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Zing Bars Review

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Zing Bars

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About Zing:

“It all started innocently enough. As practicing nutritionists, we simply wanted to find a good nutrition bar that we could recommend to our patients. Something consistent with our professional training and experience.

We frequently recommend hummus-and-carrots, peanut-butter-and-celery or a host of similar mid-afternoon mini-meals. But these don’t address convenience, portability and the on-the-go requirements of real life. Then there’s the problem that not everyone likes these suggestions. Sometimes the pleasure of a tasty, satisfying snack just has to be factored in.

It presents a challenge for anyone in the nutrition business: our recommendations have to taste good enough to eat because people want to, not because they have to. It can’t work if they won’t eat it, and they won’t eat it if they don’t like it. That’s scientific too.

We looked. We looked hard. But there just weren’t any convenient snacks that fit our requirements. If a bar was nutritionally balanced, it came up short on taste (often really short). If a bar tasted good, it was low in protein and fiber, or full of artificial ingredients, unhealthy fats and empty calories. We were not after a candy bar. There were plenty of those, even among the so-called ”energy” bars.

 

So we decided to create our own nutrition bar. A real nutrition bar. Our take on the perfect snack.

A bar that included everything we wanted, and excluded everything we didn’t. All natural. Only food ingredients. A healthy balance—and the right types—of carbohydrates, protein and beneficial fats. No artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives. No trans fats. No synthetic vitamins. No allergy-aggravating gluten, wheat or soy protein. And while we were at it, no corn or corn sweeteners, fast becoming another widespread allergen and metabolism wrecker.

But at the same time, and just as important, it had to taste not just good, but surprisingly good. Amazingly good. Good enough to not only eat, but enjoy.

In short, a nutrition bar that moves forward to the basics. A bar that everyone—nutritionists, healthcare professionals, parents and kids—would actually love to eat, even before thinking about nutrition. But it would have that, too, right from nutritionists.”

Double Nut Brownie

100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS: Nut Blend (Almonds, Walnuts, Hazelnuts), ORGANIC Tapioca Syrup, ORGANIC Agave Syrup, Rice Protein Concentrate, Cocoa Powder (Dutch Alkalized), Rice Bran, Chicory Root Fiber, Coconut, Pea Protein Crisps (Pea Protein, Pea Starch, Rice Flour, Calcium Carbonate), Vanilla Extract, Sunflower Lecithin, Natural Maple Flavor, Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E).”

Dark Chocolate Mint

100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC Dark Chocolate (ORGANIC Cane Sugar, ORGANIC Cocoa Liquor, ORGANIC Cocoa Butter, ORGANIC Vanilla, Sunflower Lecithin), Rice Protein Concentrate, ORGANIC Agave Syrup, ORGANIC Tapioca Syrup, Sunflower Seed Butter, ORGANIC Quinoa Crisps (ORGANIC Quinoa), Chicory Root Fiber, Pea Protein Isolate, Natural Peppermint Extract, ORGANIC Brown Rice Crisps (ORGANIC Brown Rice, ORGANIC Brown Rice Syrup, Sea Salt), ORGANIC Sunflower Oil, Pea Protein Crisps (Pea Protein, Pea Starch, Rice Flour, Calcium Carbonate), Natural Flavors, Arabic Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E).”

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut

100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC Dark Chocolate (ORGANIC Sugar, ORGANIC Cocoa Liquor, ORGANIC Cocoa Butter, ORGANIC Vanilla, Sunflower Lecithin), Rice Protein Concentrate, ORGANIC Tapioca Syrup, Hazelnuts, ORGANIC Agave Syrup, Almonds, Chicory Root Fiber, Pea Protein Crisps (Pea Protein, Pea Starch, Rice Flour, Calcium Carbonate), Unsweetened Coconut, Rice Bran, Vanilla Extract, Sunflower Lecithin, Natural Maple Flavor, Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E).”

Coconut Cashew Crisp

100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS: Rice Protein Concentrate, ORGANIC Agave Syrup, ORGANIC Tapioca Syrup, ORGANIC Brown Rice Crisps (ORGANIC Brown Rice Flour, ORGANIC Brown Rice Syrup, ORGANIC Raisin Juice Concentrate, Salt), Roasted Cashew Butter, Unsweetened Coconut, ORGANIC Quinoa Crisps (ORGANIC Quinoa), Arabic Gum, Chicory Root Fiber, Roasted Cashews, ORGANIC Almond Butter, Pea Protein Crisps (Pea Protein, Pea Starch, Rice Flour, Calcium Carbonate), ORGANIC Coconut Flavor, Safflower Oil, Sunflower Lecithin, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E), Sea Salt.”

