There’s a meme that circulates every April, with a Pinterest-perfect back-to-school lunch on the left and an end-of-the-year lunch on the right that basically consists of Cheerios and Twinkies.
Our kids’ September lunches are that Pinterest image, without a packaged good in sight. I’m proud of those lunches and admit to the occasional #humblebrag on Facebook.
But I reach that April moment by the time November hits. With merely two months of school lunches under my belt, the novelty wanes and I start looking for shortcuts. Because I’m so NOT a Pinterest mom. And while I don’t pack unhealthy stuff into their lunches, I’m all for packaged products that make the lunch grind easier.
Of course, sending stuff to school means it has to be nut-free — and healthy, packaged, nut-free snacks are few and far between in my experience.
That’s where SimplyProtein comes in.
I’ve been buying SimplyProtein bars for myself and the kids for years. Before I ever partnered with this brand, I was a loyal customer. And that’s because I’m a big fan of clean ingredient lists — especially ones that have very little sugar.
It all started a few years ago when I got on the healthy train and was looking for high-protein, low-sugar snacks and post-workout fuel. These needed to be easy to take and eat on-the-go, so I found myself in the natural food aisle looking at dozens of bars. This one had too many carbs while another had too much sugar; that one had ingredients I couldn’t pronounce and this one tasted like sticky cardboard after trying it.
After some trial and error, I landed on SimplyProtein bars. They had basic ingredients and are high in fibre with 8 to 15 grams of protein and only 1 to 4 grams of sugar per bar. And they tasted fantastic, kind of like a grownup crispy rice square. My personal faves are the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Strawberry, Chocolate Coconut and Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond.
The bonus? They’re around $2-3 per bar (I stock up when they’re on sale for less than $2 at my local Superstore!), which is less expensive than many of the protein bars out there.
But when the SimplyProtein Kids Bars finally came to market, it was a gamechanger. They’re smaller and even cheaper than the big bars, making them perfect for a school snack.
There are two great flavours, both of which my kids enjoy: Chocolate Brownie and Strawberry Vanilla. (Can you guess which one they like best? Cough-cough…chocaholic family over here…)
I don’t know why, but even when just one thing in my kids’ lunches are ready-made, it feels like school lunches are 384 per cent easier to make. (Sure, let’s call that a scientific stat.)
And I’m all for easy, because in this roller coaster we call parenting, there’s enough on our plates to make us dizzy some days. And, friend…easy ain’t nothin’ to be ashamed of.
Win a month’s supply of SimplyProtein bars for the whole family!
I really believe that you have to try these to find out for yourself just how yummy they are, so I’m thrilled that SimplyProtein is offering one lucky family a prize pack containing 60 Kids Bars and 60 adult bars. To enter:
- Follow SimplyProtein on Instagram.
- LIKE my Facebook page.
- Share the Facebook post.
- Tag at least two friends in the comments of the Facebook post who you think would enjoy SimplyProtein bars.
- Tell me in the blog comments below which flavour you think you’d like best of any of the bars.
Contest closes Nov. 25, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Open to Canadian residents, 18+ only. No cash value.
DISCLAIMER: I’m a SimplyProtein partner and have been compensated for this content. However, my love with this brand runs deep and I’m a customer first; all of these very strong opinions are my own.