With bikini (or in my case, tankini...No one wants to see my stretch marks!) season coming more quickly than I'd like, I have been watching my diet extra closely and trying to lose that stubborn 15lbs that I cannot seem to shed no matter what I do. I know many of you are doing the same thing as the weather gets warmer. After all, we all want to look good and feel confident as we break out our bathing suits and cute little sundresses. In the winter, it's more acceptable to be frumpty-dumpty, since we're wearing sweaters and jeans, keeping our curves concealed. As summer approaches, there's that mad dash to get our bodies back. It's an annual ritual, at least for me.
When trying to diet, it's important not to deprive yourself. After all, diet IS a 4-letter-word, and one that can be very destructive if not done in the right way. To me, dieting isn't about deprivation. It isn't about counting every little carb and calorie. It's about being active and making smarter lifestyle choices. Sensible meals and snacks can not only make you feel fulfilled, they can also help you reach your weight loss goals successfully.
Did you know that 77% of women cannot get through a normal day without at least one snack? (According to a Dole Real Bites Fruit Survey that was conducted by Wakefield Research www.wakefieldresearch.com among 1,016 nationally representative American women, ages 18 and older.) I am definitely among the norm. I can't seem to function properly if I don't have at least one small snack throughout the day.
Snacking doesn't have to be a bad thing. It's all about making better choices. Obviously chips, cookies, and ice cream aren't the best snacks for those trying to watch their waist-lines. More sensible choices include fruits and veggies, whole grains, and nuts.
Recently, I got the opportunity to try DOLE Real Fruit Bites. These bite sized snacks are made from real DOLE dried fruits, including pineapple, apple, and mango, and come in convenient, super-portable little pouches, perfect for snacking on the go. Each pouch has between 80-90 calories, so you can snack away, guilt free.
But what really makes DOLE Real Fruit Bites special is the unique taste. These snacks aren't simply fruit. They also include yogurt and toasted whole grain oats! They remind me of a certain cereal that had coated pieces of fig mixed in. You know the one I am talking about, right? I remember I used to fish out these tasty morsels, leaving none of them for anyone else. Yep, DOLE Real Fruit Bites are that good.
Take a look at these sinfully delicious, yet nutritious snacks!
Don't those look tasty? We love DOLE Real Fruit Bites. To me, they're a (not so) guilty pleasure. They definitely take care of any cravings for sweets without throwing my dieting efforts off track. My kids love them, too! I don't generally allow the kids to eat "junk" food, so with DOLE Real Fruit Bites, I can give them the sweet treats they love without worrying about giving them nothing but empty calories and a sugar overload. And since DOLE Real Fruit Bites are a good source of Vitamin C and are completely free of trans-fats, I feel good about serving these as a nutritious snack.
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This giveaway is open to US Residents 18+ until 11:59PM on June 3, 2012. No PO Boxes. Winner will be drawn using Rafflecopter's Random Number Generator. All entries will be verified, so play fair! I will notify winner via e-mail and they will have 48 hours to reply before I am forced to redraw winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. Thanks for entering, and Good Luck!
***Disclosure:I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided.As always, all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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