What’s YOUR flavor?

Breakfast was an easy choice this morning…leftover buckwheat chocolate chip pancakes with sugar free syrup and scrambled eggs 🙂 I had a cup of strawberries to get some sweet fruit in.

Mid-morning, I was ready for a snack and preparing for an intense aerobic session. I looked at my two bars and realized that neither one I brought had much protein in it 😦 I settled on this Kashi (nutrigrain-like) bar since it had fewer calories and I had a pretty dense breakfast. It held me over ok, not as much as I would like, but I managed. I want to try other flavors of these, but I do like this one.

Aerobics class was intense! The class is called “Aerobic Variety” and that it was. It involved lots of stepping, which I am starting to love; it took me a couple of classes to get used to the step, but now I’m propping mine up higher 🙂

We also did lots of ab work on the balance ball and lots of stretching, which I have found love for. I used to hate stretching and thought it was a waste of time but now I really enjoy it.

When I got back to work after a nice, hot shower (I usually don’t shower at the gym, but I was rather sweaty) I ate my lunch: a turkey, cheese and hummus sandwich on whole wheat bread, soy yogurt, and a V8.

I hadn’t made a turkey sandwich at home in a LONG time because I became so skeptical of lunchmeat. But I’ve been doing some reading and at the store the other day, I decided to give this brand a try: Oscar Mayer “Natural” Oven Roasted Turkey Breast:

First of all, this lunchmeat tasted FANTASTIC! Nothing like those thin, tasteless (or sometimes too salty) slices of turkey I’ve had in the past. These were nice, thick, fresh-tasting slices and 3 pieces were only 60 calories!

I was also impressed by the sodium content (410 mg for 3 slices) which was a little less than most brands I’ve eaten in the past. And with 13 grams of protein per serving, it was ideal for my post-workout recovery lunch.

The addition of the cheddar veggie cheese and 1 tbsp of roasted red pepper hummus made this sandwich so tasty. I must also brag about the bread…

I have tried MANY whole wheat breads and I continue to each time I go to the store. Basically I look for 100% whole wheat, check the ingredients list for whole wheat flour and NO hfcs and I’ll give it a try. But this particular one has worked it’s way into the regular rotation…especially because it was on sale this week, hooray!

Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat Bread

This is the perfect bread for sandwiches in my opinion. When it comes to breakfast, I prefer the bigger, denser breads, but with (usually) 100 calories per slice, that makes for quite a caloric sandwich. But this bread is just right…the right size, the right texture (soft but holds up well and also toasts nicely), and just 50 calories per slice! It is also low in fat, sodium and carbohydrates, compared to other breads I have had. Two slices also get me 8 grams of protein and 4 g fiber!

From the website: “Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat is one of our best-sellers! It offers the nutritional value of whole wheat in a soft, great-tasting loaf. Like all Nature’s Own varieties, 100% Whole Wheat contains no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors. Try a slice with fruit jam for breakfast or with your favorite sandwich filling for lunch or a quick dinner.”

And now…onto the inspiration behind this post’s title…

I give you, my mid-afternoon snack…the Coconut Cream Pie Larabar!

I really had no reason to buy this, other than I want to try all the Larabar flavors because there are so many. I am not a big fan of coconut and I’m pretty sure I’ve never had coconut cream pie in my entire lifetime.

When I checked the bars nutritionals yesterday, I was a little bummed that it didn’t have more protein, but figured since it was one of the ‘sweeter’ ones, it would work well as an afternoon snack, when I tend to crave sweeter things.

When it was finally time to dig in, I was a little skeptical and even thought about purchasing another snack just incase I had to throw this one away. I guess you can see where this is going…


I don’t even like coconut, or so I thought. But this bar was so tasty and not too sweet, again. Some of the other ‘pie’ flavors are, but Coconut Cream Pie was just right. The bar was a little higher in saturated fat, because of the coconut and oil (ingredients list a bit longer), but it filled me up and made me feel good through the rest of the afternoon. For not expecting to like this one at all, I can’t wait to get it again.

Here are the flavors I have tried so far (in no particular order – * denotes a favorite):

  • Cinnamon Roll
  • Ginger Snap *
  • Peanut Butter Cookie *
  • Apple Pie
  • Cherry Pie
  • Cashew Cookie
  • Cocoa Mole *
  • Pecan Pie
  • Coconut Cream Pie

After checking the website, I realize I still have a few more flavors to go! And I have yet to try any of the Jocalat line, which I hope to do soon. Fun times!

Later before I left work, I had this messy orange, but it was so juicy and refreshing 🙂

For dinner, I started things of with a hodge-podge salad…romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, sunflower kernels, pecans, raisins, and Newman’s Own Balsamic mist spray (great invention, btw):

My husband made real hamburgers for us, which I could not tell you the last time I had a real beef hamburger. It was just the right size and seasoned great. I had mine on whole wheat bread (toasted) with a slice of veggie cheese and a little bit of mustard. I also got a few of his mushrooms, I think we need to buy 2 packages next time so he can share more 😉

Dinner held me over so well that even the huge amount of food we had for our Monday Night Football gathering didn’t tempt me. I made myself a cup of decaf coffee with a splash of Silk Plain Light Soymilk and honey.

Then an hour or so before bed, I snacked on a small cup of Kashi Heart to Heart Blueberry Clusters cereal. Mmm…

Hope everyone’s week got off to a great start too!

About Sarah Frankel

I am 29 years old and a resident of Louisville, Kentucky. I've been married to my husband Josh for 6 years and we have a 5 year old beagle named Suzie. Four years ago, I changed my eating and exercise habits, dropping 70 pounds and gaining an entirely new life. I took up running in September 2007 and became vegan in October 2009. I am constantly striving to improve my life so that I can live it to the fullest! I hope you will join me on my life journey.

Posted on September 30, 2008, in Breakfast, Dinner, exercise, larabar, Lunch, products, Snacks. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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