Snacktime: Verb Energy – Double Chocolate

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.

The bar just out of the package

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?

Anyone?

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 Salt

Verb 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. 

the interior

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.

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Snacktime: Verb Energy Blueberry Crisp

Welcome to another snack time trial. I recently ordered a four pack of Verb Energy bars to try out. I ordered the trial pack because I liked the idea. A small snack that has a hit of caffeine sounded like a really good idea. And when I looked at the ingredients list it listed all things I have no problem consuming. And so I ordered the pack.

This is the second flavor from the trial pack that I’ve tried and it is labeled Blueberry Crisp. The full sized pouch (which the link will take you to should you be interested) is $19.95 for 12 bars. So it comes to about $1.66/1.67, which isn’t too bad. each bar is a serving and it has 90 calories. So in general it fits into the snacking calorie range for me.

I know I’ve mentioned this before but I find a snack in the afternoon does keep me from overeating at dinnertime. It is one of my favorite diet tricks. And I am fairly lenient on those snacks. As long as the calorie count stays within range I can use the snack as an indulgent moment. So if I am craving chocolate I can have a square of Dove Chocolate as my snack. Sometimes I need something that feels far more substantial than it is and for that Chomps Sticks are fantastic because they are also in the 70-90 calorie range but give you the feeling of sinking your teeth into something far more substantial.

As a dessert I love blueberry crisp. And the ingredients in this led me to think the flavor profile might be similar.

Ingredients: Gluten-Free Oats, Organic Agave, Almonds, Organic Crisp Brown Rice, Maple Sugar, Blueberries, Organic Quinoa, Vanilla Extract, Natural Flavors, Organic Green Tea Caffeine, Pink Himalayan Salt

I have to be honest. I hated this blueberry crisp energy bar. First off it is very dry. I had that same problem with the first of the trial pack I tried but i thought the fruit might help. Like that first one , this bar broke a it came out of the package. The texture of the almonds in the bar is nice, it gave it a bit of crunch. That is the only nice thing I have to say about this. It tasted like the filling from a very stale fig newton that was rolled in oatmeal dust. I got the crunch of almost and a bit of oat flavor and then some generic ‘fruit’ flavor that tasted very stale. The only reason I said stale fig newton is because of the color. If I closed my eyes and took a bite then I couldn’t identify the fruit. To call it blueberry is actually an insult to blueberries.

To be honest, I couldn’t finish it.

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The first one I tried (the salted Peanut butter) wasn’t bad. Just a little too salty for me. The other two I have to try are Peppermint Mocha and Double Chocolate. Given the ingredients lists for those I think they will have a similar texture, but I think that the flavor profiles may work better with those textures than the blueberry crisp. I think the blueberry as a fruit was just too subtle for the mix of everything else they put into this bar and it simply didn’t work. At least not for me.

I really hate that I have so little positive to say about this but I just did not find it enjoyable. I have my fingers crossed for the next two bars though as I think the flavor combinations should be enough to make the bars taste like their labels. Butt for now, for me, this Blueberry Crisp is an utter failure as an afternoon snack. I am throwing away the rest of the bar and slicing an apple. It may not have the caffeine, but it has the calorie count, a great deal of good fiber and it will take the taste of this energy bar out of my mouth.



The Daily: February 11th, 2021

Oh my darlings, the rain has returned and the temperatures have plummeted. I should have seen it coming as whenever we get a few warm days in the winter they are almost always followed by a spate of rainy days.

The rain was falling when I first woke up and it has continued all day. I also woke up with the sniffles due to the weather change. I am also feeling a bit bloated and crampy. It made the chocolate a little harder to avoid and I’ll be honest, I didn’t do such a good job avoiding it. There may have been a few more sweets than I actually planned.

So even though my lunch was well calculated and dinner will involve a salad, I’m pretty sure my calorie count has gone out of the window today.

