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Dark Mocha Almond Chewy Granola Bar

by Meghann on July 28, 2009

When I noticed the other week on my Sister’s blog there was a new Kashi Bar flavor out there I knew I had to try it ASAP! You see, I may have a teeny tiny obsession with all things Kashi and I knew the new bar would not disappoint.

In fact I wanted to try the new flavor so much I had to drive to a Publix that is 15 minutes farther from my house just so I can purchase a box for myself. The one near me didn’t have it yet!

I present to you the Dark Mocha Almond Chewy Granola Bar.

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I loved the addition of the chocolate chips on top. 🙂

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The texture for the granola bar falls in sync with the rest of the bars from Kashi’s chewy granola line. It was very chewy and a little dry. There was a great mix of mocha and chocolate flavors, though I wish the mocha had been just a tad stronger. I really did enjoy the chocolate chips on top.

I think I need to have another bar to give my full opinion.

I will admit the bar was very filling and as always delayed me from scrounging for my lunch at 11:00.  Instead I dug in at 12:30.

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I have been looking forward to these left overs since Sunday night! I topped the left over yucca fries with the left over snobby joes and added a few jalapenos to give it a little extra spice and some parmesan cheese.

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On the side I had a few cherries.

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They are on their last leg and needed to be eaten ASAP! Still tasted sweet as could be though. 🙂

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Does anyone follow Runner’s World on Twitter? They tweeted an interesting post this morning their editor wrote about how he decided to stop giving up on sugar. It got to the point where he was wondering why he gave up on something he loved and decided sugar can be enjoyed in moderation, especially in his favorite cup of morning joe. 

I found the post rather interesting. I can not tell you how many times I have seen fellow bloggers try to give up things they love such as french vanilla creamers, diet cokes, or even coffee only to realize the things they love are their special treats and it is better to enjoy them in moderation rather then killing yourself to not have it.

When I first started losing weight I labeled a lot of things ‘off limits’ in the beginning such as beer and ice cream. You all know I love my beer and ice cream, but I also know they don’t love my hips. Over the past 2 years I learned life is too short to just say no and have gradually added both ice cream and beer back into my diet in moderation. I don’t have them every day and when I do it’s usually in small amounts.

I also stopped drinking sweet tea and soda. It’s weird, but now I actually prefer unsweet tea and enjoy sparkling water just as much as I did soda.

It’s all give and take that we have to learn on our own. As always moderation is key. 🙂

Have you ever gave up on something for the sake of healthy? Did you learn to enjoy it in moderation or find you prefer the alternative more?

1 Chocolate Shoestrings July 28, 2009 at 2:58 pm

hmmm interesting. I can never give up sugar. I gave up chocolate for lent once and that was hard. But I’ve given up all sodas/”juices”/sweetened drinks from my diet. I’ve also tried eliminating as much white flour as possible; I’ve actually found that this made my tummy feel SO much better. But I agree, everything in moderation. Life’s too short, and chocolate is too good 🙂

2 threehannas July 28, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Completely denying myself something that I like just leads to me wanting it even more! Moderation is key for me : )
I also find that when I “denied” myself certain things then I would crave them, even if they were things that I didn’t really even like that much to begin with.
I don’t deny myself ANYTHING and in doing that I find that I have more freedom to TRULY ENJOY the things that I like & want! I have way less “cravings” too : )

3 Run Niki Run July 28, 2009 at 3:12 pm

I’ve never really given up anything that I loved. I agree, it’s totally about having those foods in moderation! I did stop drinking soda in high school, but it wasn’t something I really *loved*. Sometimes I will crave a Coke, but I find I can only drink maybe half a glass because it’s so sugary!

4 Whit July 28, 2009 at 3:12 pm

I loved diet soda to the point I literally lived off of it. Terribly unhealthy, so I quit cold turkey. I can’t even stand the thought of it now.

5 trinichiqn July 28, 2009 at 3:12 pm

As a child I was not allowed soda, we drank juice, so as an adult I never developed a taste for it. My sister on the other hand was the complete opposite and could never get enough. She is always trying to give it up, and then she’ll be incredibly thirsty and buy one cause it’s easier/cheaper/more convenient. I never actually try to give up my vice because my sister and I have similar willpower, so I just put it off for later.

