Sunday, September 7, 2008

My bike rides just got a whole lot better...

thanks to my new shipment of PROBARs. Yippee! As you all know, I am sponsored by PROBAR (I approached them a long time ago after tasting every single vegan energy bar on the market AND interviewing all the companies who made them.) So naturally I shouldn't be shocked by any new flavors they'd come up with. But there were a few flavors in this last shipment that really blew me away, actually motivating me to ride just so i can bust open the package. The longer the ride, the more excited i get about the bars in my pocket because every bite is different making each bar taste like ten.

It is especially exciting to get the bars delivered to me in Belgium where the expressions 'vegan food' and 'tasty energy food' hasn't really been discovered.

I know i shouldn't discriminate but here are my new top three flavors (not sure if they made it to Whole Foods yet):

#1 Maple Pecan - there are whole chunks of pecan and the overall taste reminds me of maple sugar candy (Vermont favored over Canada of course -although I have had some impressive Canadian Maple syrup.) Hard to imagine it's good for me.

#2 Cherry Pretzel - Pretzels aren't popular in Belgium so it's one of those treats that I treasure in almost any form. You know those peanut butter filled pretzel logs? well just imagine them filled with peanut butter AND wrapped with whole fresh cherries.

#3 Superfood Slam - on days when i feel like i may not have eaten healthfully enough (like travel days), this bar takes the edge off the guilt of an imprefect diet. It has more nutrients than I could ever possibly get in my diet - even when i am perfect. And somehow they were able to make ingredients like wheat and barley grass tasty.

OK, I'm done gushing. Now back to watching House M.D. with my Kettle Corn PROBAR (honorable mention for 4th place.)


Rickie Rainwater said...

I just got home from a 12 hour shift and those Bars look yummy. The lab is trying to collect sugarless desert recipes for a cook book and having a non sugar desert silent auction to raise money for the Tour de Cure and to support me as an employee trying to raise money for the diabetes association. Pretty neat. The announcements mention supporting me in my quest and that I will be riding 100 miles. Now that is inspiration to get off my butt for the next month.

Anonymous said...

Did you see the episode called "Spin" [I think], in which an American Grand Tour star winds up in Princeton-Plainsboro after collapsing during a charity cyclo-cross? House is pretty sure that while the young stud's Acquired PRCA may have been "acquired," it couldn't be all that "pure." I was not the only one among my immediate viewing audience who noted that the beady-eyed actor wore cycling shorts that barely cleared his kneecaps. Hmmm.
-- E.C. Chamberlain

PEANUT said...

hey rickie
glad you are getting such fine support from your company. that must feel really good.
hey E.C.: Good thing dr. house isnt my cup o' tea since you would have killed all fantasies i would have had. But I do wish MY shorts came close to my knees so when i put my knee warmers on they would have a fighting chance to reach my shorts.

Anonymous said...

Actually, by "beady-eyed actor" I meant the one playing the arrogant Tour rider, from whom there was, it must be admitted, no obvious confession to George W. Bush reverence, just to shameless performance-enhancing drug use. Also, I assume you know already that several of your fellow Muppets refer to your coach-in-common as "House." Whether this is attributable to his scathing manner or to his massive behind, I cannot say. To see Hugh Laurie's dramatic range, by the way, catch him as Jools Siviter, the sniveling Oscar Wilde send-up in the first Season of "Spooks" ("MI5," in the States). As Jools, he's most definitely your cup of tea, particularly when winging about a production of "Die Walk├╝re" in which the cast were attired in scuba gear.
-- E.C. Chamberlain

Anonymous said...

They look lovely :)
It's hard finding something to eat on the go that is palatable. THey actually look like real food rather than the gunk that alot of the 'scientific' energy bars seem to be.

I've just ordered a bunch of Clif/Luna products but next time I need to replenish I'll give these a look :)

Cherry Pretzel sounds intresting...

PEANUT said...

Is the show called M15 or spooks? I'd probably have to seek it out on American sites or maybe british sites, but not belgian. They dont exist.
chr15: I used to be sponsored by clif bar for many years and i made the mistake of ordering one bar flavor month after month - Mocha Chocolate - or some flavor that combined coffee and chocolate which i think is now discontinued. I was burnt out by the third month and could never look at a Clif bar after that. Besides, baked bars dont digest well when i am on the bike.
Tell me what you think when you try the PROBAR.

Amy said...

Those new Probars sound really good - I looked but didn't see them in Texas. Maybe I'll find them in Florida in December!

Anonymous said...

The show is British and is called "Spooks" (meaning "Spies") there and everywhere else on Earth except the States, where it has been re-packaged as "MI-5" on the grounds that the word "spook" would be thought offensive to African-Americans. Or maybe to ghosts — I can't remember. You haven't forgotten, have you, that America is the place in which all execrable social ills are fixed by not using derogatory language while continuing to behave contemptibly? That's complete … what's the word I'm searching for? … doodoo.
-- E.C. Chamberlain

PEANUT said...

hey ec cham:
It is impossible to forget what america is really like when you live outside of it where the truth is more readily available. I saw a cartoon of sarah palin in the local newspaper here in belgium and it cracked me up. I think i will post it tomorrow.
By the way, spook means ghost in dutch. i wonder if there are ghosts here who would be offended by the name of the show - apparently not as many here as in america?

Jen said...

Ooooh, I got a shipment of these to review a few months ago--the kettle corn was my absolute favorite!

PEANUT said...

yes, kettle corn is great with movies, when you dont have time for a meal or for, in my case often, an emotional snack - it reminds me of a happy memory. Who did you review them for?

Big Bad Wolf said...

Christine, are there any belgian sources for those probar products?
They look tasty and I would love to try them out.

PEANUT said...

You can order them from . they mail to Europe.
I always have them at the races so if you come cheer for me I'll give you a PROBAR.