Today I am a blob with no exercise and a skewed calorie count. It is just one of those days. I am going to try to do a little moving around this afternoon, possibly a short You Tube Yoga Video but it isn’t going to be a great weight loss day.

It is a great day for sitting at the desk and doing contracts. Paperwork is kind of designed for a cold wet day such as this. I have my mug of afternoon tea, my reading glasses and a boatload of paperwork to get through. I’m actually drinking a tea called HAPPY that is a combination of raspberry and hibiscus. It is quite lovely as well as a cheery pink color, which is nice on a rather dreary day. Welcome to Thursday afternoon, my darlings. it isn’t glamorous, but it is necessary.

The Daily: February 10th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. The sun is shining, the temperatures are soaring high enough to tempt me outside and my kitchen is full of high calorie deliciousness. Because I was cooking for my Valentine’s desert post I now have fruit tarts, chocolate mousse and an irresistible caramel sauce. And that is along with the boxes of home baked goodies my mom sent and my babydoll’s mom sent.

Luckily the tarts can be frozen (and are currently sitting in the freezer right now (after they freeze I’ll wrap them up individually and then store them in a bag.) and most of the chocolate mousse is going elsewhere. Since I am uninfected and the desert is one that can sit in the fridge overnight after being portioned into containers, it is actually being sent to one of the groups of museum volunteers that work with my baby doll. They had a massive thing they all worked really hard on and he wanted to do a little something. Since I was making mousse for my post (and him) I made a full recipe instead of paring it down and dished it out in disposable containers. He took it with him today so there is only the mousse for the two of us tonight to worry about.

But oh that caramel sauce. It just begs to have something salty like pretzels dipped into it. Luckily we don’t have pretzels in the house currently. So I’m okay.

I have avoided the calories and stayed on course today. I did my morning exercise and went on a walk. In addition I wandered through the garden a bit, plotting out my spring planting. The warm weatehr is tempting me to start plants in the green house but it is still slightly too early for that. At least i think it is. I may have to double check that with the local ag center before I start my seeds. Right now all of the seeds are in and while the ordered bulbs have not arrived year, my tulips are pushing out of the ground. The pointed leaves are about two inches long at this point which is very exciting to see. Last year only one flowered so I don’t even know what colors of tulips they are. I know it is a small thing but it gets me excited.

I don’t know how many of you are gardeners but Botanical interests has  free shipping on orders over $60 through the end of the month with code FREE60. They also have a free seed starting guide if you are new to garden planning or looking to get more organized. Each year I plan to use the gardening guide and then just scrawl notes on my wall calendar regarding planting times. But the guides from Botanical Interests are very well set up. Their selection of seeds and such is also very good as well. I’ll link it below. As for me, I may sneak out for another walk. I’d feel bad taking time off to walk in the sun, but as dinner will be ending with chocolate mousse tonight, an extra walk might not be a bad thing.

Weekly Weight: 218.4 lbs

The scale: February 5th, 2021

I have to say this week I was rather relieved when I stepped on the scale.  The weather, for the most part, was not good this week.  We had a couple of sunny days but they were pretty cold and had the sort of wind that steals your breath away and makes you feel vaguely ill.

In addition, this week I just couldn’t face a bright and cheery workout instructor so I just made up my own workouts and got twenty minutes in on the mornings I could.  While my loss is less than the pound I would like lost each week, I am okay with it.  And yes I know I whined all over the place last week when I lost less than the pound I wanted, but I feel less like whining this week. 

I think part of it is that my schedule is finally starting to level out in general.  Normality, or my personal version of it, is being restored.  And I feel much better for it.  I had a couple of projects I was pulled into that just morphed into time sucking behemoths. And everything else in my world got jumbled because of them.

But now they are through and I have to say I will be thinking long and hard before I think about taking another commission from that particular company. But for now, all is well.  My stress level has decreased and despite a shorter amount of time walking this week and striking out on my own with my workouts, I managed to actually lose a little weight. And every sliver helps. Because little slivers add up to big ones. 

