So does your new year’s resolution involve hitting the gym, the treadmill or the streets? Are you looking for a quick snack that will give you a hit of energy to tide you over until your next meal? It might be time to check out Larabars.
My husband and I have been fans of these snack bars made out of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices for a while. They’re a staple purchase on any trip to Costco, and we tend to battle to get to our favourite flavours first (more on that later). I like to eat one late morning if I’m doing a run on my lunch hour. My husband uses them as a snack after work if he’s running between hockey arenas before getting home to dinner.
What’s incredible is that these bars are 100% whole food, and each flavour contains no more than eight ingredients. Larabars are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan and kosher. The only people I can imagine who would have issues with these bars are my kids. I’ve tried to get them to munch on one before an activity, but perhaps they’re an acquired taste because neither one of my sons could get an entire bar down. It’s not so much the flavours that they don’t like, but the consistency; the bars are a little dry and go down better with some water.
Now for those flavours; if you manage to track some Larabars down (and you can find them at health food stores, some grocery stores and Costco) dig into the Cashew Cookie. It’s my personal favourite. My husband’s partial to Key Lime Pie. I’m searching for the newest flavours launched last year, which include Tropical Fruit Tart and German Chocolate Cake.
As for the name, the recipe for Larabars was developed about nine years ago by the company’s founder, Lara. She tried to come up with a cool marketable name, but people kept asking for Lara’s Bars, and so the name stuck.