Snack on two KIND bars a day to keep the pounds away

Nutrition expert, Tara Gidus, visited The Daily Buzz to share tips on how to personalize your nutrition routine in time for National Nutrition Month. Tara recommended snacking on seemingly indulgent KIND bars to keep energy levels up throughout the day. With a perfect balance of protein, fiber and heart healthy fats, eating 2 KIND bars a day will help to control appetite and prevent overeating, according to a Yale Study.

Snack on two KIND bars a day to keep the pounds away

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KIND bars get a big yum, yum, yum on E! The Soup

In a spotlight of the most unique, nutritionally aroused home-shopping callers, host of E!’s The Soup Joel McHale, featured KIND’s QVC appearance as a hot pick! When encouraged to try Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew bars, a hungry caller had no words – just a yum, yum, yum!

KIND bars get a big yum, yum, yum on E! The Soup

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Get into a better breakfast habit with KIND says Redbook

Nutrition expert, Stephanie Middleberg, made the case to Redbook’s Wedding Dress Challenge participants for getting into a healthier breakfast habit in time for the big day. When on the go, Stephanie advised to-be brides to choose bars made with at least four real foods, such as KIND bars, when in need of a convenient, to-go breakfast option.

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Turn a healthy choice into a new way of life with KINDAHOLIC and nutrition expert, Julie Hammerstein

With healthy habits top of mind for the New Year, we spent time with KINDAHOLIC and Certified Nutritionist, Julie Hammerstein, to better understand how small changes to our daily routines can truly transform our overall way of living. Here, we chat with Julie about her passion for being KIND to our bodies and minds.

 

KIND: Julie, as a Certified Nutritionist, you meet many clients who come to you with big plans to change their way of living (for the healthier)! What do you hear most from clients about how they hope to change their lives?

Julie: Most often my clients want to learn how to gain control over their choices when it comes to food and exercise. There is so much confusing information out there about what’s healthy and what’s not, that it turns people away from making changes in their lives. There is also a lot of emotion, habit and history tied up in our food choices to the point that it has become more than fuel – it has also become an escape, a form of reward, and a combination of historical patterns that people want to release from.

KIND: At KIND, we believe that small actions or choices have the power to affect change on a much larger scale. What is one small change we can all make to our daily routines that would help set us on the right track to a healthier way of life?

Julie: I am also a proponent of this way of thinking – my motto being “Small Change, Big Impact” – in that it’s the small steps, done with intention every day, that show up as profound shifts in your life. Nutritionally speaking, breakfast is key. This meal impacts every physiological process in body, from balancing blood sugar to regulating hormones, mediating stress and increasing your metabolism. If you can eat within 30-60 minutes of waking every day, with a breakfast ranging from 200-300 calories, you’ll give your body the resources it needs to set your brain and body in motion for optimal health.

KIND: What trends in the healthy food world do you predict to be big for 2013?

Julie: I really see people moving towards a plant-based diet. This does not mean strictly vegetarian or vegan, but more that people will be filling a greater portion of their plates with fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains. When you look at diets around the world, and notice the cultures that are the healthiest, they are the ones eating more fiber, nutrient-rich foods loaded with phyto-nutrients (plant nutrients) that protect us from disease and program our bodies on a cellular level for vitality and longevity.

KIND: We have to ask: what is your favorite KIND snack and why?

Julie: My favorite KIND is the Cashew & Ginger bar – yum! The spicy ginger pairs so nicely with a warm cup of tea, especially this time of year. I like that the new KIND Nuts & Spice bars only have 5 grams of sugar per bar, as I don’t have a big sweet tooth, but enjoy a bit of sweetness now and then. I also like that I can take this bar traveling or on a run and feel good knowing I’m eating a healthy snack with ingredients I can trust and truly enjoy.

KIND: Lastly, our social mission at KIND is to try and make the world a little kinder. What does true kindness mean to you? What is something small we can all do to be a little kinder to both ourselves and others?

