The Art of Eating One-Handed: Picky Bars Giveaway!

Becoming a parent means that you will never again take eating with utensils for granted. Your hands always seem to be busy holding a baby, a diaper bag, a carseat…or all three at one time.

Combine that with a busy job where you’re always eating on the go, and it becomes very difficult to find healthy things to eat. Can anyone relate?

I had the opportunity recently to review an awesome “on the go” product that passes the one-handed eating test with flying colors.

Picky Bars!

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Do you remember when I volunteered at the Rev3 Triathlon here in Venice?

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When I looked up the winner, Jesse Thomas, I learned that not only is he a professional triathlete, but he is also the CEO of a company called Picky Bars. See the logo on his trisuit?

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He was such an awesome, personable guy that when his company reached out to me to try Picky Bars, I couldn’t wait to see what they were all about.

What are Picky Bars? They are “Real Food Balanced for Sport” – gluten and dairy-free energy bars made of only real food, with balanced nutrient ratios for endurance and recovery.

Jesse’s wife Lauren (track and field athlete) and her friend Stephanie actually created the bars while they were injured together and came up with a winning recipe. They needed something with the right nutrient ratios for their training, while also accommodating Steph’s celiac disease and Jesse’s gluten and dairy intolerance.

Well, I’m not really competing in any endurance sports right now (unless breastfeeding counts?) but I can definitely get behind the real food concept. I love that there are no ingredients in these bars you won’t recognize. All good stuff.

My favorite flavor?

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YUM. You can’t go wrong when the flavor includes the words “Peanut Butter Booyah.” Can I get an amen?

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My runner up? “Smooth Caffeinator.” Delicious.

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You can buy the bars right on their website. And no, they didn’t pay me for this post, nor do I make any money if you buy their bars. I just love the idea of supporting a small business (read their story here) and they seriously ARE the best energy bars I’ve ever tasted! 

Want to try Picky Bars? Enter to win a Sample Pack of their awesome flavors! Just leave a comment below telling me about your favorite one-handed snack. (I need ideas!) Sorry, giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Entries close on Monday at 7pm EST so don’t delay! 

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105 Responses to The Art of Eating One-Handed: Picky Bars Giveaway!

  1. Bridget

    I love Luna bars! For a healthier snack, veggies, like baby carrots, snap peas, etc, are great!

  2. Jill

    Peanut butter on a spoon while holding a baby or two :-)

  3. Elizabeth

    I love just grabbing an apple on the go, or a pear. Quick, easy, and you can eat 1-handed. :)

  4. Kim

    I would go with a banana or peanut butter on a spoon. Runner-up would be a tortilla or wrap with all kinds of goodies inside. I guess this would take two hands to make but only one hand to eat!

  5. Autumn

    Mmmm, I like to eat tortillas plain when I’m in a hurry. Also, lightly steamed snap peas are a nice snack.

  6. Precut veggies in hummus is always a winner with me! Fruit like apples and bananas are great (if you have someone to open the banana!), and I also love brownies:)

  7. Yum!!! Favorite one-hand snack? Hmmm… greek yogurt? I can eat that with one hand haha or homemade protein bars.

  8. Lisa

    I pretty much love fruit as an easy snack especially clementines :) I also LOVE larabars.

  9. Danielle M.

    My favorite one handed snack as of late is a simple apple!

  10. The picky bars sound delicious. My favorite one handed snack would have to be apples. I probably eat too many, but there are worse things to overdo it on.

  11. Yum! I love Picky Bars! Just started following your blog! My favorite one handed snack is string cheese! I get part-skim, low fat mozzarella and it’s high in protein so it’s perfect for a 3pm snack when I’m at work!

  12. Those bars look awesome! If I’m ever on the go I always grab a bar, banana or apple. Sometimes even a bag of natural almonds that I put in my lap while driving :)

  13. All in Almond Picky Bars! I will eat them all day if I could?!

  14. I don’t have a favorite one handed snack, but I’m loving some of the suggestions here! These bars sound delicious, off to order a few to sample!

  15. Laurel C

    Ooooh yum!! I love thick, chewy, dense bars! I usually snack on raw nuts and fruit

  16. MelissaC

    I can make any snack one-handed…lol. Love Luna bars (chocolate peanut butter is my fave), bananas, almonds. Any of those get me good to go! Picky Bars look super yummy – never heard of them before. I like that they were developed by someone who is IN the sport and knows what they need and how they wanted them made, that is cool!

  17. Usually I go for a banana if I’m in a hurry. These bars look great!

  18. Cathy Wilson

    I usuall have a Kind Bar or a Cliff Bar. These really look yummy.

  19. Kim

    I would say a banana!
    Those bars look really good. I would love to try them. :)

  20. Megan

    Clif fruit ropes for kids ! Or some kind of bar if I’m looking for something more substantial :)

  21. Jen A

    A handful of almonds works for me!

