Giveaway Extravaganza!

Ok, maybe not an extravaganza…but it is a giveaway, and it is my first one, and I am a little excited, so cut me a break 😛 More about the giveaway after these messages…

Shane and I cooked an absolutely drool-worthy dinner last night. While I made sweet potato fries and veggies, he made stuffed burgers. Uh huh, it was one of those kinds of dinners 😛 He stuffed the burgers with sauteed onion, cheese, and relish. Oh it was to die for. I put this beast of a burger on an Arnold Sandwich thin with a ketchup and mustard smiley…

..orrr something like a smiley.

My plate before I made it do a disappearing act:

Annnd I’ve met my red meat quota for the week! haha…

Before I ate my weight in dinner, I did 40 minutes on the elliptical. I decided since Saturday is race day, I’m going to do more ellipticizing than running, to be sure I don’t wear down my legs. Tomorrow will be a run day, and will be my last run day until THE run day – phew! LOL


Sarah, from Lara Bar was nice enough to send some of the new Lara Bar flavors my way! They arrived at my doorstep on my one-month blogiversary, so it was perfect! I’ve already tried the PBJ flavor, and I can tell you, it’s definitely a new favorite! 😀 I haven’t had a chance to try the other two yet, but I’ll be sure and let you know what I think. I love to eat Lara Bars an hour or so before I work out for a good pre-work out snack. They keep me full throughout my whole work out, and deliver an adequate balance of protein and carbs, oh and not to mention, freaking tasty!

In the giveaway package are two of each new flavor: Peanut Butter & Jelly, German Chocolate Cake, and Tropical Fruit Tart

Also in the giveaway are two samples of BSN Syntha 6 protein powders

I love to drink protein drinks as a post-workout snack – especially if I’m weight training. They feed my muscles the protein they’re craving, and hold me over until my next meal if I can’t have

  • Leave a comment saying what your favorite pre and post workout fuel is
  • Link back to this contest in a post on your blog, and then leave another comment here with a link to your post.
  • For another chance to win, tweet about this contest on Twitter. (Make sure to include @PaigeRAN, so I can keep track of who gets another entry.)
  • Contest ends on this Saturday, August 8th (race day!!) at 11:59 p.m. CST!

Good luck! And thank you for participating!!! 😀


104 Responses

  1. Yay for new Larabar flavors! I really want to win because I actually just tried my first Larabar last Friday and I loveeeed it!

    -Favorite pre workout fuel: Peanut butter toast or a granola bar

    -Favorite post workout fuel: Usually I eat after I work out but cereal is really good for me because the milk calms me down and the cereal fills me right up! 🙂

  2. my fave pre workout fuel is a banana or energy bar, and post workout would be a smoothie!

  3. I've never tried Larabar before, the PB & J sounds interesting! I don't really eat prior to runs because my tummy can't handle it but after wards nothing makes me happier than a Carrot Cake Clif Bar… so yummy!!! 🙂

    Will def link this in my next post!

  4. pre workout fuel-pb and banana! or cereal. post workout- eggwhites and kabocha!

  5. pre workout is one or two bananas and coffee:-) post workout-more fruit and almonds. I usually work out in the a.m., but if I have to workout later, I include more protein.

  6. i have been seeing these new flavors on so many blogs and can't wait to try them! we have LARA bars here, but I JUST found the coconut cream one and they've been over for years already.

    favorite pre-fuel: banana with a bit of pb/ab
    post-fuel: big glass of milk/chocolate milk/protein-y smoothie

  7. Preworkout – Luna bar (but would try LARA!!)

    Post workout – Cottage cheese, peaches, english muffin!

    Awesome giveaway!

  8. Omg, great giveaway. I want to try the new flavors so bad! I usually don't have a pre workout snack and post is usually whatever I'm having for lunch.

  9. And I linked back!

  10. Dinner sounds amazing! I planned on making some sweet potato fries tonight so now you've gotten me even more excited for them 😉 What a fun giveaway! LOVE the new laras- they rock my socks off. pre workout fuel- I usually go light here because I have some tummy issues and if I eat even the slightest bit too much I get sick! Half an apple with a tsp or two of nut butter about 1 hour before I workout does me best!

