40 Fun Ways to Burn 100 Calories + #SpecialKSnackBars

As soon as the holidays wind down, I know we’ll all be looking for ways to snack healthier – no more gingerbread, egg nog, sugar cookies or candy canes until next year. However, I personally hate to feel deprived — I want to munch on something that tastes indulgent but doesn’t negate the benefits of my workout for the day. That’s why I was excited to find out about Kellogg’s new product coming to a supermarket near you in January 2014 — Special K Snack Bars.

These convenient snack bars are the ideal pairing of taste and nutrition that provide a satisfyingly scrumptious snack any time of the day — after a workout, a mid-morning break, or to sooth the afternoon “hangries.” There are four delicious flavors – Berry Medley, Blueberry Bliss, Salted Caramel Chocolate and Salted Pretzel Chocolate – and each only has 100 calories per bar. It’s amazing how decadent and delicious these bars taste for a mere 100 calories. The product size is just right too – not too big as to ruin your appetite for a full meal later, but so small that your tummy is still growling. After much taste-testing, I think my favorite flavor is the Salted Pretzel Chocolate, but they are all yummy!

Visit www.specialk.com for more information on the new Special K® Chewy Snack Bars, available January 2015 at grocery and mass retail stores nationwide. You can also find out more by joining the chatter on Kellogg’s Facebook (SpecialKUS) and Twitter (@SpecialKUS).

Now, if you want to add a little extra exercise to your day, I’ve rounded up 40 activities that burn 100 calories in 30 minutes or less. The calculations are based on a 150 pound person. Have fun, get moving!

Fitness Fun: 10 – 12 minutes of cartwheeling and handstand practice burns 100 calories!

40 Ways to Burn 100 Calories in 30 Minutes or Less

  1. 6 minutes running up stairs
  2. 6 minutes burpees
  3. 7 minutes high intensity spin
  4. 8 minutes rock wall climbing
  5. 9 minutes competitive soccer
  6. 9 minutes moderate jump rope
  7. 9 minutes running (~1 mile)
  8. 10 minutes box jumping
  9. 10 minutes cartwheeling
  10. 10 minutes downhill skiing
  11. 10 minutes pushups
  12. 11 minutes walking up stairs
  13. 11 minutes water jogging
  14. 12 minutes handstand walking
  15. 12 minutes non-stop sit ups
  16. 12 minutes farmer’s walk
  17. 13 minutes flag football
  18. 13 minutes row machine
  19. 13 minute barbell bench press
  20. 14 minutes skate boarding
  21. 15 minutes water skiing
  22. 15 minutes hiking
  23. 15 minutes moderate biking
  24. 15 minutes moderate swimming
  25. 15 minutes furniture rearranging
  26. 16 minutes ballroom dancing
  27. 17 minutes push ups
  28. 18 minutes garden work
  29. 20 minutes of yoga
  30. 20 minutes casual walking
  31. 20 minutes paddle boarding
  32. 20 minutes hula hooping
  33. 20 minutes vacuuming
  34. 22 minutes drum playing
  35. 23 minutes raking leaves
  36. 25 minutes trampoline jumping
  37. 28 minutes weight lifting
  38. 29 minutes pecan picking
  39. 29 minutes bowling
  40. 30 minutes mini golfing

So, what is your favorite on this list?

What flavor of #SpecialKSnackBars appeals to you most?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Special K Snack Bars.

Medicine Ball Mash Up & Saturday Shoutouts

Well, I’m on my way to the “Big D” to run in the Rock & Roll Dallas Half Marathon Sunday morning.  I heard that Deena Kastor is in the field, so I’m really going to have to step up my game (insert hysterical laughing here). The past bronze-medal winning Olympian and American record holder in the marathon (London 2006 in 2:19:36) and half-marathon (Berlin 2006 in 1:07:34) is proof that getting older doesn’t mean you have to stop competing. Even though these records were set eight years back, this weekend the 41-year runner will be trying to make half-marathon history again by breaking as many as three or four American Masters Records, according to Competitor Magazine. If Kastor can run between a 5:25 and 5:30 pace per mile (as opposed to my exact 1 minute per mile slower 6:25 – 6:30 pace), she just may capture records at the splits in four distances — 15K (9.3 miles), 10 Miles, 20K (12.4 miles), and the full half marathon. She estimates her finish time to be 1:11 to 1:12.  Why isn’t she trying break a record in the 5k too?  Just kidding; I learned that lesson the hard way – years ago I PR’d at the 10k inside of a marathon; finishing the remaining 20 miles was brutal.  Run Deena, run, I’ll be chasing you from 13 minutes behind!

jennifer fisher med ball mash up core power

If you’re not running this weekend, I have a fun little workout you can do. All you need is a medicine ball and some space with a hard-surfaced floor. It’s amazing how much you can get worm out with just one piece of gym equipment – a tame-looking medicine ball.  By the way, I whipped up this Medicine Ball Mash Up workout for CorePower. The company makes a great high protein shake to nourish taxed muscles after a hard WOD or run.  Pick up a case for the most delicious workout recovery ever — Chocolate Light is my favorite flavor with 150 calories and 20 grams of protein.

I was also recently sent a sampler pack of Ratio Protein Bars through a campaign for Fitfluential.com (By the way, if you haven’t joined Fitfluential, you really should. It’s free and a great community of instant fitness friends, plus there are lots of perks.  Tell them Jennifer Fisher at TheFitFork.com sent you in the referral line). Anyway, back to the Ratio Bars —  I am a total nutrition bar addict and am very particular about which ones I eat. As you can tell from the picture, I don’t like to give a review without actually trying the product – every one of these Ratio Bars was gobbled up by yours truly. What I like about the bars is the high protein content; I always choose a bar with at least 20 grams of protein (these all have 24 grams) and under 250 calories. Plus, these bars advertise no gluten, no soy products, no hormones, no artificial ingredients and no GMOs.  Hard to say which of the six yummy flavors I liked best, but I think Cookie Crunch and Cake Batter were the front runners.

whey protein bars by Ratio

As part of my ambassadorship with the Zooma Women’s Race Series and their relationship with Ultimate Direction, I was sent some useful running gear to try out. This company has been around since 1985 and is the initial mastermind behind the hydration pack; in fact, they invented the first waist pack designed to carry water bottles – today they have introduced even more options to make hydration easier, from handhelds to vests and more.   I’m excited to try out a couple of products from the Jenny Collection including the “Meow” waist belt and “Handy 10” water bottle. At first I thought maybe they named this cute, comfortable gear after ME, but found out that the designed-for-women-by-women product line is actually named after the athlete-designer, Jenny Jurek (wife of renowned ultra runner, Scott Jurek).  Cool, check them out and stay hydrated this spring!


ultimate direction meow