  22. Tina Pline

    A handful of raisins…..especially for an extra boost before a run. These bars look a bit more FAB than raisins tho! :)

  23. Jaime

    Granola bars..preferably chocolate chip

  24. Rachel

    I have been wanting to try Picky bars- I’ve heard great things! I think dates are a great one-handed snack. There’s also the classic apple or some string cheese.

  25. Amanda

    Banana with almond butter is my fave snack!

  26. Let’s be honest, almost all fresh veggies/fruits require two hands. Either to peel it open, dip it, or to switch hands to shake off the juices. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to multi task working while eating an apple and typing with the other one hand and drop my drippy apple in my lap or on the floor :(

    I have been following the picky bars brand for while, but haven’t had an opportunity to try one yet. The smooth caffienator sounds right up my alley!

  27. Jen

    Granola bars usually strawberry Special K bars, apple, or banana. These bars look awesome!!!

  28. Erika

    Not to mention that he’s super cute :) Those bars sound amazing and I want to try them all! Lately I’ve been snacking on Clif bars but I also like waffles with peanut butter.

  29. Danielle

    I love rice cakes with peanut butter and raisins on top!

  30. I really like Archer Farms® Simply Balanced Organic Pomegranate Fruit Strips. I usually keep a few in my purse for a quick snack or eat one before a run. Hope this helps!

  31. Sarah Kiviniemi

    My favorite one handed snack is probably luna bars, especially the chocolate peppermint stick. Bonus is they are rich in nutrients women commonly lack!

  32. Speaking from experience, nursing IS an endurance sport!

    My favorite, easy snack is a banana.

  33. Deanna

    I think a handful of almonds is the perfect snack!

  34. My go to snack is either a banana or an apple with a handful of almonds, maybe two handfuls. :)

  35. Beth @RxBethOnTheRun

    I don’t have kids, but being a pharmacist, I am all to familiar with the art of eating one-handed! Let’s be honest, most snacks require two hands to get started. I find the easiest go to snack , assuming it’s already washed of course, is an apple. I was able to “dance” all around the pharmacy, even with the phone in my ear while on hold, and still be able to snack on an apple. I’ve snacked on Kind Bars as well, but I would LOVE to finally try Picky Bars!

  36. I like the ProBars because they are essentially a meal in one bar, but I’ve always wanted to try PickyBars!

  37. Jacqueline

    String cheese!

  38. Denise

    I usually grab a handful of almonds or string cheese.

  39. Ken

    Picky Bars ARE my favorite! As a charter member of the Picky Club, I can’t get them replenished fast enough. Great taste, compact and good for you.

  40. My one-handed snacks are goldfish, string cheese and grapes. I’d love to try some Picky bars!!!

  41. Love Picky Bar’s and love the owners!

  42. Nikki

    I think a plain old apple would be my favorite…

  43. Patti

    Smoothie with a straw and picky bars for health … but do love the dark chocolate, too

  44. Irene

    For bike rides, Bonk Breaker Bars, but I’d like to try Picky Bars. I’m a fan of Lauren’s “AskLaurenFleshman.com” website.

  45. Chipper

    Can’t beat a nice PBJ sandy.

  46. My current favorite one hand snack is chocolate rice cakes. Take care of my sweet craving without being too bad for you! :) loveee picky bars too!

  47. Cassidy

    Peanut butter slices – just peanut butter sandwiches on a single slice of folded bread. :)

  48. Vanessa

    Bars make the easiest one-handed snack for on-the-go. My favorites are Good n Natural if you want protein. Otherwise, Kind bars and Larabars are hard to beat. Yum!

  49. Pb and banana sandwich is good for one hand, and filling too! No prep snack is an apple or pear though

  50. Bernice

    I have been a “Picky eater” For a bit now. My favorite is the smooth caffeinater. Prior to that flavor being introduced, I looved the All in almond flavor.

  51. Lyndsay S.

    I love to make big batches of healthy muffins and freeze them. It was easy the first few weeks after my son was born to take one out when I got up in the morning and it was defrosted in time for a mid morning snack.

  52. Sarah L

    These look great. I recently had a baby, too, so I’m also eating a lot of one-handed snacks. I’ve been enjoying V8.

  53. Diane

    Homemade stromboli can be cut into slices and wrapped individually for easy-to-eat meals or snacks. Ham, cheese and veggie stromboli is a favorite at our house. And to make these easier, use store-bought frozen or refrigerated bread dough.

  54. Myra

    Clif bars or Luna bars are my go-to quick fix. These sound great, though — I’ll have to try them!

  55. Anne W.

    Grapes and apples for me :)

  56. Pam

    I love honeycrisp apples.

