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Blueberry Muffin and Carrot Cake Larabars

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!

Lemon Body Butter Review + Video πŸ‹

I had the wonderful pleasure of being one of the first to try some new body butter made by Honey Punny!

First let me say that this post is not sponsored – I purchased this myself and even chose the lemon scent too! πŸ‹

So with that being said, I have to say that I really love this body butter.

It’s really, really smooth, thanks to the mixture of coconut oil, cocoa butter and Shea butter. It glides on so smoothly! It’s amazing.

The lemon scent is super fresh and crisp. And long lasting – I used some hours ago and I can still smell it on my skin.

And, that’s not all. As a gift, the creator of Honey Punny, Kishawna, also included some free samples – a couple of bath bomb and some Vicks Vapor Rub Crystals. They are both well crafted as well. Check out a full review of these products below:  

BUY BODY BUTTER HERE: https://easylightsources.org/honey-punny/

Review: Pomegranate Glazed SAHALE Snacks

Shopping in the food section of CVS Pharmacy reminded me of being in a convenience store looking for snacks.

There were cookies and wine, boxed meals and stuff you can just-add-water to and microwave. Even a refrigerated section was there too.

I was looking for the healthy, low-sugar snack options, as per usual.

Luckily, I came across these glazed nuts from the Sahale Snacks brand. They are available for $1.50 a pack. Worth it!

I love these things! I was sharing with Legendary Khalifah but I ate most of them on my own!

The Red pack are full of cashews with a pomegranate vanilla glaze. They also had pieces of candied fruit in the mix. So delicious.

The glaze on them is generous and flavourful. And sweet. The vanilla scent comes through very fragrantly, like an essence almost.

They taste really classy. I enjoyed the eating experience of these.

If only there were more in the pack lol

The second flavor I had to try were also pomegranate glaze flavored, only this time with pistachios and cashews.

Again, these were super tasty but they also had a flavorful twist that surprised me!

Some bites were kind of spicy!

I looked in the ingredient list for something peppery or maybe ginger but all it said were “spices”.

No complaints, I enjoy spicy food (especially sweet and spicy!)

If I had to choose a favorite flavor, I’d go with the green pistachio ones because of the spicy element. The pistachios were also good.

Conclusion:

While I don’t normally shop in CVS for food, it now seems that I have a reason to specifically go into the store to buy more of these!

This pomegranate glaze nuts are a winner for me!

The (Amazing!) Planetary Health Diet

Around Easy Light Sources, we say this a lot : The Earth has everything we need to be healthy and healed.

As human beings, we talk about ourselves a lot… And a majority of us see things from our perspective pretty much exclusively.

However, from the Earth’s perspective, the same quote applies to the health of Planet Earth.

Planet Earth has everything that it/she needs to be healthy and healed. But the practices and industries that human beings have created make it harder for the Earth to heal itself.

Things like factory farming and cutting down trees are violent energies that a lot of people have become desensitized to.

But those are the things that are destroying the Planet.

We all have a choice: help to heal the World OR stay on the same track that you’ve been on, eating the same unhealthy things that you’ve been eating forever and continuing to be addicted to it.

Whatever attachments people have to meat, sugar, and dairy – it doesn’t matter. The Earth is having a harder time to sustain itself as the violence to the Earth, ocean, and the atmosphere continues.

The word violence here is very appropriate. Anyone who thinks it’s too drastic to say that only perpetuates that desensitization is embedded in Earth culture.

Not meaning to get too fussy but it’s important to highlight the importance of giving caring energy to the Earth.

If you care at all about:

  1. The Health of Future Generations – (Not just the Earth that our children will inherit but the dietary habits as well. Childhood addiction to sugar is how you start your child down a path that is hard to break. And yes, meaty products are “tasty” but they’re also addicting. Teach babies that strawberries (and other fruits) taste good and they’ll be on a healthier path for life. Learn how to cook and season vegetables and it won’t be hard to eat them.)
  2. The Oceans – ( they are getting to hot and acidic and nautical habitats are dying. And over harvesting creating dead zones all over the natural world under the sea.)
  3. The Trees (Amazon Rainforests continue to be cut down for mass farming. And seriously, IS THERE ANY RAINFOREST LEFT AT THIS POINT?? Somebody go and take a picture because I need to see something.)
  4. The Planetary Water Supply (Harvesting animals uses sooo much fresh water. After all this time (70+ years), the Earth is having a hard time maintaining the balance. Especially with trees being torn down. Trees help to maintain balance on the surface of the Earth and below. Is the meat and dairy industry so dumb that they don’t understand the importance of trees, or do they just not care? The answer: they don’t care.)
  5. The Animals – (Everyone agrees that murder, rape, manipulation, and separating a mom and baby are terrible acts for someone to go through. But that happens to thousands of animals every day. Why is it okay to rape animals? That’s not fair. It happens all the time. Desensitization.)

Okay, this is Easy Light Sources so let’s lighten it up!

The good news? It’s EASY to help the environment!!!

You probably think I’m going to say GO VEGAN because of the mass amount of vegan propaganda but I’m not going there. I don’t even call myself a vegan.

Want to help Planet Earth? Stop eating so many animals and animal products. Stop consuming so much sugar, too! THAT’S IT.

In the case of sugar, make a choice to eat smaller amounts of it. Sugar is in almost everything and in high amounts. It takes effort to be healthy. But laziness has never been very rewarding anyway.

For meat, eat less of it. Make a conscious effort to take a day or a few days and just not eat animals. It’s really not that hard, ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THE VEGETARIAN MEAT AND CHEESE SUBSTITUTES OUT THERE.

Technically, cheese is already vegetarian but you know what I mean. Mother cows are raped for that extra sharp cheddar cheese, too.

It all comes down to better choices. Let’s do it for the Planet!

Here’s an article on why sugar is bad.

And here’s a video about the Planetary Health Diet! https://youtu.be/G0JMZWgmA_o