February 24, 2014, 8:41 pm

    always need a little something before my evening spin

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    Kristin P. February 24, 2014, 8:42 pm

    I need extra protein around 1:45 after I’ve been teaching 1st graders all day. We eat lunch at 10:50 so when their snack time rolls around at 2:00, I’m usually wanting one too!

  • 71
    Kathy February 24, 2014, 8:46 pm

    Protein is how I make it through my day, sometimes it is hard to ge lunch, so it is great to have protein bars on hand until you can have a meal.

  • 72
    Catie February 24, 2014, 8:46 pm

    I need protein in the afternoon, around 3:30. Helps me get through a workout or running errands, without feeling famished!

  • 73
    liz @ www.sweat-happy.com February 24, 2014, 8:49 pm

    I need protein to get me through the day if I’m doing more than one workout. I’ll have a snack or a protein shake as recovery, but also to help me keep my energy up!

  • 74
    Jenn @ Happy Hour Miles February 24, 2014, 8:52 pm

    I like to have protein after working out and in the late afternoon to give me a boost of energy!

  • 75
    Courtney February 24, 2014, 8:55 pm

    I’m a third grade teacher, and I find that it’s really hard to sit down and eat a real lunch during the day! These bars would be a great grab and go mini meal option.

  • 76
    Julie @ Coastal Runner Girl February 24, 2014, 8:56 pm

    I start my day off with lots of protein to keep me full for hours. I also try to incorporate protein into most of my snack & meals πŸ™‚

  • 77
    Kasey February 24, 2014, 9:03 pm

    I often need a boost before my Crossfit workouts. I work from 6-3, and workout at 4, so a snack between lunch and workout is usually necessary. These look great πŸ™‚

  • 78
    Megan February 24, 2014, 9:07 pm

    I always eat a little extra protein in the afternoon. Hunger hits me right around 3:00pm so I try to satisfy it with some cheese, nuts, or a protein bar like these.

  • 79
    Lindsey P February 24, 2014, 9:08 pm

    I need the protein boost mid morning to tide me over until lunch! Growing a baby is hard work! πŸ™‚

  • 80
    Erin Ellis February 24, 2014, 9:09 pm

    My husband makes me a protein shake every morning with my favorite fruits and veggies. I found it really helps me get going in the morning,and helps get me through my workout. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin
    fairyfractal at gmail dot com

  • 81
    Sara C February 24, 2014, 9:12 pm

    I need protein in my afternoon snack, to help fuel my pre-dinner workout!

  • 82
    Leah February 24, 2014, 9:21 pm

    YUM! These bars look delicious. I typically need a hearty, protein filled, mid-day snack to fuel me for the rest of the afternoon at school and at work.

  • 83
    Blair February 24, 2014, 9:26 pm

    I have a snack almost every day around 4/4:30 pm to get me through one last push at the office!

  • 84
    Olivia February 24, 2014, 9:28 pm

    I need a protein-filled snack after I run, especially when I finish a run around 3 or 4 and know dinner isn’t for a few hours!

  • 85
    Holly February 24, 2014, 9:32 pm

    I go for protein whenever I’m hungry. I know it will fill me up. Before workouts is perfect!

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    Sarah February 24, 2014, 9:35 pm

    I need protein at every meal and snacks in order to feel full and give me the needed energy to get through a tough evening workout! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • 87
    JennyV February 24, 2014, 9:38 pm

    Protein shakes are my go to!

  • 88
    Bailey February 24, 2014, 9:39 pm

    1. Immediately following long runs!
    2. Between 3:00-4:00 at work to prevent poor food choices!

  • 89
    Holly February 24, 2014, 9:51 pm

    Definitely around 3:00. I always need a filling snack with protein to keep me on track for the rest of the day.

  • 90
    Jackie February 24, 2014, 9:52 pm

    I need protein for a mid-morning snack or right after a workout

  • 91
    Jess February 24, 2014, 9:56 pm

    A protein packed breakfast gets me started on the right foot and helps fuel strong, sexy muscles after Pump!!!

  • 92
    Jessica Mason February 24, 2014, 10:00 pm

    I always hit a wall around 3:30 PM and reach for a bar!

