Review


Hey lovebugs,

Today has been a bit hectic.  Wait! No! That’s normal over here.

Business as usual, I guess.

This morning, I decided to listen to my body and slept in a few extra minutes (or a half hour but whose counting).  That meant that I had to adjust a bit but sometimes it’s worth it.  I don’t know why sleeping away the time where I usually do yoga/meditate always makes my morning more rushed.  It’s weird.

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I packed a breakfast that I ate between buses.

Banana and a Pure bar.  This apple cinnamon flavor was definitely tasty but really sweet.  My jaw hurt halfway through it which was strange because it usually takes a third large brownie to do that to me.  I was hungry though so I finished it, but next time I’ll have half for a lunch dessert and be a very happy camper 🙂

Underneath my breakfast items is my to do list for the day. It goes to the other side of the page! Yowza! Thankfully, I’m checking my way through it, although I wish I could have someone else check off some of the items for me.  Anyone interested in some Computer Forensics labs? No? Oh well, I actually like it so we can still be friends 😉

Lunch really isn’t worth mentioning but I had a small pita stuffed with plain ole tuna, a blueberry yogurt and baby carrots.  Healthy? Yessir. Satisfying? Suprisingly enough, yes!

Dinner is fabulous. Mini frittatas and roasted potatoes! Mmmmm

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This is beyond simple.

Mini Frittatas
serves 1
1/4 cup grated cheddar
2 eggs
hot sauce, to taste
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375F. Grease three muffin tins (I used whipped butter tonight but use what works for you).  Divide cheddar equally among the prepared tins.  Beat egg, add S+P and divide equally between the tins.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.

The more fun version uses sauteed mushrooms and peppers and all that deliciousness.  This is a basic recipe so play with it! The best part is that you just dump the add-ins into the tins and top with the beaten egg. Easy! (Note: If you do this you might want to fill up four tins since the bulk from the veggies will equal more little minis).

The more frugal version use whole eggs and grate your own cheese, and chop your own veggies. Use what’s on sale that week!

The faster version use eggs from a carton, pre-grated cheese and pre-chopped veggies.  Although, the hands-on time commitment is so minimal I wouldn’t choose this option.

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For the roasted red potatoes.  I just quickly rinsed and chopped them, sprayed them with EVOO, sprinkled with S+P and put into three of the empty muffin tins. Remember, the smaller the chop the quicker they’ll roast and they won’t be in there long so keep that in mind!

Dinner in 20 minutes, including prep time? Dinner that only uses four dishes to prepare (muffin tin, bowl for eggs, fork/whisk, and a knife)? Dinner that I could easily make for two without any extra effort? Works for me!  Now, I just regret not making more.  I imagine that the frittatas would heat up nicely in the microwave the next day (I’d wrap it in a paper towel) so next time I’ll be doing that!

Okay, I picked posting over homework tonight- in the order of events, I’m not going to skip an assignment, of course! So… I must go off to schoolwork land. Later loves.

Wait, I forgot- I have dessert planned…

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RF Cinnamon Coffee Cake from Starbucks… there may be some coffee consumed as well!  I may or may not have had a Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte (aka Fall Crack) while there as well!

Hey friends… it’s pretty hectic over here Chez Rebeca.  I don’t know how to explain it but I don’t like doing things halfway.  Which means that I make lots of lists and lately my own education has been at the top of that list (and rightfully so).  Unfortunately, that means after hours of reading, writing and messing around with other people’s computers (my minor is in Information Systems which is heavily PC and I don’t own one, so I mess around on other peoples :mrgreen:) I have little left for my blog.

I have these fab plans with a fellow blogger though that I can’t wait to share with you!

Meanwhile, I’m jumping on a couple of bandwagons.

First, I’m making study/index cards for my classes.  Say what? I haven’t done that since way back in my AP/IB days.  No wonder I had that killer GPA 😉  In all seriousness though, I know that it helps but usually I’m hesitant to “waste” paper and it takes quite a bit of time… but my computer class tests are HARD and I think these will help with the ton of memorization (my upper level Child Development/Education classes are so different!).  Note: I’m the “ill” studier I just changed my style to fit my schedule and I think I need to change my schedule to fit my style!

Second, I finally tried Honey Sunshine.

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Kashi sent out free samples for signing up for something (I don’t remember what :oops:).  It was okay.  I think I was expecting something different.  It’d certainly be a fun “base” cereal since it’s low calorie but sweeter than most of my “bases.”

