I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I ate too much after the race and enjoyed a lovely day.
At the Turkey Trail Trot Thursday morning, I had the opportunity to pick up some sample bars I wanted to write a bit about. I usually don’t buy these, as I try to make my own. But sometimes I don’t have the time to make them, or I’m away from home and have to rely on store-bought items.
Some brands are better than others, and many energy bars are much better than others. I’ve always liked Larabar as a brand. So I was pretty happy seeing their fruit and nut bars as samples.
LARABAR UBER ROASTED NUT ROLL
LARABAR UBER STICKY BUN
Both bars tasted really good. Both are gluten free, non-GMO and Kosher. They use honey, so they’re not vegan. But all the ingredients are REAL FOOD in each of them makes this bar a great go-to one if you can’t make your own. The salty, sweet crunchiness of the Nut Roll made it my favorite, but I wouldn’t turn down the Sticky Bun either.
Each one of the sample sizes have 130 calories with 80 calories in fat. It’s the perfect bar for apres-running. I’d even cut a full size bar in half, as a whole size would be too much in one sitting after a run unless it was over 10+ miles.
Most energy/protein bars are either all sugar or chemicals, but these seem to be the ticket for those who want to eat more whole foods.
Of course, a handful of nuts could do the same thing. But if you still want a bar, I would reach for an Laramar Uber.
And now a recipe:
This is quickly cooked and can be used in everything from your holiday table to your steel cut oats. I love it!
1 bag fresh cranberries
½ cup fruit juice – apple or cherry juice works great
½ cup honey or other sweetener
1 cup diced fresh pineapple or fresh oranges
Pick out the discolored cranberries and then combine cranberries, juice, honey and other fruit in saucepan and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes under low heat. Cool to room temperature.
Store in container. Will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.