  • 93
    Megan February 24, 2014, 10:04 pm

    I need protein in the morning to keep me full!

  • 94
    Kim February 24, 2014, 10:07 pm

    I am addicted to protein! I need to have it before the dreaded burpees!

  • 95
    Carolyn February 24, 2014, 10:12 pm

    Adding protein to my breakfast keeps me alert!

  • 96
    Alyssa D. February 24, 2014, 10:15 pm

    Protein gets me over my afternoon slump and ready to conquer my workout after work.

  • 97
    Ella Johnson February 24, 2014, 10:24 pm

    I need a protein fix between 3-4pm, either before or after my workout. I love most bars in their PB and chocolate form!

  • 98
    Bonnie February 24, 2014, 10:25 pm

    Right after a tough hot pilates class…or boot camp…I need protein ASAP!

  • 99
    Katheryn February 24, 2014, 10:33 pm

    After a workout because I tend to workout first thing in the morning.

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    Ashley February 24, 2014, 10:35 pm

    Protein fuels me through long teaching & training days – like you-that start at 6am and sometimes don’t end until 8:30-9:00pm! Bars are quick and easy, but hard to find one that isn’t filled with junk! These look great & something is be happy about putting in my body!! Would LOVe to try them! πŸ™‚

  • 101
    Ashley N. February 24, 2014, 10:54 pm

    Definitely in the mornings! I need protein to get my day moving in the right direction.

  • 102
    Emily S February 24, 2014, 11:00 pm

    I need protein as a pre-workout snack in the afternoon!

  • 103
    Hannah February 24, 2014, 11:03 pm

    I am in desperate need of protein after my mid-morning workouts. I get lunch around noon between classes but I need something to tide me over for those two hours of class before lunch!

  • 104
    Caroline February 24, 2014, 11:06 pm

    I need it in the afternoon before a workout. These look delicious!! Have a great rest of your trip!

  • 105
    Lauren February 24, 2014, 11:12 pm

    I always like to keep bars stashed in my diaper bag for myself and my two year old. Love when they are organic and have protein to keep us satisfied and lower in sugar too. These sound perfect.

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    Rachel February 24, 2014, 11:28 pm

    I need protein during my LONG days of treating patients! I’m always exhausted and starving mid afternoon πŸ™‚

  • 107
    Christine February 24, 2014, 11:42 pm

    A couple of months ago I switched to a high protein breakfast. I now know what it’s like not to feel hungry at 10 and (impatiently) wait for lunch time to roll around!

  • 108
    Stefanie Traynor February 24, 2014, 11:45 pm

    Protein is crucial after my workouts to ensure I am supplying my muscles with what they need most! Also at snacks paired with a healthy fat, which keeps me full for hours!

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    Erin February 24, 2014, 11:47 pm

    Protein is necessary for me like clockwork right around 3 PM. Between getting up at 5 AM
    to teach, 3 back to back classes and labs, not to mention meetings…. Protein is a must for my crazy college schedule.

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    Sarah February 24, 2014, 11:50 pm

    Protein is so necessary for me. As a professional ballet dancer I always need a quick protein boost during my 6hr rehearsals day!

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    heather February 24, 2014, 11:57 pm

    Protein takes me places by giving me that little extra boost to give me energy. I need protein in the mid afternoon and always have also after a workout.

  • 112
    Amy Skelton February 25, 2014, 12:22 am

    Protein helps me get through my afternoons at work when sometimes I get that afternoon slump around 3pm!

  • 113
    Laura February 25, 2014, 12:39 am

    I need extra protein to start my day. I work in health care and the days are long! It keeps me from crashing when I don’t have time to grab a snack between patients.

  • 114
    Kerry February 25, 2014, 1:07 am

    I work with kids, I could ALWAYS use extra protein.

  • 115
    Becca F February 25, 2014, 1:12 am

    I need extra protein the most first thing in the morning to help me through the day

  • 116
    Carly February 25, 2014, 2:23 am

    Right after a workout…especially in the mid afternoon!

  • 117
    kim February 25, 2014, 3:21 am

    I need protein in the morning or I’m hungry all day!