Third, I made a meal plan for the week.  I checked out sales, my cookbooks and thought up some yummy meals for the week that will make it easier (I hope to make healthy choices- a big struggle lately).

Breakfasts

  • Blueberry Smoothie
  • Banana “Split”
  • Egg Sandwich on English Muffin
  • Apple Pie Oatmeal

Dinners

  • Falafels
  • Rice and Beans
  • Grilled Cheese + Tomato Soup
  • Slow Cooker Chili
  • Spinach+ Feta Brown Rice Bowl w/ Tempeh
  • Mini Frittatas

Lunches

  • PB+J spirals
  • Tuna+Veggie Melt
  • Leftovers

I have tried and failed many times to meal plan and where I fail is restricting the days and “overplanning” (the story of my life).  This week I just picked the right number of meals for each “category” and then left things open.  I have yogurts, veggies and fruit to go along with the meals so I can go based on my mood but still have guidelines to help.  I’m pretty excited about all the items on my list actually and it’s exciting to see what I’ll actually pick (at least for me it is :)).

Fourth, notice a breakfast missing?

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(looks kind of gross but trust it’s fabulous)

Oh… there it is. My goodness, this started my day on a positive note.  I don’t know who started it but try it.  It made the loss of my jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams much more bearable.  In fact, I only cried for 10 minutes 😉

I can’t wait to share my fun eats with you this week.  Hope you all had a great start to the week as well!

When I was researching companies that fit within the confines of this month’s theme, one that immediately stood out was You Bar. The company is owned and run by a family and from the looks of things even those who aren’t technically related are really part of the ‘family.’ The company is committed with providing with providing healthy, wholesome products that taste great to consumers.

One of said family members, Joel* sent me a couple of samples to try. I was really excited when I got the box!

*seriously watch the video ladies, you’ll like it

The first thing I tried was the Breakfast Bar

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Ingredients: Dates, Egg White Powder, Honey, Cocoa Powder, Instant Coffee Crystals, Cinnamon

As soon as I opened the package, the smell of coffee and cocoa hit my nose and I knew I would like this bar. I’m a huge texture person, so I loved how chewy this was without any strange bits. It was smooth and delicious. It may have been a placebo affect but I was buzzing a bit after this, thanks to the caffeine. For a portable breakfast, I thought the nutritionals were great. I have “grab and go” breakfasts much too often, so something like this and a piece of fruit or a juice blend, and I’d be ready to face my day, even with my unpredictable lunch schedule.

The second bar I tried was the Honey Cashew Bar

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Ingredients: Cashew Butter, Honey, Whey Protein, Nutty Rice Cereal

Have you ever had cashew butter? This tasted like spoonful after spoonful of it. I love cashew butter, so obviously that experience was enjoyable for me! I wasn’t crazy about a 200 plus calorie bar, but that’s just a personal preference on snack size. I ate this a little before a bike ride so I think it worked well, since I got off the bike feeling energized and not lightheaded like I usually do after a long ride. It might have been because my mouth was still so happy from the cashew butter bliss that I wasn’t thinking about food during the ride!
Cons? As much as I loved this, it was a little “stick to your roof” like PB was when we were kids. Now that’s fun for three bites, then it gets old.

I also got two trail mixes to try.

The first was The Best Trail Mix

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Ingredients: Almonds, Organic Cashews, Walnuts, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Dried Sweetened Blueberries, Sweetened Cranberries, Sun Drops Original Chocolate Candies.

This I loved and I don’t really even like trail mix much. I’m very picky when it comes to trail mix, I want chocolate but not too much, I want nuts but I’m picky when it comes to those too, and I want some sweetness to it. This particular kind did all that for me! I loved the ratio of nuts to seeds to dried fruit to chocolate. Perfect! The nuts were the ones that I like (definitely my top three in that order) and I loved the blueberries and cranberries! I mixed mine with plain yogurt and it really made for a great, small meal that had the protein I needed to help me study, but without the bulk that would make me sleepy or uncomfortable while trying to do my mountains of work.

The second was Almond Drops


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Ingredients include Sun Drops Original Chocolate Candies, Oat Bran Sesame Sticks, Dried Apricots, Black Mission Figs, Almonds

This wasn’t really my cup of tea. As much as I love sesame sticks and chocolate, I just didn’t love the combination with the other ingredients. Each on it’s own was delicious, together wasn’t for me. I did mix this with yogurt as well, and it grew on me then. I think I would have added some more dried fruit over the chocolate, personally.

