Have you heard of Larabars? They’re mighty tasty. I got hooked on them when I was a trail crew leader on the Appalachian Trail in Vermont, and my co-leader had so many food allergies that she could eat barely any of the foods we had with us on the crew. A local health food store was kind enough to donate a few boxes of bars to our crew, and I couldn’t get enough of them since.
Aside from being really tasty, why are they so awesome? Look at the ingredients list for any of their bars, and you’ll see something quite rare in today’s world. Here’s an example. The Cherry Pie flavor (one of my favorites) has an ingredients list of: dates, almonds, cherries. That’s all. Another favorite, Blueberry Muffin: dates, cashews, blueberries, blueberry juice concentrate, lemon juice concentrate, vanilla extract. Their bars tend to average only four ingredients per bar. And they’re wicked sweet. They don’t taste as healthy as they are. Extra bonus, they are very calorie dense (usually around 120 calories per ounce), making them great backpacking foods.
Larabars were featured recently on “The Biggest Loser” (a show I’ve only seen once, while I was on the Pacific Crest Trail, and I thought it was pretty cool. Certainly more noble in cause than most of the reality TV I’ve heard of) because one of the trainers on the show really likes the Cherry Pie and Peanut Butter Cookie Larabars. Larabar decided to give away a handful of of those bars to share the love.
I’m a big fan of planning ahead for fun adventures (whether they be big hikes, life changes, learning something new, or whatever), so if you’d like a few free Larabars, put a post on the Guthook Hikes Facebook page, or on the comments section of this blog (although I need a way to get in touch with you if you win) telling the world about one of your plans for the coming spring, summer, or fall that you’re excited about. No plan can be too big or too small. This weekend, I’ll choose someone at random, and Larabar will send them the prize.
The only caveat is the entries have to be more than one sentence (remember, it’s something you’re excited about!). Once I choose a winner, I’ll let you know.