Whew, now I’m feeling a little sore from last nights trampoline aerobics, going to be even better tomorrow I sure! There are some interesting and encouraging raw stories in this article. I like that I can relate more to their experiences now feeling more cleansed and just having more energy in general. Having done many raw dinners on cold evenings, I feel I really could go 100% for awhile now that I’m armed with my “raw oven” Excalibur and plan to try it for a bit in the Spring. First I need to master more dinner recipes and things I can prepare over the weekend for week meals, like raw breads and veggie burgers.
I got hungry for a mid-morning snack and finally tried the Earthling Organics Goji Bar I picked up from The Art of Food last week for $2. I read so much about goji berries being a super food, but have been putting off buying them because $18 for a small bag is a bit steep. But a $2 raw snack bar seemed like a great way to try them.
For a 1 oz. dry bar, is has 140 calories – considerably less than a Larabar. The ingredient list includes organic almonds, coconut, goji berries, figs, agave nectar, sea salt, vanilla and cinnamon. The ingredients state the bar was soaked and dried at a low temp. The bar looks like a granola bar with red goji berry specs and it is very dry and hard, I was unable to break it in half easily.
Taking a bite was a bit tough because the bar is very dry and hard, but chewing proved to be easier having a texture more like a granola bar. From the ingredient list, I was expecting the bar to be sweet – but it wasn’t. It actually had a tart, grainy taste with a slight bitter aftertaste which I’m assuming is the goji berry. It was nice that is was not sickening sweet, but it could have been just a tad sweeter. With the bitter after taste and tough texture, I can’t say it was a great first impression for goji berries, but I’ll try them again maybe in a sweeter recipe. What’s your favorite goji berry recipe?