Remember the other day, when I was super excited because I bought Larabars, and I’d never seen them here before? Katie over at Healthy and Happy Hour (great blog; check it out) read that post. Know where Katie works? That’s right: at the company that makes Larabars. She forwarded my info to her colleague, and they totally hooked me up! I came home yesterday and found this on my doorstep:
Blurry picture, but…best mail day ever. I thought about doing a giveaway because that’s what the good bloggers do, but then I realized that a giveaway would mean sharing my Larabars. Maybe some other time.
They also included a request form for my local grocer. You’d better believe that the Wal-Mart manager is getting that sucker ASAP.
Why I’m so Larabar-obsessed? Let’s look at the carrot cake flavor, because that’s the one that I’m currently shoving down my gullet. (I didn’t know there was a carrot cake flavor until yesterday. Spoiler alert: It’s delicious). Here are its ingredients: Dates, almonds, walnuts, raisins, pineapple, unsweetened coconut, carrots, cinnamon, extra virgin coconut oil. Anything on that list you don’t recognize? Nope, I didn’t think so.
For comparison, here are the ingredient lists of a few other popular granola bars:
Nature Valley Trail Mix Fruit & Nut Bars: whole grain oats, high maltose corn syrup, raisins, almonds, roasted peanuts, sugar, rice flour, chicory root extract, fructose, cranberries, canola oil, maltodextrin, vegetable glycerin, soy lecithin, salt, barley malt extract, baking soda, natural flavor, mixed tocopherols (source)
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars (Chocolate Chip): granola (whole grain rolled oats, brown sugar, crisp rice [rice flour, sugar, salt, malted barley extract], whole grain rolled wheat, soybean oil, dried coconut, whole wheat flour, sodium bicarbonate, soy lecithin, caramel color, nonfat dry milk), semisweet chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), corn syrup, brown rice crisp (whole grain brown rice, sugar, malted barley flour, salt), invert sugar, sugar, corn syrup solids, glycerin, soybean oil. Contains 2% or less of sorbitol, calcium carbonate, salt, water, soy lecithin, molasses, natural and artificial flavor, BHT (preservative), citric acid (source)
Fiber One 90 Calorie Chewy Bars (Chocolate): chicory root extract, rice flour, whole grain oats, sugar, corn syrup, semi-sweet chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor processed with alkali, milkfat, soy lecithin, natural flavor), honey, puffed wheat, glycerin, palm kernel oil, cocoa processed with alkali, canola oil, maltodextrin, soy lecithin, salt, natural flavor, malt extract, fructose, cellulose gum, milk, baking soda, caramel color, mixed tocopherols added to retain freshness (source)
And just for fairness, since I used two other chocolate examples, here are the ingredients from Larabar’s Chocolate Chip Brownie flavor: dates, Fair-Trade Certified chocolate chips (unsweetened chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla), almonds, walnuts, cocoa powder, sea salt.
Which list of ingredients would you rather put in your body? I choose the pronounceable ones that don’t take up half a page and that I actually have in my own pantry.
Since they’re made of all-natural, real ingredients, the nutrition profile of Larabars looks pretty dang good, too. Back to the carrot cake flavor:
Calories: 190 Fat: 8 g (2 g saturated, 0 g trans) Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 15 mg Potassium: 140 mg Carbs: 32 g (great addition to my plan to eat more carbs) Fiber: 4 g Protein: 3g
I don’t think anyone can complain about those stats!
Other Sweet Facts About Larabar:
- It’s a Colorado company. The founder came up with the idea for Larabars on a hike.
- The wrappers are recyclable!
(image from http://www.larabar.com/programs/terracycle)
- They are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, non-GMO, vegan, and kosher. Basically, unless you have a nut allergy, you can eat these.
- Just in case you haven’t figured this out…THEY’RE FLIPPIN’ DELICIOUS. And filling. Definitely a staple while I’m marathon training and constantly ravenous.
And that is the end of my Larabar online lovefest. And of my carrot cake Larabar.
Do you like Larabars? If not, we probably can’t be friends anymore.
Local folks: If Wal-Mart keeps stocking them, would you buy Larabars? Please say yes. To me and to the Wal-Mart people.
What’s your favorite non-Lara bar?
Katie and her colleague at Larabar sent me these out of the goodness of their hearts. They didn’t ask me to do a blog post, but I wanted to share the Larabar love.