Julie: I really believe that if we can foster a culture of kindness, that we could greatly improve the quality of our relationships ~ in our families, our communities and in our global connections. But the first step is learning how to be kind to ourselves. Think of how many times you wake up in the morning, and your first thoughts run towards what you’re not doing, and how things aren’t working in your life. So here’s something to try: Wake up tomorrow morning, and if you hear/feel that negative self-talk coming on, replace that negativity with a positive mantra instead. You will discover how just one sentence can reframe how you feel about yourself and the day ahead, and you actually create a culture of kindness by believing that being KIND is your way of being.

For more tips from Julie, make sure to check out her Facebook page or click here to learn about her The Source for Weight Loss class, which could help you take that first step towards a KINDER New You.

Do you have uncontrollable love for KIND and spreading kindness? You could be a KINDAHOLIC too! Share your story at KINDAHOLICS@KINDsnacks.com or on Facebook!

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This KINDAHOLIC found strength in kindness

In this KINDAHOLIC interview, we sit down with triathlete, mother of twins and pancreatic cancer survivor, Molli Serrano, to learn about how kindness helps her not only survive but also thrive in the face of her challenges.

KIND: Molli, as a triathlete, mother of twins, and survivor of pancreatic cancer, we truly believe you are superwoman! What and/or who has inspired you to stay positive and strong in the face of challenge?

Molli: My husband Juan and my love of triathlons have both kept me positive and strong while battling pancreatic cancer. Following my diagnosis, Juan assured me that I was going to win my battle and uplifted me every day. Meanwhile, my love of triathlons kept me focused on continuing to train even when I was undergoing chemotherapy. In short, I refused to let cancer keep me from doing the things that I loved.

KIND: At KIND, our mission is to inspire unexpected acts of kindness around the world as part of our KIND Movement. Could you share an example of how someone else’s unexpected act of kindness has impacted you?

Molli: While I live in South Florida fulltime, my surgery was scheduled to take place in New York City. As I prepared to leave my comfort zone, a friend surprised me with a much unexpected act of kindness by offering my family the use of her beautiful apartment, which was located only a few blocks from both my hospital and Central Park. I had met this friend only once prior to this relocation, making her selfless act all the more moving. It meant so much to me for her to open up her home at a time when I was feeling very uprooted.

KIND: As a triathlete, being KIND to your body is critical to keeping you strong and energized. How do you show your body kindness through your health and wellness routine?

Molli: Being KIND to your body is always imperative! Following my surgery, it was particularly important for me to make mindful decisions about what I chose to eat and to focus on consuming foods like KIND that would give me the vitamins and nutrients that my body needed (and needs!) to stay strong.

KIND: With November being Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, what did you do this past month to spread awareness and how can our readers get involved – maybe even through a simple act of kindness?

Molli: This past month, I proudly took part in the Purple Stride South Florida 5K Run/Walk to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – a nationwide network of KIND-hearted people dedicated to bringing much-needed kindness to those affected by pancreatic cancer. Last year I did the run while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation and this year I completed the race with a clean bill of health!

Everyone can do their part to bring attention to this cause and even a small act of kindness – like wearing purple and telling someone why – can help raise awareness!

Do you have uncontrollable love for KIND and spreading kindness? You could be a KINDAHOLIC too! Share your story at KINDAHOLICS@KINDsnacks.com or on Facebook

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The KIND team shares our stories on rebuilding through acts of kindness

In the wake of hurricane Sandy, the KIND team has been working to channel our own small acts of kindness towards relief for our friends and families on the east coast – as well as to thank the first responders and local heroes who are so selflessly supporting them.

Following are personal journal entries from our team members who wanted to share their stories with the KIND Community. We will keep you updated as our efforts continue.

 

October 30, 2012

In the morning, I visited my local fire department to “KIND” the firefighters of Engine 210 (Ft. Greene, Brooklyn). I delivered several boxes of KIND bars, as we are never short for having them on hand in our line of work!