The shakes were by far my favorite!

First, the Blended Bliss


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Ingredients: Whey Protein, Organic Cane Juice, Organic Strawberries, Organic Bananas, Organic Vanilla.

What sold me on the shake was actually when I got to the end, and I saw the little strawberry seeds resting on the bottom of my glass. No, it’s not the same as throwing some fresh berries and a banana in the blender but when you see evidence of how close to nature the product is it’s awesome! It didn’t hurt that it tasted fabulous and was so easy. I blended with organic skim and water and it worked perfectly. I bet it’d work in a shaker bottle as well!
Cons? If I were to grab a packet to take with me to work, it wouldn’t be nearly as good because the first time I made it without ice, took a sip, and dumped it back in the blender with some ice cubes. I guess if I kept a shaker in my work fridge, or something it might be ok?

Then, the Breakfast Shake


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Ingredients: Whey Protein, Egg White Powder, Organic Cane Juice, Cocoa Powder, Organic Bananas.

This was also delicious and had just a hint of the banana taste. It tasted a lot like a milkshake (I used unsweet vanilla almond milk). I have chocolate peppermint soymilk that I think would be fabulous with the shake, as a dessert of course. I made mine with a lot of ice and did have it for dessert.

If I had to pick a product to order, the first would definitely be a shake. I love these. During the school year my breakfast is often a quick smoothie that I drink while walking to my bus stop. I’m not willing to sacrifice sleep or AM yoga for breakfast so that’s what works for me. If those shakes are any example of what YouBar has to offer there, I’m sold! I love the other products as well, and am a big fan of customizing nutrition. Since we all have different needs, there’s no one bar fits all, but YouBar solves that problem!

Hey y’all…

I’ve rescheduled my entire life.  Well, at least I’m trying to.  A lot of my worries have been eased and while I still have some things to figure out, things are much better over here 😀

So… in keeping with my new attitude and my commitment to do the things that I love along with the things that I just “have to do” I’m going to commit to food blogging again.  Mainly for me.  It definitely stabilizes me and it certainly ups the quality of my eats… sorta 😉

I’ve been battling some illness so I had a liquid breakfast

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A nice mug of Yogi Throat Comfort Tea which has been my saving grace this weekend… Normally, I skip sweetener but I know that honey is actually really good for sore throats plus it made the 10-12 cups a day much more interesting.

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The second part included this really cool powder I was sent.  Macrolife Naturals is a line of food supplement powders and bars.  I know a lot of people are “anti-powders” but I’m a fan.  Last year, when I was a nanny and was home all day I had time to make sure I was covering all my nutritional bases.  Now, that’s not really feasible because I’m out of the house and chasing five year olds seven hours a day.  This helps me meet my nutritional needs without much thought.

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Anyway, it comes in two varieties and this Macrolife Reds is fab-u-lous.  I popped it into the blender with half a frozen banana and some vanilla soymilk.  It tasted similar to strawberry banana but not quite (I’m so eloquent, no?).  I actually hate strawberry banana but I liked this because it wasn’t quite that.  It was berry banana more accurately which I like! A lot!

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Obviously, there was some (soy) milky unsweetened coffee to go.  Obviously.

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A Panera “Bogel” was also consumed.  Cinnamon Krunch.  I have no idea where the other five went.  None.

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Lunch was kind of thrown together. A nice sized salad with romaine, tomatoes, red onion, olives and feta. Oh, and some yummy Greek Dressing.  This is by far my favorite version of salad.  Simple and delicious. Next time, remind me to add capers, k?

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Along with that I had another Macrolife product- one of the bars.  Chocolate Cinnamon. Honestly, this isn’t my favorite combination of flavors.  Chocolate alone would have been grand.  I do love that this is a raw bar and that the first ingredients are brazil nuts (yum) and date paste.  It’s not a Larabar but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  There are some other flavors that are more on my radar- Apple Lemon and Berri Berri are great.  Especially, Berri Berri.