    Post workout- I teach most of my classes/ run at night so post workout fuel is dinner! Lots of veggies, lean proteins (I only eat fish/shell fish or beans), some form of carbs (whole grains or fruit yummy).

    Have a good day!

  11. Pre workout I try to limit myself to a piece of fruit and then post workout I try to have a meal high in protein and complex carbs. Yummy!

  12. Post workout, I love a green monster. Pre workout, always coffee. Creature of habit, I am! Thanks for reading my blog and following me on twitter, btw. Backatcha!

  13. banana with almond butter both pre & post workout. Usually half at each.
    Or a green monster after workout – but that's usually after a shower too.

  14. i linked for you! ooh, i hope i win OR find these bars soon! the new flavors sound awesome.

  15. HAHA I love the smiley! 🙂
    Pre Workout I usually have my Green Smoothie–so refreshing and gives me the energy I need!
    Post Workout I usually down a TON of water and have something like a half of a banana with Almond Butter.

  16. Ooo Fun!!

    My favorite Pre-workout fuel is PB on WW Toast
    And Post Workout -is definitely banana oatmeal!

    I'm also having an amazing giveaway on my blog if you're interested!!

    I'll link back to you in my next post!!

  17. gahh I wish my mom would let me enter this giveaway:\
    perfect idea girlie 🙂

  18. I love Larabars! I have actually had them many a time as my pre-workout nutrition. But to be honest, I could be better about fueling around my workouts. A good old fashioned protein powder shake is my usual standby when I think of it after lifting.

  19. I'm so excited to try the new PB&J flavor. It looks so good. Preworkout I stick to cranberries and almonds or applesauce/protein powder. Since that's usually prebreakfast, I finish up with protein powder/cereal combo after lifting or oatmeal/egg white combo after cycling. Great giveaway!!

  20. May Canadians enter? My pre-workout favourite is apple slices with peanut butter, and my post-workout favourite is trail mix with nuts and dried fruit.

  21. def fruit and water, esp. a banana
    the bars look yummy!
    KawaiiNeko2008 at aol dot com

  22. Pre is definitely custard oatmeal!! Post would have to be ANYTHING!! I'm just hungry! Maybe a banana or waffles? Or a yummy smoothie 🙂

  23. Oooh, I'd love to try the new Larabar flavors 🙂

    My favorite pre-workout snack is fruit + coconut butter, and post is a green smoothie.

  24. i like oatmeal or green monster

  25. amazin grass superfood drinks!

  26. I have been on the lookout for the new larabars and so far, have been unsuccessful.

    My favorite pre-workout snack is an english muffin or piece of bread with peanut butter. I don't really eat a post-workout snack even though I know I should. I'm just not hungry.

  27. I linked you too!

  28. Oooh exciting!!! Favorite pre workout snack is probably a banana with peanut or almond butter. Favorite post workout snak is a green monster or a big glass of milk.

  29. Oh my goodness, I wanna win so bad! Love ya blog dear 🙂
    My fave pre-workout snack is probs oatmeal and banana and fave post workout snack is a glass of cold milk.

  30. I dont have a blog so I cant link back, but my favorite pre-workout food is definitely oatmeal, as long as I eat it well enough ahead of time. Afterwards I love to drink an Emergen-C and then some kind of smoothie (soy milk, kale, strawberries, mango, + flax seed!)

    I'm definitely going to tweet you!

  31. I always have the same pre-workout fuel: whole wheat bread with a 1/2 T of PB. Works like a charm. Post workout, I have breakfast!

  32. Cute fun giveaway!

    Pre-workout, if I eat anything, it's almost always a handful of nuts. I like the protein kick.

    Post-workout I just stick with hydrating. And usually dinner follows closely (I work out at night).

    I will link back in my next post. 🙂

    P.S. That german chocolate looks outstanding!

  33. LOVE Laras!!

    My favorite pre-workout snack is a handful of cereal….I am weird and get sick if I work out with too much food in my tummy!

    My favorite POST-workout snack is a nice, cold "green monster" smoothie.

  34. Linked you back to my post!

  35. Favorite pre-workout is a bowl of Total Cinnamon Crunch cereal. Favorite post-workout, I like a green monster with some protein powder.