6 runnerskitchen July 28, 2009 at 3:20 pm

I sometimes feel a little guilty because of my love for coffee and ice cream. But recent studies have linked coffee with a ton of health benefits and full-fat dairy (like ice cream!) can prevent infertility. So maybe they’re not so bad… I believe that we should be able to enjoy the things we love, in moderation of course! However, it definitely takes time to learn how to say no every once in awhile 🙂

7 Stephanie July 28, 2009 at 3:27 pm

I read the article you linked to and found it interesting. And I think most of us agree small indulgences are ok… everything in moderation…

I found the article that RW linked to even more interesting: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/16/nyregion/16bigcity.html

8 allijag July 28, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Amen! 🙂 The DC habit was hard to kick (and I have probably 1 a week now) – but I learned to like LaCroix – which I’ve hated for years! Everything in moderation 😀

9 Lizzy July 28, 2009 at 3:33 pm

OMG that Kashi bar looks amazing. when you can see chocolate chips, that makes it all the better in my book! I just recently decided to quite drinking diet soda, and to be quite honest, i don’t miss it at all! but i wouldnt be apposed to incorporating it back into my diet every once in a while, but i can totally live without it! like you said, things in moderation are key! 🙂

10 Amanda July 28, 2009 at 3:43 pm

I totally agree with you here. I dealt with disordered eating for a while, and had so many “off limits” foods. Eating is meant to be enjoyed, and I am glad to say that I don’t restrict anything now (except for maybe Big Macs and the like).

My main issue is that if I have something in the house that used to be “off limits”, I have such a hard time with portion control. I really envy your ability to fully enjoy a small bowl of ice cream, or to stretch those baked goods in your freezer for such a long time! Therefore, I tend to keep desserts out of the house and will indulge when over at someone’s house, or when I want to go out for ice cream!

Good topic!

11 Liz July 28, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Megan, great post, when ever I try to give something up completely, it usually ends in an overeating disaster at some point.

I wanted to mention that when you are trying out a new bar (or one that might be new to your readers), I love it when you take a photo of the actual bar as well as the bar in the wrapper, as you did today. A lot of times, I find the photo is just of the wrapped bar, and I am always curious as to what the actual bar looks like!

12 Elisabeth July 28, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Since I was bulimic and also ate a very restrictive diet for 15 years, there were a lot of “off limits” things that I did not enjoy for many (MANY) years. As part of my treatment, I was encouraged to try some of these “scary” foods, and get a read on how I felt after eating (or drinking) them. Mind you, these are all foods and drinks that I **craved** because I completely cut them out of my diet and would not allow myself to enjoy them even in moderation.

What I found is that I didn’t even enjoy these things as much as I expected I would. I realized that I enjoyed my morning bowl of oats with peanut butter far more than I ever would enjoy the orange Hostess Cupcakes that I was craving non-stop. Our minds play crazy tricks on us over food!

On the other hand, I have purposely removed (or cut back) on certain things from my life over the past 2 years. I used to drink 5-6 huge cups of coffee with creamer and 5 packets of splenda every single day. I slowly cut back, then I stopped using splenda and only used a small amount of regular sugar (trying to cut out the chemicals) instead. Gradually, I have basically stopped drinking coffee altogether. Funny thing is that when I actually want a cup of coffee (once every 3-6 months), now I prefer it black! I would’ve never IMAGINED drinking black coffee back in my heavy coffee drinking days! It’s almost like our brains become programmed to like our food and drinks a certain way…but they can be reprogrammed!

Sorry for the book. =)

13 Katiek July 28, 2009 at 3:55 pm

i,ve had those bars they’re pretty yum, ill mix mine in yogurt or a half ontop of my oatmeal. Yummy. As far as giving stuff up I’ve actually found myself liking heathier versions much more, such as unsweet tea and sweet potatoes. Even the pegunal versions can be enjoyed, its all about moderation!

14 rd2b July 28, 2009 at 4:10 pm

So glad to hear someone else writing about moderation. My blog (rd2b.wordpress.com) is called “Everything in Moderation”, and as a soon-to-be Registered Dietitian (exam is tomorrow!), it’s always been my philosophy. Not only about food… but everything in life!