Would I buy these bars and the powder? Honestly, it’s out of my price range.  A three month supply of the powder is $100.00.  That comes out to a dollar a day and believe me I think that health is priceless.  The bars are ~$32.00 for a pack of 12.  That’s almost 3 dollars each.    I did feel really good today.  Significantly better than I did over the last four days that I spent mainly lying around blowing my nose… The feelings could be related to that but maybe the sheer amount of healthy supplements in these products that bombarded my body with what it needed to heal.  Who knows.  I think further research is necessary.

I had an appointment today- good news I don’t have H1N1… for all the concerned parties out there… and if you are sick… go to the doctor better safe than sorry… even if it’s just a cold, you don’t want to share those germs with those around you… Believe me then you’ll feel awful.

By the time I got home, I had a serious craving out of nowhere (actually it’s from a Psych commercial, ten points if you know the one ;).

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Don’t hate. Baked (formerly frozen) fries and some grated Organic Valley Colby cheese.  Mmm. Perfection.  Actually, even though my tummy was full I wasn’t satisfied.  That finger food doesn’t work for me.  I must say though that I think that was the second time in life I had cheese fries (okay third?) I totally see the love.  Yum. (Salad plate- obvi).

I decided to put all that carby goodness to use and went for a treadmill run (so I could get some major reading) done… 40 minutes of that, followed by a quick cooldown on the stationary bike (mostly just so I could finish the chapter!).

I feel great tonight.  I’m not sure what it is but I had a great day… My attitude has definitely shifted and though I have a lot on my plate there are those who have a lot less than I do and I am thankful to be so fortunate.  I got a killer afterschool job that’s just an hour and half which makes my impending move and rent increase (worth it for a bigger place) much more feasible AND I’m loving my classes which makes all the reading and assignments enjoyable.  Gotta love it.  Oh and I got two new students today which splits our class pretty evenly among those lovely strong personalities and the more mellow (read: don’t scream in the hallways) crowd.  I figure that in the next month or so the strong personalities will duke it out and instead of competing will learn how to work together 🙂

Ok… I’m still a little gross in need of a shower and to prep my lunch for tomorrow. Night loves.

Mmmm, this girl loves yogurt- bordering on adoration in fact.

Since I cut back on my meat consumption last year (as in stopped eating it all together and now only eat it when someone else cooks it for me) I was on a mission for protein sources.  As fabulous as tofu and tempeh can be, they’re not very portable and I’m always on the move so portable is key.

Way back then, I discovered Greek yogurt and my love for the super sugary “light” versions quickly faded and was replaced by a serious need for the cool, extra creamy, tart and protein-packed option.  Then there was really only one option in the regular grocery store.  Now there are many.

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Chobani has been an option for awhile now and it’s quickly gaining popularity (I think) largely due to their abundance of flavors.  Some other brands only come in a 0%, 2% and full fat version, and flavors are non-existent.  For those that love traditional yogurts but want to delve into Greek yogurts, I think Chobani is a great starting point (and certainly a lovely ending point as well).

Chobani has long been offering plain, vanilla, blueberry, strawberry and peach flavors (all nonfat).  My favorite of which is peach but that’s because it’s always been my favorite yogurt flavor.

I must have been under a rock somewhere (or just shopping at Safeway versus Giant- the Safe doesn’t carry Chobani :() and missed when honey became available.

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This is fabulous.  I’ve purchased TJs version of Greek yogurt and always have to add honey to it to make it enjoyable.  The only problem is that I can never get it right.  It’s either too sweet or not sweet enough- meaning either I’m “stuck” with dessert or with something less than delicious since I’m usually too lazy to get up and get more honey 😉 Chobani got it right with this one! Thank goodness! Mmmm.  Not so sweet that I felt like I couldn’t have it for breakfast and it mangaed to retain some of that tart flavor I adore.  It was excellent!  At 150 kcal a containe though, I think I’d just grab a measuring spoon and add a little honey myself… but that would involve figuring out what the correct measurement would be… I do imagine this would be great substitute in a certain pound cake recipe though… hmmmmm.

Even though I was (very?) late on that flavor I wasn’t late on the next two!

Pomegranate.

I love pomegranate flavored things.  I’m still on the fence about the seeds.  Their flavor is delicious but I’m not the biggest fan of their texture.  The entire time I ate this one I kept trying to decide if I liked it.  In the end, the answer is yes but I would never eat it alone again.  For overnight oats, yes.  With granola, yes.  Alone the texture combination wasn’t for me- with something else to chew I think it’d quickly become my favorite flavor.  I do agree with others that the bits without seeds tastes more like cherry than pomegranate though.

