For not really being that much of a “bar person,” I sure have a lot of bars in my pantry….
The KIND company is pretty kind to me, indeed.
I’d usually rather “make” something for a snack- but sometimes it’s just easier to grab a bar when you’re on the run. And If I’m going to grab something, I’d like to know that it doesn’t contain scary ingredients, tons of sugar, or things that I can’t pronounce.
Recently, two other companies sent me a few different bars to try out- and I happily obliged. I’m pretty sure that all but one of them was either split with Greg or Brie before/during a hike, so that I could get their opinion as well.
First up: Two Degrees bars.
They sent me all four flavors to try. I had tried the chocolate banana variety a while back, and loved it, so I was excited to try out the other flavors. And I’m happy to report- they are all delicious! Though I still think that the chocolate banana is the best, the cherry almond may be a close second.
I also really love what the company stands for and their mission. For every bar you buy, they donate a meal to a hungry child. They are a grassroots company that is definitely doing great things, and I’m happy to support them!
Next up, Luna Protein bars.
I received this package of four different flavors- which included all except the chocolate cherry almond (which was actually the flavor that I was most looking forward to trying!). I went for the mint chocolate one first- and had half of it before teaching Bodypump and Spinning one day last week, and saved the other half to eat right after class. It was really tasty (like a candy bar!)- but a bit too rich to have before a workout, but was really great after.
Greg and I shared the chocolate peanut butter flavor during our early morning hike on Saturday, and that was the perfect amount of fuel, since we weren’t planning on having breakfast until later. I didn’t like that flavor as much as the mint- but it was still really good. Greg liked it a lot.
I haven’t tried the other two flavors yet, but I am pretty sure that they will be just as good. The bars have 12 grams of protein and all are under 200 calories. They have a little more sugar than I would like, but other than that I can’t complain.
Ever since I made Irish Nachos last week, I am obsessed with making potato chips! Who knew it was so easy? I now know why all of my attempts to bake them on a pan kept turning out way too soggy or completely burnt- because the secret it to use a wire baking rack!
I slice them thin and bake them for about 10-12 minutes at 400˚ (the time could vary depending on how thick you cut the chips). I’ve been making the chips for Greg for lunch every day, which makes for a very happy husband.
Yesterday I slice a small Yukon Gold potato and drizzled some truffle oil over it with some smoked sea salt before baking. I also sliced up some sweet potato, which was just cooked with a little olive oil spray and sea salt.
Why ever buy chips in a bag again?
Have a terrific Tuesday!
Are you a “bar” person? What’s your favorite? Have you ever made your own potato chips?