I have discovered the wonder of Larabars.
I know what you’re thinking. You don’t want to hear about some other miracle protein bar packed with phoney baloney vitamins and nutrients. After all, isn’t that what I’ve been railing against on this blog?
Hear me out. I don’t love Larabars because they are some weight loss supplement, or because they’re full of vitamins and nutrients and other mumbo jumbo. They aren’t that at all.
What Larabars ARE are the simplest, tastiest bars you could ever have for a snack or a dessert.
Each bar is about 200 calories, and all of them have very few ingredients (all of them have under 9). For example, the Cashew Cookie bar only contains cashews and dates. That’s it. No foolin’.
Most of the Larabars can be considered gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegan, kosher, non-GMO, and all-natural, although the chocolate chip varieties do not include dairy-free, soy-free or vegan to their label, due to possible trace amounts from the chips being made in a facility that processes dairy and soy. For anyone with severe allergies, any of the chocolate chip-free bars will keep you in the clear. (Learn more here.)
I haven’t tried all of the flavors yet, but my favorite so far is the first one I tried: Apple Pie. It consists of dates, almonds, unsweetened apples, walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon. Six ingredients, all you can pronounce, and it tastes like delicious apple pie.
I’m not sure how Larabar makes dates taste like all kinds of magical and delicious things that are normally bad for you, but I’m not going to question it. Instead, I’m going to make sure I always have one in my drawer, in my car, and at my house for any time I have a craving to eat a snack or food that’s not so good for me. These 200 calorie miracles can help me keep my resolve to eat whole and live cleaner.
Larabar is also doing a kind of neat thing right now where they’re having people pledge to simplify their life on the Day of Simplicity, April 14, 2013. I pledged to, among other things, stress less and relax more.