I’m in need of a break here from studying hardcore for my nursing med surg exam on Monday… and what better way then to take the time to update my blog? 🙂
Yes, this means I found my camera! Silly camera.. hiding at the bottom of my hamper!
As I am a busy on the go nursing student, I find that lately I’m relying a lot on easy on the go snacks and bars to keep me properly nourished. One of my biggest lifesavers have been bars… they’re portable, quick to eat, nutrient dense, and delicious to boot! My favorite bar to eat? Larabars, of course! I have been on a larabar kick lately.. I just can’t seem to get enough of them! My #1 fave flavor has got to be Peanut Butter Cookie, hands down! It’s just chock full of peanut buttery goodness! It is followed closely by the Cashew Cookie flavor, which sublime and subtle flavor has me craving it regularly.
But in order to avoid monotony, I decided to break out of my comfort zone to try two new flavors my store started to offer.
I really really liked the Key Lime Pie flavor! It truly felt like I was eating a slice of Key Lime Pie and I thoroughly enjoyed my quick retreat mt tastebuds took to the tropics. The lime flavor permeated throughout the bar and complemented so well with sweetness of the coconut and dates. Another new fave indeed!
I was intrigued to try the Ginger Snap flavor, since I do enjoy this particular spice, especially during the Fall/Winter seasons, so I was really looking forward to this bar, but when I took my first bite, I was overwhelmed by the strong and potent ginger flavor. Don’t get me wrong, I do like ginger, but I guess I like my ginger to be more subtle than be in the starring role. I suggest this bar only to those who really like a strong ginger flavor. Sadly, this larabar was not for me, though.
My new found love of Larabar had me buying quite a lot of them.. which meant I was spending a bit too much money on them. So, I decided the best way to take care of my Larabar cravings without breaking my bank was… to make my own! I had a ton of nuts in my freezer just waiting to be consumed, so I bought some fresh Medjool dates (don’t bother with anything else!), got out my mini food processor, and started to make my own larbars. Using the larabar ingredient list as my guideline, I made my larabars with 2 tbsp of nuts and 2 chopped and pitted Medjool dates. First, process the nuts. Then add the dates. Process and voila! your very own larabar!
What about taste-wise? Do these homemade larabars live up to the storebought ones? Thanks to larabars wholesome and pure ingredient list, these homemade larabars taste EXACTLY the same as their storebought counterparts!
Which flavors did I decide to make? I decided to keep things simple and just make my top two fave varieties: cashew cookie and peanut butter cookie.
Another bar that I’m really enjoying are Clif Nectar Bars, probably because they are, in essence, larabars. I love how simple their ingredients list is, too, and my current fave is Lemon, Vanilla, & Cashew. Omg.. it is so good guys! Definitely try this flavor if you ever see it! I’ve also tried the new Apple Cinnamon flavor (it has hazelnuts in it!) which I also found to be quite tasty as well.
Is anyone familiar with the Macrobiotic diet? The only time I’ve heard of it was with reference to Madonna, who I heard follows this type of diet. Well, anyway, I saw these macrobiotic bars pop up at my health food store, and when I found out they were vegan and the ingredients list was simple, I decided to give them a try.
Wow, these bars were good, in their own way. They kept me well satiated for at least 5 hours (great for clinical days!) and while they are not as great as Larabars, they provide different nutrients and protein that you won’t usually find in bars. I’d say give these bars a try if you ever find them. I especially recommend the Peanut Protein one, just cause I love anything peanut, haha!
Some random eats I’ve had lately… Vegan with a Vengeance’s Fronch Toast served along SmartLife Bacon. YUM!! This is the BEST FRENCH TOAST recipe EVER! If you haven’t tried it, do so soon!
And I tried tempeh for the first time ever. I had heard that tempeh can be quite bitter, so I did as many other blogger’s advised and boiled it before baking it with Annie’s BBQ sauce. I can now say that I am in love with tempeh! So good and a protein powerhouse to boot!
And I can’t conclude a post without my favorite part of the day.. dessert!
While browsing Katie‘s awesome blog, I stumbled upon her recipe for Vegan Cheezecake, and luckily, I had all of the ingredients on hand. And since Katie’s recipes are always simple yet delicious, I decided to bake my first ever vegan cheezecake. The only substitution I made was that I used Wholly Wholesome’s Spelt Pie Crust cuz that’s what I had on hand. The result?
A slice of vegan heaven!!! Omg, was this so good!! I can only imagine how much better it is with a graham cracker pie crust, but my version was yummy. So much so, my family went back for thirds (and, I did, too), but how could you not? This cheezecake tastes great and is soooo much better for you than its dairy counterpart. Thanks for the amazing recipe, Katie.. as I always say, you are a frickin’ genius!
I’ve also baked a batch of Vive Le Vegan’s Homestyle Chocolate Chip cookies…
And I’ve got to thank Caitlin from See Bride Run for turning me onto to Clif Z bars.. I’ve become obsessed with them as well. My favorite flavor has got to be Blueberry, but I love the Peanut Butter one, too. I did try the Honey Graham flavor (I don’t have a problem with honey consumption), but I found it to be just ok. Maybe they should come out with Agave Cinnamon flavor.. hmm..
And guess what this naughty vegan had for breakfast this morning?
That’s right.. I ate a donut! Not just any donut.. a VEGAN one! Yumo! I hadn’t had a donut in forever.. so you can imagine how ecstatic I was when I found these at my health food store. And guess what? You can order these online! They are so good guys, and way better for you than the ones over at Dunkin Donuts.
Well, this post took me a bit longer than I wanted it to, so I’m gonna go back and hit the books one more time before hitting the sack. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.. ’til next time!