As with all things though, there is a new exception to my rule. The Larabar fruit and nut bars! Not all of them though - I find the ones involving any kind of "chocolate" to be very artificial tasting. BUT, the pecan pie bar is da bomb!! It is rather high in calories at 220 so I don't use it as a snack, but more of a meal replacement (I eat 5-6 times a day so it's easy to get bored). I like that it is all natural and it is a great energy boost for that mid-day slump. Just tried the coconut cream pie flavor today and it rocks too. Larabar has this to say about the pecan pie bar:
"Indulgent, oh, yes, but good for you, too. Natural fuel from pecans, dates and almonds will keep you going for hours. What's more, pecans contain more antioxidants than any other nut, with 90% unsaturated, polyunsaturated fat. So sit down and enjoy a healthy Pecan Pie."
And about the coconut:
"What could be more enticing than a slice of Coconut Cream Pie...in a bar? Often maligned as unhealthy, coconut oil is free of transfats and cholesterol. What it does have is 50% lauric acid, known for its health-protecting, anti-viral properties. Almonds contribute one of the best plant sources of fiber and protein. Cashews, full of iron and zinc, can enhance your immune functions. Finally, a Coconut Cream Pie that's good for you!"Photo credit: Larabar
So if for some reason you are behind in your fruit and nut intake, I recommend giving these a try. It's also nice to have some healthier options on hand for when you just feel like grabbing something easy.
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