Here’s another point that goes toward 7-Eleven being the best convenience store ever. Actually, we can give them 4 points – one for each flavor of these macaron cookies.Continue reading 7-Eleven French Macarons Review!
Larabars are one of the original “simple ingredient and vegan” food bars. We can’t really call these a protein bar, although Larabar does make those now.
These are solid food bars. The main ingredient tends heavily to be dates.
You know dates.. the somewhat sticky and moisture-less fruit with a seed in it. Larabars and raw/vegan pie crusts are generally the only way that I’ll eat dates. On their own, they are not my style. In desserts and natural smoothies, I can get down with them all day.
Larabars also have some kind of nuts in them as well. Usually cashews or almonds. Sometimes walnuts if we’re lucky!
Today, let’s talk about two different and tasty? flavors of Larabar!
First, the Carrot Cake.
There are real carrots in these and it’s in a good way. Carrots, being already naturally sweet, add depth to the dates that are also used.
the texture of these bars are soft, too. Softer than usual maybe. It’s all in a good way though.
The Blueberry Muffin was a little more interesting, texture wise. The almonds used added a crunch to the bars.
This blueberry bar was also more.. dry? than the carrot cake. It’s not that it was crumbly, but there was a lack of moisture.
And, that’s what makes the difference as far as which one I am likely to re-purchase again.
Because flavor-wise, they are both delicious. I enjoyed both and I’d eat either one again.
But if I had to choose, I’d go with the carrot cake flavor.
I mean, I really like carrot cake. And the texture is more like what actual carrot cake is, moist and dessert level sweetness.
The blueberry muffin bars were tasty but as far as my understanding goes, I don’t recall there being chunks of almonds in a baked muffin.
Anyway, as a side note I’d like to give a shout out to my all time favorite Larabar flavor – Pineapple Upside Down Cake! Yummm, too back they’re not sold or available anywhere near me.
Anyway, thanks for reading!
It’s easy to see why “Drink Water” is solid advice:
Our bodies are mostly water!
So if you’re feeling less than your best, the first question to ask can be “Have I been drinking enough water?”
Chances are, you haven’t. That’s okay, the good thing is that you can change up the energy and lighten up your current life experience by consuming a fresh glass of water. Yes, it really works! But, all water available is not equal. Check out this video to see the 6 Different Types!:
Man, I was excited when I saw this in a local convenience store.
There was NO WAY I could pass an Almond Milk Starbucks drink without giving it a try!
I love coffee!
& I used to love these Starbucks drinks! My sister would buy them for me and I enjoyed every drop.
As I became more health conscious, dairy milk disappeared from my diet.
And these pre-made drinks disappeared too.
Taste: Sweet and creamy. They taste just like the dairy ones. I wish there were more flavors to choose from.
Would I re-purchase? Hmmm let me see how much energy I gain and I’ll get back to you 😉
*Update: Yesss, Caffeine! ⚡️
On the health side, there are weird ingredients that the cleanest eaters may be wary of… Like cellulose gel.
However for me, I don’t really mind at this time 🙂
Will you try one?
I love ice cream. Hands down, it’s my favorite dessert (followed by pie!). The only reason I don’t eat it every day is because it is generally unhealthy.
All of the Non-Dairy options that have become available in recent years bring joy to a lover like me!
Of course, I still check ingredients and sugar content but the fact that vegan options are vegan automatically bring joy to my heart.
But this post is not about me, it’s about the ice cream brands that I recently tried: So Delicious, Halo Top and Häagen-Dazs.
They are all delicious so they are not ranked from best to worse, per sé…. Although I did save the best for last.
So Delicious – Dark Chocolate Truffle with Cashewmilk
Chocolate! This one was good; nice flavor and it had pieces of chocolate flakes in it. I went back for seconds!
But it was hard and it took a while to be scoop-able.
I would not describe this as being “creamy.”
Would I buy it again? No. Not because of the flavor but because there are just too many flavors that I haven’t tried yet. However, if someone told me to specifically pick up some chocolate ice cream then yes, I would get this one.
Halo Top – Caramel Macchiato
I anticipated this having a coffee flavor. It did not taste like coffee. But, it is still alright.
For some reason, I didn’t finish my serving of this. I did like it, it was sweet and more creamy than the chocolate ice cream.
Halo Top has the reputation of being healthy and low calorie. Halo Top enthusiasts know what they’re getting into.
But, Non-Dairy newbies who want something as close to dairy ice cream as possible? Reach for the Häagen-Dazs.
Häagen-Dazs – Coconut Caramel
I have found the love of my non-dairy life. This one is so sweet and so creamy.
This flavor is also so coconutty that my son Legendary Khalifah didn’t like it. I was secretly happy about that because it meant more for me!
This was the smallest container..
This one, I’d day, is the least healthy.
The decadent taste is worth it. I’d really like to try other flavors of this. It’s about $4 for one container and it’s not easy to share with a house full of people.
Side note, I looked in Food Lion for the dairy free Breyer’s and I didn’t see that either, which made me sad because they make family size containers.
Anyway, Häagen-Dazs reigns supreme on flavor but it also has the most sugar and fat. Which takes me back to what I said in the beginning – the best ice cream is just too unhealthy to eat every day.
But the second bests- Halo Top and So Delicious are lite enough that they don’t make you feel very guilty to indulge.
Leeks were an impulsive buy yesterday.
And then I decided to make soup when I got home.
An hour later, the leek soup was ready to eat.
Most times, soup takes a significant time to cook into something tasty. Texture wise, time is a friend to soup. Cooking over a length of time gives time for the ingredients to break down and meld with the flavors. These things make a tasty broth.
However, I had a tasty, filling soup in a short amount of time. How?
We have leeks to thank for that! Leeks cook down quickly and infuse their onion-y flavor.
Leeks are like green onions, just way bigger. Inside each stalk, there are numerous layers. They grow in sand and dirt and all that debris gets nestled between the layers.
The best way to clean the grit out is by slicing them and then soaking in a lot of cold water. The grit falls to the bottom.
While in the water, I manually separated the leek layers to allow the dirt to fall away. Some of the grit required me to actually rub it off.
There will be a lot of sand at the bottom of the bowl after you do this. Don’t make the mistake and dump the whole thing at once! (The dirt will go back onto the leeks.) Instead, use your hands and lift the leeks out of the water.
Anyway, as the leeks were soaking, I sauteed an onion in some oil. While that was cooking, I cleaned these golden babes:
Gold potatoes are my absolute favorite.
After adding some water to the onions, I added a shake of dill seeds and added the chopped potatoes too.
After that began boiling, I added the clean, sliced leeks to the pot, along with a little more water. I didn’t want the soup to be watery, I wanted a broth. It was thick while everything cooked.
I put the lid partially on top of the pot and let it cook for about 20 minutes.
Then, the seasonings came into play:
Not too much pepper was added as Young Legendary complains when there is too much spice. Sea salt was also added.
And then, everything was smelling good and the potatoes cooked fast. Next, I was eating a bowl of this gold soup.
With no doubts, this is one of the tastiest things I’ve made so far in 2019 🙂
Thank you for reading!