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These have been brewing for some time. Finally took a minute to get it all out of my head!

Larabars

Larabar reached out to me after I posted a review for Pure Bars. Before Pure I never had this style of bar before. I always gravitated towards granola based bars, if at all. Pure and Larabars are nut and date based. Their texture is unlike anything I’ve had before. The only way I can describe them is a sweet, soft and dense. Does that even make sense? Not sure if that actually sounds appetizing but I must admit.. I love them!

Most Larabars have about 2-6 ingredients. I LOVE that about them. I don’t need a medical dictionary to decipher the label. Here are a few examples…

  • Larabar: Cashew CookieCashews, dates.
  • Larabar: Apple PieDates, almonds, unsweetened apples, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon.
  • Larabar: Chocolate Chip Cookie DoughCashews, dates, chocolate chips, salt.
  • Larabar: Key Lime PieDates, cashews, almonds, unsweetened coconut, lime juice concentrate.
  • Larabar: Peanut Butter Chocolate ChipDates, peanuts, chocolate chips, salt

I could go on and on with this–they have 19 flavors–but I think you get the idea. The bars are fun and simple. I haven’t found a flavor I didn’t like although I prefer some over others. The ones I listed above are among my favorites.

Because they are nut based, Nutritionally these bars will be a bit higher in calories then you might be used to. Calories range from 190-240 per bar (3-4 WWP or 4-5 WWPP) and most have about 3-6g of protein and 4-6g of fiber. The Fat content is a little higher–8-14g but this makes sense based on the amount of nuts used.

For me they make a great snack between meals or even a quick breakfast when I’m in a hurry. I love that they are upping my nut intake which is something I’ve been wanting to do. In a way I look at them as a pre-portioned nut serving which is cool in my book as I tend to go overboard sitting in from of a pile of almonds.

Even the 5 (almost 6–yikes!) year old loves them. His favorites are blueberry muffin and chocolate chip cookie dough. Surprisingly he doesn’t like any peanut based ones. The kid has never been a fan of peanut butter. Isn’t that crazy?!

Anyway, I really do like them. My only complaint is price, as usual. Buying them individually at the grocery story can cost you around $2.00 a bar. You can get a better price buying them in bulk even on amazon but I wouldn’t suggest doing that until you try a few flavors so you know what you like.

Besides truly enjoying the product, I like the company. Like I said, they reached out to me, sent me samples and sponsored the FitBloggin’ conference. They are very accessible on twitter and responsive overall to emails and requests. I’m a big fan.

Uncle Sam & Erewhon Cereals (Attune Foods)

Attune, the company behind Uncle Sam and Erewhon was another FitBloggin’ Sponsor. They supplied breakfast for all attendees on Friday morning of the conference. This is another brand that is new to me.

I have two boxes of cereal left from the conference and I’ve been wanting to share both with you.

First up, Uncle Sam Original Cereal. This stuff is FABULOUS! My favorite part, as usual, is the ingredient list.

Whole wheat kernels, whole flaxseed, salt, barley malt.

You can’t get much simpler then that! And nutritionally it packs a punch (of fiber and protein that is.)

3/4 cups (55g) is 190 calories, 5g of fat, 38g of carbs, 10g of fiber and 7g of protein. That’s 3 WWP OR 5 WWPP.

The cereal is not sweet at all, as expected since there is no sugar added, but the texture is fabulous. It’s like a flake but better almost resembling an old fashioned oat.

It’s the kind of cereals that absorbs the milk and takes on the flavor of anything you add to it. It’s also fabulous on top of some yogurt. I love it with a splash of almond milk and a handful of blueberries. If I’m in a sweet mood I’ll use chocolate almond milk for a treat. Either way it’s one of my favorite breakfasts in rotation right now.

Even the Little Guy likes it! Although he LOVES the Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice- Gluten Free Cereal

Which has the same type of awesome ingredient list..

Organic brown rice, Organic brown rice syrup, Sea salt.

This stuff is just like rice crisipies but better!

1 cup (30g) is 110 calories, .5g of fat, 25g of carbs, 0g of fiber and 2g of protein. That’s 2 WWP OR 3 WWPP.

Add some fruit to bump up the fiber and you have a fabulous breakfast!

Attune is another company I’m quite impressed with. I have loved working with them.

VitaBuns

My final review today is for Vitalicious. As you know I’ve worked with them for quite some time now. They sponsor my newsletter and RonisWeigh code for 10% off any of their products.

Recently they have introduced the VitaBun. An English muffin style "bun". Each muffin is 100 calories, 1g of fat, 19g of carbs, 6g of fiber and 5g of protein. That’s 1 WWP OR 2 WWPP.

The muffins are great! Just like traditional english muffins but a bit denser. I’ve been using them has hamburger buns and for English muffin pizza.

Vitalicious recommends freezing them on receipt and I agree. Since they contain no artificial additives or preservatives the grow mold fast. Freezing them doesn’t change the texture at all, just pop them in the toaster!

Along with the muffins, Vitalicious also launched a 150 calorie Egg ‘N’ Cheese sandwich. However, unlike the VitaBun, this item cannot be shipped. You have to purchase it from the freezer section of your grocery store. Has anyone see or tried them? I’m REALLY curious.

Click here to check the VitaBuns out online.

Full Disclosure: All opinions in this post are my own. Larabar and Attune both sponsored the FitBloggin conference but we have no relationship beyond that at the time this post was written. Vitalicious is a paying sponsor. That relationship does not effect my opinion on the product. I only work with companies whose products I use and love.

 
  • shandy (@webgals)

    I love Larabar too! I won a blueberry muffin one a few months back and it is my favorite Larabar ever (and that’s saying a lot because I already loved the peanut-based ones). But I can’t find the blueberry muffin around here at all. :( Glad to hear of the other recommendations too! I’ll be looking for them.

