When I visited the Boston Marathon Expo last month, I scored a plethora of free samples from the vendors. I’ve been waiting for the prime opportunity to test them out. Well, this morning seemed like as good a time as any to start.
After being woken by the sun at 5:30am, I finally hopped out of bed a half an hour later to get ready for my morning run. I usually skip eating when I plan to run early because I just don’t allow myself enough time to digest before hitting the pavement. Today I felt as if I should eat something since I haven’t been having the greatest runs as of late. But what should I eat? Cereal may not sit well; toast with peanut butter would mimic my lunch of PB&J, boring; and I didn’t have any bananas, which would normally be a go to pre-run snack.
I reached into my bag o’ free samples and pulled out a bite size LARABAR (22g). These nutritious bars come in nearly 20 flavors, all with ties to your favorite sweet treats like Key Lime Pie, Cappuccino, and Carrot Cake. I unknowling picked up the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip bar, a perfect choice for this Reece’s lover.
Or so I thought.
I often have trouble remembering that healthy bars are not candy bars. Upon first bite, a LARABAR does not taste as sinfully delicious as a Reece’s cup. It just won’t. It’s not meant to. Once I remembered that I was eating a healthy blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts, and spices and not a sugary, tooth-rotting candy bar, I began to enjoy the taste of my early morning snack.
This LARABAR had a smooth, freshly baked consistency and skipped the chewy, all-to-gooey mess that defines many other brands. LARABARS bakes each of their products with no more than nine, all-natural ingredients (usually only four or five) and no preservatives, which results in this home-made consistency. My Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip bar consisted of dates, peanuts, chocolate chips (unsweetened chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter & vanilla), and sea salt. Yum!
Did I have the best workout of my life? Not by a long shot, but at least I fueled my run with a bite size bar of nutritious and delicious. I definitely had more energy than if I hadn’t eaten a thing.
The verdict: I would eat a LARABAR as a healthy snack or when I needed a pick me up. It would probably be a good idea to carry a couple around for when the hypoglycemia creeps in…or to prevent becoming “hangry” (hungry/angry mix). That happens more often than I’d like to admit. When the hanger hits, skip the “you’re not you when you’re hungry” Snickers bar and reach for the much healthier LARABAR instead. Prior to a morning run, I’d probably still stick to eating a banana for the added fuel, but I would have no qualms about tearing open the packaging of a LARABAR as a quick fix.
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