15 Ashley @ On The Rocks July 28, 2009 at 4:44 pm

I love the Kashi coconut flavor bars!

I defintely understand the reasoning behind “banning” a certain food. Sometimes some of us find it difficult to live in moderation. I think being someone that was very overweight for most of my life, all I knew was foods in excess. Sometimes it easier for us to just completely give up an entire food rather than struggle with moderation. I hope to eventually be able to be happy with moderation, but it’s not always that easy.

16 Ada July 28, 2009 at 4:52 pm

omg I love anything mocha, I must try those bars ASAP! In the past, I banned real ice cream (like you) and would only eat fro-yo, but after reading Jenna’s musings on consuming fat I decided that ice cream in moderation is not a bad thing.

17 Susan July 28, 2009 at 4:53 pm

That seems like an odd flavour for the chewy line! Most of them are very nutty and trail-mixy. I’m obviously going to hunt it down too though 😛

I don’t believe in giving stuff up either. I did the exact same thing when I started losing weight. But it’s not reasonable to do long-term. I will say though, I also gave up beer, and for the most part, I still don’t drink it. I love the taste, but I was drinking waaaay too much before. I save it for special occassions now. I think I just rather splurge on food calories than drink ones 🙂

18 Katherine July 28, 2009 at 4:57 pm

I think the only reason to give something up would be for short periods of time based on a particular health problem. Simply to pull back and reduce stressors on the body. For me it’s parasites – so for 9 weeks I am staying away from alcohol, coffee, sugar, fruits (except berries and avocado), eggs, dairy…the list goes on. This is temporary and serves a purpose. Eventually I will enjoy all of these things in moderation. 🙂

I can’t imagine doing it just to control weight though…that seems silly! 🙂

19 Christina July 28, 2009 at 5:04 pm

I totally agree with you on this, everything in moderation is the best way to go! I’ve never tried to give up something up that I loved (I have my ice cream serving at least once a week) but I did give up a lot of unhealthy things that I felt I could live without, such as cool whip and coffee creamer. I don’t even think about them anymore so I know it’s not something I needed.

20 Carolyn July 28, 2009 at 5:04 pm

I have some cherries about to go bad and I feel terrible! What a waste and they’re so expensive! 🙁

21 Tay July 28, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Yup, during my crazed weight loss stage I gave up a lot – including ice cream. Even afterwards, food like ice cream and “unhealthy” foods (such as white bread products, pizzas, cookies, candy) were always off-limits. I would occasionally splurge/binge and then feel guilty. I realize now that you can WORK THESE THINGS INTO your healthy lifestyle. Like you said, moderation is key! Don’t go binge crazy everyday, but once and a while (or even a little bit everyday) is A-OK! I’m still working on trying not to feel guilty when I have occasional sweets. It’s a long process!

22 Hangry Pants July 28, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Interesting. I gave up splenda and other fake sugars and I really do think I am better off. I would say, however, that if I ever try to give up something I love for the blog I miss it and go back to it. 😀

23 Isha July 28, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I used to order full fat lattes, not thinking of the alternatives. I eventually changed that to non-fat lattes – now it’s automatic for me to preference skim milk – but even more than that, I taught myself to like black coffee. Now I almost always prefer a strong, rich cup of completely black coffee!

24 Lauren July 28, 2009 at 5:27 pm

I’m a Kashi worshiper as well 😉 I LOVE the pumpkin and dark chocolate chewy bars, so I’m putting this new flavor on my list.

I completely agree with you regarding moderation with indulgent foods. I don’t feel as though I deny myself foods that I crave – I’ve found that healthier alternatives almost always satisfy me. There are times when the “real deal” is in order, however!

25 tiponz July 28, 2009 at 5:41 pm

i gave up diet coke- and i prefer to never have it rahter than have it every once in awhile. if i let myself have just one ill go crazy and want more! haha since giving it up i do not even have the desire for it anymore

26 Betsy July 28, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Like a lot of the other peeps out there, I gave up soda – but found it really easy. Now soda just tastes too sweet and I am super sensitive to caffeine.

