What I Ate Wednesday #78: Larabar Review, Recipe, & Giveaway!

Lately I’ve been having some fun in the kitchen experimenting with different recipes I’ve found on Pinterest and trying to use up some random ingredients in the pantry. Well, for us it’s really the coat closet acting as a pantry but hey, when you have limited space, you make things work, right? [Right.] On top of that, I’ve been in touch with LÄRABAR and was offered the chance to sample a few bars to review and do a giveaway. How could I say no?

I chose the Coconut Cream Pie, Chocolate Chip Brownie, and Chocolate Coconut Chew to review and they also threw in a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip too! Do you see a trend here? Not surprisingly, they were all fantastic. One of my favorite things about LÄRABAR is you know what you’re getting. Have you seen the ingredient list for the Coconut Cream Pie bar?

Dates, Unsweetened Coconut, Almonds, Cashews, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

It doesn’t get much simpler than that. And so many recipes across the internet that resembled bite-sized versions of a Larabar, I knew I wanted to try my own version of them.

Blueberry Lemon Cookie Dough Bites

Makes 18-20 bites
Adapted from Lemon Cookie Dough Bites

Blueberry Lemon Cookie Dough BitesIngredients
– 1/3 cup rolled oats
– 1/2 cup dried blueberries
– 1/2 cup macadamia nuts; roasted
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
– 6″ slice lemon peel
– 2 tsp water [Optional]

Directions
In a food processor, add the oats and process until broken up. Add the remainder of the ingredients and process until everything is crumbly. You may need to add up to 2 tsp of water if the dough isn’t sticking together well enough. When it all comes together, measure out bites in 1/2 tbsp. You should get 18-20.. depending on how much you eat in the process [guilty!] 😉

Blueberry Lemon Cookie Dough Bite

Nutritional Information
Per 1/2 tbsp bite

45 Calories  /  3g Fat  /  5g Carbs  /  1g Fiber  /  3g Sugar  /  1g Protein

WIAW Matcha Green Tea Avocado Toast Reeds Kombucha Blueberry Lemon Cookie Dough Bites Tandoori Chicken Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Breakfast
In true St. Patty’s Day spirit, I made myself a matcha green tea smoothie with banana, spinach, protein powder, and almond milk.

Lunch
And continuing on the green train, I made a nice big kale salad with roasted pork [from last week’s meal plan] and a side of avocado toast. Because I’m obsessed now.

Afternoon Snack
Crumbled 2 blueberry lemon bites over some plain greek yogurt with granola. Hit the sweet spot!

Dinner
I cheated on my meal plan. In all fairness, I was invited out for some shopping and dinner, so I finally tried the Public Market and got a TON of tandoori chicken over salad. Nathan was quite pleased to have the leftovers for lunch yesterday. And I did at least follow through for him and made the baked onion rings and roasted brussels.. both came out awesome and I was pleased to have those in my lunch yesterday!

Evening Snack
Apple and homemade chocolate pudding.

Giveaway Time!

Enter for your chance to win a box of 16 mixed LÄRABAR flavors!

Food for Thought

Which LÄRABAR flavor are you most excited to try?
Have you ever made your own bites at home?

Colorful Weekend Antics

What a fun weekend! The weather was so nice and, despite our Friday night antics and an early Saturday morning, it was actually pretty relaxing. But of course Friday is our night out on the town which started with a couple brewskis, baked garlic wings [with amazing homemade ranch!], salmon salad, and pizza.. with potatoes~! Plus, outdoor seating makes everything better too.

Jupiter Berkeley California

We decided to walk the streets of Berkeley after dinner and ended up at another bar with cocktails that were only $6.50 a pop! With a deal like that, you can’t say no, right? We also were chatting up the bartender, being another east coaster, so I asked him for the obligatory “look, we’re drinking!” picture. Or 10.

Sliver Berkeley California

We’ve been meaning to actually explore the nightlife around us and I’m glad we finally started to. We also happened to walk by a Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop and after reading a couple of Tina’s recaps from her visit, I had to go in and try the Coconut Seven Layer Bar. It was a good choice. A very good choice.

Maybe I should have said no to the $6.50 cocktails because I had a 6 am wake up call for the Color Run. I did it last year in D.C. and was looking forward to meeting up with another Tone It Upper for this one.

Color Run San Francisco

It was so great to meet Lisa and we got a nice, early Saturday morning run in and were done before 9 am! I also stocked up on a couple bottles of ZICO.. I love a good race sponsor 😉

The rest of Saturday was pretty quiet [may or may not have been because of our rowdy Friday night] but we made up for it yesterday. For breakfast we tried Bartavelle Cafe, a small coffee shop next to Acme Bread Company, which just so happens to be our favorite bread in the area. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, and because it’s what they’re known for.. and because I’ve never had it, I got their avocado toast and an egg. The toast absolutely lived up to the hype! In fact, it might just change my breakfasts for a little while.

Bartavelle Coffee Avocado Toast Almond Milk Latte

We also took a little cruise down to the boardwalk in Santa Cruz. The weather was too perfect to ignore and I found a cute spot with outdoor seating, awesome salads, and wine in a mason jar. Right across the street, there was salsa music playing and people were totally impressive with their dance moves. Despite the terrible traffic getting there and home, it was such a great way to spend the day.

Santa Cruz California

I’m loving this weather and I’m so glad I was able to spend so much time outside this past weekend.

Weekly Meal Plan

Monday – Buffalo chicken/tofu, baked onion rings, and roasted brussels sprouts [moved from last week’s menu]
TuesdaySpaghetti squash casserole
WednesdayCorned beef with spiralized carrots & cabbage
ThursdayKorean BBQ chicken stir fry
Friday – Out!
SaturdayCauliflower crust pizza
SundayLentil vindaloo

We had tons of leftovers last week and were able to stretch things a bit more than expected which was awesome. I’m hoping this will be another good week for leftovers too! If you’re looking for meal plan help, shoot me an email.

Food for Thought

Have you ever had avocado toast?
What’s on your menu this week?