I woke up this morning wired 30 minutes before my alarm went off after just 6 hours of sleep. About a year ago, I was getting 7-8 hours of sleep on week nights and regularly slamming the snooze button. This could be due to the diet and/or my 6-day-a-week of cardio routine that I’ve been following for just over a year now, but I’m already appreciating having more time in the day. I caught up on some online reading, bills and kitchen cleaning with the extra time this morning before going into work and I’m not feeling tired yet even though it was another busy day at work.
I tried something new I impulsed bought at Trader Joe’s with lunch today.
A Pure Cherry Cashew bar. Oddly, I noticed something looking at the site and the bar I had.
I had a 1.7 oz. bar and the nutrition facts on mine showed 190 calories, 70 from fat, while the online facts says 200 calories, 80 from fat, on the website for the same size. Hmmmm, not that that’s a big deal, but a little strange.
Anyway, the bar looks a lot like a Larabar with bigger nut chunks.
For the calories, it seemed pretty small, easily 2 big bites. But I sampled it slowly in little bites, the cherry flavor was very strong with a slight bitterness. I liked that it was not too sweet and was still very soft and moist despite the large nut chunks. Also it was not messy or crumbly, so probably safe to eat while driving and not getting any suspicious brown chunks stuck in your clothing. Overall, it was good and made a satisfying, quick snack – a satisfying treat when a good meal is not in the near future. I’m not a huge bar person, I usually only eat them on the road which is not often because I’m not a fan of eating on the go and try to avoid it. :-) Still, I’d pack these on my next carry-on or for road trips.
For dinner I had the Spanish Scramble from Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen.
I really like the Love-the-Chicks Pate recipe that this dish includes, it’s easy to create not requiring the almonds or sunflower seeds to be soaked ahead of time, and it keeps in the fridge for wraps and salad toppings throughout the week. It would probably be great in Spicy Spinach Tortillas or Gena’s Zucchini Wraps, or just layered on raw crackers or bread with some veggies.