Bars, Bars, Bars

Bars are a runner/blogger/anybody health conscious’ best friends, aren’t they? There was some serious bar lovin’ yesterday on my part. Normally, I really hate leaving a dirty dorm room. Yesterday, I had time to make my bed and clean my dishes and still be at class on rime. Or I could screw all that and get coffee and be at class on time. I chose the second option. The not-so-fun part was doing it all when I got back on my lunch hour while catching up on emails. The fun part was that I got mail when I got coffee.

Nugo Bars

Nugo Bars

Nugo Bars. I won these in a contest, so I’m not going to feel the same pressure to write reviews for them the way I would if they were from the company. But if any of them really stand out, good or bad, I’ll give you the 411. I read my emails; apparently ya’ll do a lot of blog commenting after I’ve gone to sleep, you night-owls. That or a lot of people just live on the west coast. Before going off to class I needed to make a lunch.

Italian Veggies, Maple Mustard Tofu

Italian Veggies, Maple Mustard Tofu

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Maple Nut Clif Bar

“Make” is an interesting word here since this is probably the least effort I’ve (had) to put into a meal. The veggies were straight from the dining hall, so all I had to do was toss tofu with mustard and maple syrup. I really like this tofu I picked up(read: had my parents buy me) more than the one they serve at the dining hall. It’s softer and just tastes fresher. Even though it’s one of those things I *could* get for free, I think I’ll start paying for my own ‘fu. And the Maple Nut clif bar was just the perfect thing to get me through my next two classes.

Don’t you hate it when a teacher or anyone is awkward and they just don’t stop? My Epic Poetry teacher made a joke about nymphs stealing young boys with their lust(it was relavent to what we’re reading) and wouldn’t stop “warning” us to watch out. For 5 minutes. Really? I think I’ll be set walking to Eastside Market from the nymphs. After that class, I had another package waiting for me.

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Larabars

More bars! I feel so behind in the blogosphere: I actually haven’t eaten more than 1 or 2 of these, ever! I’ve made my own, but not had the original, so I was excited when they sent these 4 flavors to sample and review. I’m really pumped to try the PB&J one, of course. I met with my advisor to talk about classes next semester. It looks like I’ll be following up on my History and Greek classes, taking a Latin translation course, and then a 4th literary course outside my concentration that I’ll take Pass/Fail so it’s not so much of a pressuring course. That being said, I actually need to find said classes being offered, so I’m not entirely sure what I’ll really be taking. When I got back to my dorm, the afternoon had practically gone by and I was starving.

Carrot Muffin Bottom Yogurt With SB PB, Deep Chocolate Vitatop With Cream Cheese

Carrot Muffin Bottom Yogurt With SB PB, Deep Chocolate Vitatop With Cream Cheese

No bars here. I feel bad eating bars when I’m in my dorm room and could be eating “real” food, even though most of the bars I have are made with simple ingredients. I love the cream cheese and vitatop combo–perfect savory sweet. And normally my muffin bottom yogurt tastes more like carrot cake but this time it just wasn’t happening :-( Maybe it needed more cinnamon? Or just a fresher muffin. I was still decently hungry after this and needed more.

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Oatmeal With Sunland Banana Peanut Butter And PB&Co. Mighty Maple

I couldn’t decide between banana peanut butter, or maple peanut butter. Silly me–together the two are tastier than the 1! These worked so well together for some nice sweet oats. After this I was quite satiated, enough so to realize how little I’d accomplished for the afternoon. Ugh. I made the decision then to stay in for the night and hopefully get stuff done, starting with sharpening 5 pencils, putting on some PJ’s, and thinking “if only I owned a snuggie right now…”. I ended up having a late-ish dinner, which usually happens when I fend for myself.

Broccoli, Acorn Squash, Zesty Lemon Tempeh

Broccoli, Acorn Squash, Zesty Lemon Tempeh

This was the last of the Lightlife tempehtations I had to review. And boy did I enjoy it! I think all the flavor that was lacking in the other two wound up in this one, because it really was zesty. All that garlic flavor really pleased my Italian heart. Similarly, the acorn squash from under my bed(because that’s where all acorn squashes grow) tasted delicious as well.

I didn’t really care for Heroes last night. Let’s face it; it was a clip show. A clip show with a unique plot twist, but a clip show nonetheless. I translated Horace’s 10th and 11th ode. I’m sure you all know the phrase carpe diem but did you know that’s from the last line of his 11th ode and the full phrase is carpe diem quam minimum credula postero? I bet you didn’t (want to) know that. What you will want to know is how I made the most amazing yogurt mess clean.

