Come on’s and energy bars – Week 3

My husband and I had a breakfast date today.  We love stealing an hour in the morning, getting out of the house and enjoying time alone away from the demands of the day and all without having to call (or pay for) a babysitter.  Obviously there was no gazing at each other over warm cups of coffee THIS morning (although it was cold and rainy and that would have been nice)….

detox date

 

instead, our favorite coffee place also happens to make green juices!  They also carry these bars pictured above.  I’ve been very curious to see what those Texas made bars are all about but when croissants and muffins are in the continuer below these bars, guess which snack I usually choose.

Not today my friends, I ordered my green juice and choose my “energy bar” – “Fabulous Ginger Peach”, my husband went with the blueberry one.  Both were really good, I preferred my peach one but I’d happily eat either flavor again.  Ingredients were all “Clean” approved, however eating a lot of dried fruit (due to sugar) is discouraged, this kind of occasional splurge is just fine.  The texture was good, kind of fruit leather-ish with the occasional soft soaked nut crunch.  No chalk-y anything or weird after taste or strange after-effects, it’s a winner folks.

Another bar we’ve given a whirl is the “go macro” bar.  “Sweet Rejuvenation” cashew butter bar was our flavor choice, I usually choose flavors based on which box looks the most empty at Whole Foods – very scientific, yes?  Our take on the bar is that it’s good, the taste and texture are very candy bar-esque without crazy sweet-ness.  It’s very filling, very satisfying and left us with horrific stomach cramps.  So, I’ll be passing on that in the future.

Overall, energy bars should probably be treated as a last resort.  “Clean” seems to support the motto to stay away with anything that has a label.  Our goal is to be ingesting whole foods that are freshly prepared BUT if faced with a buttery croissant do whatever has to be done.

 


Better than.

A small list of just a few things I believe are truly better than their less healthy versions.

1.  Cookie dough bites by weelicious for goop.  I’ve made these 4 times since GP posted this treat in October, a new family sweet treat favorite, sooooo easy and dairy free, gluten free, soy free!

2.  The breakfast taco – Sautéed spinach, mushroom and grilled onion breakfast taco.  The old egg, cheese, bacon stand-by is just boring in comparison.  Even better my Whole Foods opened a taco bar and I can get this tasty delight made to order….every Whole Foods has a suggestion box – take advantage!

3.  Chocolate milkshake from My New Roots – the dairy, sugar laden competition honestly does not do it for me any more.  My own spin – instead of her 1/4 cup hemp seeds, I use 2 TBS almond butter and 1/2 avocado instead of a whole, using a whole avocado makes it too thick IMO.

“Raw Chocolate Milkshake Miracle
Ingredients:
• ¼ cup hemp seeds (or use soaked almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds etc.)
• 2 heaping Tbsp. raw cacao powder
• 1 Avocado
• 1 very large frozen banana (or 2 small) 
• 2 Tbsp. raw honey, agave, or maple syrup
• dash sea salt 
• ¾ – 1 cup water
• 4 ice cubes

Directions:
1. Blend all the ingredients together; add water to thin if desired. It’s a thick one, folks! 
And although the urge to chug may take over, don’t forget to “chew” your milkshake for better digestion! Very important.”

4.  Cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread, someone recently offered me the Sarah Lee version……nasty.  Slather on some almond butter and it’s one delightful treat.

5.  Hummus Chips – Simply 7 Sea Salt is my preferred brand, kind of like a Funnion but not as scary and super fun to crunch.  We add them to chili, salads, anything that benefits from some crunch. Boulder Canyon makes a good version too.

Happy (healthier) snacking and Happy Friday.