How I Reward Myself (AND Chocolate Giveaway!)
it’s friday YAY! as i mentioned in my vlog yesterday, i had a super productive day on wednesday and now i just keep remembering that day instead of being productive on other days so i should probably change that (soon).
you know what some of my favorite rewards are for being productive? watching netflix, playing backgammon with my husband (i promise we aren’t 89) eating chocolate and having an adult beverage. all things that make me very happy and feel like a solid reward after i’ve gotten some work done. i don’t
always hit the booze after i’ve worked hard before quittin’ time but i do often treat myself with something sweet and that is usually in form of something chocolatey.
doctors have even told us that chocolate (especially dark chocolate) is filled with antioxidants but still should be eaten in moderation since it contains butter, sugar and is pretty fatty. great news, a new chocolate bar has even more added goodies to make it healthier!
you’ve probably heard about ‘probiotics’ which are bacteria that is your friend (we actually have a ton of good bacteria already living in us and helping us be healthy). probiotics are supposed to help aid in digestion too (i’m not a doctor so check with your doctor about all this). i rarely participate in eating probiotic-y things because they are primarily found in yogurt (i’m lactose intolerant) and kombucha, which still tastes like straight vinegar to me even though my husband insists it is delicious. hipster.
so where does chocolate fit in with this? i’m glad you asked. there are new chocolate bars from attune that contain 4 billion CFUs (which stands for colony-forming units, which is how probiotics can be measured) per bar! the kombucha chillin’ in a fridge (pun intended, always) contains 2 billion CFUs for comparison.
i obviously had to try all of them and i wasn’t sure what to expect (no, of course i didn’t think i would be able to feel the probiotics on my tongue – jeez) but they tasted like delicious chocolate! i was expecting a little chalky flavor or texture but my expectations were wrong – no strange texture!
let’s talk flavors. i was surprised by how much i really liked the milk chocolate crisp! it reminded me of a crunch bar and i wanted to devour the whole thing right then. i don’t eat too much milk chocolate because sometimes it can upset my stomach (curse you lack of lactose digestion) but i really liked this one.
the dark chocolate was delectable. it does have a slight bitterness to it, like most dark chocolates do/should and is dairy-free! i liked it a lot.
the toasted coconut was still good but didn’t taste anything like coconut, which was sort of disappointing. the coconut did give it an interesting texture that i liked.
my husband was like “i feel like you’re eating a lot of chocolate” and i simply said “it’s for research purposes so…hand me the dark chocolate bar again please.”
attune probiotic chocolate bars are also fair trade certified with their cocoa and almost half the amount of sugar and double the fiber in a comparable chocolate bar that i had in my
since i don’t typically ingest extra probiotics i wasn’t sure how my body would handle it. because my reviews are always fair and honest, the first time i tried all the flavors i got a little bloated. not as bad as when i did the whole30 and this could be because of milk in the two other bars or my body getting used to the probiotics. i did however feel like my digestion was a bit better though after having it 2 more times.
these probiotic chocolate bars are non-refrigerated so yup…they are coming on the plane with me next week! attune also have other chocolate bars with probiotics but need refrigeration. the ones with this labeling does not.
you can find them at your local whole foods or plug in your zipcode to find the nearest store to you! it made me even happier when i saw they are made in eugene, oregon, just two hours south of me! if you live in portland, the closest locations to us are at these whole foods stores:
okay…enough moving my mouth/hands and more getting the chocolate in your mouth/hands: