Sunday, August 26, 2012

Quick and Delish: Back to School Treats to Eat

By: Finance Foodie

Ahhhh it's almost September - when kids leave the idleness and carefree spirit of summer and head back to school for a year of tests and learnings. Since I'm in grad school now, I get to experience this deja vu all over again - although this time around, going back to school is actually a vacation from the pressures of work (especially with the intense summer internships I've had)!
Hello Classroom!
Although school is a break from reality, I still find myself running around and busy like a bee - but instead of building financial models and writing research reports, there are club meetings to attend and homework problem sets to (half-heartedly) attempt. Therefore, when I find myself on campus all day with nary a meal or snack break, I rely on convenience items brought from home to get me through group meeting #10 of the day. Here are some of the items I always have handy in my big old bag of tricks.

PROBAR Meal and Snack Bars
PROBAR is a healthy lifestyle, natural foods company that makes certified non-GMO, 100% vegan, certified organic snacks that are rich in raw ingredients. Unlike candy chocolates and other sweet treats, PROBAR’s raw, natural ingredients not only taste good but also give my body the needed nutrients and clean-burning energy to keep me on my toes when I get cold-called by my Professor after not reading last night's homework assignment. PROBARS come in three types:

PROBAR Meal-Bars: Available in over 15 flavors, these are PROBAR’s original and most popular whole-food, meal-replacement bars that totally satisfy my hunger (till snack time!). My favorite flavors? the sweet and savory Nutty Banana Boom and the tangy Superfruit Slam. A word of caution, at ~400 calories a piece, these are for sure meant to be meals and not snacks.
fruition:  Every 150-calorie, fruit-dense, superfood snack bar in the fruition line is designed to deliver one serving of fruit. Chia seeds serve as one of the key ingredients, providing a between-meal boost of Omega 3. fruition is available in seven flavors and is certified gluten-free. Don't miss the citrusy Lemon and Cran-Raspberry flavors - my faves out of the 7 flavors.
HALO:  HALO bars are the ideal, healthy alternative to satiate that craving for a candy bar. These snack bars come in four sweet flavors, such as my faves Rocky Road and S’Mores, and are packed with oats, flax seed and dark chocolate.
Cucina Fresca’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese 
This frozen meal is an all-natural, convenient lunch or dinner option for busy students on the go. What makes Cucina Fresca Mac and Cheese different is that the pasta maintains its texture (and doesn’t overcook or get mushy). They achieve this by barely cooking the pasta before it's place in the packaging, so it actually cooks when you heat in the oven or microwave. The penne is cooked al dente to properly absorb the sauce when heated, which is unlike most packaged offerings. That way, the unique flavor of the cheese also gets absorbed into the pasta. The Smoked Gruyere is the best seller and there’s nothing like it on the market – the smokiness comes from Spanish smoked paprika.
Soyummi Puddings
Soyummi organic puddings are free of refined sugars, gluten, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, and eggs. What really makes them different is that do not they sterilized their products using ultra-high temperature (UHT) processing to ensure that they maintain their natural nutritional balance and prebiotic benefits. My favorite out of the bunch? The creamy, classic and low calorie (~110 calorie / serving) Tapioca Pudding!
KRAVE Gourmet Jerky
KRAVE Jerky is a healthy, anytime snack. For any student on-the-go, KRAVE Jerky presents all the benefits of meat that is easy to carry all over the place. Jerky is naturally loaded with protein, while the drying process both removes most of the fat and results in fewer carbohydrates.
With eight cool and savory flavors (my fave is the herby Basil Citrus), KRAVE all-natural jerky is moist, wholesome, and seriously satisfying!

****Giveaway*****
Congrats Rita!

PROBAR and financefoodie.com wants my readers to get healthy this school year with a box of fruition PROBARS and some grocery money to pick up the other items on my list! 