  • 118
    Jen February 25, 2014, 3:31 am

    I need protein pretty much constantly to keep up with my 4 kids! They just go. go, go!

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    Cheryl Wallick February 25, 2014, 3:46 am

    I need a small dose of protein about every 3 hours now. I’m 14 weeks pregnant and I feel nauseated if I don’t eat something at regular intervals! Tiny meals (with protein to keep me feeling full) seem to be the only way to survive right now πŸ™‚

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    tiffany February 25, 2014, 4:34 am

    i need protein when i’m studying, or else i can’t concentrate! plus, i like to get a hard work out in after those long, sedentary study sessions. πŸ™‚

  • 121
    kendra February 25, 2014, 4:37 am

    I need protein in the early afternoon after my training. its the only thing that does not slow me down (as carbs do)
    also, in the evening I crave protein and fat (bedtime scoop of pb!!)

  • 122
    Michelle F. February 25, 2014, 5:03 am

    I love the raw whey powder you post about and use it most often after a tough morning workout!

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    Jenn@Mark My Miles! February 25, 2014, 5:11 am

    I need extra protein around 3 p.m. when i reach for a cup of coffee and chocolate. I think this bar would be a great substitute.
    Those mittens sound great too…tired of cold hands!

  • 124
    Vangie February 25, 2014, 6:38 am

    I definitely need a protein boost right after I get home from school in the afternoon:) And protein always helps to power through tough workouts:)

  • 125
    Joy February 25, 2014, 6:47 am

    I need protein in the afternoons–especially on days when I’ve had a good morning workout.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 126
    Amy February 25, 2014, 6:49 am

    I work 12hour shifts on my feet, so about halfway through, I NEED protein to keep me going!

  • 127
    Amy O. February 25, 2014, 7:07 am

    I start my day off with protein and have it each meal–I would crash and burn otherwise!

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    Pam February 25, 2014, 7:11 am

    Around 2 pm each day I start to feel that sinking feeling from hunger! I reach for a bar, a shake (if I have time and am home to make one), or junk ( which does no good)! I would love to try these bars and the cool goodies that go with them.

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    ali February 25, 2014, 7:35 am

    i carry bars all the time…. cause like you “when i need food, i NEED food!”

  • 130
    Nicole February 25, 2014, 7:41 am

    My favorite snacks are protein packed and they’ve fueled this northeast girl to the top of Diamond Head in Honolulu!

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    Jackie February 25, 2014, 7:42 am

    Great idea, when I work out in the morning before a long day of work I always find myself hungry around 3-4 and could definitely use a protein snack!

  • 132
    Melissa a February 25, 2014, 7:45 am

    Protein helps me start the day and carries me through it.,

  • 133
    Michelle February 25, 2014, 7:48 am

    I need protein early in the morning to carry me through the day and right after I leave the gym at night s]to hold me over on my 45 minute drive home.

  • 134
    Miche February 25, 2014, 8:00 am

    Definitely in the afternoon. I try to eat some yogurt or other high-protein snack around 3:00 to sustain me through lunch.

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    Mallory A. February 25, 2014, 8:04 am

    The afternoon is when I need protein the most. I try to eat a high protein snack around 3:00 or 4:00 to give me extra energy!

  • 136
    Jessica Mueller February 25, 2014, 8:05 am

    I need protein early in the morning to get me started! I work at a school, so sometimes a bar while running out the door is perfect!

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    Kate Emmenegger February 25, 2014, 8:14 am

    Mid-morning before lunch I usually get a grumbling stomach (especially if I had an early breakfast) and I find that a protein bar usually does the trick to calm it down until lunch. Protein bars are also very convenient for me to take to class!

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    Sarah February 25, 2014, 8:19 am

    I’m a night shift nurse (7p-7a) and while I fair well with the time switch I am always STARVING at 10pm. Only problem is 10pm is too early for lunch and also the busiest time at night, so I find myself in the break room scarfing down a bar or piece of fruit to last me until lunch.
    These protein bars sound perfect for my 10pm work snacks πŸ™‚
    Your yoga vacation looks blissful!

