Peppermint Bark Bars
These peppermint bark bars are the perfect way to indulge without feeling guilty this holiday season! I’ve partnered with ZonePerfect Perfectly Simple to bring you today’s post. I was compensated for my time, but all opinions are my own.
So, it’s December. And that means I’m eating like a crazy person. Butter cookies. Grape Jelly Meatballs. Cornbread casserole – topped with sloppy joes because why not? I need cookies and comfort food this time of year. It’s just how I roll.
Last December I lost 30 pounds. <— I know. That’s crazy, right? Who loses weight in December? I did it by following a low carb diet and being super strict with myself.
Well, I love my low carb diet, I do. It works fast and it’s not terribly hard once you’re in the groove. But, my job requires me to cook with carbs. My job requires me to be able to taste food. My job requires me to eat some cookies every now and then like a normal human, ok? It’s just so hard to stick to the diet permanently.
So, lately, I’ve been off the low carb diet game and just trying to eat sensibly. Lower calories, lower fat, whole foods, healthy choices, all the usual.
Of course, it’s crazy hard to stay on track this time of year, but I’m so excited about the new ZonePerfect Perfectly Simple seasonally inspired flavors. ZonePerfect sent me a box of bars to try and I fell in love. These bars are an easy way to indulge in holiday sweets without the guilt – they have less than 200 calories per bar! They’re also full of protein, which helps keep you full of energy and on track with your health goals. Did I mention they’re gluten free?
You can snack on these bars while you’re on the go, of course. They’re perfect for mid-shopping snacks. But, I’m kinda digging them for holiday parties. Set out all of your usual cookies and goodies, but chop up each bar into thirds and set out a plate of those to snack on, too. The peppermint bark has a brownie-like consistency with the perfect peppermint crunch. I love the chocolate and peppermint combo and the bars are just plain pretty on a dessert table!
The pumpkin chai bars would be great for this time of year as well!
You won’t feel like you’re missing out on the desserts at your holiday party, but you also won’t feel guilty or worry about getting off track!
Grab these bars at Target nationwide! They’re also available at select Kroger, Giant Eagle, and ShopRite stores. Find them online at perfectlysimple.com.