Pineapple.

This one was interesting because unlike the other flavors which are nonfat, this is 2%.  It is delicious.  I adore pineapple and can seriously eat a whole one in a sitting or two.  Pineapple yogurt is actually my favorite (I know I wrote that it was peach but I should have amended that to say peach is my favorite common flavor).  The few companies that have pineapple flavored yogurts definitely get a gold star from me!  While the flavor was incredible I’m not a fan of the 2% yogurt in general.  It feels like cream cheese in my mouth which is strange.  Again this would make a great addition to other things but, for me, I wouldn’t pack one as a side with my lunch.

In the end, the real question is would I buy these flavors? The answer is a resounding YES.  Why? Well, they’re delicious.  They’re varied- so you certainly won’t get bored and at my local Giant they go on sale every few weeks for 10 for $10 which is always a plus.

Too often, I won’t try something because of the cost or pick something that’s not quite as healthy or tasty because it’s easier on my wallet.  With this there’s not a huge gap and that’s comforting.

Yet, there’s another reason why I’d buy this.  Even though Chobani isn’t certified organic- AgroFarma, Inc., which owns Chobani, is a dairy manufacturer out of New York State that “uses organic farming practices to preserve the environment with a focus on producing high-quality and all-natural yogurts.”  For those of us who cannot afford or do not have access to all the brands out there this certainly makes me feel even better about purchasing this brand.

Now, Morgan (my Chobani ‘patron’) sent me samples of all the flavors and has kindly offered to do the same for one of you (US) residents.

To enter?

1. Leave a comment telling me one fun fact you learned about Chobani from their site. Look around there’s a lot of hidden gems in there.

I’ll start: Chobani comes from the word chopani which means shepherd.

Want a second entry? In a separate comment give me a new idea on how to use yogurt (and plain, with granola and in overnight oats are taken :mrgreen:).

Again US only, contest closes September 10th, 2009.

I don’t usually buy crackers, because I love them.  They happen to be one of my favorite snacks but I tend to show little restraint around them.  There’s just something satisfying about a cracker that very few things can provide.  I also love how versatile they are!

The last crackers I purchased where an organic store brand and they were disappointing.  Disappointing enough that they ended up going stale and became an afternoon snack for some birds and squirrels rather than this lady.  In my search for another organic cracker alternative, I was reading around the blogworld and kept seeing Dr. Krackers pop up and started to do a little of my own research.

“Dr. Krackers” aka George Eckrich has been a baker for most of his life with a lifelong interest in whole grains.  He knows the products inside and out since he spent three years in Mexico working in agriculture and has “rolled more dough and pulled as many loaves of bread out of the oven as any baker.”  He truly has a passion for providing a quality whole grain option to the public.

George was kind enough to offer to send me the Klassic Three Seed to try myself!

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Ingredients: organic whole wheat flour, organic wheat flour, filtered water, organic oats, organic sunflower seeds, organic flaxseeds, sea salt, organic sesame seeds, yeast, organic barley malt syrup

This vegan cracker was voted “Best Cracker” by Men’s Health Magazine in June. Well, if those guys on the cover like it then I probably will too 😉 Oh my, this cracker was lovely.  I’m not a big fan of salty foods, generally.  While I like there to be some salt on a cracker there’s a delicate balance that I was looking for.  This pretty much hit it right.  As a fan of seed-y bread, I loved how many sunflower seeds there were throughout.  I’m not a big fan of sesame seeds because I think they can ruin a dish in the wrong hands, but their flavor and texture were blended nicely in this cracker.  There was just a slight sweetness that I liked as well! It was crisp and lovely and I bet it’d make a great gateway for a creamy topping like a soft cheese or a nice jam.

The best part about this cracker is that it was a “flatbread” cracker.  One flatbread was 100 kcal and perfectly portioned for me, since that’s where I tend to falter and end up with too many crackers on my plate.  I had it as a side to a large salad and later with soup and it was perfect.  I love portion controlled items without a ton of packaging, don’t you?  When I pack my lunch in the morning, I just place one in the container with my salad and it’s ready to go!  One got crumbled once and it made for an ”better than croutons” topping for me!

George is so generous that he sent me two other flatbreads to try and a lot of their other crackers as well!

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I was swooning when I opened the package, but wouldn’t you!?  I’ll be doing full reviews of these as I go along but this one girl can only eat so many crackers before she needs to purchase a new wardrobe (unless someone else wants to foot the bill?).

