Lara Bar Review

Hey guys! Wow, it’s Wednesday again?

How does this happen?

But, you know what, it’s totally fine because I love What I Ate Wednesday! And I’m taking WIAW in a little different direction today by reviewing something I received in the mail last week! LÄRABARS!

Alright, I don’t know about you, but LÄRABARS have been some of my favorite when I discovered them, which was about 3 years ago, and having the chance to review them, makes me extremely happy.

Thank you to Jenn for hosting WIAW for all us foodies! Let’s get on the review, shall we?

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LARABAR Review

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Roasted Nut Roll: Sweet, salty, fruity.

My thoughts: This is one of those bars that I crave when I’m hiking and it’s definitely one of those bars I could eat A LOT. Because…it was delicious! I wanted more ❤

Apple Pie: Tasted just like apple pie

My thoughts: The taste was wonderful! Not too sweet but still tasted like apple pie. This bar could easily be rolled out and baked on top of a gluten free (homemade) miniature crust and VOILA, you’d have your own healthy apple pie. Actually, I think I’m gonna get on that.

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Lemon Pound Cake: Fruit and nut bar

My thoughts: Um, lemon is one of my favorite flavors and they definitely got spot on with this bar. Lemon Pound Cake in a package, a few ingredients, and healthyyyyy? Yes, please, don’t mind if I do!

Nut Butter Chocolate: Perfect amount of nut butter and chocolate

My thoughts: I’m saving the best for last! This was my favorite bar! Oh my gosh, I can’t even… It was just way too good! I ate it while I sipped on my coffee, and I gotta say, I needed another one! They probably don’t know this, but I’m like the biggest fan of nut butter and of chocolate, so when they put these two together and created a bar, I was mind blown with the first bite! Anyone else a big fan of NB and Choc. together?

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Another great thing about these bars is that they’re kind of small. Which, makes it easy for me to throw in my purse, pocket, lunch box, laptop bag, etc. Even though, I’d love these to be bigger so I could enjoy it longer, I do realize there is a good amount of calories in each one. These are not 50 calorie bars or anything! This a very high nutrient dense bar so don’t get too carried away. But totally, enjoy them!

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Questions:

  • Have you tried LÄRABARS yet? If so, what’s your favorite flavor?
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A Day of Clean Eats

I’m jumping right into What I Ate Wednesday today, so thanks to Jenn for hosting! And let’s get the ball rollin’!

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As a foodie and someone who’s gotta run early, breakfast is the first thing on my mind when I wake up. The night before, I washed and chopped up a lot of celery that needed to be juiced so, I quickly grabbed some greens and a couple of carrots to add to the celery. It was delicious!

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About 20 minutes later, I grabbed some boiled eggs (prepped the night before) and a handful of Cascadian Farm cereal. I stayed full for hours, it seemed. Eating good proteins, carbs, and having energizing juice in the morning really keeps me going.

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After breakfast, I went running 3.25 miles. Warmed up nice and easy the first 2 miles and then 6 crazy hill repeats, then ran till I got home!

Then I completed 3 rounds of that arm workout!

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Yep, super sore this morning…

WOD: 2 miles at 9:30/mile pace, 20 minute free motion cross cable workout (target quads, back and arms), 9 min mile, 30 push-ups. Lacking energy, glad it's over.

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Lunch was kind of too early for me, so I ended up not eating any of those chickpeas or the avocado. It just looked unappetizing as soon as I sat down to eat.

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So I replaced the chickpeas and avocado with a baked quest bar because…who wouldn’t?

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And I tried to take a decent picture of my dinner, but it was rainy outside and the lighting just sucked…so yeah, this is what you get stuck with.

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Organic Whole Wheat pasta, meat sauce, lots of fresh basil, and baked parmesan artichokes!

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Alright, you guys! That’s about it!

Question timeeeee:

  • What did you have for breakfast yesterday?
  • What do you like eating with your pasta?
  • What was your workout yesterday?

Peanut Butter Protein Energy Balls

Hey friends!

So, it definitely feels like Sunday and not Saturday! Anyone with me here? Also, I hope you all had a great July 4th!

Anyway, before I head out on a run, I wanted to pop in and share with you my protein energy balls recipe that I made on Thursday and you might have saw the picture on instagram

Vega One Peanutbutter Energy Balls

Even butterflies like them!

Okay, that was super lame. Sorry.

These energy balls are great for post workout recovery

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To take on the go…

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And to share! My sister and I refueled with one yesterday after our 6 mile run/bike ride!

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As soon as she bit into the energy ball, she said they were delicious! HIGH FIVE for having taste testers around!

So, I guess what I’m saying here, is that these might rock your socks off if you like peanut butter and maple syrup. I’m in the process of making more of these today so I won’t run out! I wouldn’t share this with you if I didn’t think it was worth it, but it so is! YUM

Alright, let’s move on to the recipe, shall we?

Vega One Protein Energy Balls Recipe

Directions:

  • First, pulse the pecan halves until its created a pecan flour.
  • In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together.
  • Like the picture down below, once it is all mixed, form balls by taking a tablespoon to 2 tablespoons of the mixture and rolling together until it’s taken its form.
  • You can roll these energy balls in crushed up granola or cereal to add a crunch on the outside, if you wish.
  • If not, go ahead and line them up on aluminum foil (on a plate) and place in the freezer for 20 minutes-30 minutes then take out and leave in the refrigerator overnight or at least 5 hours.

NOTE: My gluten free mixture consisted of: A little ground flax seed, brown rice flour, & oat flour. I always have this mixture on hand. I used 3 TBSP of it for this recipe.

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Because I left these in the refrigerator before I ate one, they didn’t fall apart or anything. I don’t know how they would do if I only left them in the refrigerator for an hour or two.

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Let me know if you try these out! Also, did you check out my Homemade Trail Mix Granola recipe?

Questions:

  • What did you do for the July 4th?
  • Does it feel like Sunday to you?
  • What do you have planned this weekend?
  • I’m starting Half Marathon Training once again, would you like to see my week to week training and fuel?