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Do you eat Lara Bars?

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Created March 26, 2011 at 4:40 PM

I have been grain free for a while now and switched over to the Paleo lifestyle last month. "Convenience foods" pretty much don't exist for me - until I discovered Lara Bars a couple of weeks ago. I have been eating a lot of them. I have 2 small kids, my hubby is deployed with the military, and I work full-time outside the home. So, eating 2 Lara Bars for breakfast - or one for breakfast - one for lunch - really helps me to be able to have a quick, convenient food that I can actually eat on the go. I have seen the Paleo kits - but I can buy the Lara Bars at my local Kroger for $1 a piece. I know there is probably a lot of natural sugar in them but I try to make up for that in other ways.

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416 · June 19, 2013 at 4:40 AM

isn't it just like eating a regular fruit considering the low calories and the amount of sugar? it's not that bad.

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416 · June 19, 2013 at 4:39 AM

worrying too much about sugar........... sugar isn't going to kill you. it's not like you're eating a bowl of refined sugar. it's not even like you're drinking a smoothie with 5 bananas in one setting.

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10044 · May 06, 2013 at 2:37 AM

+1 Do you eat rice crispy treats too? :-P

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10044 · May 06, 2013 at 2:37 AM

+1 Do you eat rice crispy treat too? :-P

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158 · January 23, 2013 at 4:51 PM

if you plan an apple tree you will have free apples for life after a few years :D.. but yeah 2 eggs and an apple are my go-to breakfast

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158 · January 23, 2013 at 4:50 PM

if you ever made them it just involves throwing a bunch of whole foods in a food processor.. so they are "processed" > What he means is if you sat down to eat some dates and some nuts and some other fruit you would eat less total since they wouldn't be all compressed together... thus the effort to eat them would be higher.. this is the case for almost anything like this.. having said that.. I eat them, but not every day . NO BIG DEAL

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158 · January 23, 2013 at 4:48 PM

fruit has sugar in it. I've made larabars from scratch.. dates are the basis of the sweetness.. it's just a bunch of stuff ground up in a food processor, no magic to it. Can be made easily at home in a few minutes of time.

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3979 · January 08, 2013 at 3:48 AM

Depends on the apple.

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2029 · January 08, 2013 at 3:31 AM

FYI, dates are about half glucose, one of the highest concentrations of glucose in all fruit. And all fruit that contains fructose also contains varying amounts of sucrose and glucose, as well as other nutrients and compounds that make them work synergistically as a possible asset to health. Eating dates is not like chugging liquid fructose.

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1881 · January 08, 2013 at 2:51 AM

That's from the dates! I enjoy them for sure. It's my dessert. On the down side, they are owned by General Mills now, so I'm not sure how long before they start to cut corners.

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1614 · January 08, 2013 at 2:51 AM

Two boiled eggs and an apple are cheaper than $2, even when you're buying pastured eggs... my pastured eggs are about $.30 each, plus maybe $.60 for an apple or banana.

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191 · September 21, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Matt: http://www.aliciablogs.com/2012/02/egg-muffins-recipe-paleoglutenfree/ yum! :)

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191 · September 21, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Woah, apples have about 15-25 g of sugar, depending on the size. Lara bars range from about 20-40 g of sugar (avg is usually about 30 g). I'd say if anything, it's like eating 2 apples, not 6... that's a big exaggeration.

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12847 · December 09, 2011 at 3:00 AM

lara bars are made from dates I didn't know they were a processed food...

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2873 · December 09, 2011 at 2:33 AM

On second thought, each bar has about 25 grams of sugar... no go.

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2873 · December 09, 2011 at 2:31 AM

I don't personally eat them but the coconut cream pie bar looks alright. Ingredients: Dates, Unsweetened Coconut, Almonds, Cashews, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

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135 · November 07, 2011 at 8:35 PM

What's an egeg muffin?

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20908 · August 29, 2011 at 8:50 PM

1 lara bar has as much sugar as about 6 apples. so while it may be "natural" and only have a few ingredients, it's still way more than you'd eat if you were having the unprocessed food.

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1065 · March 27, 2011 at 7:11 AM

Robert Lustig (Dr at UCSF, etc) - Mr Anti Fructose basically - does not think it is physically possible to ingest to much fructose eating whole fruit for the most part. Eating fiber grossly reduces the load on the liver that the fruit has.

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18701 · March 27, 2011 at 4:35 AM

You know I watch my calories too, Stephen! ;) We aren't going to talk about butter though.

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22913 · March 27, 2011 at 4:09 AM

A lb lasts a week? That's willpower!!!

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22913 · March 27, 2011 at 4:07 AM

Fructose above the livers ability to absorb even in very healthy people is bad.

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3717 · March 27, 2011 at 2:28 AM

I would suggest googling Robb Wolf and/or Mat Lalonde and fructose. I'm not claiming to be the expert, but I know when I limit my fruit intake, I feel waaaaaay better than when I'm eating more of it. As an occasion treat, I'm sure dates aren't really "that bad," but from what I have read, they are certainly not something folks should be incorporating into their daily diets.

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5768 · March 27, 2011 at 2:01 AM

I do 1/2 a cup of tamari, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, black pepper and 1tbs of honey for 2lbs of flank or london broil.

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105 · March 26, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Do you have a recipe for your jerky? All the Paleo jerky out there seems pretty pricey but I'm not sure about how to go about making my own.

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105 · March 26, 2011 at 8:09 PM

I had just come to realization this week to eat boiled eggs also. I about to try making some Paleoish egg salad for lunch.

