There was a time, long, long ago, that I was excited about grocery shopping. I had just moved out on my own, first time out of a dorm and with no meal swipe card, when meal planning felt like a statement. I felt in charge. Adult. Inspired.
That lasted about two days. Maybe five meals.
I soon realized how much I ate. I mean, I’m hungry all the time. I eat breakfast, and then I’m hungry again, lunch, dinner, second dinner, etc. It gets to be a lot of food. A lot of money. A lot of time and energy.
And so I, as so many of my comrades before me, have fallen to the granola bar meal. If you find yourself in a similar situation, here’s a handy dandy guide.
The Classic Chewy
This bar brings me back to the days when granola bars were just a snack after school, a lovely treat in between a carefully packed lunch and a lovely warm dinner—it was great. As a meal, though, this bar falls short. I eat the whole box and want more, plus dessert.
The Sweet and Salty
I crave these all the time. So if you’ve never had one, you might not want to get hooked. As it is, they’re about a mid level meal—you might not be satisfied, but they’ll definitely hold you over. There are so many flavors you’re brain might just be tricked into thinking you have eaten a healthy, well-balanced meal (it still might be questioning the healthiness of your overall life/diet though. Just concentrate on the wonderfully contrasting flavors and forget about trying to make a salad.)
The Chocolate Covered
This is the bar your mom told you about. I feel like such a grown up when I eat it (don’t smirk) because as a kid, this definitely would have been a dessert bar. I eat it for breakfast and feel like a rebel.
The Clif Bar
These are too hardcore for me. Sure, they fill you up, but it also feels like you’re nibbling on a brick. Worth it if you’re starving to death or rock climbing, otherwise, I’m gonna have to say no.
So my theory about these bars is that they’re fine. No matter what flavor, you cann always pretty much see all the flavors, so that’s probably good. I always feel like I’m being tricked, though, like maybe I don’t actually like them, I just want to be the kind of person who likes them (you know, saving the earth, loving others, peace). And I don’t want my identity to rest on the granola bars I eat. So I rest my case: they’re all right.
The Perfection, aka: Kashi Dark Chocolate Coconut
These are my favorite. I admit they’re sort of a splurge, and a niche (a lot of people don’t like dark chocolate, or coconut) but they’re just so good. That’s the extent of my food writing skills: hey guys, theses are good. (I also like most of the other Kashi bars, too.)