Amidst all the hustle and bustle of moving, I found one of
my old journals tucked into a stack of old cookbooks while getting my stuff
together. It’s from 2008, and unsurprisingly, contains a ridiculous amount of
food descriptions, drawings, and grocery lists. There are sandwiches with
French fries stuffed in the middle. Recipes involving multiple baked goods in
one item. One list just says, ‘Cheetos (4)’ and I’ve been scratching my head
trying to figure out what the hell that means. Did I really intend to get four
bags of Cheetos? Or four different kinds of Cheetos at the same time?
If I’ve made any positive changes since then, it’s certainly
been better eating habits. Having foregone the temptations of the dining hall
early on, cooking for myself has challenged me creatively and nutritionally. I
haven’t completely reached my goal of totally healthy, clean eating just yet,
but I feel like I’m well on my way to doing so. The latest addition of a
microwave in my life has made things infinitesimally easier. Strangely enough,
it’s been about a year since I’ve had a microwave, and I’m still timing things
in 45 minute or 2 hour increments based on what I can make in the oven. So
sometimes, I don’t cook and just grab a quick, healthy snack.
With all my errands today, that snack was a few Luna Fiber
bars. The internet sent them over, and just when I needed them, there they
were, along with ground coffee, cognac, and instant cake from today’s UPS
shipment. They come in three flavors—strawberry and peanut butter, raspberry
chocolate, and blueberry vanilla. Because I had errands today and wasn’t able
to eat breakfast, I ate all three within the course of the day so I could stay
full and do what I needed to get done. I thought the PB and strawberry was the
more exciting of the flavors, and coincidentally, it was also my favorite. The
texture is fantastic, like a soft peanut butter cookie or a homemade Fig Newton.
It’s a really well-made bar, with a yielding, chewy outside topped with sugar
and a jelly filling. However, it is really tiny- like, eaten in three bites
tiny. It would be perfect were it not for the cloying, overly sweet protein
flavor. Much better than regular Luna bars, filling without feeling too healthy,
but still has a ways to go. I think it’s still the best dessert-like protein
bar, but falls short of Fiber One in terms of indulgence.
I received this for free, it came in a cute box, and I wasn't influenced by the free-ness of the stuff, but was really happy to eat it for breakfast as prior to said bar acquisition, I was replete with merely cake flour, old sausages, and booze. Luna, thank you for not driving me into obesity and a sad, dark life.
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