Once the bridges reopened and we were able to get to Manhattan, we wanted to make use of the KIND Food Truck being here this month in order to visit the shelters where first responders were gathering. It was admittedly a little eerie to be driving through lower Manhattan with no electricity, no traffic signals, or many signs of life. The city felt desolate.

First we visited the National Guard Armory on Lexington and 26th St and delivered KIND to the hundreds of National Guards assembling there for the next week or so. We then headed across the street to Baruch College, which has been turned into an emergency shelter for about 500 men, women, children, and even pets.  We then headed downtown to another emergency shelter located at Seward Park High School in the Lower East Side. One of the lead coordinating volunteers let us know that their shelter was housing more than 700 people who had not had enough food until this morning – they were incredibly grateful.

This was the most humbling experience of my life. Seeing the hopelessness and despair in the faces of some of the people in the shelters was heartbreaking. But, seeing the smiles and positivity of the volunteers made me believe that with teamwork, patience, and persistence, this city will rebuild even better than it was before.

-James Russo

New York Field Marketing Manager

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October 30, 2012

In Baltimore, our team rallied together to bring kindness to Volunteer Fire Companies, State Highway Administration road crews, Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) crews roadside and a power restoration satellite center, and Starbucks baristas.

We also do have the opportunity to KIND BGE Power Staging Areas throughout the state of Maryland.  There are still more than 200,000 Marylanders out of power, and BGE and out-of-state crews are working around the clock to restore.

We were so happy to have been able to help in any way!

-Joanne Bolonda

Regional Sales Manager, Southeast

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October 31, 2012

I hope that you are all doing well following the storm. Today, I brought a handful of KIND bars that I had in my apartment to the volunteers at the shelter in my neighborhood on the upper west side. I wanted to give each volunteer a bar as a thank you for their work, but they could not accept any outside food donations for evacuees. They were, however, looking for clothing donations, so I returned home and circled back to drop off a few bags of old clothing at two centers close to my home.

I realize that some of you are probably still without power. Fortunately, my neighborhood was not affected, so please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

-Julianna Storch

Executive Assistant to Daniel Lubetzky

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October 31, 2012

We have family in 90 minutes north of the city, whom we will go and visit this weekend as the outage persists. In the meantime, we are delivering healthy nonperishables to our local fire department. We are very lucky….many of our neighbors have seen much damage and we are doing what we can to help.

-Keith Cook

VP Procurement and Customer Service 

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November 1, 2012

Living in Brooklyn just two blocks from the water, I was expecting the worst from this hurricane but was fortunate to not have experienced near the devastation as Manhattan and other parts of Brooklyn, Queens, and surrounding cities and neighborhoods.

Because KIND has been closed due to lack of transportation and electricity, I felt it was the best time to try and take advantage of the extra time I’ve had to help my community.  Today I went to a local church in Brooklyn and helped pack food for people in need in the surrounding area. Every week, local food banks deliver food items at the door steps of the church – in which the church then packs out and gives to people who struggle to feed themselves and their families on a daily basis.

While most of the people who came and waited in line (some for hours!) were weekly guests, some has also been affected by this week’s destructive events and it was truly a blessing to be able to get out there and help in any way I could.

Seeing this made me realize how much people are in need every day in this city – and especially right now.  Over the weekend, I’m hoping to gather a few friends and get out to some of the harder hit beach areas to do some much needed clean up

-          Erin, KIND Communications Coordinator

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November 4, 2012

Today’s experience was unbelievable- humbling, heart breaking, and inspiring. We ran with hundreds of others and helped organize the donations of food, clothing, cleaning supplies and more at emergency centers. We also delivered supplies to residents as they worked to clear debris and destroyed furniture from their homes. Our KIND team ran 8 miles to New Dorp Beach where we spent the afternoon helping in any way we could.

