Say hello to my new addiction:
I am fully aware that these have the nutritional value of air, but that’s healthier than copious handfuls of BBQ Lays, so I feel better about myself when I eat them. Chips, I’ve decided, are my Achilles heel when it comes to junk food. Put them in front of me and I will DEVOUR them.
By the way, the copious handfuls of BBQ Lays is a true story – I enjoyed those handfuls alongside a delicious, campfire-cooked bratwurst. And the delicious, campfire-cooked bratwurst was topped with a bodacious amount of sauerkraut and mustard. So. Good.
Apparently Kayla and I were the only sophisticated campers out of the bunch – the others were repulsed by the sauerkraut and proceeded to eat naked brats. Their loss, right?
And no camping trip can be complete without a s’more (or three, if you’re cool like me (which no one else was – I am the s’mores CHAMP)). Stupid pictures are also appreciated:
Camping also gave me a convenient opportunity to try some new bars. First up = Kashi Pumpkin Pie bar.
I liked this bar, but I have to admit, the spices were very strong. It had a very intense cinnamon and nutmeg flavor that could easily be overbearing if you’re, oh I don’t know, carsick from reading Shape magazine during a ride up a mountain. It’s a pretty small bar, too. I think I would have rather had more bar and less “icing,” to be honest. Overall, I’d give this bar a B+.
Next, Kashi’s Dark Mocha Almond:
I LOVE this bar. The mocha flavor is just intense enough and there are lots of chocolate chips. The almonds give a nice crunch and some substance to the bar. These bars are longer than the pumpkin pie ones, but they still don’t pack a HUGE punch when trying to quiet a growling stomach. These bars are definitely more filling than the Quaker Chewy bars – it’s a shame they’re 2 bucks more a box, though. Dark Mocha Almond bars get an A+.
Bar number three = Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter CLIF bar
This bar was very tasty – it’s probably my second favorite, behind Blueberry Crisp. I’m still on the fence with CLIF bars overall, though. Sometimes they taste kind of fake – I’d like to know if they’re actually healthy or if it’s just junk hiding under an “organic” stamp. Anyways, junk or not, this bar was really filling – I had it as part of my camper’s breakfast and it easily helped hold me over until lunch. Overall, an A-.
And finally, the Chocolate Brownie CLIF bar.
Meh. This bar tasted chocolate-y, but had a weird, gritty texture that I didn’t really like. It tasted a lot better after heating it in the microwave for 8 seconds, but honestly, I’d rather just have a real brownie. If I had to choose between a CLIF bar and a LARA bar, I’d pick the LARA bar any day of the week, unless it was like, tropical fruit flavor or something. I love the ingredient lists on LARA bars along with the fact that they taste real. Overall, a B.
WOOHOO bar reviews! Are you a barwhore like me? Which brand/flavor is your favorite??
In other news, I started (finally) Grapes of Wrath. I LOVE the way John Steinbeck writes – he creates such powerful imagery with his descriptions and he seems incredibly inspired by landscapes and nature in the West (obviously). East of Eden is one of my favorite books, so I have high hopes for Grapes of Wrath.
Well, I’m off to eat at The Grit. Next post will be a restaurant review and recipe for making tempeh delicious…and here’s the kicker – I MADE IT UP MYSELF! Ego boost for Sara!