He was also kind enough to offer something for you guys as well!

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Twelve lucky readers will receive one of these beautiful storage tins of the flatbread.

To enter: Just go to the site and tell me which flavor makes you swoon… and come back and let me know which one sounds most intriguing to you! Contest closes 09/10/2009.

US only!

It’s no secret that I love Clifbars, especially those Z bars.  I would happily eat one (or more) of those Apple Cinnamon bars everyday if I could.

My love affair started long before the Z bars, that I distinctly remember discovering at Shaws in Porter Square back when I went to college in that hood, it started with the almighty ClifBar.  My first nanny gig was full of swimming pools and those bars.  The kids were obsessed with the Carrot Cake flavor and therefore their nanny became obsessed as well.

For months, I’ve been looking for the White Chocolate Macadamia version but alas my supermarkets are the last to get everything.  When I mentioned this to Dean over at ClifBar he offered to send me some samples of that flavor and three other new(er) flavors as well!

Blueberry Crisp

Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Blueberry Fruit Pieces (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Blueberry Puree Concentrate, Brown Rice Syrup, Pectin, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Natural Flavor), Organic Toasted Oats (Organic Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice), Organic Dry Roasted Almonds, ClifCrunch® (Organic Oat Fiber, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Oat Bran, Psyllium), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Blueberries (Blueberries, Apple Juice Concentrate), Organic Date Paste, Almond Butter, Organic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Citric Acid.

Oh my, this was the best! There were huge pieces of dried blueberries in here that really just made this.  I’m not the world’s biggest blueberry fan, but I think this would convert me.  Sometimes I pick Z bars over ClifBars based solely on the size of the snack, but this has jumped up there with my Apple Cinnamon love even if it means I’ll be breaking a lot of bars in half 🙂

Maple Nut

Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Toasted Oats (Organic Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice), Pecan Pralines (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Pecans, Salt), Organic Maple Syrup, ClifCrunch® (Organic Oat Fiber, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Oat Bran, Psyllium),Organic Date Paste, Safflower Oil Roasted Pecans, Natural Flavors, Almond Butter, Organic Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt.

This was also really good.  I loved how the Maple Flavor was present throughout the bar.  It was a little sweet for me though but as a yogurt topping, I could get down with this bar regularly!

Oatmeal Raisin Walnut

Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Raisins, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Walnuts, ClifCrunch® (Organic Oat Fiber, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Oat Bran, Psyllium), Organic Soy Butter, Molasses Powder, Natural Flavors, Ground Cinnamon, Sea Salt.

Let me preface this by saying I’m not a big fan of raisins or walnuts (don’t hate me).  I like them both just fine but they are not my favorite ingredients and I can actually walk away from oatmeal raisin cookies without even trying.  This tasted like an oatmeal raisin cookie.  Actually, it tasted like a cross between a cookie and that instant maple and brown sugar oatmeal.  I like both those things but I can “take it or leave it.”  That being said, someone who really likes either of those things will be in heaven with this bar because it really is a good combination of flavors, if that’s what you’re into!

White Chocolate Macadamia

Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Soy White Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Cocoa Butter, Soy Flour, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Organic Toasted Oats (Organic Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, ClifCrunch® (Organic Oat Fiber, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Oat Bran, Psyllium), Macadamia Nuts, Organic Soy Butter, Organic Macadamia Nuts, Organic Date Paste, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt.

I saved this one for last.  I was so glad I did.  This is dessert.  It is not health food.  Okay, I’m lying, it’s both.  This is so good.  My dad loves macadamia nuts and I think he’d love this bar.  The flavor is light and not overpowering.  There’s sweetness but it’s just enough to make it enjoyable but not enough where you don’t want to finish the bar.  They got it right with this one.

There are lots of things I love about ClifBars- like the ingredient lists and the company’s food philosophy.

We recognize that food matters to our families, our communities and our planet- as our food choices affect the physical, social and environmental fabric of our lives.

Yes! Yes! Yes!

There are still reasons why I’ll still buy more Z Bars than the traditional bars and that’s solely my personal ‘snack size’ preference.  I do buy ClifBars for those unpredictable days and always keep them on hand but for everyday snacking they’re too big for me, personally.

Have you tried all these flavors yet?

** Pictures coming… I’m having blogging issues at the moment 🙂

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