And that is how progress is made. At least in my case.  And this weekend I will be pulling together my next week’s workouts.  I will post my plan on Sunday and then we’ll see how well I managed to stick to it during my daily postings. 

At least that is the plan anyway.

For now, The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 219.0 lbs

This week’s weight:218.4 lbs

Lost this week: 0.6 lbs

Lost thus far: 27.6 lbs

So even though the loss wasn’t massive, my mindset is better.  My brain isn’t rattling around in my head and I feel pretty good about my week in general. And this weekend I finally get to paint my bedroom. Truthfully, I can’t really ask for more.  Well I suppose I could, but I don’t want to be greedy.  A good week and less stress is plenty for me right now.


The Daily: February 3rd, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings! The sun is shining and it is bone achingly cold, but i am over all having a good day. This morning I got up early enough to get in my morning workout without a problem and sometime in the night something cleared (or popped as he puts it) in my babydoll’s sinuses so he felt much better today and not like he wanted to curl up in a ball and drwon himself in buckets of tea.

Which made my day roll much more smoothly. I know I haven’t been posting which workouts I am doing but the truth is I’ve sort of started making them up on my own. I’ve just been making a list of workouts that will target what i want to work on that day and then setting a timer rather than doing an established workout. I started setting the workouts up on Sundays so the week doesn’t catch me off guard. To stay on track I’ll post the upcoming week’s schedule on Sunday in case anyone wants to follow along.

Oh and speaking of extra posts, I will be adding more Valentine’s day themed posts along with the regular ones as everyone starts getting ready for the 14th. I’ll still be doing my regular posts, just adding those in as well.

Over all it has been a pretty quiet day. I got my workout in this morning and I’ve managed to keep my calories in check today. In a few minutes I am going to bundle up and go for my afternoon walk and then tonight we are having sushi bowls. As long as I don’t go overboard on the rice or soy sauce i should be fine. And I get yummy yummy salmon. Over all, a pretty good day for Mimsy. I hope your Wednesday is going just as well. And now my darlings I am off to brave the cold for my walk. I figure it is the warmest part of the day and I have a short window before the sun sinks low enough for the temperatures to drop (and more importantly the wind rise) to get a walk in. Wish me luck.

Weekly Weight: 219.0 lbs

The Scale: January 29th, 2021

Weekly Weight: 219.0 lbs

While any loss is a good loss, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t just a little bit disappointed when I stepped on the scale this morning.  I’m not terribly surprised though.  While I got a lot of exercise Monday and Tuesday and even got a walk in on Wednesday, by Wednesday afternoon the clouds were rolling in and I spent all of Thursday at my desk. 

I managed to break away a couple of time to visit the restroom and to secure rations in the kitchn (i.e coffee and lunch time soup) most of the time if I even thought about getting up from the desk the phone rang.  The entire day was one mental crisis after another.   In addition I also didn’t drink my usual water during the day and woke up late at night feeling like a dehydrated camel.  Two am saw me treating my soda stream like an oasis.

So I’m not surprised that it was only a 0.2 lbs loss this week.  I always have a bad morning on the scale when I have a day like Thursday.  But the good thing is I know it is only temporary. So while the scale didn’t move as much as I wanted it to, I have high hopes for next week.  And it is, in the grand scheme of things, a small disappointment. 

I still lost a little bit of weight and I understand why it wasn’t more. 

So just ignore my whining if you would, you know I don’t really mean it. 

With the exception of yesterday it was actually a pretty good week.  I leaned into the veggies and my baby doll has stopped sighing over the fact that the delicious treats of the holidays are no more.  When we moved in he thought vegetables meant potatoes and that if a vegetable didn’t look like a real world version of playmobile then something was horribly wrong.  I’m pretty sure he thought salads were vaguely poisonous. Or at the very least demoralizing. 

