Friday Faves: Lärabars

Food & Pregnancy –

Before I got pregnant, I never really thought about what my relationship with food would be like during pregnancy. If I thought about it at all, it was fleeting and with the impression that I’d just be having cravings and eating more. So far, at 16 weeks pregnant, I’ve deemed that to be mostly false…and that’s surprised me!

For the first two months, I was pretty nauseous and picky. And from what I’ve read, people deal with nausea in two different ways: 1) they don’t eat, or 2) they eat a lot. I was in that latter group, I snacked all the time to cover up the nausea. Nothing ever sounded good, but I didn’t care…beat feeling gross! Not to mention, I’ve always loved snacking.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars

As for meals, Damon and I quickly learned we couldn’t do our usual weekly meal plans anymore, because the meals never sounded good to me when the time arrived…ugh! Which meant a lot of food went to waste, and a lot of “extra” food was purchased. So, we switched to a daily meal plan. Whatever sounded good to me that day was bought the same day. That way, we’d know I’d eat it and it wouldn’t go to waste.

Around the 12th week, my nausea finally eased—hallelujah!—and Damon and I could finally return to our weekly meal plans…what a relief! What I’m surprised about now is that I could care less about snacking…which I used to love (pre-pregnancy), and used as a survival method (early during pregnancy). I guess it’s like what they say: If it ain’t one thing, it’s another!

Box of Larabars

Anyways…I guess I’m just surprised by it all. My preconceived notions about food during pregnancy have yet to come true. But there’s still plenty of time for that to change! Until then, to help up my snack game, I’ve bought a stockpile of my favorite energy bars—Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Lärabars!

Protein Bars, Energy Bars, Granola Bars, Etc. –

Over my lifetime I’ve gone through my fair share of snack bars. Some stuck around in my diet longer than others, and some never made it past the first bite. Either way, bars are generally inexpensive and fun to try out, and always come in handy for a quick bite to eat.

Within the last year or two, Lärabars have become my snack bar of choice. They’re not filled with crumbly oats, or sticky almonds. And they’re not covered in a melty chocolate. Rather, they’re a firm mash-up of fruits and nuts.

I recently bought my favorite flavor—Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough—in bulk from Amazon. The case came with 16 fruit and nut bars, which made the cost for each bar less than a dollar. Much better than buying them individually like I used to!

Opened Larabar

As for nutrition, they’re surprisingly low in calories (210 calories), and high in fiber (3g), protein (4g), iron (10% DV), phosphorous (10% DV), magnesium (15% DV), and copper (20%). However, they do have pretty high sugars (16g) and carbohydrates (28g).

As for the ingredients, I recognize all of them which is always a win! And according to the packaging, Lärabars are made from 100% real food, and are gluten free, vegan, dairy free, kosher, non-GMO, and Fair Trade Certified. So, sounds like the company took their time sourcing quality ingredients.

For the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor, cashews and dates are the first two ingredients listed. And I have to admit, before trying these bars, I already knew I loved cashews…but I wasn’t so sure about dates. Their wrinkly exterior and mushy interior never seemed like a pleasant combination to me…yuck. But I gotta say, mashed up dates with a lot of cashews is pretty delicious! Especially with melty chocolate chips added in—yum!

Tea & Larabar

And if Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough doesn’t spike your interest, here’s a list of other flavors I’ve tried and enjoyed:

Blueberry Muffin
Cashew Cookie
Lemon Bar
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
Pumpkin Pie

So, if you’re in the market for a new snack bar to try, I’d highly recommend Lärabars!

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