Healthdesigns and Angell Bars

by Joanne on January 3, 2011

January 3rd, 2011.  Phew!  It’s a Monday and it’s back to work to begin a new year with a lot to look forward to.  There are exciting things going on for my partner and I at work.  We will introduce a new product to market this year.  Blogging might just have to take the back seat. But for now, we’re still blogging and this is what’s up for today….

First, as you known my New Year began with a 10K run that was less than a stellar performance on my part. Was it because of my aches and pains? Was it because I was mentally going back and forth between exerting effort or taking it easy? or was it simply a course that was harder for me than most (described as “rolling”)?   Who knows but that crap-ola time has motivated me to push a little harder.

Second, due to the urge to PUSH a little harder, I ran 12 miles.  The weather allowed it and I took advantage.  6.5 miles on the treadmill and 5.53 miles outside finishing with strides.  The snow was falling but hadn’t built up on the roads.  Just the way I like winter runs:  cold, not wind, gentle snow fall.

I’m shooting for a total of 49 miles this week with two long runs: 12 miles today and 13- 14 miles later in the week.  Tonight, another P90X chest workout. I still have “butt burn” from the Ab Ripper so I’m not sure I’ll be able to do that dvd but will do some ab work that doesn’t entail my TAIL touching the ground.

Sometimes I’m excited about my running challenges and sometimes I dread the thought of the next long run.   How do you get yourself motivated to face those challenges when you’re mind is focusing on the negative?

Healthdesigns is a site that offers anything and everything you can imagine by way of supplements and healthy products. 


A few months ago, they sent me a $25.00 coupon to try their products.  I chose BCAA + G.


I take BCAA’s after a hard workout.  Branch Chain Amino Acids PLUS L-Glutamine.  My personal trainer long ago told me, and especially since I maintain a vegetarian diet, that BCAA’s are important in building muscle and protects them from the stress of heavy training and intense exercise.  So I don’t take any chances.  5 or 6 tabs. after workouts every day.

Ordering from healthdesigns was easy, quick and completely “painless”.  Check out the site.  They have so many products listed.

What about “Angell” bars?


Angell bars are organic, gluten free, and VEGAN… not to mention so good that I had to beat Ted away from them in order to save one for my self. 

Snow Angell:  White chocolate with a coconut center.  It was so good, it was like eating a chocolate bar less the guilt.

Angell Crisp:  Milk chocolate with a crispy creamy chocolate center.  This is the one Ted ate and said it was soft, chewy, not overly sweet but SO GOOD!  He said there was almost a “fruity” finish to it but it was so subtle, he couldn’t really be sure of the flavor.  *There is no fruit listed in the ingredients.


The last flavor… Dark Angell:  Rich cocoa and an almond center.

No preservatives, not artificial colors, flavors, no GMO’s, and NO corn syrup.

Basic nutrition (Angell Crisp): 170 cals. 60 from fat. 7g total fat.  Sat. fat 4g.  ZERO Trans fat. Sodium 85 mg. Carbs. 25 g.  Fiber 1 g.  Sugar 20 g.  Protein 2g. 

A great new find for the new year!

Name ONE product you want to try in 2011.

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  • At 2011.01.03 07:12, Heather said:

    Stay focused on that Boston race – that will get you through the hard times!! 🙂
    I love the name “Dark Angell”. Clever!

    • At 2011.01.03 10:45, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

      Those Angell bars look good, although I wish they had a bit more protein.

      One thing I would love to try this year is a fresh fig. I have never had one, let alone seen one around here!

      • At 2011.01.03 14:37, LauraJayne said:

        I am going to try Vegan cheese (am scared to death)! Any brand recommends?

        • At 2011.01.03 18:39, Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox said:

          Oh those Angell Bars look good. I just started taking Arnica supplements to help with swelling of the joints. That’s my new year’s weirdness. But it was recommended by a decent doctor. And I want to try kettlebells. I love your reviews! Good luck with the butt burn. I had that after Cardio Barre. For days. Not pleasant. But you’ll run strong!

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