When I was completely off wheat, I had a hard time when hunger struck between meals. What to eat, what to eat? It seems like a ridiculous thing in a house stocked with food. No one goes hungry here, but all of my usual snacks, a piece of toast with peanut butter, a couple crackers and cheese, they were off limits. I don't know about you, but when I go on a "diet," I become very focused on food and the more I thought about food, the hungrier I got.
I don't normally look at "protein bars" at the grocery store. In fact, soy bars are off limits for me and my family. I don't think we need any more soy than we already get in the small amount of processed food we eat (it's in everything!). But one day at the health food store, I stopped and looked at a couple brands and really investigated the ingredients. I thought it would be nice to have something in my purse that I can munch on between meals, because my meals have gotten a lot lighter lately. Something like a granola bar, which I love, but with no extra sugar or grains.
These Larabars caught my eye, partly because of the yummy flavor varieties, but mostly because of the ingredients. No soy, no milk, no wheat. Most of them are dates, nuts and another fruit or nut. They are so delicious, now I have to stop myself from making a meal of them. But a Larabar and a smoothie is a meal and can hold me for most of the afternoon. My favorite is PB&J, but cherries are a no-no fruit for me, so I am trying some other flavors. Blueberry Muffin (I can eat blueberries without trouble) is also fantastic -- dates, almonds, blueberries, blueberry juice, and a little lemon juice and vanilla.
If you like to have a snack in your purse, or even in the cookie jar, I highly recommend this product. I am not one to go for stuff like this, but if I like it, I know some of you will, too. Maybe you already do!
* I was not rewarded in anyway for this blog post and the people at Larabar have no idea who I am!