(Originally Published in Exposure Magazine 2018.)
Protein bars are great for people on the go. Are they good for you? This is a common question. With contradictory opinions on every food, diet, lifestyle etc., we encounter, the noise is deafening. Unfortunately, it leaves us in position of feeling confused, rather than confident.
Perhaps a better question to ask is “why” we are eating them. Ae we using them for a meal substitute, or as a better option than a candy bar, or as a boost after a hard work out? Deciding what your needs are will help you better decide which bars are right for you. For most people, the top concerns are calories and sugar. When choosing a bar that fits your needs, think about what your purpose is. If it’s to cut calories and sugar, be aware that the ones that taste better to you may not serve that need. Be aware that certain elements of protein bars can cause uncomfortable digestive issues as well. Once again, asking why one wants to ingest them is a valid question.
Marketers work to lure you with names that remind you of things we already love but are diet wreckers. Stick to reading ingredients and look for natural ingredients that are as whole as possible. You can easily avoid all chemicals and artificial ingredients by going to the internet and making your own protein balls, bites, and granola bars. You can control the sugar and the ingredients. You don’t have to make the bars to last for weeks on a shelf by using preservatives. There are many reviews on line; you can weed through them, and then taste test them for yourself.
I encourage you to take control of this particular type of food in your diet and create one you love with whole ingredients that serves your needs, your body, and your lifestyle. Be your own chef; it may save you dollars, your stomach comfort, and your health!
(Originally published in the November 19th edition of Exposure Magazine.)
I found Jarius Edens by accident. I was looking for a neutral space to share my business with others and The Kreative Lounge name came up. What I found was a lovely lady with a powerful positive energy, excited about helping others find and build their tribe. I felt compelled to share her story and part of her journey. She is a wife, mom, former teacher, copy editor, marketing strategist, innovator, entrepreneur, and so much more!
Sherri: Can you explain how you came up with the idea of The Kreative Lounge and what need you feel it fulfills?
Jarius: I came up with the idea of The Kreative Lounge out of sheer need. I moved to IL not knowing a single person. I needed a place where I could connect with others and be socially creative. It didn’t exist. When I talked to people in Springfield and other states, this type of business and experience was needed. So, I created it. The Kreative Lounge allows those who enter to experience what community feels like. We often talk about being a part of a community, but feeling like a community is a special experience. That’s what The Kreative Lounge is: an experience.
Sherri: As an entrepreneur, and an African American female, what do you feel your role is in inspiring other young women of color or women in general?
Jarius: My role is to show young women of color, and women in general, the power of stepping out of the box and using their gifts to serve. Many African American women are multifaceted, yet are shoved into careers and positions that stunt their blossoming. Our gifts will make room for us, and the universe is waiting for us to make the move and do something crazy amazing.
Sherri: What are your future goals as an entrepreneur?
Jarius: My goal is to become an angel investor for other young entrepreneurs looking to disrupt industries and build creative legacies.
That answer that describes why she is such a powerful, wonderful inspiration to others. Jarius Edens is a beautiful person with a huge heart and passion for helping others! I feel blessed to know her and share her with the world.
Jarius Edens can be contacted at
https://www.facebook.com/thekreativelounge/ or visit the
These are my older blog posts, which originally appeared in my Exposure Magazine Column, "Healthy Living."