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The LÄRABAR Detox & Giveaway!

December 4th, 2010


This time of year is easily the hardest to stay healthy… and I’ve been a bad, bad girl.

The holiday season is always filled with lots of get-togethers. Said get-togethers are generally well-stocked with delicious but bad-for-you desserts. When the gatherings end, everyone inevitably cites their imposing diet as the reason why they can’t take leftovers home. I watch my weight too but you think I’d let a dessert go wasted? Sacrilege! And before I know it, my house is filled with temptation. Delicious, delicious temptation.

I started every day last week eating leftover pastries from somewhere or another and surprise surprise, put on a couple pounds. This week I sang a slightly different tune, with the help of the nice folks at LÄRABAR. They shared with me some of their tasty good-for-you products. I’m thankful to them both for the slight cleanse they have bestowed upon me and because the flavors still seem indulgent without the consequences. Win / win.

There is a promotional campaign for Yoplait yogurt – maybe you’ve seen it – the one where people describe how much of this cake and that cake they’ve been eating, all the while losing weight because they are eating the Yoplait version of their favorite desserts instead of the actual calorie-laden versions they are used to. I feel like LÄRABAR fits into the same category. Their bars have indulgent names like Coconut Cream Pie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Cinnamon Roll. Somehow, even though I’m eating something healthy that doesn’t weigh me down, I still walk away from breakfast mentally feeling as though I’ve treated myself.


I tried a few and some bars tasted more like their namesakes than others (see the full list of flavors in their online store). I thought Coconut Cream Pie was really Coconut-Cream-Pie-ish while Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough was good but would have been a little harder to guess had I been blind-folded while eating it. The dominant flavor in a lot of the bars is dates (which makes sense since it’s the first ingredient in a lot of them). The dates lend a nice fruity and moist background to the bars and compliment the chocolate in the chocolate-flavored bars. It’s a nice break from other brands of bars that taste dry or powdery by comparison. I also think it’s cool that they make such tasty treats with such a short list of very healthy ingredients. For example, the list for Peanut Butter & Jelly is merely “dates, peanuts, unsweetened cherries and salt.” And it tastes remarkably like a PB&J. Pretty cool!

Their brand mission states that, “LÄRABAR firmly believes that the foundation of a sound mind, body and spirit is derived from what you eat. And what you eat is healthiest and most satisfying when it’s in a whole, natural state.” Sounds like they’ve achieved that! Read more about them here.

Would you like to see what they mean and taste a LÄRABAR yourself? Lucky you because it’s time for another giveaway!

Giveaway Prize
A 16-count box of LÄRABAR’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars. Yum!! That will keep you healthy and happy for a while. :) The bars would also make great stocking-stuffers if you feel like sharing.

Giveaway Rules & Deadline
This time I think I’ll pick at random. Just leave a comment below. Feel free to say hey, or maybe help the rest of us feel a little better by sharing the holiday treat that’s been your weakness lately. Maybe LÄRABAR can fix you too! This giveaway will go through Wednesday December 8th at noon.

Join in the fun! Because who doesn’t love edible prizes?

Update: This giveaway has ended. See the conclusion here!

28 responses so far:

  • Excellent giveaway! I need a healthy snack to keep things in check with all the holiday goodies.

    by Evan ThomasDec 4, 2010 at 1:36 pm
  • Larabars are delicious! Of course the peanut butter and chocolate bar is my favorite but the ginger snap is a close second.

    by yvetteDec 4, 2010 at 1:49 pm
  • I would love a giveaway and am excited to involved in one that involves food. I am always looking for a good replacement bar so I a am eager :)

    by jennifer battleDec 4, 2010 at 2:18 pm
  • Oh I adore the new chocolate chip cookie dough Larabars, but have yet to find the peanut butter ones- Would love to try them!

    by HannahDec 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm
  • I love this flavor. The holidays have been hard but I figure that I can stay on track inbetween them and then make a big push after the new year has started. These would be a great addition!

    by JillianDec 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm
  • I keep hearing how delicious Larabars are…I need to try them. Great giveaway!

    by RachelDec 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm
  • the only larabar that i’ve tried is the apple pie one, but the chocolate peanut butter one sounds tasty! i’d love to try it!

    wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

    by kaylaDec 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm
  • YUM! I’d love to win, and I’d say I’ll NEED to win. haha!

    by ErinsFoodFilesDec 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm
  • I like their cherry pie bar, but I’ve never tried the peanut butter chocolate chip one. Sounds like it would be good. Thanks for the giveaway!

    by SylvieDec 4, 2010 at 8:14 pm
  • I do love LARA bars. They are the perfect snack.

    by CarrieDec 4, 2010 at 10:10 pm
  • Oh gosh, I am a total Larabar fan, and the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip is my FAVORITE. What a perfect giveaway! ;)

    by NicoleDec 4, 2010 at 11:17 pm
  • I LOVE Larabars & I consider them somewhat of my namesake :) Seems all the more reason for me to eat them & feel good about it!

    by LauraDec 5, 2010 at 4:12 pm
  • I love Lara Bars! I like that the ingredient list is actually real ingredients – not icky fillers. Also, they are gluten-free so great for my friends & family who can’t take the gluten. I find the hardest thing this time of year to resist is all the treats that people bring into my work’s break room.

    by MaijaDec 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm
  • Hi – how generous to share your Larabar bounty – it is amazing how the bars taste mostly like their namesakes with so few ingredients – and natural ingredients at that! Happy Holidays

    by Stephanie BrownDec 5, 2010 at 9:21 pm
  • I love how Larabars only have a few ingredients! So good for you!

    by MeaganDec 5, 2010 at 11:01 pm
  • LOVE Larabar, especially the carrot cake flavor.

    by AmyDec 5, 2010 at 11:33 pm
  • mmm I just bought a PB and chocolate larabar from the store…SO GOOD. It’s my favorite :)

    by AnnieDec 5, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    by KylieDec 6, 2010 at 12:41 am
  • Hi!

    by JasonDec 6, 2010 at 1:07 am
  • I’m always surprised by how satisfying they are for their size. Thanks for the giveaway!

    by LEDec 6, 2010 at 1:45 am
  • Mmm, i’ve been wanting to try these…

    by DonnaDec 6, 2010 at 7:48 am
  • OMG what a great product! would love to try ‘em :)

    by daniDec 6, 2010 at 3:36 pm
  • YUMMMMM I hope I win

    by KLDec 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm
  • i love lara bars!

    by jenniferDec 6, 2010 at 11:22 pm
  • Those sound delicious!

    by ameliaDec 8, 2010 at 12:44 am
  • I’ve seen larabars, but haven’t tried any yet. You make them sound so delicious!

    by MattDec 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm
  • They look and sound great!

    by SarahDec 9, 2010 at 9:52 am
  • i love lara bars!

    by Marylou SpencerDec 24, 2010 at 2:04 am

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