Thursday, April 30, 2009

Bar Review #4

Clif Nectar Cherry Pomegranate Very chewy! HUGE chunks of roasty-tasting cashews. Definitely tastes like the ingredients listed (all organic-- dates, cashews, sour cherries, pomegranate concentrate)-like eating a handful of dried cherries and nuts. Tart, very cherry flavor. Pleasantly sweet. Not really being a fan of Cliff bars, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this bar. I will for sure buy this kind again and I’m looking forward to trying some of the other flavors. Ingredients: 5 g fat, 7 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bar Review # 3

Coco Mole Lara Bar
I love lara bars for a lot of reasons. They are so dense, with very minimal processing and ingredients! This one has 6: dates, almonds, walnuts, unsweetened cocoa powder, cinnamon and chili. I actually found a whole almond in this one! This bar is definitely an interesting combo with the chocolate and chili, but I love the spiciness.

Lara bars typically have a lot of fat in them, but it’s all “healthy” from the nuts, so it’s a great source of those omega 3’s! I usually have just a half of one at a time because they are so nutritionally compact, but each full bar contains 9 g fat, 5 g fiber and 4 g protein.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Bar Review #2

Gnu Glavor and Fiber Bar-Cinnamon Raisin Flavor
Gnu (say it like "new") bars are actually some of my favorite bars and I eat them pretty frequently. They have several flavors, but the Cinnamon Raisin one is by far the best tasting. Super chewy with kind of a nutty taste and really cinnamon-y. Whole raisins, whole oats (which is nice if you like to be sure what your eating) and crunchy little millet pieces. Whopping 12 grams of fiber, but not much protein or anything else, really. They sure are yummy, though, and will definitley help you meet your 25 g/day quota--oh yeah, and banish post-workout hunger pangs until lunch time!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Bar Review #1

Anyone who knows more than my first name knows that I'm a very healthy eater. I've been trying to get more nutrients into my diet lately, and have started to incorporate more snacks into my schedule. In the name of convenience, I end up eating a lot of quick things like health bars. So I've decide to start featuring health bar reviews as a regular part of my blog entries, which may also help me to post a little more regularly as well!

My main criteria in a bar is that it is healthy (of course) and provides a good balance of fiber and protein for satiety since that's the main point of a snack--to keep you full. There are millions of bars out there, but my additional complicating factor is that the bars I eat must be soy free. I am pretty sensitive to soy products, and unfortunately, soy proteins are found in the majority of bars.

While I am pretty picky about the way my food is prepared, I will eat/try almost anything that is good for you and not too fatty, so I end up making some fairly adventurous choices sometimes. I'll take the tasting risk here so you don't have to--you can just buy the good stuff!

I hope you enjoy this first bar review :) P.S. Steph, if you end up reading this, try not to gag!

Re Bar
Surprisingly tart with mainly dried fruit-ish flavors--not the 17 or so vegetables listed on the back. Soft, with a good bite quality. This bar is 100%ORGANIC, gluten-free, dairy free, GMO free, and most importantly, soy free! I usually try to select bars with a little fat in them since I don't get it from many other sources, and helps to hold me over for a little longer, so we'll see how this one does in terms of longevity between my snack now (11:20) and lunch (who knows??*) This bar has 6 g fiber, but only 2 g protein. I also liked that this bar tastes pretty sweet, but has no added sugar, not even the "healthy" ones they try to sneak in there all the time like brown rice syrup or cane juice. The only drawback was a slightly bitter aftertaste, but that went away as soon as I brushed my teeth. Overall, I liked this bar quite a bit and would probably purchase it again.

*I ended up eating lunch a little before 3:00, and I was starving by then, but I didn't get a hunger rumble til about 2, so not that bad there!

I've learned one thing...

...I DO NOT like the opera.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Pink DON'T

Ok, I'm a big fan of pink. But this is just wrong. In the name of all things that SHOULD be pink, please do not ever dye your animal pink. All things pink are a DO, according to me, but this is a big pink DON'T!

Poor baby!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

What I love about Sunday

It's Easter!

This Easter was especially joyous for my family and me. After spending two weeks in the hospital following a brain aneurysm (I call it his "little brain fart"), my dad was released today and was able to go back to Wyoming! Personally, I'm surprised he didn't bust out sooner since all he could drink was nasty blue Powerade and they kept waking him up every six minutes, but I guess he had the good sense to stay put (that, and he had like twenty IVs all jumbled in his arm, which certainly makes escape more difficult).

Dustin and I were very glad to be able to spend a few hours with my family--our first Easter together in four years, as my brother pointed out. I'm truly grateful for all the love that my family has felt and received lately and for our closeness in these difficult times. As much as Easter is about new beginnings, it was very fitting for my dad to be sent home today, along with his new lease on a healthy life.

I'm very thankful for my faith and all the prayers that have given me strength and hope. I know that I have had my savior by my side and that He has carried my family through this trial.

1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead...