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Real food on the go: Larabar

My (grown) son has been biking to school up a big hill. The last part of his trip is an 8% grade (if I calculated right), for about a mile.

He used to walk part of the way. Then one day he announced to us that his bike might need a tune-up, because he can’t use first gear in the front. OMG!

That weekend, mama got some greasy hands, and the kid got, effectively, a new bike. The next week he was biking the whole way.

He noticed that even with a good breakfast, he needs food when he gets there. And even with a good lunch, he needs food before he heads home. So we went off looking for some energy bars. And most of them were made out of all kinds of weird stuff. But then we found… tadaa! Larabars!

According to their website, each flavor has no more than six ingredients. (“Cashew Cookie” has two: dates and cashews.) Check out this ingredients list for the “Ginger Snap” flavor.

  • dates
  • almonds
  • pecans
  • ginger
  • cinnamon
  • cloves

Carbs and Flavor

They’re sweet. No denying it… and that could be good or bad, depending. Ginger snap has 220 Calories, and 19 non-fiber carbs. They provide lots of fuel for my boy’s bike ride.

But probably not for me. The company claims that for “many diabetics” the whole food carbs don’t significantly raise blood sugar. I have only tried a few bites, so I can’t say.

I could make them myself

… but why? I have to admit, I’m kind of sick of making butter out of raw milk, and cooking everything from scratch. (Ack! Did I say that?) This once, I’m just gonna go with it.

Have you tried Larabars? Have another favorite bar? I’d love to hear about your experience!