    I have been DYING to try out the new Larabar flavors, but haven't come across any yet, and I could always use more protein powder. 🙂 Thanks!

  36. My favorite pre-workout snack is an apple with peanut butter and post workout is a veggie omelet!

  37. I would love to win!!

    Pre- or post-run I love a banana w/ PB or something carby.. and lots of water 🙂

    Good luck with your race!

  38. My favorite pre-workout snack is pb toast, and my favorite post-workout snack is chocolate milk!

  39. My favorite pre-workout snack is Date/Fig with PB or Ezekial Toast with PB. Also, I have made my own homemade Larabars, which work as an awesome preworkout snack

    Post work out I love Watermelon.

    I really want to try the PB & J Larabar…I think I'd love it!

  40. Pre- something with protein like pb and crackers, then post- water and fruit, with maybe a string cheese. Thanks!

  41. Fun giveway!

    Pre-usually a handfull of nuts or a banana.
    Post-Usually water closely followed by dinner.

  42. I like to work out in the morning so I usually eat breakfast first–my favortie is a ww english muffin with almond butter and blueberry preserves and some type of fruit. After I workout and get to work, I am always super starve-face, so I love cottage cheese mixed with cinnamon, cereal and berries.

    COngrats on your blogiversary and good luck on you race! xoxo

  43. Pre and Post workout fuels are definitely Oikos+Larabars! Nothing beats it 🙂

    I love that Sarah – she totally rocks 🙂

  44. cool giveaway…

    my fave pre-workout snack is toast with PB or a banana with PB

    post-workout… I usually have something light like skim milk or yogurt + fruit (since I workout after dinner)

  45. ughh I wish I had a sweet potato around here!

    your giveaway looks supah fun! I'm about to tweeeet you 🙂

  46. I SOOOO need to try these new flavors! 🙂

    Pre-workout: Slice of whole wheat toast with organic peanut butter

    Post-workout: WATER!


    (will tweet & link back!)

  47. I haven't managed to find the new larabars yet!

    Pre-workout: PB toast and fruit
    Post-workout: Green smoothie 🙂


  48. Pre work out…Banana/almond butter
    Post workout…Green smoothie 🙂

  49. Pre workout: Banana and peanut butter on whole grain bread!

    Post workout: Protein drink and a turkey sandwich!

  50. I just tweeted about the giveaway! (Missy Maintains)

  51. preee: dried fruit and peanutbutter.
    posttt: anything and peanutbutter.


  52. Pre: Something with PB
    Post: Smoothie!

  53. Pre: usually a banana and some almond butter
    Post: protein smoothie or egg white omelet

    How sweet of you to offer to share your stash with a giveaway!!

  54. great giveaway!
    favorite pre/post workout snack: bread with Almond butter! It's satisfying and filing! 🙂

  55. Great giveaway- I've really been wanting to try those new larabar flavors!
    Pre workout fuel is usually nuts/ peanut butter/ almond butter. Post workout is usually a banana or smoothie.

  56. i don't really have a fav preworkout unless it's a race, then i've stuck to a lunabar +/- banana. afterwards? hmm, maybe bowl cereal with blueberries 🙂

  57. I've been dying to try these!

    Pre-workout: Banana – just something light!
    Post-workout: A glass of milk

  58. Larabars are my fave!!! I can never seem to get their attention to offer me samples/freebies even though I've mentioned them a bazillion times on my blog! 🙂

    Pre: banana & PB
    Post: cereal with vanilla soy milk (or in a pinch a chocolate soy milk drink box)

  59. Hey! Thanks for the giveaway, I loveeee Larabars and their healthy fats!
    Preworkout: Clif bar and some strawberries or Kashi go Lean cereal and soymilk

    Postworkout: Oatmeal with Maranatha Peanut butter mixed in! Yummyyy 🙂

  60. My favorite pre-workout snack is a banana with nut butter. And my favorite post-workout snack is a glass of milk/greek yogurt. Yum!
    Thanks sooo much!!
    ❤ jess

  61. my favorite pre-workout snack is a big pink lady apple, and my favorite post-workout snack is a baked sweet potato topped with almond butter. yum!