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC Peanuts, ORGANIC Agave Syrup, ORGANIC Dark Chocolate (ORGANIC Sugar, ORGANIC Cocoa Liquor, ORGANIC Cocoa Butter, ORGANIC Vanilla, Sunflower Lecithin), Whey Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Hydrolysate), Chicory Root Fiber, Whey Protein Crisps (Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Tapioca Starch, Calcium Carbonate, Sunflower Lecithin), Natural Peanut Extract, Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt.”

Dark Chocolate Coconut

“100% Natural Ingredients: Roasted Almonds, ORGANIC Dark Chocolate (ORGANIC Sugar, ORGANIC Cocoa Liquor, ORGANIC Cocoa Butter, ORGANIC Vanilla, Sunflower Lecithin), Rice Protein Concentrate, ORGANIC Agave Syrup, ORGANIC Tapioca Syrup, ORGANIC Brown Rice Crisps (ORGANIC Brown Rice, ORGANIC Brown Rice Syrup, Sea Salt) Chicory Root Fiber, Unsweetened Coconut, Rice Bran, ORGANIC Coconut Flavor, Sunflower Lecithin, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E), Sea Salt.”

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My Thoughts:

These bars are just plain DELICIOUS. They taste like a dessert made with the best ingredients. I see Zing Bars really being a favorite to those that have never been a fan of nutrition bars before. I truly could not get enough of these bars and was very eager to try each new flavor–which is not always the case. Some bars are chalky and not appealing. Zing Bars are moist, decadent, rich with flavor, and they taste like they contain real food ingredients–because they do.

These bars boast so many ingredients that I love and aim to incorporate into my daily diet, like almonds, dark chocolate, whey protein and agave syrup. A few of the bars I tried contain whey protein and a few of them contain rice protein concentrate. Ingredient-preference-wise, I would rather have the whey protein in the bar I’m eating, as I typically steer away from grains and protein derived from them. I could also do without the brown rice syrup and flour in a few of the bars. Other than that, I love what I see in these ingredient lists.

I would recommend these bars to anyone–especially those who are normally skeptical of health food bars. They will suit so many different diets and satisfy so many taste buds.

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How Taking a Break from Coffee (and all Caffeine) Can Help You

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I can earnestly say I never thought I would take a break from drinking coffee. I would deem myself an absolute coffee connoisseur. I come from a family who drinks it daily, and in many ways it is a favorite past time of mine. I love grinding the beans, how it smells, the sound of it brewing…..all of it.

That said, I am never above tweaking my diet (or at least trying it for a while) if I believe it could improve my health in a significant way. I have had issues with what I call “sleep eating” for several years. As silly as it sounds, I am notorious for waking up in the middle of the night to grab a snack or make a meal in the kitchen. I often do not even remember doing this, until I wake up with peanut butter on the edge of my lip (no joke). I had contemplated several things: Do I not eat enough during the day? Do I have a “disorder”? What can I do to stop this from happening?

I started feeling disappointed in myself because I felt I was taking a few step backwards with these “sleep eating” episodes, after eating so remarkably well during the day. I got to a certain point where I just accepted that maybe it’s just a funny thing about me…until it occurred to me that eliminating coffee was something I hadn’t tried yet.

Cutting out coffee was something that I was not excited about. The tough thing to realize was that I just might need to try this in order to tackle this issue. In my mind, I figured that since caffeine can affect sleep, it could be playing a part in this problem.

So, I bit the bullet and started weaning myself off of coffee. Over a week’s time, I gradually decreased the amount I was drinking, starting at one full cup and drinking a bit less each day until I only had one gulp. As you can imagine, I had a noticeable headache for the next 2 days. I noticed I was a little cranky and lacking my normal motivation. Thankfully, after the full week of weaning, I felt like myself again. I felt like I didn’t need the coffee to get going.

Since ending the weaning process (it’s been almost a week), I haven’t had one incident in which I found myself in the kitchen in the middle of the night. This has been incredibly encouraging to me!

Quitting coffee for the time being has also been dual purposed. In doing this, I hoped to also get an idea if detoxing the caffeine out of my system would help my facial skin to be clearer. I have always struggled with acne and have also drank coffee since I was a teenager. I thought that the acne could perhaps be triggered or worsened by the excessive caffeine.

In summation, here’s what I have experienced thus far with the measures I’ve taken:

1. Quitting coffee to prevent “sleep eating” and encourage my body to sleep soundly throughout the night:

-I found that this, so far, has helped solve my problem completely! Perhaps, sleeping optimally throughout the night has helped my body to truly rest and not go after food.

2. Quitting coffee to help clear up acne and blemishes:

-I have certainly seen a difference in how certain problem areas on my face are less inflamed. They haven’t gone away over night, but my skin appears to be less red and stressed looking. Along with a few herbs that I have learned about recently that target hormonal acne (I will do a post on this soon!), I am finding that eliminating the coffee intake has helped my skin in a slightly noticable way.