Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Products I Love + First Ever Blog Contest! Win Free Stuff!

Welcome to the Running For Dummies first ever blog contest!  I am super excited to share with you these products that I love and also give you an opportunity to win them! 


I have a confession to make. I am a peanut-butter junkie. Crunchy, specifically. I eat it by the spoonful right out of the jar. Even though I am careful to only purchase all-natural Peanut Butter, by its very nature it is high in calories and fat.  I eat peanut butter at least three times a day; once in the morning in my protein shake, once on celery for a snack, and then again in the evening with my infamous spoon-dipped-in-peanut-butter snack. At least I don’t do it like Joey did!!!

I wasn’t joking when I told you, I LOVE peanut butter. 

This is where one of my favorite healthy products comes in really handy!  What if you could have all the flavor and deliciousness of peanut-butter but without all the fat and calories?  You can!  It is called PB2 and it is delicious.  They press out all the fat and oils, leaving behind an all-natural peanut buttery powder with no chemicals and no preservatives.  Adding 2 tablespoons of PB2 to my protein shake only adds 45 calories and 1.5 grams of fat, but once you mix it with liquid it has the full flavor and consistency of full fat peanut butter.  Two tablespoons of PB2 in place of one tablespoon of real peanut butter in my protein shake actually provides a stronger peanut butter flavor with still less calories & fat. And don’t think it is just for protein shakes.  You can visit their website to get many recipes to use PB2 in your food too.  For a peanut-butter-junkie-health-nut like me, this product is heaven.   Enter below for your chance a win a PB2 prize pack that the generous people of Bell Plantation put together for my readers.   You can also check out where to buy here.
Speaking of protein shakes, You can’t make a peanut butter chocolate delicious concoction without chocolate protein powder!   I never thought twice about the protein powder I was using.  I  bought a 5lb jug of something affordable from Wal-Mart that tasted good and I went with it for years!  It is funny because I am a serious label reader.  I don’t buy anything without reading the ingredient list closely to make sure it is all natural with no artificial sweeteners or ingredients, but somehow since protein powder was a health food, I made a wrong assumption that it would be good for me.  Shame on me, considering I once even wrote a blog post about so-called healthy foods that are not healthy at all.  I read the back of the package and was shocked at how many words I couldn’t pronounce.  What sense does it make for me to give up Diet Coke and eat all natural foods, but still consume artificial ingredients in my protein powder on a daily basis?  It doesn’t!  After I tossed the remaining Wal-mart bought protein powder in the trash,  I was on the hunt for an all-natural, but still delicious, protein.  This is when I discovered the wonderful Jay Robb line of products.  I happen to be partial to chocolate, and their chocolate flavor has a rich, fudge-like flavor, probably the best tasting chocolate flavor protein I’ve ever tried. Their tagline, "The Best-Tasting Protein on the Planet," says it all.  Then I discovered that they had a full line-up of delicious all natural flavors which makes it almost impossible to choose just one.  Lucky for you when you enter my contest, you are entering to win a variety pack of protein powder samples!  When you win, I’d love for you to let me know how you like each of the flavors and which is your favorite. Check out their full product lines here.

My favorite protein shake recipe.  Simple but delicious:
1 cup of unsweetened original almond milk
2 tablespoons of PB2 powdered peanut butter
1 scoop of Jay Robb Chocolate protein powder
A handful of blueberries and/or half banana

Mix it up...Whirrrrr!!

So let's get to the reason you are all here.  TO WIN FREE STUFF! 
Here is your chance to win the following items from my amazing blog contest sponsors.

1 full size jar of PB2 peanut butter
1 full size jar of PB2 chocolate peanut butter
1 6 oz bag of all natural PB thins peanut butter crackers
PB2 full size product prize pack. YUM-O!
From Jay Robb:
Jay Robb reusable recycled tote bag
Jay Robb PBA-free shaker bottle
Jay Robb protein samples including:
  • Strawberry Whey Protein
  • Strawberry Egg White Protein
  • Tropical Dreamiscle Whey Protein
  • Vanilla Whey Protein
  • Vanilla Egg White Protein
  • Pina Colada Whey Protein
  • Chocolate Whey Protein
  • Chocolate Egg White Protein
  • Cashew-Coconut Protein Bar
  • Peanut Butter Protein Bar
  • Fudge Brownie Protein Bar
Jay Robb Protein Prize Pack

a Rafflecopter giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Rules:
Contest runs from 06/06-06/15
No purchase necessary (which is great because I have nothing to sell you).
How to Enter:
It's easy to enter.  Fill out the Rafflecopter form above. Get separate entries into the contest by completing one of the following:
  • Comment on this blog post.  Only positive uplifting comments will be considered entries into the contest.
  • "Like" Running for Dummies Blog on Facebook.  Winners will be announced via this blog and on the Running For Dummies Facebook page.
  • Follow me @Gealenders on Twitter.
  • Tweet about this contest on Twitter.
The Prize Delivery:
Winner must have shipping address in the Continental United States.  Prizes will be shipped from Texas.
The Winners:
The winner will be selected by random drawing
The Prize Acceptance:
Winners will be notified via this blog and Running For Dummies Facebook page post.  Winners must respond to winning notification within 3 business days to claim their prize.

The Alternate Winner:
If the original winner does not claim their prize in 3 business days an alternative winner will be selected.


  1. can I enter? will save alot on shipping.

  2. love to try both! always looking for a better protein shake!

  3. YES! Anyone can enter! please do!

  4. Cool contest! You've really piqued my interest about that natural protein powder!

  5. apparently the rafflecopter site was down last night. Make sure if you entered the contest, you did it through the form embedded on the blog, that is where the winner will be chosen. It is back up now.

  6. Great prizes! I'd love to try some of those things.

  7. b/c you are my friend, i will tell you here that i am daily inspired by your dedication to your overall general health and fitness. although i am a slacker, you make me want to do better and i appreciate you steering me in the right eating direction. i would love to try this pb2 stuff (i've heard great things about it from other friends too), so i should probably win. great!

  8. I've been wanting to try the PB2 - great prize!

  9. I'm a new runner (since January) and I really enjoy your blog - it's very helpful. And prizes make it even better! :D Thank you!

  10. Mmmm... Peanut butter. I've heard about pb2 a few times and have been interested in trying it. Free would be an excellent introduction!

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  12. We just completed the Running for Dummies first ever blog contest! Thanks so much to all that entered and made this contest a success. Thank you especially to the sponsors who provided the great prizes! Bell Plantation PB2 and Jay Robb Protein.

    An alternate winner has been selected...

    Melissa Cook!

    Congratulations! You are our winner! I have sent an email to the email address you used to enter the contest. Please reply within three business days with your shipping address to claim your prizes!

  13. So excited to get my package in the mail! I'm a new runner so I'll take and try anything at this point to help me keep going !! Thank you so much !!

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