I am also obsessed with free samples! You should see me at Whole Foods, I tend to go a bit crazy with all of their free samples. They are always the best at having plenty of food around to nibble on. Let’s face it, I am a foodie who wants to try anything and everything, so when someone offers me a tiny sample it’s always hard to pass up. I know in the back of my head a bunch of tiny samples add up to a bunch of unnecessary calories, but in the front of my head I am thinking yummy free food. J
Well now that I have gone completely off track with my free sample obsession, I have to say the nice people at Kardea must have secretly known about my tiny obsession because they were kind enough to send me some samples of their Karnea Nutrition Bars.
Before I saw Heather & Mark at Hangry Pants test their samples of the bar on their blog, I had never heard of Karnea before. They essentially gave the bars good reviews, so I was more then happy to sample and review them myself.
The bars come in 4 flavors:
- Banana Nut
- Cranberry Almond
- Lemon Ginger
- Chai Spice
Today I decided to try the Chai Spice flavor.
I was a little scared of the Chai Spice bar simply because I’m not the biggest fan of Chai flavored things, but it just happened to be the one I through in my purse this morning.
Once out of the package it strangely resembled a Larabar (only the ingredient list is about 4x longer!). I took my first bite crossing my fingers it would be ok and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The flavor was not to strong and the ‘spice’ was toned down. I also liked the texture, the bar is partly made up of brown rice krispies that give it a nice crunch when you are expecting nothing but chewy. Overall I liked it.
One flavor down, three more to try. (well actually 2, I can’t eat the banana one so I’m going to have my sister do a guest review)
For lunch today I just sort of pieced together what I had in my fridge (which isn’t much at the moment).
I ended up with a nice Veggi Wrap
- Flat Out Wrap
- Shredded Summer Squash
- Gorgonzola Cheese
- Mango Poppyseed Dressing
I microwaved the veggies first to get them nice and warm, I then rolled it up in the wrap and grilled it panini style on the George Forman. All of the flavors actually mixed well and microwaving the veggies first made sure the wrap was nice and warm all the way through.
On the side I had a small serving of almonds and a Pumpkin Bar covered in Peanut Butter.
That was a GREAT lunch! I’m still nto sure what the plans are for dinner. I may be going out to eat (grrr…) or I might make something real quick before Halloween Horror Nights. I guess it all depends on what time I have to be there. Either way its going to be a llooonngg night so I will report back tomorrow on my little adventure. Have a Great Friday everyone!