 

Gourmet Organic Chocolate Cherry Oikos

Gourmet Organic Chocolate Cherry Oikos

 

I can’t call this a mess; it was too crisp and clean. And gourmet is definitely the right word. I took a plain Oikos and fruit sweetened it myself with a tablespoon cherry butter(American Spoon), vanilla stevia, and some vanilla infused sugar from the Dedham Whole Foods. Then I topped that with the dried cherries from WF the bulk bin and 3 squares of the Green & Black organic Dark Chocolate Cherry bar my mom gave me for Halloween. Oh my God. This redefined dessert in my book. There was tart, sweet, bitter, creamy, crunchy, smooth, and chewy all in the same bowl. Creativity like this is the best reason to opt for plain yogurt.

English Muffin With Pumpkin Butter And Chocolate Chips And Mighty Maple

English Muffin With Pumpkin Butter And Chocolate Chips And Mighty Maple

After seeing this sammie on The Inner Workings Of A College Graduate so many times, I knew I needed to try it. That, and I needed an excuse not to just eat chocolate chips out of the bag :-) This was really good! I ate it open faced, because that’s how I have every sandwich(not just PB&J’s, but everything save burgers), but I loved how the flavors still managed to find each other. It kind of bums me out TJ pumpkin butter isn’t vegan :-( Is it just me, or does maple syrup make more sense to sweeten pumpkin butter with anyway? Maybe we can make a motion for that for next season. Unfortunately, what this didn’t do was hit my chocolate chip tooth.

 

November 2nd 020

Whole Wheat Bread With Cream Cheese, Vanilla Bean Sugar, And Chocolate Chips

I like to think I made the healthy choice by having this with whole wheat bread and cream cheese, a source of calcium. I also like to think cream cheese is a source of calcium, that princess Di is still alive somewhere, and that the moon is made of cheese. Anyway, this was good and the non-melted chocolate chips totally hit the spot.

When I got up this morning, nothing felt like a labor of love; everything just felt like labor. I couldn’t diagnose if I was hungry, or tired, or mad the sun got its butt out of bed before me, or what. I had a shorter run planned anyway, so I decided to just go ahead with it. When I got to the gym, all the TV’s were set so I had the Today sho to watch. Normally I love it but today just seemed like a bunch of yacity-yack. They debated whether the claim “Helps Boost Your Immunity” should be on sugary kids cereal fortified with vitamin A, C, and E. My take? Of course not, because we all know they’d be better off with oatmeal. In actuality though, they definitely have the “right” to put that claim there because those vitamins do help with immunity. It’s just that having 10% more in your bowl of sugar isn’t going to make a difference overall. Well I put up with that crap for 8 miles in 65:03. When I got back I was really apathetic towards food and decided I wanted a meal that would make me feel full.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Honey Maple Peanut Butter And Ginger Walnut Goji Gourmet Cookies

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Honey Maple Peanut Butter And Ginger Walnut Goji Gourmet Cookies

Plain Oikos With Vanilla Sugar And Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar

Plain Oikos With Vanilla Sugar And Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar

Don’t you just love bars? The yogurt became a mess after picture taking, per usual. I decided pumpkin oats are always nice and filling; this bowl had slightly less oatmeal to compensate for the cookie and bar carbage that was also to take place. I wasn’t expecting to love this Goji Gourmet cookie because of my general dislike of walnuts; I hate love it when products prove me wrong. It wasn’t my favorite of the 3 I’ve tried so far, but it was delicious. I just loved biting into whole chunks of ginger :-) Which reminds me I haven’t had a ginger smoothie from the bookstore in too long, but that’s another story. I think the walnuts might have been a little light in these, but I wasn’t complaining.

Today already feels stress free, with no more emails to answer, a short google reading list, and 1 class. Maybe a trip to Whole Foods is in order? I can most definitely study and walk at the same time(unless a tree gets in my way). Stay well!

 

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  1. dee (the apple hill adventurer) 03. Nov, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    i have had the pb and j larabar before, and let me tell ya, it will not dissapoint.

    plain oikos really is the best greek yogurt, isnt it?

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  2. peanutbutterfingers 03. Nov, 2009 at 11:41 am #

    your yogurt-topped-with-chocolate concoction looks pretty dang delicious. i’m behind on the larabar craze too & haven’t tried too many. hope you like ‘em!

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  3. marathonmaiden 03. Nov, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    hmmm i’m not really a bar person. it seems like most ppl either eat lots or little. glad today is seeming stress free so far :)

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  4. StartingHealthy 03. Nov, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    Bars are great, especially when you’re going to be away from any healthy options for several hours. My favorites are probably Clif bars and Odwalla bars.