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    Mary February 25, 2014, 8:25 am

    I need extra protein in the early afternoon to fuel me for long post-work runs! Love the convenience of protein bars and ALWAYS on the lookout for ones without all the nasty, long, “bad stuff” ingredient lists!

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    Becky @ Life Outside The BOX February 25, 2014, 8:30 am

    I try to make it a point to get my protein intake right after a WOD. I’m not usually hungry but it’s important to replenish the muscles after a tough workout!

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    Tiffany February 25, 2014, 8:53 am

    I’m a new mom and always looking for a healthy on the go option. I don’t have time to slice apples, I need a grab and go option. This looks pretty perfect πŸ˜‰

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    Julie February 25, 2014, 9:01 am

    After an overnight backpacking in Washington State 12 years ago we were driving through Skagit Valley and saw Cascadian Farm. We stopped for a refuel and it was immediately a love affair, beautiful & organic…what more do I need to say.

    I decided to adopt a vegetarian diet in October of last year. Since I have found myself HUNGRY in between meals & snacks just do not hold me until the next meal. PROTEIN! I need to add more protein into my diets & have been trying to choose snacks that can deliver this requirement. I look forward to trying Cascadian Farm’s protein bars!

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    Katie Meier February 25, 2014, 9:06 am

    Protein takes me through my job which lacks any sort of regular schedule. I always need on-the-go snacks for the long, crazy days.

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    Katie M February 25, 2014, 9:06 am

    I need extra protein on days that I run and practice yoga. Lots of muscle building needs to happen!

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    Rachel @ Lou Lou Belle February 25, 2014, 9:14 am

    Definitely first thing in the morning! Protein helps keep me satisfied and gets my day started on the right foot!

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    AMY February 25, 2014, 9:17 am

    I make sure to have ample protein after lifting, to help aid in recovery and reduce soreness!

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    Leah February 25, 2014, 9:17 am

    Protein keeps me going between my two jobs!

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    Jennifer February 25, 2014, 9:20 am

    I try to always work out in the morning, but on days when I have to hit the gym after work, a protein bar is perfect around 4:00!

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    De February 25, 2014, 9:29 am

    I’m currently doing a nutrition challenge with a friend and cutting preads/pasta, excess sugars, dairy, etc, so protein is my staple and it’s tough to find what I can eat quickly that will also sustain my Crossfit life. Protein bars are my go to item.

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    Anna O February 25, 2014, 9:29 am

    Protein keeps me going through my early morning workout. I always try to have a protein-filled snack in the afternoon as well to get me through the work day!

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    Meredith February 25, 2014, 9:34 am

    These bars look awesome! I can’t wait to try them. I need protein most (and in the form of a bar) after a workout and before dinner. There is generally a 2 hour gap and I need something filling and satisfying to hold me over before I get hangry:)

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    Zoe February 25, 2014, 9:34 am

    As a preschool teacher AND yoga teacher, I need extra protein on days I teach yoga after being at school all day chasing after 4 year olds!

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    Shannon February 25, 2014, 9:37 am

    after starting my day at 430a I need all the protein I can get to stay full and keep me energized!

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    la February 25, 2014, 9:45 am

    I need extra protein to get me through my “pay the bills” job as an attorney and my “if only it would pay the bills” job as a part time personal trainer!

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    Lauren February 25, 2014, 9:46 am

    I usually need it around 3 pm, in the form of greek yogurt and fruit, to tide me over until dinner!

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    Anna February 25, 2014, 9:51 am

    Protein helps fuel me after tough morning workouts. I always try to get a high protein meal after my am workout.

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    Allie February 25, 2014, 10:08 am

    Protein takes me and keeps me going from my 5 AM workouts all the way through my long days of classes! I need it for the energy to focus during my chemistry and biology labs after an early start!

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    Denyne February 25, 2014, 10:15 am

    I need protein after teaching a spin class. I also try and start my day with protein.

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    Lisa Carson February 25, 2014, 10:17 am

    I need my protein in the mornings to start my day. I’m going to have to try those bars, I like the idea that they have less sugar than yogurt. Thanks for letting us know about them.

