Spring Cleaning with Balance Bar & JR Watkins Giveaway

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for winter to be over. I am so anxious for warmer weather to come our way! Spring will be here before we know it, which means it’s almost time to get started on our spring cleaning. This year we are not only focused on freshening up our home, but also our lifestyle and eating habits.

While people traditionally consider spring cleaning to mean window washing, shower scrubbing and more, Balance Bar is celebrating the change in season by setting the refresh button and “cleaning up” some of our bad eating habits and introducing some healthier habits – including healthy snacking!

Spring Cleaning with Balance Bar

I had the opportunity to try several Balance Bar varieties, including Dark Chocolate Peanut, Dark Chocolate Crunch and Dark Chocolate Coconut and they are all so yummy! I really like that each bar has a balance of protein, carbs, and fat to provide you with the proper ratio of nutrients to fuel your body. I had been looking for a healthy snack bar to eat while on the go, either before or after my workouts, and Balance Bar is going to be perfect for those times!

Spring Cleaning with JR Watkins

To help me get started on my spring cleaning, I also received a bottle of J.R. Watkins White Tea & Bamboo All Purpose Cleaner and a bottle of JR Watkins Hand Soap. I’ve always wanted to try JR Watkins products, so I was super excited to try them out. Not only are they made with natural ingredients that are safe to use around the home, they work great and smell wonderful!

I’ve decided that my first spring cleaning project is going to be organizing my pantry. We have a large walk-in pantry that is awesome for storage, but at the same time it ends up getting stuffed full of items we don’t need. It’s time for me to go through and get rid of expired food and organize our food products and kitchen appliances. To help with that, I have some great tips from registered dietician, Sharon Richter. Feel free to check them out and join me!

Tips to Spring Cleaning Your Pantry 

Step 1: Empty everything from your food pantry. It’s okay to start with a mess and you’ll be surprised what’s hiding in there!

Step 2: Throw away anything that has expired, has been open for more than a couple weeks or you know you’re just not going to use.

Step 3: Organize everything by category – snacks, meal starters, nuts and dried fruits, oils/dressings, cereal and carbs, etc.

Step 4: Check the labels. Here are a couple ingredients you simply shouldn’t have in any foods: hydrogenated oil, HFCS, MSG

Step 5: Make sure you have plenty of portion controlled snacks readily available and at the front of the pantry. You tend to eat more of what is eye-level or easily accessible. I always stock up on Balance Dark Bars.

Balance Bar Twitter Chat

Balance Bar Twitter Party

@BalanceBar and @TheRichterReco will be hosting a live, one-hour Twitter chat using the hashtag #SpringIntoBalance on Thursday, March 20 at 3:00 PM ET. They will be discussing the best ways to spring clean your pantry and starting the new season on a healthy note. There will also be some great prizes! We’d love for you to join the fun!

Balance Bar & JR Watkins Giveaway

Balance Bar & J.R. Watkins Giveaway

To help you get your spring cleaning started, we will be giving away an awesome prize pack filled with a variety of Balance Bars (Dark Chocolate Peanut, Dark Chocolate Crunch and Dark Chocolate Coconut) and JR Watkins White Tea & Bamboo All Purpose Cleaner and Hand Soap! ($50 ARV)

Enter the giveaway by using the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway ends on 4/7. Open to U.S. residents, 18+. Good luck!

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  1. Evening eating is the worst for me! I’m learning to tell myself…I don’t eat in the evening, like its just a fact. Sometimes I have to say it more than once to my “inner child.” but for some reason it usually works.

  2. Erin Ellis says:

    I find that portioning out servings is a good way to help “clean up” bad eating habits. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
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  3. Emily Wells says:

    Don’t keep junk food in the house. If it’s not available, you can’t eat it. :)

  4. Darlene Owen says:

    I have to limit myself to the bad things I eat such as dark chocolate otherwise I would be hugh.

  5. Tari Lawson says:

    Don’t deny yourself. Instead it a small amount of what you want to satisfy your craving.

  6. Have a lot of delicious fruits and cut-up veggies to grab for a healthy snack!

  7. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I stopped buying the junk food and sodas! That seemed to be the only we would stop eating it – if it wasn’t here! Instead I buy healthier snacks and fruits/veggies.

  8. It’s pretty simple…just don’t buy it. I also take my lunch to work and leave my wallet at home. If I don’t have money, I’m not tempted!

  9. Cassandra Eastman says:

    My tips are to drink more water, and buy fruits and vegetables to snack on instead of chips!

  10. Cynthia C says:

    My tip is to shop very carefully and don’t bring any junk foods home. If it’s not in the house, you can’t eat it!

  11. Marcia Hines says:

    I would really love to try these products….

  12. Georgette says:

    I had to quit eating gluten so that helped a lot! Also a nutritionist got me on track. Don’t buy crap and you won’t eat crap.

  13. I try to make bad things healthier. If I am craving french fries, I make homemade fries baked in the oven. I have gotten where I like my substitutions better than the original full fat versions!

  14. Have lots of home-made trailmix and cut-up veggies around for snacking!

  15. Keeping one small shoebox in the cupboard and one small box in the fridge for the bad stuff! It helps me get less of it and see all the good foods there are to eat.

  16. Drinking plenty of calorie-free water makes you feel full so you eat less throughout the day.

  17. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    I have a drawer in the Refridgerator that is just mine….. That way I keep healthy things in there to eat.

  18. You burn more fat if you eat six small, healthy meals a day versus three big meals

  19. Lee Mckoen says:

    Start keeping a diary of what you are eating ,I was shocked by all the snacks i was consuming!

  20. Hesper Fry says:

    Keep unhealthy foods out of the house.

  21. MARIA simon says:

    I buy stuff that is healthier to junk food but a lower calorie version of it.. .I try hard and we attempt it every day :) make it interesting think that helps and try new recipes

  22. rose paden says:

    What really helps me is eating slowly and taking small bites! It gets you fuller faster and really pays off in the end!

  23. I buy fresh fruits and vegetables and cut them up so they are easy to grab from the fridge.
    Thank you!

  24. ET Pruitt says:

    I eat roasted almonds as a snack instead of salty chips and crackers.

  25. Angela Ash says:

    The best tips I have for cleaning up bad food eating he to get the culprit foods out of the house & make and stick to your grocery list.

  26. Susan Robbins says:

    Don’t buy it, can’t eat it if you don’t have it in the house, especially for late night snacking when you aren’t going to run to the store. Have a big fruit bowl in plain sight and tell yourself, kids and hubby, to have a piece of fruit when they are sniffing around for junk food.

  27. Even if my favorite junk food is on sale or its cheaper to buy in bulk I DON’T! If I want a few oreos, I buy an little individual serving. I don’t care if it would cost the same to buy 1,000 oreos. I just don’t keep them in the house! If I want to have junk food I’ll have to at least make the effort to leave the house to get it!

  28. Darcy B says:

    I go to great lengths to find healthy snacks that are also delicious for my family. Lots of fresh fruit from the farmers market washed and ready to nibble on.

  29. Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…we snack on fresh fruit, almonds, peanuts, etc.

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