A Box of fruition PROBARS (ARV: $40) and a $20 Whole Foods gift card

There are THREE ways to enter
1. REQUIRED: In my comments section, tell me what item on my BTS meal and snack guide  you are most excited to try. Also please include your email address so I can contact you if you win!
2. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (leave separate comment telling me this)
3. Reblog / Retweet this giveaway (leave separate comment telling me this)

Contest ends Friday, August 31, 2012 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards!!

Full Disclosure: The  box of fruition bars are being provided by PROBARS. Finance Foodie Media Productions purchased the Whole Foods gift card. I was not compensated for this post.

135 comments:

Zainep said...

The halo bars seem like an awesome substitute for dessert. I'm most excited about trying those! (zanybrainy1@gmail.com)

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ky2here said...

Superfruit Slam Pro Bar

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ky2here said...

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Risingsouth said...

I am most excited to try the fruition in lemon.

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tristatecruisers said...

i would like to try the Nutty Banana Boom--that sounds soooo yummy :)

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susie said...

I think the low-fat cheese is great.

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susie said...

the low-fat cheese is great.

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Amber said...

I am most excited to try the PROBAR Meal-Bars!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber said...

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Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber said...

I tweeted about the giveaway, I'm @AmberGoo:
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Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Anonymous said...

KRAVE Gourmet Jerky sounds good to me.

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BowieTip said...

I'd like to try Cucina Fresca's Gourmet Mac and Cheese. I'd add beer to the mix, for a Welsh Rarebit style flavor.

Hope to win

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Sarah S said...

I am most excited to try the nutty marshmallow halo bar. s2inamug @ aim dot com

Anonymous said...

Yum yum yum!

JC said...

I'd like to try HALO bars

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sohamolina said...

wanna try Cucina Fresca’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese

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mrs.mommyy said...

treats to eat

clc408 said...

I'm excited to try the Fruition bars. The flavors sound delicious.

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sweepmom said...

I am most excited to try the KRAVE Gourmet Jerky.

momandsons said...

My kids would love the Krave Jerkey.


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Mysharona said...

I'd like to try the jerkey.

Diane52 said...

Can't wait to try the whole berry blast and actually all the other fruit bars- Heathy and good tasting too.
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RealtorSD said...

I'd love to try the soyummi tapioca pudding since I'm lactose intolerant. Sarah at realtorsd.com

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Crunchy Beach Mama said...

The Mac & Cheese looks great!!

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Crunchy Beach Mama said...

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Anonymous said...

The Soyummi tapioca pudding
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Sunnyvale said...

The Mac and Cheese, I can't seem to get this dish baked that gives me the home cooked meal.

marcia goss said...

I want to try the Whole Berry Blast Meal Bar.
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Amy Z said...

The Cucina Fresca’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese sounds perfect for our Back to School snacking!

Amy Z said...

I'm following you on Twitter @isitinmyhead. Also, I forgot to include my email address in my last comment, so here ya go:

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Amy Z said...

I tweeted this giveaway! https://twitter.com/isitinmyhead/status/240152162825564160

ehhogan said...

I think any of the Halo bars sound wonderful!

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Diana Stanhope said...

I am most excited to try the Cucina Fresca’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese.

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Diana Stanhope said...

I follow you on twitter @dianas58

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Diana Stanhope said...

I tweeted about the giveaway.
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Cheryl Reinhardt said...

Halo Rocky Road Bar
The nutty banana bar
Krave Jerkey Garlic Chili Pepper
Who am I kidding I want to try it all!!!!!
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Pat said...

Most excited to try the Fruition bars.
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Katy N said...

Cucina Fresca Gourmet Mac n Cheese looks yummy.
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Unknown said...

Awesome giveaway!! I LOVE probar- and i need to find that soyummi pudding!
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Unknown said...

I'm so lame i'm not on twitter! But if i was i would follow you....! (and maybe you will count my comment as Another entry?? :)
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Cody Anderson said...

I'd like to try HALO bars, they look yummy!!
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Cody Anderson said...

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Robert Pyszk said...