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    Amy February 25, 2014, 10:36 am

    I have been a vegetarian for about 5 years and always thought I was getting enough protein. About a year ago, I started making protein powder smoothies (thanks to your blog) and have felt more energetic and I also feel like I have more muscle definition now. I would like to explore other ways of getting protein other than just the powders.
    Enjoy your vacation!

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    Ashley February 25, 2014, 10:40 am

    I need protein in the morning- if my breakfast isn’t packed with protein (Greek yogurt and eggs, mostly) I’ll be starving by 10a.

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    Lauri February 25, 2014, 10:48 am

    I need extra protein since I have a newborn and am breastfeeding. A quick protein snack would be wonderful!

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    Heidi February 25, 2014, 10:51 am

    I always need protein right away in the morning or I get headaches. Love light string cheese and granola/energy type bars.

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    Lauren February 25, 2014, 10:57 am

    I always need protein after a long day of teaching 3rd graders, and before tutoring and working out after school.

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    Joanna February 25, 2014, 11:07 am

    I try to work out every day and find that if I don’t eat enough protein it really affects my energy levels. My goal is to move as much as possible during a day, so I need more PROTEIN!

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    Kaylea February 25, 2014, 11:08 am

    I need a protein before my Cross Training workouts. The workouts are so tough that I need a boost to get me through!

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    Laura February 25, 2014, 11:12 am

    This would be great after my morning runs because I typically don’t eat breakfast until I get to work an hour or two later.

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    Chelsea Bishop February 25, 2014, 11:33 am

    I need a little protein to help me concentrate while studying for school and to fuel my study breaks when I go to Crossfit! πŸ™‚

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    Cindy February 25, 2014, 11:36 am

    I always need a quick protein fix after a late afternoon workout. These bars look great to hold you over until dinner!

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    Amanda February 25, 2014, 11:45 am

    Protein gets me through long hikes on the weekends. I always pack a bar for the halfway point.

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    Taya February 25, 2014, 11:49 am

    I’m all about the protein! I always make sure I get some when I’m training clients all day – I’m no fun when I’m hungry!

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    Dana February 25, 2014, 11:55 am

    I’m a vegetarian, so I am always looking for non-meat ways to get in my protein! I always try and eat some extra protein about an hour before a workout.

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    Cara February 25, 2014, 12:07 pm

    My meals are based around protein. Protein keeps me full and helps boost my strength training results! πŸ™‚

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    Amanda P February 25, 2014, 12:24 pm

    I need protein in the mid afternoon to get me through work. I also try to have a dinner with a protein/veggie combo.

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    Kate February 25, 2014, 12:26 pm

    I definitely need it to get through the mid-afternoon slump. Great giveaway!

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    Julie February 25, 2014, 12:34 pm

    I most often grab a protein bar if I’m running late & need a breakfast replacement. I also find myself needing an afternoon snack, too, as I work out after work & before dinner.

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    ErikaMC February 25, 2014, 12:47 pm

    Mmm! I love a dose of protein mid-afternoon to get me through until supper time. It is usually in the form of a homemade bar but there are times when I don’t have any prepared and need something store-bought.

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    Sam February 25, 2014, 12:53 pm

    I love protein in the form of greek yogurt! Adding a little cinnamon and jam/jelly will satisfy my sweet tooth after a meal πŸ™‚

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    Claudia February 25, 2014, 12:55 pm

    I definitely need protein around 2:00-3:00. I run in the early mornings, have breakfast around 7:00, and then lunch at 12:00. Protein in the afternoon helps me get through the day without being “hangry”, and I can make it to an afternoon yoga class without any problems from not having enough energy. I am always looking for a convenient and healthy protein snack that I can just throw in my gym bag, or car for when I need a snack. Protein helps me get through my day.

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    Tracy February 25, 2014, 12:58 pm

    I need protein after my early morning workouts to feed my muscles and carry me through to lunch!

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    Jordan February 25, 2014, 1:05 pm

    I eat a protein source every afternoon before I am off work so that I can power through my workout! It helps tremendously to get me through my workout and tide me over until dinner!

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    Chris E February 25, 2014, 1:11 pm

    I need a protein pick-up at around 3 in the afternoon to get me through my 4:30 yoga class and making dinner.