-          Katie Reimer, KIND Brand Manager

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KIND Words and Cookies for Cody

It’s never too late to do something KIND – specifically for 4-year-old Cody Brasich, who has been in a year-long battle with neuroblastoma – a rare cancer that attacks the nervous system and is unfortunately most commonly diagnosed in children and infants under the age of five.

Cody has been receiving treatment in hospitals all across the United States and just recently discovered, after completely fighting off the cancer, that it has aggressively returned – meaning there are no further treatment options for Cody at this time.

At KIND, we not only believe in miracles but we believe in the healing power of KINDNESS.  As Cody continues his journey and fight with cancer, we want to encourage our community’s involvement and support by sending KIND notes and words to Cody and his family at codybrasich@gmail.com

In addition, Cody’s aunt, blogger and recipe guru, Stephanie Weaver, is hosting an online bake sale & cookbook auction entitled “Cookies for Cody” to help financially support his family as they have incurred an unseemly amount of debt paying for Cody’s healthcare expenses.

We hope you will join us in support of Cody and his family by sending KIND words to the above email address and taking part in “Cookies for Cody” at http://reciperenovator.com/cookies-for-cody/

Remember, the smallest acts of kindness can truly make the biggest differences.

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KINDAHOLIC and pro surfer, Will Tant, reminds us what it means to DO the KIND Thing.

This month’, we sit down with professional surfer, KIND fan and inspirational model of what it means to Do the KIND Thing. 

Will, as a pro surfer, what does it mean to you to Do the KIND Thing for your body?

  • Doing the KIND thing for my body means taking care of it. As a professional athlete, I am constantly pushing the physical limits of my body and need to eat the proper foods in order to do so. It’s when I choose nutritional foods that I am able to perform at my best.

When did you first discover KIND and when do you find yourself reaching for KIND most?

  • I travel a lot, so I first discovered KIND in an airport. It stood out to me because the ingredients were simple and natural and I was particularly surprised to see whole macadamias and almonds in a bar. Most bars dice these up to the point that I can’t even recognize them – not KIND!

I reach for KIND all throughout the day: I’ll toss a few in my bag to hold me over before lunch, snack on one later in the day before dinner, or occasionally eat one right before bed — especially the Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew + Antioxidants.

Do you have a favorite way to eat your KIND?

  • For breakfast, I like to pair my KIND with fruit smoothies. I also sprinkle KIND Healthy Grains on top of Greek yogurt with diced bananas, strawberries and a drizzle of honey to top it off.

At KIND, we try to make the world a little kinder through all we do and how we do it. Who or what inspires you to be kind?

  • There is so much that inspires me to be kind. Many of my friends are involved in humanitarian work throughout the world, and their work is a constant source of inspiration. One of the ways I work to spread kindness is through my Tommy Tant Memorial Surf Classic, which KIND helps support each year.

A very KIND thanks to Will Tant for joining us as this month’s KINDAHOLIC. To learn more about him and how he stays KIND, check out his site at www.willtant.com.

Do you have uncontrollable love for KIND and spreading kindness? You could be a KINDAHOLIC too! Share your story at KINDAHOLICS@KINDsnacks.com or on facebook!

 

 

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KIND Special Investigation: Anna Maltby, SELF’s Associate Health Editor

KIND Special Investigation: Anna Maltby, SELF’s Associate Health Editor

(Brought to you by KIND’s very own Diet P.I. and the savviest RD we know, Heather K. Jones)

Anna Maltby is SELF magazine’s associate health editor, covering sleep, sex and everything in between, as well as contributing to SELF’s Women’s Cancer Handbook and working with SELF’s medical adviser, Henry Lodge, M.D.

Anna has a BSJ and MSJ from Northwestern University and lives in Brooklyn with her fiancé and their kittens, Rocky and Max. Here’s how Anna is making the world a little kinder.

Heather: How does SELF encourage women to be KIND to their bodies, their taste buds, & the world – and why is this so important?

Anna: SELF is all about empowering women to be the best “self” they can be — which includes both taking care of their health and giving back to their communities and the world.

