Sunday, December 23, 2012

Paleo, Bars & Holiday Flavors

Food Photo Dump Ahead.

First up, Paleo.

I don't follow a Paleo eating plan, but I can get on board with some of the ideals, and have been trying a couple Paleo recipes here and there. After the delicious almond flour pancakes from Paleoplan.com, I browsed the recipes and bookmarked Gingery Beef Broccoli. I rarely cook beef, so this was a bit out of my comfort zone. To up the ante, my husband was studying with a friend, and I insisted he invite him over for dinner (finals week). Nothing like attempting a new Paleo recipe for non-Paleo eaters.


I was careful to follow the recipe to a tee, and it came out amazing. Although the dish was Paleo, I served it with a choice of basmati rice and quinoa. I imagine this is frowned upon...oh well. 


It was one of those recipes where I was excited for the leftovers...


I imagine that if I ever tried to eat Paleo, coffee would difficult. Almond milk doesn't cut it for me (and the way it separates grosses me out) and coconut milk is okay, but the coconutty flavor is a bit much in the morning. I previously tried the So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk creamer and wasn't impressed, but when I spotted the Original flavor, I decided to give it a try.


This stuff just may be the answer to my very bad Coffeemate habit. I don't know how they manage, but this stuff doesn't even taste like coconut, it just adds the perfect creaminess to my coffee without any of the artificial crap or added sugar.  It's also dairy free and Paleo...kinda a miracle if you ask me. I'm definitely going to be trying this in recipes and baking as a cream alternative. 

Next up, Bars

I don't eat bars regularly, but we always have a selection in our pantry for traveling and school snacks. 

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My husband loves the Trader Joe's 'this fig walks into a bar' and Peanut Butter Chewy Coated & Drizzled Granola Bars and I love the QuestBar in Coconut Cashew.  At any one time, we also have about a dozen random bars floating around. Some are great, some are okay, some taste great but have sub-par nutritionals, and some are just not my taste.


Since the week before we left to Mauritius was especially busy, I ended up grabbed bars several times and decided to try some of the new ones.
thinkThin in Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts- This may be a new favorite. It's crunchy, filling, and has great nutritionals. 10g protein and very low sugar.  
SoyJoy in Cranberry- I received two SoyJoy bars in my December KLUTCHclub box and was a bit weary based on mixed reviews I've read from other blogs. For some reason the word "soy" made me think this bar was going to be moist and dense like a Larabar. It was actually the opposite and very dry and crumbly, almost like a cookie. I actually really liked it and it reminded me of a cranberry scone, but with 12g of sugar and only 4g of protein, I probably wouldn't buy on my own.  It was also a little on the small side and I'm a monster, so it lasted approximately 4.8 seconds when I came home hungry from a 3 hour meeting. 

Finally, Holiday Flavors.  I can't stop with all this American holiday cheer. I had to taste this allusive gingerbread pinkberry.


Honestly, I wasn't impressed. Marketing wins again. 

I've also made a little stash of holiday tea....


I meant to stock up on the Candy Cane Green Tea before I left, but I didn't get the chance. I'm crossing my fingers TJ's will still have some when I get back at the end of December because I need another 2-3 boxes to get me through the next couple cold months. 

What's your favorite bar? 
Anyone else try the gingerbread pinkberry? thoughts?  

5 comments:

meghan said...

I bought the Strawberry walks into a bar when I made a trip to a TJs last week. I wanted to get the candy cane green tea, but they were completely out. So many people made recommendations for it that I was really bummed they didn't have it.

Nicole said...

Pure brand bars are delicious but I've only found them at Whole Foods in cities other than Madison!

Christina said...

I tried the gingerbread pinkberry flavor and I thought it tasted horrible. It had no flavor to it :(. Maybe thats just my taste buds? Have you tried the sugar plum spice Celestial Seasonings flavor? Its so good!

cavewoman diet said...

Many athletes make use of the this diet due to its strong component of protein. Root vegetables other than potatoes and sweet potatoes are the best vegetables to eat. Add a smattering of eggs (since nest robbing was a time honored method for our caveman ancestors to get a nutritional boost), and plenty of fresh fruit, lean meat, nuts, and chicken, and you have it down solidly.

cavewoman diet said...

Many athletes make use of the this diet due to its strong component of protein. Root vegetables other than potatoes

and sweet potatoes are the best vegetables to eat. Add a smattering of eggs (since nest robbing was a time honored

method for our caveman ancestors to get a nutritional boost), and plenty of fresh fruit, lean meat, nuts, and

chicken, and you have it down solidly.

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