I have found that when approaching a healthier lifestyle, eating slower and eating better food, some previous treats have been really easy to give up (i.e. normal candy bars, any desserts with fake flavors, etc) but I could never give up sweets all together.

27 Evan Thomas July 28, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Since blogging I’ve given up artificial colors, sweeteners, and flavors for the most part. I’ve found it really hasn’t been difficult once I first rid my house of that stuff and replaced it with natural products; I still enjoy my diet soda and fluff, but I buy Zevia and a vegan marshmallow spread and eat them sparingly because of the extra cost. And of course if I’m out with people at an ice cream place or wherever I never am afraid to indulge in moderation. The more important thing was to rid my life of regularly intaking artificial ingredients.

28 loveprevails July 28, 2009 at 6:42 pm

love the idea behind that post too!
I have labeled alot of things “off limits” due to my eating disorder history. I have brought many of them back in, but there are some things I think I will forever sub in recipes and such just because it’s healthier! aka, apple sauce in place of butter at times, anyone?! But I find when I go back to things I want to over indulge or I just dont like them as much anymore. So bring things back into my life is both give and take at this point.

29 Annamarina July 28, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I gave up Diet Coke several months ago and I find now that I actually prefer a nice cold glass of water wtih lemon in it. Occasionally when eating out I think I want a Diet Coke, and I will allow myself to order one but always with a water. I usually end up drinking more of the water and just a little of the soda.

30 Rose July 28, 2009 at 7:11 pm

My old no-no list: butter, cheese and sometimes (gasp) bread. I had really messed up thinking when it came to food.

Now I enjoy cheese and bread in moderation. And I use butter when I need to – but not often.

31 Kailey July 28, 2009 at 7:14 pm

love love love that kashi bar 🙂
lovely lunch too!

the only thing I refuse to eat is artificial sweenters because I break out like crazy when I do. It sucks :\ No sammie thins for me…

32 roseyrebecca July 28, 2009 at 7:17 pm

I’ve given up a lot of things in the past that I really loved. There are some thing that I gave up and don’t miss at all though!! One of those things is soda. Just thinking about it makes my mouth feel gross because I know that all it is is sugar. Even diet soda grosses me out a bit!

Something I’ve given up in the past but have learned to enjoy in moderation is chocolate! Now I love having a small piece of dark chocolate once or twice a day and I don’t feel bad about it at all!!

Speaking of chocolate, that kashi bar looks really good! I’ll have to check them out!!

http://roseyrebecca.wordpress.com/

33 Heather July 28, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Have you seen the new Kashi Heart to Heart Warm Cinnamon flavored cereal?? They had it in stock at Target, I didn’t buy it but was oh so tempted. I love when Kashi comes up with new products

34 Anne P July 28, 2009 at 7:52 pm

OMG NEW KASHI!?!?!?! must find immediately…

35 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) July 28, 2009 at 8:51 pm

I haven’t seen that new bar! I gotta go check it out. I’ve given up a lot of sweets but I find that I no longer crave them as much. Which is nice. Fruit with a little frozen yogurt almost always satisfies my craving for sweets!

36 Matt July 28, 2009 at 9:07 pm

I actually gave up soda one year for my “New Years Resolution”. I haven’t had one in three years! I used to drink about 6-8 sodas a day!

37 leslie July 28, 2009 at 9:14 pm

thanks for the link to the article! i used to have a long, long list of off-limits foods. as i began trying them again, it was interesting to discover what i really did and didn’t like. pancakes? definitely! french fries? not so much. moderation is such a personal thing!

38 inmytummy July 28, 2009 at 10:02 pm

I feel like I had to give up diet coke cold turkey in order to only have it in moderation now. If that makes any sense!

39 Krista July 28, 2009 at 10:51 pm

I was in the USA today and stocked up on the new Kashi dark chocolate coconut, dark mocha almond AND pumpkin pie flavours! You drove 15 mins…me? 2 hours! Haha!!! I did love that bar, though!

40 indieconquers July 28, 2009 at 11:23 pm

mmmm! You were the first blog I started to follow and inspired me to make my own! Your food life is da bomb.

41 Erin July 29, 2009 at 6:58 am

I need to find that Kashi bar! We always had the peanut ones in my house but they are a little dry for my tastes…

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