I don’t know about you, but I don’ think there’s anything better tasting than fresh, hand-picked vegetables and fruits from your own backyard. Especially when it’s so hot out, and you just want some cool, crunchy greens for lunch.
Paired perfectly with a simple cream cheese omelette, veggies and peppered turkey breast with olive spread courtesy of Whole Foods.
And a mini-dessert of a fresh topped fig, cherries and cottage cheese/yogurt.
Can I get an a-freakin-men to some almond butter, too?
What’s your favorite fruit?
Or, what’s your favorite summery food?
I was lucky enough to recieve a sweet package from the folks over at Raw Crunch Bars. No better time then to have an all-natural, raw and unprocessed treat than in the summer. Heavy foods are just not kosher, for sure.
These bars are gluten free, hand made and completely unprocessed – and yeah, I said hand made. Rare these days, when prettymuch everything is made on a machine. Which just doesn’t sound as appetizing…anyways, here’s the story of Ross and Kathy – the creators of the Raw Crunch Bar:
“It all began in our little one bedroom apartment. At first it was a snack designed for our own healthy consumption. We were both in the health industry, a national fitness competitor and a trainer of Muay Thai. We wanted real, live food, something that truly nourished the body, not something designed in a lab. We wanted a list of ingredients we could actually pronounce, because we know if we could not pronounce it, it was just something else for our liver to detoxify.
The Raw Crunch recipe miraculously came to us one day, but it has taken us years to get just right. Our friends and family wanted a taste, so we started wrapping our bars in Saran wrap with a label on top. They were a huge hit! So we rented a kitchen, perfected the recipe, and improved the packaging.
This was 6 years ago, and here we are now, still mixing up the same small batches fresh every day. Every Raw Crunch® bar is hand-made fresh with a personal passion for excellence and quality that only a small cottage manufacturer like us can offer our consumers. Enjoy!”
They come in several fantastic flavors: Goji Berries, Cranberries, Blueberries and Chocolate. For my first go-round, I had the Blueberries bar. Nutrition facts and ingredients (SUPER impressive!) can be found HERE.
The verdict? They definitely aren’t joking when they capitalize the word “CRUNCH”. In other words – these are great for satisfying any crunchy craving you might have 😉 and the best part? They are DELICIOUS! You can taste the blueberry throughout the entire bar, and it’s not overly sweet or artificial tasting at ALL, like some fruit-flavored bars tend to be. I absolutely love how you can see all the ingredients through the bar, and it’s super durable to take along with you – biking, backpacking, running, hiking, shopping (my kinda cardio 😉 ), a great snack for on the go, anytime and anywhere. I’d recommend these, and I cannot wait to try the rest of the flavors!
What flavor should I CRUNCH on next? (ha…ha)
Other than stuffing my face, I’ve really been enjoying spending time indoors – the weather here is absolutely obnoxious and only makes me wanna leave for the Virgin Islands even more. Only a week and a half til my family and I are island-bound, ok, can I get an amen to that too? 😉
Today’s my Mom’s birthday, and to celebrate, my brother, sister-in-law and I are meeting at her house with our gifts and taking her out to a nice Thai restaurant. I haven’t had Thai food in so long, and it’s definitely a family favorite, I’m so PUMPED 😀 My Mom has been through so much in her life, and she’s such a beautiful, inspiring and absolutely incredible human being. She’s trying to pretend it’s NOT her birthday because she doesn’t like to think about how old she’s getting, so we’re just going to say that she’s 20 years old with a few years experience 😉
I’m hoping my brother and sister in law bring Mia along as well, who I just adore. Please just look at that FACE! (…and excuse my messy hair 😛 )
I can’t really tell you if she was smirking or dropping a deuce right there, but I can tell you that either way it’s cute. Yep, she’s cute even when she’s pooping, and that’s hard to pull off, people.
Peace and love!