Hello my darlings and welcome to another edition of snack time. I know, for many of you it makes you think you need to pull up your blankets and juice and get ready for story time.
Well, here is your story my darlings. Once upon a time there was a woman who wanted to find and maintain a healthy weight. She wasn’t looking to win a beauty contest or strut around in a bikini. She just wanted to lose enough weight that she fell into a healthy range and didn’t put too much stress on her knees and ankles so that when she was older she could still walk normally instead of hobbling everywhere because her weight crushed her joints.
Even if the thought of whacking people in the shins with an elaborate cane for minor sins like bad grammar or the misuse of the term ironic did hold some appeal. she wanted that to be an affectation and one that resembled that of an evil villain rather than one necessary for support. Especially if she had gone all out for the long black cape and scull topped bobby pins in her blue rinsed curls.
But I digress.
Cane as affectation rather than support.
And as she worked towards her healthy weight she found it was easier to keep within her calorie goal by having an afternoon snack. It kept her from overeating at dinner time and often the snack made her feel as though she had some sort of special treat.
Isn’t that a wonderful story? Anyone still awake?
Excellent, now I can make off with the juice boxes and begin my life of crime! Does anyone know what the resale value of juice boxes happens to be? No? Well maybe I’ll just skip the life of crime then and just work towards being the marcelled grammar bandit instead.
Do elderly ladies still get their hair marcelled? I think it is just a perm now which doesn’t have really the same ring to it does it? Never mind, on to the snacks.
As some of you may remember I ordered a trial pack of the Verb Energy bars. Each bar has only 90 calories and the same amount of caffeine as a shot of espresso. On paper it sounds like something I would be all over. A 90 calorie snack? That sounds about right for my caloric budget. The Caffeine hit of espresso? Perfect for the midafternoon slump. How could I not approve?
There were four bars in the pack. The first two didn’t go over so well. The first one (salted Peanut Butter) tasted like a no bake peanut butter cookie. Which wasn’t bad, but it was very salty and I found myself pounding back water like a dehydrated camel. The second one, the Blueberry crisp tasted – to me – like a stale fig newton center rolled in stale oatmeal dust. It was not something I ever want to put into my mouth again. The bonus was that I only consumed about 45 calories of it as I simply couldn’t eat the whole thing.
This leaves two flavors. Peppermint Mocha and Double Chocolate. I actually have high hopes for both as I think the flavors might be strong enough to carry this bar. I couldn’t decide which one to try next so I actually put them in the empty Look Fantastic box, shook them around and then reached in without looking. I grabbed the double chocolate so that is the one that I will be trying today.
Ingredients: Gluten-Free Oats, Organic Agave, Almonds, Organic Light Brown Sugar, Organic Crisp Brown Rice, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Cocao Nibs, Vanilla Extract, Organic Green Tea Caffeine, Pink Himalayan SaltVerb Energy
Right off the bat I was pleased that it came out of the wrapper intact. The other two were so dry that they came out in two pieces. This one cracked along the top, but it came out whole. And in fact it had enough moisture to it to hold together. The others were very dry mixes. I think the innate richness of cocoa butter might be doing it a bit of favors.
When broken apart it looks a lot like the others, but slightly moister inside. It has the same layering of almonds throughout. So it came out of the package well and it looks pretty good. But the proof is in the taste.
You know what? The taste isn’t bad. In fact, it is pretty good. Do you know what it tastes like? A vegan brownie. Not a regular brownie. You can tell that no eggs and milk went into this. It says fudgy brownie on the description, but I think whoever wrote that hasn’t had an actual fudgy brownie in a long time, if ever. I make excellent fudgy brownies. This isn’t that. But it does taste like a vegan brownie, and that is not a bad thing.
In fact, it is a very good thing.
I’ll admit, after the first two bars I was braced for the worst. But quite honestly I would have no problem ordering a bag of these to rotate into my snack time line up. There are 12 bars to a bag and a bag costs $19.95 on the Verb Energy Website. Personally I am more of a savory snack type person. If given the option I would go for the Chomps Cranberry Habanero Beef stick before something chocolaty, but every now and again I need a little bit of sweet in the afternoon. If that sweet comes with a little extra zing of caffeine to boost me up a bit in the afternoon, I am perfectly fine with that.
And to be honest, I am now actually really looking forward to the last Verb Energy bar. The Peppermint Mocha was the one I was most excited to try in the first place. Now that I have tried the Double Chocolate, I have high hopes that it will be just as good. I think the flavors should be strong enough, and I think that really that is what this energy bar mix needs, strong flavors to almost overpower the energy bar mix. The Blueberry crisp couldn’t do it but the double chocolate could. Fingers crossed that the peppermint mocha will triumph.