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When we moved to the country last year, I didn’t realize it at the time, but one of my main motivations for going back to my roots (hardy-har-har) was the deep desire to live more simply. When I lived in the city and worked in an office, I didn’t feel like I could shut down. I couldn’t disconnect. Not only was it the culture of my urban life and my urban career, but it was the mindset I was trapped in. I wouldn’t allow myself to disconnect. I wouldn’t allow myself to not feel guilty when I went a few hours without checking my email. I lived in constant fear of missing something. Missing the big news story. Missing the big event. Missing the big announcement. I felt like to have an important and valuable life, it also had to be a complicated, connected life.
I’m slowly (but surely) learning that isn’t the case.
Living so geographically disconnected from the urban world has done a lot to teach me about the beauty and excitement that’s held within simplicity. It used to be, that for me to be really excited about something, it had to be big. It had to be the-game-of-the-year-that-I-scored-free-front-row-tickets-to kind of big. The everyday just wasn’t big enough to register a tremor on my excitement meter.
But as those big events trickled out of my life (purely out of convenience really, we’re 45 minutes out to the closest metropolitan city), I started to see the awe of the everyday. I guess it’s all relative. Some may consider my life boring, but I see it as completely exciting. I get excited about blue skies. I get excited about rainbows (really, who doesn’t?). I get excited about rows of canned peaches. I get excited about picking a perfectly ripe cucumber. I get excited about a trip to the grocery store. I get excited when my husband pulls in the driveway from work. I get excited about dessert. Sure, I’m not jumping out of planes or visiting foreign lands or running a Fortune 500 company, and all those things are perfect for someone (lots of someones, actually) but for me, this kind of simple excitement is my ideal life. And it doesn’t require a parachute or a passport or an executive assistant.
This is going to sound silly, but one of my daily joys is walking into the kitchen after dinner and pulling out a sweet treat to savor. Yes, eating dessert everyday is 90% about my absolute need to satisfy the ravenous monster that is my sweet tooth, but that other 10% is speckled with some of what I’ve been talking about—simple excitement. I know you aren’t “supposed” to be emotionally tied to your food, but I for one think that’s a load of baloney. Food is emotional. And it always will be. Certain foods will always make you think of the holidays as a kid. Certain smells will always take you back to a place in time. Certain events will always make you want to eat a specific dish. And I think the sooner we stop fighting the “emotional eating is bad” adage, the sooner we’ll all have a much healthier relationship with food (now, emotional overeating, that is a whole other can of worms).
In my world, food is tied to emotion, and for me, dessert is the most emotional of them all. It’s how I treat myself. It’s how I give myself a pat on the back. It’s how I do something just for me. I know rewarding yourself with food isn’t a popular concept, but I see no issues with it just as long as you are moderate and smart about it. You can argue that most desserts really add no major nutritional value to a diet (well, other than just straight-up calories), but in my world, desserts add major emotional value to my diet. And that’s something I think needs to be fed, too.
Because I am a daily dessert eater, I do have to be a little prudent about the desserts I do eat. If I downed an 800 calorie piece of chocolate cake everyday, I’d have to run out and buy a new pair of jeans every three months. So, instead, I eat that 800 calorie piece of cake every now and again, and try to stick to lighter, simpler desserts for every day consumption.
My newest favorite simple summer dessert? These Fruttare frozen fruit bars.
Now, yes, this is a sponsored post (if you hadn’t picked up on that yet). They are paying me to talk about these bars. In fact, they even sent me a couple of coupons to get the bars free (at the bottom of the post, join in the win your own free coupon). But let me tell you, I love these bars sponsorship or not. If this wasn’t a sponsored post, the Fruttare bars would totally end up on a Things I’m Digging post, because man, I’m digging these.
In fact, Craig and I plowed through our first two free boxes of Fruttare so quickly, that I didn’t even have time to snag a photo. So I went out and bought a few more boxes—with my own cash—so we could keep enjoying these fun little fruity frozen treats.
There are quite a few flavors of the bars, and our favorite, hands-down is the Coconut and Milk. It’s sweet, coconuty, and only 140 calories. They also have some straight up fruit bars (we love the Lime flavor), that clock in at only 70 calories a pop. To me, those the kinds of numbers that you could eat everyday without needing to buy new pants.
Now, you guys know me, and you know that we don’t do a lot of processed foods in our house. Admittedly, these bars aren’t the cleanest food on the planet. Honestly, if you want truly clean pops, I recommended investing in your own molds and some fruit to make your own creations. But considering these bars are a mass marketed product, I was pretty impressed with the ingredients and nutrition facts.
I personally like eating organic and natural foods, but I also completely understand the availability and cost of those kinds of foods can prohibit a lot of folks from being able to buy them. So whenever there is a product that is widely available, a little bit cheaper, and a little bit healthier, I’m always on board. The fact that these bars don’t have artificial colors, artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup and use real fruit and real milk is a huge step in the right direction for conventional food—especially ready-made desserts—in my books. It makes my natural food-lovin’ heart happy. If we can elevate the standard of conventional foods as a whole to be closer to the natural/organic standards, I think everyone wins. And the fact that they are within a price-range that maybe would allow people to think about buying them instead of a cheap frozen dessert that is 100% junk? That’s really good for the health of a lot of folks (especially kids).
Fruttare frozen fruit bars are available at mass merchants, grocery and convenience stores nationwide. Want to try out a box of your own bars for free? Fruttare is giving away a coupon for a free box to each of six Wholefully readers! Yippee!
Ready to win?
- PRIZE: One coupon good for a free box of Fruttare frozen fruit bars (any flavor).
- TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post telling me what simple joys you have in your life everyday. Seeing your kids laugh? Splashing in puddles? Wearing a beautiful dress?
- GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 at Noon (12pm) EST
- NUMBER OF WINNERS: Six
- ELIGIBLE FOLKS: This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only at this time. Sorry international readers! I try to score as many international giveaways as I can. Maybe next time!
- WINNER ANNOUNCED: Wednesday, July 17th, 2013. NOTE: This is a quick turn around giveaway, I will need to submit the winners’ mailing addressed to Fruttare by Friday, July 19th, so if you do not reply by then you will be forfeiting your free coupon. My plan is to contact the winners (by email) on Wednesday afternoon.
- LEGALESE: To enter you must be 18 or older. Winners will be chosen by random drawing from the pool of comments on this post. To be considered for the prize, you must be a resident of the U.S. and provide a valid email address. One entry per email address. Once a winner is notified and verified, Fruttare will be provided with the contact information of the winner and they will be responsible for prize fulfillment. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. To enter, leave a comment on this post. No purchase necessary to win. Entries will close on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at noon (EST). The winner will be contacted by email on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. If the winner does not claim the prize within two days, the original winner forfeits the prize and a second random entry will be chosen from the pool. This contest is sponsored by Fruttare and Clever Girls Collective and is void where prohibited by law.
- DISCLOSURE: I was compensated with two free boxes of Fruttare bars and received compensation for posting this review and giveaway. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. If you have any questions about my disclosure/sponsored post policy, chickity-check out my bylaws or shoot me a line.