Mondays are my weigh-in days, so on a positive note, I’m down from where I was (Weight: 215.4, down 7.6 since I started the blog 3 weeks ago, and still down 114.6 since pre-bariatric surgery). I’d still like to get down to 140ish, so I still have 75ish pounds to lose to hit my goal. It’s not melting away this time, but it IS coming off. I just seem to need to work harder this time, which is frustrating but fine.
I’ve been enjoying my gym time, though it’s still tough finding a time to go without kids. Today is a rest day for me, but I might try to do something at home. We have an insanely small home that is so so cluttered with kid stuff that I don’t really have the space for home workouts, but I might try this.
But onto the subject of my post: nutrition bars. I have tried them all. I’ve been on the hunt for a delicious, healthy, simple, crunchy, affordable, satisfying pick-me-up bar. The traditional protein bars are so gross to me. I’ve tried so many, and between all the artificial stuff and the taste, they just don’t work.
I like food, and I only allow myself 1200 calories a day. If I’m going to eat something, it needs to taste good and fulfill a nutritional need. The basic protein bars do neither for me.
I like LaraBars and RXbars, but they’re not as crunchy as I’d like. I liked Clif and Luna, but they’re loaded with sugars. I wanted something non-GMO, low on the glycemic index, no sugar alcohols, tasty, some protein, and some fiber. Did I mention that they need to be tasty and crunchy?
I did some research and decided to try Kind bars. The first one I tried was this:
This was love at first bite. It has a super satisfying nutty crunch, and it’s not overly sweet. I had an espresso protein shake for breakfast (Click Espresso Protein), and by around 10, I was getting hungry. The Kind bar satisfied a craving for something crunchy, and it seems to be getting me through until lunch. I’ll definitely be trying other varieties.
Yes, I do know I should make my own, but the truth is that if you account for time and ingredients, there’s no way I can make something similar to these for $1/bar, and so they’re an affordable option for a crunchy, quick, pick-me-up. I like. And they don’t taste like a yucky protein bar. Win.