I most most excited to try fruition in lemon

Robert Pyszk said...

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Christopher J. Chambers said...

I REALLY want to try the Sweet Chipotle Jerky!!!

dario moniz said...

mmm the basil citrus jerky sounds really tasty

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216amyc said...

I am most excited to try the Fruition bars. The Strawberry sounds great!

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Caryn said...

The Rocky Road Halo bar

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calvad said...

I am most excited to try the KRAVE all-natural jerky. calvad at aol dot com

Allison Downes said...

The Halo Bars look yummy! Especially the Rocky Road one! Thanks for the giveaway

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Laurie Nemeth said...

love it and can not wait to try

Janna Johnson said...

Krave jerky
Thanks for the contest! Janna JOhnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on GFC

Derk Thomas said...

Soyummi tapioca pudding

Sumer Blaker said...

The Superfruit Slam Pro Bar sounds good to me.
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stracey2010 said...

i'm most excited about the Cucina Fresca’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese
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1porkchop said...

I am most interested in trying the Krave jerky

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saturdaynightfever said...

I would love to try the KRAVE Smoked Grilled Teriyaki!

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Karen said...

I'd like the soyummi tapioca pudding. Thanks for the giveaway.

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hbbs55 said...

I would love to try the Berry blast!
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Cjnedrow said...

the whole berry blast pro bar sounds yummy!
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Nicole said...

I could say I want to try one of the healthier snacks, but honestly? I want to try the Halo Rocky Road bar :)

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Nicole said...

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bbrittbrat1398 said...

The probar meal bars! Mac and cheese.
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Amanda S. said...

I'd love to try the Cucina Fresca Mac and Cheese! amandasandico at yahoodotcom

1froglegs said...

I want to try the Krave brand jerky

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brich2222 said...

want to try the tapioca Soyummi Pudding

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Breanne said...

KRAVE Gourmet Jerky

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Carolyn Daley said...

I want to try the Fruition Peach snack
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Jamie said...

I'm most excited to try the Soyummi Puddings.

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Brian E. said...

Thanks for the giveaway...the PROBAR Meal-Bars look good !

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Trisha McKee said...

I am most excited by the peach frution

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Mouse said...

The low fat cheese sounds good

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Anonymous said...

Mac and cheese!!!! Lindtlover06@aol.com

Lana Bradstream said...

I'm excited about the Halo bars

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brendaelsner said...

I am most excited to try the fruition in strawberry.

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/\Heather/\ said...

KRAVE Jerky, for sure. Look at all the awesome flavors!
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Jennafer211 said...

The Probar Superfruit Slam sounds yummy!

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Sherry Conrad said...

The Halo Bars are what I'd love to try.
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dvice12 said...

I'd like to try Cucina Fresca Mac and Cheese

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Ciara B. said...

i'd be most excited to try Cucina Fresca’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese

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Peggy Rydzewski said...

I would like to try the jerky.. protein to go..

annemarie562000 said...

I would love to try the Rocky Road and S’Mores HALO Bars!

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Jenny18286 said...

I'm most excited to try the Cucina Fresca’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese! jenniferpeaslee at gmail.com

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Kristy Thiel said...

definitely the low fat cheese!

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Erica C. said...

The Rocky Road snack looks yummy.
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RE said...

i'd like to try the nutty banana

RE said...

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Anonymous said...

I like the HALO Nutty Marshmallow Bar!

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barblong said...

I am most excited to try the Cucina Fresca’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese.

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rosannepm said...

I'd like to try the Tapioca pudding rosans4@comcast.net

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trinity babichuk said...

The halo bars sound delicious!!

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Aimee Fontenot said...

The whole food meal bars sound amazing. I would LOVE the whole berry blast bar.

Gianna said...

Smoked grilled teriyaki jerky.

Susan Climan said...

The Halo Bars look delicious. sleveene@hotmail.com

Hotsnotty2 said...

Superfruit Slam Pro Bar

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