So the fact that we had four straight days of vegetarian dinners this week is kind of a minor miracle. Tonight is roast chicken with peas and a side salad so he will feel rewarded for his suffering.  He has also looked at my drink recipe and decided he will be sticking to whisky tonight so he will have his whiskey in a tumbler and I will have my cocktail this week.  (I think it is mostly that after a week of veggies he had to draw the line at something and the pink cocktail was it.), We’ll still share happy hour, just have different drinks. But that is for tonight.  Today is about mopping up from yesterday’s explosion of insanity and getting everything squared away before the weekend hits.

So to the stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 219.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 219.0 lbs

Lost this week: 0.2 lbs

Lost in total thus far:  27 lbs.

I know every little bit helps and in the end it will all add up to a healthy weight for my body so I shouldn’t be disappointed.  To be honest I think I’m still more annoyed by yesterday than I am disappointed. But that too will fade. And my weight loss journey leading into the land of the healthy will continue. For now I will just have to be happy with my little sliver of loss and work harder for a better week next week.


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The Daily: January 19th, 2021

Dieting and exercise are often an effort in delayed gratification. If you work out today and don’t eat the entire tray of cupcakes then at the end of the week you won’t be several pounds heavier. It is rare that you get an instant reward.

But sometimes, life just hands them to you.

Today my alarm went off at the new earlier time. I glared at it. The time didn’t magically roll back and the alarm shut off. So I turned it off and despite the fact that my bed was so cozy, I hauled myself out of it.

I actually slept pretty well last night. I claimed a solid chunk of sleep, but lets face it, I am never going to be a morning person. But at the moment it is necessary.

I will say I couldn’t face a Chloe Ting workout this morning. Some mornings a perky workout instructor is just too much to take. so I went on an early morning walk instead. My walking trail is well lit and there are loads of early morning joggers and dog walkers so despite the early morning darkness beigng held back by street lamps, it is fairly well trafficked and safe.

The grass was frosted white and it was chilly chilly chilly. But still better than facing a peppy workout instructor. And I get to see all of the heavy coated dogs in the area. It is a relatively warm climate where I live and this is the time of year that the huskies and Newfoundlands all look super excited about the world. Admittedly keeping the Newfies out of the creek is always a struggle, but as I’m not the one struggling, fun to watch.

This morning I went with old school Metallica as my work out music. It suited me and I walked jauntily along the trail. But what did I see when my steps brought me back to the house? Is that a UPS van pulling away from the curb? Why yes, yes it is.

Despite the fact that we have been getting all of our mail between the hours of 5 and 7 pm lately. this van decided a seven am package was on the schedule. I’m not complaining. Inside was my order from e-salon. They very kindly gifted me a card to order their custom hair kit so I could try out their process of customization and the custom hair color itself and when I returned from my early morning walk, there it was, newly dropped off by a UPS driver who seemed not to be in on the conspiracy of making me wait until the end of the day for packages. I’m sure someone will correct him.

But for now I had a moment of instant gratification. I forced myself to wake up and get out of bed for exercise and as soon as it was over, boom early morning mail. while i’m not counting on a repeat of the instant gratification, it was nice to have it once. It made the whole day seem just a little bit nicer. The fact that it is completely personalized made that just extra sweet. And the remembrance might actually help me get out of bed tomorrow morning. Of course unless something else magically appears first thing, the feeling will fade, but if it helps me get up tomorrow, I will cling to the feeling, at least temproraily.

Although i am super excited about the e-salon box as well. Despite the fantastic shine the Color Wow brought to my hair, I very badly need to redye it. And I am excited about trying the e-salon system. Just a glance into the box lets me know that it is so much more professional looking than the regular boxed dye. I can’t wait to step my game up. And of course I’ll share each step with you. For now I need to finish up some paperwork and pop some potatoes in the oven. Tonight is our homemade baked potato bar for dinner. My potato will use up the leftover broccoli and a dusting of cheddar as it’s topping so it will be well within my calorie count. So I have exercised, I am holding steady on my calories AND the e-salon package arrived. Today is a good day. Plus, I really like baked potatoes.