  • http://skinnysushi.com Skinny Sushi

    Larabars are frequently on sale at Target for $5 or $5.50 for a box of six.

  • http://got2run4me.wordpress.com Coco

    I LOVE VitaMuffin muffin tops. I was so excited to see and try their egg sandwich but I did NOT like them. I have a box of Uncle Sam in the pantry I’m looking forward to trying–as soon as my stomach settles down from my Half.

  • Dana

    Thank you for reviewing a couple of the items I’ve been interested in! I think you described the Larabars pretty accurately. They are definitely dense for sure and not as long as a regular granola bar. They are filling and it’s good to know you are eating less additives.

  • http://ajslevine.blogspot.com Laurie

    I’ve been loving my Lara’s from the conference. The cutest thing is the little bag they come in. I was in a rush so I threw the whole bag in the car for a soccer game yesterday. I did not keep it there because the melt would be gross.

  • http://musclesymmetry.blogspot.com/ Duong

    Lara bars are pretty good but a if you’re looking a higher protein, lower carb bar…give Quest bars a try. They’re the best tasting bars I’ve had!

  • http://www.asmallloss.com Mary

    Love keeping a Larabar in my purse for snack emergencies – they’re only about $1 near me (I’m in Chicago) but multipacks are definitely the best way to go. Except the minis! Why is a 6 pack of full size bars $5 but a 12 pack of minis $11?! Most of the non-chocolate ones are vegan, though, so I like to have them around for a sweet treat every now and then.

  • http://nomadlibrarian.blogspot.com NomadLibrarian

    I LOVE THE EGG N CHEESE VITA SANDWICHES. Sorry for yelling, but seriously, I am obsessed. I eat my breakfast at work most mornings, and those little beauties are the best thing that ever happened to my morning. Love, love, love.

  • tiger g

    I stocked up on larabars when my father in law took me to Andrews AFB commissary. They were only 88 cents, I bought an entire case and they were gone within a week. My kids, even my husband (shock) liked them! I however tend to over eat them, but I guess it’s better for me to be eating 2 or 3 larabars instead of 2 or 3 snicker bars.

  • Lisa

    I feel in love with the Lara Bars when I spotted them on a clearance at Walmart. I paid $3.00 for a box of 5, chocolate chip cookie dough. I brought the box home, tried one and headed straight back to the store for the other 5 boxes! lol Love them!!

  • Amanda

    I LOVE Larabars, but also hate the price. I’ve switched to making my own at home. Costco sells plain, unsalted almonds and large tubs of pitted dates for very reasonable prices. If you have a food processor and a bit of time to make a batch I definitely recommend giving it a try! Just Google Larabar recipes for ideas- there are literally TONS of options and fun flavor combos (mexican chocolate anyone?).

  • Danielle S

    I LOVE Vitatops but HATE the egg and cheese sandwhich, I found it to be VERY watery – followed directions to the T but it was oozing a watery substance with every bite, really grossed me out and the taste did nothing for me.

  • http://www.life-caroline.blogspot.com Caroline

    I’m so glad you posted this today! I have been reading you eat LaraBars ALL THE TIME so yesterday I picked up 3 to try them out; surprise surprise, they’re great! The price is high so such a small bar but thanks for the tip about Amazing b/c I’ll prob buy them online now.

  • girliefriend

    I enjoy an occasional Larabar, but I find them way too sweet for me. Like Lisa said above, I found the clearance ones at Walmart too, so bought what they had. I’ve never seen the mini’s around here, but they’d be more up my alley.

  • Lynn

    Not that I’m a big fan of sugar cereals, but if you use chocolate almond milk with a little bit of stevia on your Uncle Sam’s, it will transport you back to your childhood days of eating Cocoa Krispies. Love the idea of a no guilt and healthy adult version of a kid favorite!

  • http://www.nutmegnotebook.com Tami@nutmegnotebook

    I do like the Larabars and they are a good snack for those on a gluten free diet. You can carry one in your car or purse even in the summer months since they don’t have anything that will melt! That is a plus in my book.

    The Uncle Sam’s cereal is good but the Ereshon is new to me so I will have to look for that one and give it a try.

    Vitalicious is branching out-didn’t know they had an English muffin – good to know. Just wish the shipping to CA wasn’t so expensive. Although sometimes Target of all places has them on sale and I get a few boxes then to put in the freezer.

    Thanks for all of the product reviews, I am always looking for some new foods to keep things interesting. Variety is key to staying on plan!

  • Jessica

    I have yet to ever eat a Larabar but have only heard good things. They are the rage in the blogworld, lots of bloggers have homemade versions that will save a bundle. Am I allowed to post these links? If not, sorry Roni!
    I bet we will see your own version on Green Lite Bites soon!
    http://ohsheglows.com/2008/12/08/homemade-banana-bread-larabars/
    http://ohsheglows.com/2008/12/06/chocolate-chip-cookie-homemade-larabar-recipe/
    http://peasandthankyou.com/recipage/?recipe_id=6000658&prev_term=snack
    http://www.healthhabits.ca/2010/06/18/homemade-larabar-recipes/

  • Lisa

    The Vitalicious Egg ‘n Cheese tasted good to me. They also make one with green peppers (a little omelette-y) that I’ve had and liked also. Salt and pepper were needed for me. They are handy as on the go breakfasts that have protein.

  • Tina

    Bought a box of Larabars from Costco today after remember this review. DELICIOUS and I must say so unexpectedly filling. My husband loved the one he tried. A bit pricey but I love knowing my hubby is eating a healthy snack instead of the sugar filled granola bars he used to eat. Thanks for the great review Roni!

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