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    Chrissy February 25, 2014, 1:16 pm

    I like protein rich foods throughout my day! Protein powder in my morning green smoothie, protein bar/snack after my mid morning workout or on my way home so I have enough energy for my afternoon dog walk before dinner πŸ™‚

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    Christina February 25, 2014, 1:27 pm

    Like you, after a workout! I walk home from the gym or Pilates studio, which can take 10-15 min depending on how fast I’m going (and how many bags I’m holding!). This means that, including a quick shower at the gym, it can be 20-30 min between my workout ending and getting home to my fridge … that’s too much time when I’m running on empty!

    I struggle with finding bars that are low in sugar and high in protein – but also yummy and easier on the wallet. I’d love to try these!

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    Chris February 25, 2014, 1:51 pm

    I need extra protein when I run road races…and on the days when I work two jobs. That extra boost helps keep me going both mentally AND physically!

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    Stephanie February 25, 2014, 1:58 pm

    I try to consume protein after a long, hard run or weight lifting session. Like you, I like to keep bars on hand for afternoon snacks and I always make sure they have plenty of protein in them.

    The unwrapped bar in the photo looks like something I’d love!!

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    Heidi February 25, 2014, 2:02 pm

    I need protein in the mornings to start my days right! It helps me fight my sweet tooth. πŸ˜‰

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    Beth February 25, 2014, 2:29 pm

    I start every morning with a green protein shake: banana, spinach, almond milk, water, honey, cinnamon, flax seed, chia seeds, and a few scoops of brown rice protein powder. (Sometimes I substitute kale for spinach and/or throw in some berries.) This keeps me full all morning! I normally stay away from protein bars due to the high amount of sugar they all seem to possess–but these bars seem like a good option that I’ll have to try!

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    Maryz February 25, 2014, 2:40 pm

    I am always in need of protein after a weight lifting session. These look awesome!

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    Amanda February 25, 2014, 3:50 pm

    I am always looking for healthy and nutritious snacks that I can either stick in my purse or my lunch tote.
    I like protein bars because they are so easy and no preparation or clean up required. My snack time usually comes around 2-3 in the afternoon, I need something to hold me until dinner.

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    Carmen February 25, 2014, 3:50 pm

    I just started Crossfit last week, so I could use some tasty new protein bars! They also would be great to take to yoga teacher training for snacks, where I usually take Larabars. This weekend will be my 6th out of 9 weekends of YTT @ Asheville Yoga Center! πŸ™‚

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    Kenadi February 25, 2014, 4:17 pm

    I like to have a protein based snack in the mid afternoon to get me through the end of the work day.

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    Lisa February 25, 2014, 4:39 pm

    I need protein to keep me from snacking all day on unhealthy things πŸ™‚

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    Laura February 25, 2014, 4:45 pm

    I am a teacher and we eat lunch super early. I need some definite protein after school to gurl me through parent teacher conferences, grading papers, tutoring, and planning for the next day! I love these bars and would love to win!!

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    Julie February 25, 2014, 4:59 pm

    Somedays it’s straight to the gym from work and I need an extra boost of protein that I can eat on the go!

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    Mary Beth February 25, 2014, 4:59 pm

    Morning eats set the tone for my day, so I try to be sure to incorporate protein into breakfast through a big spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter into my daily smoothie.

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    Jason February 25, 2014, 5:02 pm

    At about 2 in the afternoon I always could use a little protein boost! Just enough to get me over the hump of the end of the day!

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    Bree February 25, 2014, 5:20 pm

    I always have a protein drink after climbing. It helps me recover and build muscle!

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    Shannon February 25, 2014, 6:46 pm

    I always have to make sure I have a good breakfast before going to three classes, an hour and a half each, without a break. It’s hard to pack snacks and mix it up at school but I need to fuel to pay attention in class and then be able to work out after!

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    Keri February 25, 2014, 7:52 pm

    I eat protein at every meal and almost every snack. It helps me stay fueled to work out and to pay attention to what I’m doing!

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    Shanna February 25, 2014, 8:10 pm

    I need protein the most at about 3 P.M. I work until 7 and a little protein boost will always keep me going!