At SELF, we foster this by providing the smartest, most reliable (and fun!) science-based tips we can dig up, and also by encouraging our readers to channel their energy and enthusiasm towards meaningful endeavors. A perfect example of this is our annual Women Doing Good awards, which empowers readers to nominate women (or themselves!) who are changing the world.

Heather: Do you have a favorite KIND snack?

Anna: I love the Blueberry Pecan + Fiber and Almond & Coconut bars – but I can’t say I’ve ever tried a KIND bar I didn’t like!

Heather: What SELFY celebrities inspire you to be KIND to your body and the world?

Anna: I pretty much fell in love with Kristen Bell around the time she was on our February cover. She is such a positive person who balances healthy habits with what seems like a really fun life – and she still takes time to give back and support important causes.

I’m also pretty sure everyone at SELF is obsessed with Beyoncé. The woman is a goddess. She and Jay-Z love to eat at my fiancé’s and my favorite pizza place in Brooklyn, so we’re pretty much destined to become friends, right?

Heather: How does SELF give back and help promote kindness?

Anna:

One of the things we do at SELF to promote KINDNESS, and one that I’m proudest of, is our Women’s Cancer Handbook— SELF actually co-founded the pink ribbon with Evelyn Lauder 20 years ago, and helping women learn how to take great care of themselves and stay in tune with their bodies, for the sake of prevention and early detection, has been a huge part of our mission ever since.

There’s so much more that we do, though — and I think one of the most consistent ways in which we promote kindness is by speaking to our readers in a kind voice! It sounds simple, but I honestly think our positive, encouraging tone makes our readers feel good instead of bringing them down. I hope the way that we talk to readers translates to positivity in their lives.

Heather: How does being kind impact health and happiness?

Anna: The kinder you are to your body and the world, the happier and more optimistic you are — and there are literally studies out there about how optimistic people are healthier. They even have stronger immune systems! But I think anyone who has ever volunteered or helped a friend move or even done something as simple as helping a stranger carry her groceries can tell you that doing kind things makes you SO happy. It’s very SELFy.

 

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KINDAHOLIC, Derek Flanzraich, tells us why KIND is the “Greatist”

This month, we talked with Derek Flanzraich, the CEO and founder of Greatist.com, to learn more about his inspiring work …and his love for KIND!

KIND: Derek, you are the CEO and founder of Greatist. Can you explain what Greatist is for those who may be hearing about it for the first time?

Derek: You bet! Greatist is the web’s trusted and relatable source for health, fitness, and happiness articles, news, and tips. Basically, we write high-quality content (every fact is cited by a PubMed study, every article approved by multiple experts) in a down to earth, fresh, and fun voice. We’re working to inspire and inform the world to make healthier choices.

KIND: What inspired you to create Greatist?

Derek: Greatist was very much born out of personal frustration, as I was having trouble finding an online health and fitness resource that I could trust. I couldn’t believe there wasn’t a place I could turn to for reliable motivation and inspiration to pursue healthier choices. So I started one – one inspired by the not-only-for-profit message.

KIND: How important is it for you to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

Derek: We very much live the life we champion at Greatist and I’m definitely no exception! There’s a reason we have healthy snacks (like fresh fruit and, of course, KIND bars) at the Greatist headquarters and encourage working out at any (and all) times of the day.

KIND: How did you first hear about KIND? Any specific flavor(s) that got you hooked?

Derek: I tried my first KIND bar (Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants) thanks to a gluten-free editor here at Greatist. I was hooked from then on (and not just because they’re the perfect combo snack with some iced green tea or coffee at Starbucks).

KIND: In your opinion, what is something small that we could all do to make the world a little KINDER?

Derek: Laugh more. Things are hilarious. Don’t be afraid to enjoy them!

Now that’s our KIND of advice! Many thanks to Derek for chatting with KIND this month and please make sure to check out www.Greatist.com for great articles and tips on how to be KIND to your body and discover your healthiest and happiest self!

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