No More Chocolate: Day 5

no more chocolateA fourteen-day chocolate fast A permanent break with chocolate, inspired by A Year of No Sugar, a stepping stone to becoming Added-Sugar-Free (Mostly!). 

Day 5 (May 5).

Today was a day off, so after a round of yard saling, I went healthy food buying.  My goal was to get more Pita chips and Sweet Potato chips, but mostly to get some kinda of protein bar that was good for me, something to help me replace the chocolate candy bars that were a major part of my diet for the ill, always for the ill.

I don’t live in a big town.  So my options were namely Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and Country Mart.
After being floored by how many had a ton of added sugar and the rows of chocolate-laden options, I struck gold with:
  • Pineapple, Banana, Kale, Spinach by Pressed by Kind.
  • Almond Cashew with Flax + Omega-3 by Kind Plus.
  • Fruit & Nut Delight by Kind Fruit & Nut.

Sense a theme here?

pineapple banana kale spinach by kindSo the Pineapple one.  Ingredients?  What it says on the front.  It’s probably the healthiest one–and cutest packaged.  It has 18g of sugar, all natural.  And it best yet, it tastes like raisins. It’s my favorite.

almonds cashews with flax and omega3 by kindNext, the Omega-3 bar.  It’s a little less good for you.  It has almonds, cashews, dates–so far so good–honey, non GMO glucose–not so good for a (mostly) added-sugarfree diet–flax seeds, macadamias, vanilla extract, chicory root fiber–seems to have redeemed itself.  And chicory is a pretty flower.  But uh, oh, chicory is a coffee substitute.  That means caffeine right?  But a little Internet research eased my mind.  Nope.

And besides, while it may be a treat I can’t have that often while trying to be mostly added-sugar-free, it is something I want to indulge in.  Why?  Because something in it–the dates, maybe?–tastes a lot like chocolate.  \o/

Needless to say, it is my second favorite.

fruit and nut delight by kindFinally, the more nutty one.  This one has a few more ingredient in it, and it outright has sugar: peanuts, almonds, glucose syrup–strike one–honey–strike two–apricots, brazil nuts, sultanas, walnuts, rice flour, dates, raisins, flax seeds, soy lecithin, sugar–strike three–sea salt.

I never really ate honey before, unless there is some in candy corn?  I tried a spoonful once to see if I could ever commit to the allergy-reducing regime of consuming local honey.  Couldn’t do it, so I mostly ignored it, except for its related product, beeswax.  I use that to make lotion bars.  Used to use, I should say, for I haven’t done it in ages.  Anyway, where was I?  Oh, yes.  Honey.  Tasted the honey.  Tasted the nuts.  Not delighted over it, but it’s there if I need it.

So, I was worried about sweet bars of goodness and the foreseeable dearth of them in my future.  Not any more.  At least, I have a few Kind options.  It helps so much when trying to be healthy to have the good stuff in a familiar shape to the bad.  I don’t know why.  It just is.  It makes it easier to be good.

And I can be good.

Oh, and before I sign off, in non-chocolate news, I made spinach chips.  Pretty darn good.

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