  62. My favorite preworkout snack is a small cup of berries and yogurt. My fave postworkout snack is a smoothie made with protein powder, frozen nanner, plain yogurt, and Nesquik

  63. Favorite pre-workout snack: a banana, my tummy needs simple foods before activity. If it's something that needs serious fuel, maybe a baked sweet potato with almond butter.

    Favorite post workout snack: plain or greek yogurt with walnuts, fresh berries, and flax seed.

  64. my newest post workout obsession is click espresso protein powder.

  65. So many entries! yay 😀 And so many great workout fueling ideas!

  66. Great Blog!

    Pre-Workout – I love a banana and peanut butter.

    Post-Workout – Smoothie or Yogurt with Granola and blueberries.

    I would love to try the new bars!

  67. OMG I want to win so bad
    My fave pre-food: Toast with jelly
    Fave post-food; dates with Almond butter and a protein smoothie

  68. oh and I am doing a giveaway too, hope you can check it out 🙂

  69. My favorite pre workout food is a banana with almond butter. My favorite recovery food is a nice cold, filling protein smoothie!

  70. I would love to enter!

    My favorite pre-workout snack: english muffin w/ nutella
    Post-workout: chocolate milk!

    Have a great race!

  71. I usually run first thing in the morning, so no real pre-workout snack. Post-workout is breakfast: yogurt, fruit, and muesli, a smoothie and toast, oatmeal…etc.

  72. Pre-workout, I eat cheerios with skim milk, and post-workout, I eat lotsa fruit and a turkey sandwich.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  73. My favorite Pre-workout fuel is PB on Toast
    And Post Workout -is yogurt with blueberrys!!!!

  74. Hello! My fave pre-work out fuel is whole-wheat toast with p.b. and after an apple or Greek yogurt.

  75. Linked give-away on my blog here:

  76. my fav pre workout snack is 1/2 banana with nut butter and post workout would be like a smoothie with lots of blueberries, strawberries and yogurt!


  77. I am *dying* to try the new PB&J!

    Pre-workout snack: Either banana/apple with AB or greek yogurt and a kashi bar.
    Post-workout: Breakfast! Steel-cut oats w/splash of almond milk, AB, blackberry preserves, cinnamon and nutmeg or Rolled oats w/greek yogurt, almond milk, blueberries, coconut, and cinnamon.

    Mmmmm… I'm making myself hungry!

  78. favorite per workout fuel: whole grains
    favorite post workout fuel: banana, apple

  79. oh yum!

    preworkout – a piece of toast or half a banana with some almond butter

    postworkout – protein shake (LOVE BSN products!)

  80. Preworkout- 1/2 sandwich thin with rf PB and some fruit
    Postworkout- whatever is for dinner that night

  81. preworkout – banana & nut butter
    postworkout – chocolate milk!! I am usually not super hungry post so this does the trick.

  82. Depending on the time of workout…it changes, but for early morning w/o I have 1/2 cheese stick, 1/2 c. applesauce and a few almonds or almond butter…must be at least 1 hour prior. Post, I have a big breakfast: eggs, fruit and more nuts for fat or avocado. 🙂 I almost never go a day without a Larabar. I love the Chocolate coconut sooo much. MMM. -Martha

  83. Pre-a few apricots and almond buttah-post-big ole breakfast (lots of fruit some sort of oats and some protien!:)-monica

  84. Pre workout is a banana. Post workout is a green monster.

  85. Just tweeted @theskinnyplate

  86. Pre-workout I will eat a piece of string cheese and drink water. After my workout, I usually make dinner since I go to the gym most days after work.

  87. hello, i'm glad i stumbled upon your blog!

    my favorite pre-workout snack when i run in the mornings is a slice of toast, although i like to mix it up with a banana or granola bar every once in a while. in the afternoons, it's usually fruit or granola bar.

    post-workout is breakfast! or…dinner 🙂

  88. i don't work out to hard (unfortunately) so i usually do a fiber granola bar of some sort & then do lunch afterwards


  89. My favorite post workout snack is a piece of whole fruit, like an apple or a peach, something light like that. My favorite pre workout snack is usually an energy bar or a snack bar. I love those things!

  90. Excellent article. I treasured to read your commentary. You have got to be putting bundle of time into your website

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