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    marjorie February 25, 2014, 8:36 pm

    I either need one mid morning if I dont have enough protein in my breakfast or late afternoon!

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    Elaina February 25, 2014, 8:52 pm

    I need protein in the afternoons at work 2:00-4:00 is my hard time that if I don’t plan end up with poor food choices.

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    kristina g. February 25, 2014, 9:05 pm

    after crossfit i need my protein! i love bars and shakes!

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    Holly February 25, 2014, 9:10 pm

    Protein helps me the most post-workouts, especially after my morning workout! It always helps to have on the go options for when my workout went a bit over schedule and I have to get to work quickly (but still eat!!).

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    Julia February 25, 2014, 9:18 pm

    Extra protein definitely gets me through the morning! I make sure to get in at least 15-20 grams at breakfast so I’m satisfied for a few hours.

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    Leanne February 25, 2014, 9:25 pm

    Protein gets through my days of early morning workouts and chasing after my two young kids.

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    Britt February 25, 2014, 10:13 pm

    I eat a lot of bars like these in the afternoons when lunch is starting to wear off and before I hit the gym!

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    Kristen February 25, 2014, 10:58 pm

    I need extra protein on running days and always need good snack ideas for in between lunch and dinner. These look great! πŸ™‚

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    Laurel C February 26, 2014, 12:00 am

    I try to get plenty of protein throughout the day to keep my muscles happy!

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    Erin Stankey February 26, 2014, 5:45 am

    I need protein in the middle of a 14 hour day and dinner isn’t until 9 pm! Finishing school and working in the evenings, I need something to keep me going right about 5 p.m. πŸ™‚

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    Nancy February 26, 2014, 8:33 am

    I need protein to keep me from eating everything in sight at work. I work out in the mornings, then head to the office, so some protein first thing in the morning is a MUST!

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    Anne February 26, 2014, 8:59 am

    I need extra protein on the days I work evenings, and am there till midnight and am starving when I get home! I try to eat a good balance of a protein filled snack before I go to bed:)

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    Carly February 26, 2014, 10:28 am

    I need my protein boost after a good morning workout and in my afternoon snack around 3pm.

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    Vicki S February 26, 2014, 10:52 am

    When I’m in between meals and feeling slightly snacky I reach for extra protein. And always after a workout!

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    Marie February 26, 2014, 11:17 am

    I need a little protein boost right after 5:45 am spin class!

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    Kim February 26, 2014, 12:06 pm

    Hooray for giveaways!
    I’ve started using egg white protein powder in my smoothies post CrossFit. Its one of the few powders easily available by me that doesn’t have a ton of chemicals in it. These bars don’t seem to be super chemically so that’s definitely a plus!

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    Amanda February 26, 2014, 1:53 pm

    I need protein to take me from my work day to the gym to the long commute home to getting my two labs for a nice long walk around the neighborhood!

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    Laura February 26, 2014, 2:55 pm

    I love Cascadian Farms products but haven’t tried the protein bars yet. Sound great!
    I definitely need an extra protein boost on the days I lift at 5:45am, work 9 hours, and then run in the evening (which is usually several days a week)!

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    Stacey February 26, 2014, 3:53 pm

    I take in some extra protein after hard cardio or strength-training workouts.

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    Sarah LJ February 26, 2014, 3:58 pm

    I need extra protein to keep me full while I am chasing after my 1-year old son. My favorite source of protein is all natural peanut butter. I put it on everything and in green smoothies!

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    Rachel February 26, 2014, 4:12 pm

    Mid to late-afternoon! That is when I start to get a slump and need a protein and energy boost.

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    kathryn sheehy February 26, 2014, 4:52 pm

    I love my protein when i’m on my 12 hours shift as a nurse at the hospital. Nothing like a powerful pick-me-up!

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    Shannon February 26, 2014, 5:08 pm

    I’ve become more aware of my protein needs over the past 9 months as I’ve been growing a baby! The nutrition stats on these bars is great, I’m definitely impressed with the low sugar content like you mentioned. I’m going to check for these bars at my local stores, as I’m sure the joys of motherhood will come with even more unique nutritional needs/challenges to keep me energized through long days of making amazing memories πŸ™‚

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    natalie yeoman February 26, 2014, 5:26 pm

    it helps give it energy for the day

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    Tammy February 26, 2014, 8:34 pm

    I could definitely use the extra quick kick of protein while trying to get used to my one week old little girls schedule. I foresee lots of pacing and rocking in our chair in the sunny spot in her room.

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    Em February 27, 2014, 12:53 am

    I have to have some protein in the afternoon…..or I crash, then by body is victim to grabbing just about anything! I love to make my own granola bars, but thats because I havent found a bar yet that I believe is better tasting or more nutritious. Will have to check these out!

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    Andrea February 27, 2014, 7:51 am

    Im constantly needing protein…I have a super fast metabolism on top of being very active so I try to find snacks and food to keep me full!

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    Aly February 27, 2014, 11:05 am

    After a long day at work and class before crossfit or a long run!

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    Barb February 27, 2014, 1:54 pm

    After I pick up my kids from school until dinner. I am always starving during this time and trying to find healthy snacks to help me stay on track until dinner.

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    Becky February 27, 2014, 3:12 pm

    I need protein after work and right before my workout. Something quick and healthy is what I usually go for.

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    Jennie February 27, 2014, 6:32 pm

    I need protein when I’m running all over with my toddler in tow.

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    Kelly February 27, 2014, 8:34 pm

    I need protein after work to fuel me for my evening workouts and hold me until dinner

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    Jen February 27, 2014, 9:30 pm

    After I lift!

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    amanda February 27, 2014, 10:10 pm

    I’m a longtime vegan, and getting protein is not as easy as it is for some people — I definitely try to monitor it to be sure I’m treating myself well. Glad these new bars are another vegan option!

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    Mary-Catherine February 28, 2014, 7:58 am

    Those bars look great! Ever since I started taking Body Pump and kickboxing classes, I’ve noticed that the only way I’m going to see results is to increase my protein intake! I try to eat protein within 30 minutes of a workout – if it’s the morning, Greek yogurt or peanut butter with a banana. If it’s at night, usually chicken or turkey!

    Hope you’re having a great trip!!

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    Jess February 28, 2014, 12:30 pm

    When 2 PM rolls around and I have been working with children all day at work and realize I still have my own kids to pick up soon. I need to be able to devote as much energy to them as I do with the kids I am with at work. They deserve all of me too!!!

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    Emily T March 1, 2014, 8:36 am

    i’m a ballet dancer and spend my entire day in the studio from 930 to 400. we don’t have a lunch break, so quick, high protein snacks are everything to me!

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    Taryn T. March 1, 2014, 9:16 am

    Protein helps me get through my hardest “want to snack on junk” time, right after work, but before dinner!

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    karina March 1, 2014, 4:41 pm

    Protein at breakfast and in my afternoon snacks powers me for the day!

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    Nikki March 1, 2014, 4:55 pm

    I incorporate protein in all my meals, even snacks. It keeps me full for a while. I never go into my next meal starving. I like nuts.

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    Sadie B. March 1, 2014, 8:33 pm

    I need a boost of protein at about 2PM. Lunch is gone and I could use some energy.

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    Kelly March 1, 2014, 9:30 pm

    I start work at 5 am so mid morning/early afternoon I always need a quick pick me up!

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    Heather C March 2, 2014, 12:38 pm

    Protein to fill in the mornings when I don’t get a chance ot make breakfast with our new baby

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    jchokie March 2, 2014, 1:21 pm

    I’m currently training for a Half marathon so I need all of the protein I can get. Especially between all the runs and cross training!

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    Kate March 2, 2014, 3:18 pm

    I tried the chocolate chip peanut butter bars a couple of weeks ago, and have been hooked ever since! I would love to try the roasted nut flavor too!
    They’re perfect as part of breakfast or when my mid-afternoon need for a nap rolls around πŸ˜‰

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    Melissa Robertson Marcum March 9, 2014, 5:20 pm

    Protein takes me places by giving me the extra boost I need to get through the middle of the afternoon slumps…these bars look amazingly delicious,thank you for the chance πŸ™‚

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