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  5. Naomi (onefitfoodie) 03. Nov, 2009 at 12:34 pm #

    i read your review on the sunland banana sunbutter and it sounds soo good! a bit high in sugar though :( but I need to get my hands on some!! maybe we can make a trade?! I can send you a jar of cranberry van PB and you can send me a jar of the banana sunbutter?!

    those Nugo bars are good! I have only tried one flavor, they have them in my caf at work so one day I went for one…the trail mix one is great! I did a review on my blog about it!

    YES LOVE BARSSSSS I got that lara pacakge too :)

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    I only have 1 of the banana butters since it’s all I was sent by the company :-( But I’m thinking one of these weekends I can convince my parents into a “road trip” to woburn for some pb! We actually have friends who live there so it’d be a fun trip

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  6. VeggieGirl 03. Nov, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    Hooray for bars! I love Larabars, Pure bars, and the bars from One Lucky Duck in NYC (oneluckyduck.com) :)

    Hope your day and week continue to be stress-free!

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  7. Abby 03. Nov, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    I love Larabars in a pinch, but to be honest, I don’t think you got the best assortment. PBJ is awesome, but the other three were “meh” to me. Apple Pie, Banana, Pecan Pie, PB Cookie…so delicious. I guess you can’t go wrong…

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  8. Tay 03. Nov, 2009 at 1:24 pm #

    Maple nut! I have tried it, but didn’t like that flavor either :-( Just tasted like a sweet Clif bar flavor! just not a fan of them I guess…
    But I love Z-bars (little baby Clifs :-) ). And larabars!

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  9. Graze With Me 03. Nov, 2009 at 1:48 pm #

    I love the cashew cookie and PBJ Larabar – by far my two favorites. I agree about the “real food” vs bar issue but for some reason Larabars are exempt from that for me….

    Clif bars are good too but more like a treat to be saved for Cookie Friday or something. Have a good day!

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  10. MelissaNibbles 03. Nov, 2009 at 2:14 pm #

    Bars are great for on the go, but I’m like you in that I’d rather spend my money on real, whole foods.

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  11. Sara 03. Nov, 2009 at 2:38 pm #

    Hi! I’m a regular reader, but just don’t comment that often! But I thought I should today! I think all of your posts are really well written, and funny! I always laugh at your latin jokes, I took latin from 6th grade until I was a senior in HS. I remember translating Catullus…and all of those awkward moments between my teacher and us! haha great times! And I do know that whole phrase in that 11th ode. ;)

    Have a great Tuesday! :)

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    Thank you. That’s all really sweet to say :-) And I’m glad to hear some readers understand what I’m complaining, err, writing about! Haha.

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  12. Joanna Sutter 03. Nov, 2009 at 3:22 pm #

    The Larabars do rock! Especially when served with a side of coffee. And that chocolate EZ bar on top of greek yogurt looks incredible!

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  13. Devan G Newman 03. Nov, 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    dang. I’d love to hang out with you one day and eat all you eat. SO delicious! Everything looks tastey!
    Have you had PURE bars? so good!

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    I’ve never tried a PURE bar, though I must admit they sound tasty on other blogs :-)

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  14. actorsdiet 03. Nov, 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    i never understood how kath of katheats read and walked at the same time – i can’t imagine studying!!!

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  15. Food-Fitness-FreshAir 03. Nov, 2009 at 7:17 pm #

    I didn’t get seriously into bars until I went backpacking. They are super convenient though and can fill a girls tummy up!

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  16. Michelle 03. Nov, 2009 at 8:04 pm #

    Mmm I love bars. Great idea crumbling a Z-bar into your yogurt!

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  17. Errign 03. Nov, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    I love bars for snackies during class or on the days that I woke up too late to grab anything else. I love Luna, Zbars, and the occasionally Odwalla!

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  18. eatingmachine 04. Nov, 2009 at 1:12 am #

    ahhh awkward teachers. i remember that fun
    it’s extra awkward when you’ve got priests as your profs (catholic college!)

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  19. burpexcuzme 04. Nov, 2009 at 2:32 am #

    Holy cow. That is a lot of bars! I’m not a big fan of them, though. I just prefer real food, and most bars are too sweet for me.

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  20. Ada 04. Nov, 2009 at 7:54 am #

    I can’t wait to see your review of the NuGo bars, they happen to be my favorite but I rarely see them in the blog world.

    Thanks for your b-day wishes, us young-ins gotta represent;)

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  21. Erin 04. Nov, 2009 at 9:14 am #

    So jealous of your bar stash! The Nugo bars look really interesting. Will wait for the reviews, of course ;)

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  22. brandi 04. Nov, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    I LOVE that pb&j bar – it’s good.

    isn’t vanilla sugar the best? I love it.

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