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These have been brewing for some time. Finally took a minute to get it all out of my head!
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 Cookie – Cashews, dates.
- Larabar: Apple Pie – Dates, almonds, unsweetened apples, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon.
- Larabar: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – Cashews, dates, chocolate chips, salt.
- Larabar: Key Lime Pie – Dates, cashews, almonds, unsweetened coconut, lime juice concentrate.
- Larabar: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip – Dates, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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