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Sweets Without The Cheat

So by now y’all know my weakness is sweets—I rarely turn down a cookie or brownie because life is short, chocolate is good, and I believe in moderation. Normally, it really isn’t an issue due to my activity level. But since being sidelined for about six months, I’ve not been able to indulge as freely as I’d like—which I realized the hard way after my favorite skinny jeans “shrunk” a little.

I recently jumped back on the macro train to get a handle on the balance between less activity and my love of food—basically to keep myself a little more accountable. So when I discovered Barbell Sweets with their “satisfying sweets without the cheat” motto, I was ecstatic because let’s face it—anyone who tells you a piece of fruit satisfies your chocolate craving is a big ol’ liar—seriously!

Started by a personal trainer who is also a self described “health nut,” Barbell Sweets is a small “mom –n- pop” style bakery that specializes in homemade sweets that are not only better for you---they taste amazing! There’s none of that dry, flavorless, chalky taste that gives “good for you foods” a bad name. These treats have been thoughtfully made with only quality ingredients and a big focus on flavor without the use of refined processed sugar, flour or butter. In fact each treat averages only 2-3 grams of natural sugar per serving. To make it even better—all the macros are broken down for you—no guesswork—so it’s easy to figure out where (and when) they fit within your meal plan.

I bought a little of everything (tip: don’t go post-cycle and hangry—oops!) and brought it home to rave reviews from my always “starving” teenage son and his dad. Our top picks were the mini cinnamon rolls, the “raw” cookie dough bites, the lemon poppy cupcakes, and (my personal favorite) the protein peanut butter cups, which taste enough like a Resee’s to curb my candy cravings.

The only negative for me is that there is not one in my hood! Barbell Sweets is located in Helotes—and if you know me, you know I get irritated when I have to go too far outside the loop---lol! But the fact that I am willing to hit the highway for these treats speaks volumes about their goodness. And you can preorder online and select your pickup time for added convenience. Trust me y’all it’s worth it! Check them out and let us know what you think. I’ve provided the macros per serving below for the items I mentioned, and you can visit their website for more info at www.barbellsweets.com. Happy snacking!

--bonny

“Raw” Cookie Dough Bites

60 calories

Fat: 3g

Carbs: 3g

Protein: 4g

Lemon Poppy Cupcakes

80 calories

Fat: 0

Carbs: 10g

Protein: 10g

Mini Cinnamon Rolls

100 calories

Fat: 7g

Carbs: 2g

Protein: 7g

Protein PB Cups

Calories 120

Fat: 7g

Carbs: 8g

Protein: 6g