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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!

Review: Vegan Starbucks Coffee Drink with Almond Milk

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.

Until now!

Cost: $2.99

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

*Update: Yesss, Caffeine! โšก๏ธ

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Will you try one?

The Best Non-Dairy Ice Cream

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 Hรคagen-Dazs.

They are all delicious so they are not ranked from best to worse, per sรฉ…. 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 Hรคagen-Dazs.

Hรคagen-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, Hรคagen-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.

Top 10 ways to Mindful Eating!

Conscious eating is the key to getting the most benefit from your meals! Here are 10 tips to help:

  1. Look at your food. Take a moment to appreciate the colors of your plate.
  2. Be aware of your eating style. If you typically rush through your meals then maybe some changes to that are in the near future.
  3. Avoid mindless eating triggers like eating while playing games, watching TV, or driving.
  4. Find a peaceful environment to eat in. Stressed eating is a bad idea.
  5. Eat a wide range of colorful foods! Eating a range of foods will also ensure that you’re getting the most nutrients possible.
  6. Be aware of how you’re feeling and emotions.
  7. Accept your meal and don’t judge yourself too harshly for unhealthy foods. However, if you are saying “I shouldn’t be eating this” then listen to yourself and stop eating it ๐Ÿ™‚
  8. Consume positive energy as you eat, such as a positive television show or uplifting book or music.
  9. Prepare foods with love and care.
  10. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to avoid over eating.

Thanks for reading!

Hear me talk about a few here!

Is Quorn Good? (Product review!)

Quorn veggie food products are meal staples for lots of vegetarians. They now also have no-egg foods available so vegans can also get in on the action ๐Ÿ™‚

There are over ten tasty products available by Quorn. I’m going to go over these four today and then update this post as I try the rest!

Quorn is definitely plant based as the key protein source used here is called Mycoprotein – a single-cell organism sort of like fungi. There are articles that suggest it’s a type of mold. One of the things that make this type of protein unique is the texture. The way the proteins grow make for a tender mouth-feel, as opposed to soy which had spun proteins that produce a distinct ‘chew’.

According to the food package, some people have adverse allergy-type reactions when they consume Mycoprotein.

In my house, we’re not allergic and we enjoy these products as a cool alternative to soy-based veggie burgers etc.

Being less familiar with their vegan foods, I couldn’t wait to try these spicy chik’n patties.

Upon tasting I found out that they are not very spicy. They also are a little dry, I needed extra ketchup. And they’re small in diameter as well.

Would I buy again? Sure, if I needed a chik’n product this were the only one available ๐Ÿ™‚

Next, these grounds:

This is good for all types of things! We like tacos around here and this is what we commonly use for the “meat”.

Grounds are also tasty for hamburger helper type of meals as well as pasta and chili ๐ŸŒถ๏ธ That reminds me, I make a great Chipotle chili! I should do that again soon hmmmm…

Now, what about these?

I recently tasted a stir-fry made with these and it was wonderful. The application for these are pretty universal, honestly. They’re great in pot pies and casseroles. Good for those times when meat eaters and vegans share a meal together.

Asian spices go really well too. Hellooo sweet chili oil!

Last up:

Yup, my plant-based son Legendary loves these. It’s nice to be able to give him a popular food that is not made with the popular crappy ingredients.

Good to go! I will update this post as need-be ๐Ÿ™‚

Update: new packaging spotted!