  57. My favorite one-handed snack is a Luna bar so this would be right up my alley!

  58. Picky bars are my favorite bar but they’re pricey. So I am a firm believer of dipping fruit in peanut butter. You can do it with one hand ! My favorite is apple slices and peanut butter

  59. Tom

    Without a doubt the best on the go snack is the Picky Bar, been hooked recently…. But! Gummi bears are a close second.

  60. jenna c

    Grapes or string cheese.

  61. Leah

    I usually go for a banana or some other portable piece of fruit when I need a one handed snack!

  62. Kathy in Chicago

    Apples while I drive home from work (I have a 1 hour commute…)

  63. Nancy

    Smoothies are always a great portable snack!

  64. LOVE Picky Bars! My favorite one-handed snack? Nuts!

  65. Henry

    My favorite one-handed snack is a banana. A good snack while I make my one-hour commute home, thinking about the run I’ll do when I get there.

  66. Yum! Those sound good! I liked cheese sticks, cut red/yellow peppers or special k breakfast bars.

  67. Michelle

    I love any kind of nuts or dried fruit for a quick healthy snack. I’m totally jealous you met Jesse, he’s one of my heroes.

  68. Ashley @ www.aseersuckerlife.com

    Is it bad that the first thing that comes to mind is a slice of pizza?? Healthy one handed snack would be a green smoothie or KIND granola bar:)

  69. Kristen

    My favorite one handed snack would have to be a banana.

  70. Suzanne

    I don’t have any ideas for you regarding one-handed foods! I would love the chance to try these bars though!

  71. Debbie Solanes

    At this stage of my life the only time I need a one handed snack is when I’m riding my bicycle long distance. I like sports jelly beans, it’s a treat and easy to eat. I also pack Smuckers “uncrustables”, they stay fresh, fits perfect in one hand, and who doesn’t love peanutbutter and jelly! I will definitely be trying these picky bars also :)

  72. barbara n

    Bananas or apples are my fav

  73. Smoothie in a travel mug! I make them all the time when I’m going to be on the go/on the road.

  74. Emily

    Bananas! Thanks for the chance to win. :) (By the way, my kids are 8 and 5. You will get to eat with both hands again someday, I promise!)

  75. my favorite one handed snacks are either just plain old fruit or I love cliff bars! they are probably some of my favorite bars, though I haven’t tried these yet.

  76. Apples are my favorite one handed snack, but the bars sound really tasty!

  77. Luna bars, graham crackers, Special K bars, string cheese, and fruit! I must like one handed snacks :) These look great too! Especially the Peanut Butter, yum!!

  78. sal

    I also need some one-handed snack ideas, as my twin boys will be arriving this Friday! I usually go with cut up fruit, like apples or pears.

  79. Rebecca S

    I like Kind bars and string cheese for one-handed snacks lately. It seems to change by the week :)

    I would love to try Picky Bars!

    Glad things are going so well for you and your family!

  80. nicole

    my favorite is Kind Bars or cereal out of a cup!

  81. Jen

    I love pop chips right now, but a banana or apple are always a favorite snack!

  82. Amanda

    Can’t go wrong with an apple!

  83. Stefanie

    Chocolate! But maybe I should switch to Picky Bars :)

  84. Alex

    I have a 4 month old. Peanut butter on a spoon!

  85. I love Luna Bars and Clif Bars! And of course it’s always easy to grab a hand full of homemade snack mix! :)

  86. I love the dried fruit from Trader Joes – no sugar added! My daughter and I love the ‘just mango’ in particular!

  87. Shannon

    We’ve been into oatmeal bars around our house lately!

  88. Pickles! My favorite low calorie snack on the run!

  89. My favorite one handed snack is Trader Joes “Walked into a Bar” cereal bars. The pumpkin is my favorite, but fig is pretty good too!

  90. Michele

    Veggies or granola bars always did the trick for me when I had little ones.

  91. nicole

    These looks amazing. yum. I love string cheese or Larabars (peanut butter) for easy quick eating. Or a pb&j sandwich. Congrats on the newest addition!

  92. Becka K.

    My favorite one handed snack:
    1 chocolate rice cake
    Topped with 2tbsp almond or peanut butter and a handful of Craisins.
    Tastes like you’re being bad, but so good for you!! Enjoy :)

  93. A piece of fruit and a handful of almonds is always a go-to option for me!

  94. Larabars and KIND bars are definitely my favorites!

  95. Jillian

    I love Odwalla super protein bars!

  96. Dry cereal! Easy to eat and I can share with my 15 month old!

  97. Amanda

    Vegan protein shakes are my favorite one-handed snack

  98. Emily

    those look intriguing :) my favorite one handed snack is a banana :)

  99. Liz

    This looks like a great power bar for a run. I would consider giving it a try based on your review. Thanks for the info. :)

  100. Jennifer

    I like cheese.

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