Thank you to LUNA Protein for providing me a LUNA Protein sample pack to review. The opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint.

I had a baby at the end of April. It’s now the end of August. And even though I am runningrunningrunning like a chicken with her head cut off getting the older kids ready to start school, taking care of baby Alice, breastfeeding at least 8 times a day, sometimes skipping meals due to hectic schedules, even exercising several times a week…

I’m still 20 pounds heavier than before I became pregnant.

Since it’s been five years since I last worked to lose the baby weight, I cannot remember if I still had this much “more to love” hanging around after the other pregnancies. Probably. But I was also younger, and the other babies were tougher (or born when there was a two year old sibling to also chase after), and so I had less time to analyze my shape and weight four months postpartum.

But I also know that back with the other kids I never forgot to eat. Ever. While nursing the other kids and spending more time at home than I do now, I planned days around meals, cooking, and recipes. Each day for lunch I fixed myself huge salads, massive quesadillas, Cliff Huxtable-sized sandwiches.

Now that I’m crazier busier I often do miss meals. Not often, but a few times a week mid-day I’ll be caught without a healthy snack and resisting the urge to drive through for something I’ll regret, I delay eating until later when I have access to a healthier option. I have found myself caught in a vicious cycle of hunger and energy crash and then a feeding frenzy later. I worry that this is impeding my weight loss, and since I’m nursing and need to keep my milk production up, I have to ensure I am eating regularly and healthfully.

So when I was offered the chance to try out the LUNA Protein bars  made especially for women, I agreed. I’ve been carrying them around in my  bag during this particularly busy week, and they have been just the thing when I realize I am shaky and irritable and it has been hours since my last meal. My favorite flavor is the chocolate peanut butter. Although they have 12 grams of protein, they are not as chalky and heavy as many of the manly, muscle-y protein bars I have tried in the past. And they are 180-190 calories, which satiates hunger but is not too many calories for an average weight woman between meals (and that is a plus if, like me, you are trying to lose weight). They count for 4 Weight Watchers points.

FIVE of you guys get to try these LUNA Protein bars too!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

I have 5 LUNA Protein Prizes for you guys, which each include a sample pack of LUNA Protein Bars as well as a bonus treat from LUNA.

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I will randomly draw the five winners in one week on Friday September 2nd at 4pm. I will contact all winners for their mailing addresses and then LUNA will send you your goodies!

Please click here to learn more about LUNA Protein. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own. #cleverLUNA