Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Overall, I think these bars were awesome (and they each contain one serving of fruit)! The only complaint would be that the top layer can be just a tad sticky. The flavor is right on par though, and I really think these bars are going to give the Larabars a run for their money. Of course, the fact that there are only 4 Clif C flavors as of right now does mean that Larabar lovers won't be turning sides quite yet...
Anyway, I'd suggest you give them a try for yourself and see how you think they compare! For more Clif C facts, look here: http://www.clifbar.com/food/did_you_know/C331
Now, I really must resume my preparations for Midterms next week :-(.
Don't forget to enter my Zevia giveaway: http://foodfotosandfun.blogspot.com/2010/02/zevia-review-and-my-first-giveaway.html
P.S. The formatting of this post was supposed to look much better with photos side by side instead of one on top of the other, but when I published it, there wasn't enough room for that :-(. I need to become more blog literate!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
The above picture shows the flavors and some info. on the bars (you can click on the picture to blow it up!). The picture below shows a little letter from Kathy and Ross. And here are the nutrition facts, which are basically the same for each bar since the base is the same for all the bars. All bars are 150 calories, and the ingredients are basically the same too except for the advertised flavor (ie. the cranberry bar has cranberries instead of chocolate).
I sat down and read Kathy's book The Raw Crunch Diet right away to see what her particular stance was on a raw diet. Her book was a nice, quick, and fairly easy read with good information backed up by her twelve years of experience in the fields of corrective and high performance exercise health and nutrition. She really does know her stuff! You can learn more about her, this diet, and her products all at http://www.kathyfeldman.com/index.html I encourage you to check it out! I truly enjoyed her book and could see how much she cared about this diet. There were also many positive remarks on her website and in the book commenting on other peoples' good experiences with the diet. I think I might have to try it too! It's not too extreme and it allows for a balanced diet in addition to treats here and there. I'll have to wait until the summer or later though when my life isn't quite so hectic and I'm no longer reliant on dorm food each and every day :-). The exercise video also looks great! Unfortunately, my mom has my stability ball and I haven't been able to try it out yet. When I do I'll let you know how it is from personal experience :-).
And now for reviews on the bars themselves! I was a little hesitant, but not too much since the ingredient lists for the bars looked great. The first bar I tried was Chocolate. I give it an 8.5 out of 10. The hardest part was opening the wrapper - these bars are sealed tightly! They're VERY fresh though with a nice aroma and a great crunch. I loved the pieces of chocolate and the hint of raw honey - the perfect amount of sweetness. I also loved all the nuts and seeds. My only complaint would be the overwhelming abundance of sesame seeds. I guess I'm not a huge fan of their flavor, and it was a tad bit overpowering in these bars. Still, overall I really enjoyed them, and they were all quite filling for only 150 calories. And full of healthy fats too! Here are some pics from the box itself first:
I give the Blueberries bar an 8 out of 10 too. Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits, and this bar had a nice smattering of little bits of blueberry that had a relatively strong flavor.
I give the Goji Berries bar an 8 out of 10. This was my first time trying goji berries and they were great - kind of like a sweet wine flavor and quite strong!
I give the Cranberry flavor a 7.5 out of 10. This one gets a little lower score because I would've liked just a bit stronger cranberry flavor.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
And here are some more winter pics taken this past week at Iowa State!
And now back to my homework! This is by far my busiest semester (which I suppose makes sense since it's my last semester of undergrad). Ah well, I'm learning lots of useful stuff so I'll just keep trucking along :-). And I'll keep doing mini yoga sessions to help keep me sane!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I next tried Orange Dulce, a flavored black tea with bergamot, orange, vanilla and jasmine blossoms. I give this a 9.5 out of 10! It had a rich aroma, and I picked up on the hints of vanilla and orange - yum! It was sooo smooth too and again it was better than other teas I've tried. Here are the pics for your viewing pleasure:
So, now I know the difference between cheap tea and more expensive tea. Now I really want to go out there and try more brands and flavors, especially Celestial Seasonings since everyone keeps talking it up.
And in other news, there's supposed to be another winter storm here in Iowa :-(. I am REALLY ready for spring now, and I'm guessing everyone out East is too! Ah well, I'll just keep doing my exercises inside, using the elliptical and workout videos. I know I'll relish my first run outside though once the weather improves!
To keep my spirits uplifted for the time being, I've got a beach picture for my computer screen saver. Since it might be subject to copyright though, I'll leave you with this field of flowers I got from Picapp, a place where you can get free, legal pictures for your blog - good to know I think :-).