I was sent some Kit’s Organic bars, they’re a new line from Clif bar. Organic, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free… yet full of flavor! They’re date-based bars with very short and simple ingredient lists. Kit Crawford is an owner at Clif and these bars are a “celebration of just how delicious simple can be!” [Keep reading for tips on making life more simple!]
The first one I tried was the Chocolate Almond Coconut… but I think that one ended up being my absolute favorite! It has 190 calories and contains Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Coconut, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Sea Salt. The flavor on this one was awesome… especially if you like coconut!
The next one I tried was the Cashew… this one is the lowest calorie bar in the collection at 170 calories. It also has a really nice ingredient list: Organic Dates, Organic Cashews, Organic Almonds, Sea Salt. I liked it and was impressed with the flavor and texture.
Next up was the Berry Almond… it contains Bilberries and Barberries. Huh? Both of those have some medicinal properties but are also used in jams. Bilberries look like blueberries, at least in the pictures I’ve found. The baby shared this one with me and really liked it. This one is 180 calories and contains Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Barberries, Organic Bilberries, Sea Salt.
Last one I tried was Peanut Butter. It was inevitable that I would compare them to the most prominent date-based bar, Larabar. Peanut Butter Cookie is my favorite flavor of that bar so I saved this one for last. And it was good… but not my favorite of the pack and not as good as Larabar’s version. Still, I wouldn’t hesitate to grab this if I saw it on the shelf when I needed a quick snack. I would just probably pick one of the other flavors first. This one weighs in at 200 calories and the ingredients are Organic Dates, Organic Peanuts, Organic Almonds, Sea Salt.
In addition to tasty snacks, the company also shared this graphic with me of Kit’s tips for living more simply. There is an allure in this, paring down my life and trying to feel less overwhelmed. Because honestly…. I’m so stressed lately. I have a friend who was posting on Facebook about some of her “passions” and I felt like, “Ugh… I’m so happy you have those but I don’t have time for passions. Between work and being a mom, I’m drowning… drowning… drowning.”
Some of things I would consider my passions: running, blogging, reading. And it’s so hard to find time for them. I’ve been reading the same novel for several weeks now, I am capable of devouring a book in a few hours if given the chance to sit down and do so. And my posts are fewer and farther-spaced on here lately. I miss writing more, especially more personal anecdotes and stories. But when I squeeze out the time I feel pressured to do posts that I’m obligated to do for companies and products. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE doing that. But I’ve always tried giving the company a post all of their own, without running commentary on life from me mixed in. But I may need to start combining that type of writing! I’m glad this post lends itself to that so well… because I need to figure out how to live more simply and destress… enjoy my life more… smile and savor the moment… and stop using ellipses so much.
How do you simplify your life?