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09-11-2005, 10:32 PM
The first few weeks I did well with raw. Now I'm pratically living on Larabars. I don't have time to make the recipes and my cash is limited. Is this healthy? Any ideas for a quick snack?
09-11-2005, 10:49 PM
Kale salads , carrot sticks ,apples,berries,oranges ,grapes,bananas,almonds, figs, cucumber salads, nori wraps , bell pepper "chips" with salsa , I think that larabars arent as good as fresh fruit or veggies ,but thay are healthy as "on the run" snacks"
09-12-2005, 01:07 AM
In my opinion, Lara Bars should be eaten sparingly. What is quicker than grabbing an apple, or a pear or a bag of baby carrots? How about making a smoothie-that only takes 5 minutes or less. You don't need to make recipes all the time if your time is limited, but maybe if you set aside an hour every few days, you could have things chopped, peeled, cleaned, sprouted and ready to go-dehydrate, blend, mix, whatever. You can get a *lot* of uncooking done in an hour. Then you'd have meals (or the base of a meal) for several days. I also think that fresh fruit is cheaper than Lara Bars, and more healthy, as VV said.
If you have Alissa's book, check out some very easy recipes (I always look for the ones with the shortest ingredients list). Some literally take only 5-10 minutes to make. :D
09-12-2005, 01:40 AM
Larabars are good. I like the Ginger one and the Cashew one. I tend to eat them until they are all gone. I decided to leave them alone, but they are good. You can make your own also.
09-12-2005, 02:50 AM
Do you make your own and if so what is your recipe?
I am sure we would all like to know.
09-12-2005, 03:17 AM
Ok, here is how I make my favorite one, the cashew one.
Ingredients: Dates, Cashews
How I prepare them:
I take dates and remove the pit and then put them in a large mixing bowl and mash them. I add a little bit of water to help. After you work that enough, you have a thick date paste. You then add some cashew pieces to make it more controllable and less sticky. I take whole cashews and put them in a coffee grinder. The cashews must be dry, not soaked in water, because you need the fine ground pieces for control. Now I have a large manageable ball of mashed dates and fine cashew pieces. I then add whole cashew pieces. As many as you want, you be the judge. I work that in by hand and then I press all of this into a flat tray and cut them into bars. I put it in the fridge and cover with clear wrap. I then eat them when I get hungry. I do not know how long they will last, but dates have a natural preservative in them. I have eaten them a week after I made them and they taste fine.
Tip: the trick is the fine cashew pieces to make it thicker and less sticky. If you try to mix whole cashews alone in the date mix, it tends to stay messy and not setup into traditional health bars.
09-12-2005, 08:58 AM
I love Lara Bars and they are great to keep in one's purse for a on the run
quick snack. With that said I agree that they should not be the mainstay
of your diet. Fresh fruit is such a quick snack :) I always keep baby carrots on hand for me and the kiddos to snack in the car on.
If you need something heartier raw pumpkin seeds are great.
I eat a couple of handfuls and they really tie me over on the run till I can
get home. Raw pistachio's are my fave (harder to find though and a little more work to eat in the car, but good at my desk).
Maybe pick a day when you don't have to work to make a bunch of grab
and goes in typerware: salads, cruddettes, nut burgers, granola, nutmilks, etc...
My quick meal I eat in a hurry is: 1 cucumber, tomatoes, 1 avocado,.
apple cider vinager and a squirt of agave syrup (or honey), celtic sea salt, so fresh & fast. you can make it ahead of time except for the avocado in to go containers. It usually takes me 10 min. to whip this together.
banana's and raw almond butter is the quickest, hardiest, filling snack too.
Hope some of these suggestions work with your lifestyle.
09-12-2005, 09:19 AM
I love Larabars, but find them to be expensive, way more expensive than buying fresh food! Maybe I just ate too many of them though, 'cause I could eat 3 or 4 in just one sitting! Hahaha.
It's so fun making your own recipes though.
09-12-2005, 12:23 PM
Samuel, thank you so much. I can't wait to make them for my husband who loves to have snacks in his lunch.
09-12-2005, 10:42 PM
What is Walla?
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