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Weekly Weight: 220.0 lbs

The Scale: January 15th, 2021

Today I am pleased I lost some of the weight I gained over the holidays.  I am happy I lost over a pound this week. 

I didn’t always get my workouts it. Or at least not my full ones but I did manage to keep on track with my calories.  So that was a pretty big deal.  And I’ll admit, there were days this week I really didn’t want to.  I’ve been waking up sore and stiff and I couldn’t figure out what was happening. 

I foolishly started checking medical websites. After ten minutes I thought I was dying. Then I realized most of the symptoms didn’t match anything I had. The worst was when I thought it could be a heart attack and so I listened for my heart to see if it was beating okay and if there were any chest pains. 

Then I realized that to listen I was holding my breath, which was starting to cause chest pains until I released it.

It turned out it really was pillow and possibly mattress related.  We did a pillow swap and while the muscles still ache, I can tell it isn’t as bad as yesterday. New pillows will be ordered this weekend and the great mattress replacement quest will begin.

But as health related as that is, it is not the point of this post.

Although I will leave you with the recommendation that if you are going to look at medical websites, have someone with you to tell you when you are being crazy.  Don’t search them when you are alone or you will make yourself crazy.

But back to the weight. Less exercise but maintaining my calorie count helped.  I don’t know why I’m shocked as it is basic logic. Yet somehow, I am. 

So to the stats!

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 221.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 220.0 lbs

This week’s loss: 1.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 26.0 lbs

So I am going into the weekend feeling slightly foolish for my reaction to medical websites but over a pound lighter than last week. It doesn’t erase the feeling of foolishness, but it helps. I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday. And uses the buddy system for medical websites.

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The Daily: January 12th, 2021

I am feeling much less blah today my darlings. The sky is still overcast but that miserable half rain half snow has stopped. I got in twenty minutes of a ChloeTing work out and I feel energized. Don’t get confused though, this isn’t the ‘runner’s high’ everyone talks about. This isn’t endorphins flaring letting me know I did something good for my body. It is just the absence of muscle soreness.

I’ve started acclimating to consistent workouts so my muscles are gradually accepting that I am going to make them move whether they protest or not. Of course now they aren’t protesting. I’m sure that means it is probably time to increase my workouts, but I think I’m going to stick with the pain free version for a little while loner, then look at increasing the activity.

Actually I had a bit of amusement with my BoxyCharm Choice. One of the choice items, and the one I chose was the Elemis Muscleease Active body oil. You are supposed to massage it into your skin after showers to ease the pain from freshly worked out muscles. While I will probably be sore again well before my February Boxy Charm appears, I like the thought that soon it will be on the way. I’ve always had good luck with Elemis products before, so I have high hopes. Plus I’m sort of tired of the scent of Icy Hot. Sea Buckthourn sounds like a much more pleasant aroma to wear after my shower.

I know chances are, I’ll still need the Icy Hot, but a girl can dream can’t she?

As for calories, I have been pretty good in that department. The cold gray day has prompted many, many mugs of tea so I probably slosh when I walk, but at least I am not hungry. Today’s tea was Apricot Escape from the Art of Tea. I highly recommend it. It is sweet on its own without sugar and has a bit of tart. It also tastes like fruit (apricot) and so it make me feel like I am having a bit more of a snack than I actually am having. Which is an added bonus. As clouds are rolling in, I am going to leave you my darlings. I suspect once the weather turns, my productivity level will drop with the fading of the sun and there are a few things I want to get done before I call it a day. I hope you are having a fabulous day yourselves. I for one anm just glad my blahs have faded away. I don’t get them often, but I am always glad when they leave.


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