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15226 · March 26, 2011 at 8:02 PM

agave seems to be a food best avoided. I have a bar that I make that is really good and all natural. Im not selling them, just giving the recipe out. 'Rothbars' on the right, and at the bottom is a nutrient breakdown http://hungryforreal.net/Recipes.php

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15226 · March 26, 2011 at 8:02 PM

agave seems to be a food best avoided. I have a bar that I make that is really good and all natural. Im not selling them, just giving the recipe out. 'Rothbars' on the right, and at the bottom is a nutrient breakdown

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15226 · March 26, 2011 at 7:59 PM

For people without metabolic derangement and who have good insulin sensitivity, are dates really that bad?

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15226 · March 26, 2011 at 7:58 PM

I have a bar that I like to make at home as well, works really well and is super tasty. Rothbars, at the bottom of the page there is the nutrient breakdown http://hungryforreal.net/Recipes.php

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25467 · March 26, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Nope. Check out what's in them

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235 · March 26, 2011 at 5:01 PM

I eat them. They have like three to four ingredients max. Gluten free and 100% natural, can't see why they wouldn't be paleo. I get them at Sam's in a 18 pack box. Comes out a good bit cheaper then $1 a piece.

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20908 · August 29, 2011 at 8:50 PM

1 lara bar has as much sugar as about 6 apples. so while it may be "natural" and only have a few ingredients, it's still way more than you'd eat if you were having the unprocessed food.

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12847 · December 09, 2011 at 3:00 AM

lara bars are made from dates I didn't know they were a processed food...

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191 · September 21, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Woah, apples have about 15-25 g of sugar, depending on the size. Lara bars range from about 20-40 g of sugar (avg is usually about 30 g). I'd say if anything, it's like eating 2 apples, not 6... that's a big exaggeration.

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3979 · January 08, 2013 at 3:48 AM

Depends on the apple.

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158 · January 23, 2013 at 4:50 PM

if you ever made them it just involves throwing a bunch of whole foods in a food processor.. so they are "processed" > What he means is if you sat down to eat some dates and some nuts and some other fruit you would eat less total since they wouldn't be all compressed together... thus the effort to eat them would be higher.. this is the case for almost anything like this.. having said that.. I eat them, but not every day . NO BIG DEAL

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416 · June 19, 2013 at 4:39 AM

worrying too much about sugar........... sugar isn't going to kill you. it's not like you're eating a bowl of refined sugar. it's not even like you're drinking a smoothie with 5 bananas in one setting.

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9812 · March 26, 2011 at 5:07 PM

I love me some larabars, but they are sugar bombs :( I try to keep them to a once or twice-a-week thing, but I guess it depends on your goals. How do you feel about boiled eggs? I like to make a big batch for breakfasts throughout the week, and they're pretty portable.

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105 · March 26, 2011 at 8:09 PM

I had just come to realization this week to eat boiled eggs also. I about to try making some Paleoish egg salad for lunch.

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1614 · January 08, 2013 at 2:51 AM

Two boiled eggs and an apple are cheaper than $2, even when you're buying pastured eggs... my pastured eggs are about $.30 each, plus maybe $.60 for an apple or banana.

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158 · January 23, 2013 at 4:51 PM

if you plan an apple tree you will have free apples for life after a few years :D.. but yeah 2 eggs and an apple are my go-to breakfast

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10044 · May 06, 2013 at 2:37 AM

+1 Do you eat rice crispy treat too? :-P

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10044 · May 06, 2013 at 2:37 AM

+1 Do you eat rice crispy treats too? :-P

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3717 · March 26, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Not only are they high in sugar, the number 1 ingredient in every flavor I have seen are dates that are extremely high in fructose, which should be limited as much as possible.

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15226 · March 26, 2011 at 7:59 PM

For people without metabolic derangement and who have good insulin sensitivity, are dates really that bad?

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3717 · March 27, 2011 at 2:28 AM

I would suggest googling Robb Wolf and/or Mat Lalonde and fructose. I'm not claiming to be the expert, but I know when I limit my fruit intake, I feel waaaaaay better than when I'm eating more of it. As an occasion treat, I'm sure dates aren't really "that bad," but from what I have read, they are certainly not something folks should be incorporating into their daily diets.

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22913 · March 27, 2011 at 4:07 AM

Fructose above the livers ability to absorb even in very healthy people is bad.

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1065 · March 27, 2011 at 7:11 AM

Robert Lustig (Dr at UCSF, etc) - Mr Anti Fructose basically - does not think it is physically possible to ingest to much fructose eating whole fruit for the most part. Eating fiber grossly reduces the load on the liver that the fruit has.

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2029 · January 08, 2013 at 3:31 AM

FYI, dates are about half glucose, one of the highest concentrations of glucose in all fruit. And all fruit that contains fructose also contains varying amounts of sucrose and glucose, as well as other nutrients and compounds that make them work synergistically as a possible asset to health. Eating dates is not like chugging liquid fructose.

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60 · March 26, 2011 at 5:05 PM

They are good for a quick snack on occasion, but not as a meal replacement or an everyday thing. We eat them if we are on a hike or out running errands all day.

Try making meals ahead of time or when u do make dinner make a ton of it so you can have leftovers. There are a lot of great and quick recipe ideas. Out there. Justgoogle it. Like egeg muffins are awesome.

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135 · November 07, 2011 at 8:35 PM

What's an egeg muffin?

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191 · September 21, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Matt: http://www.aliciablogs.com/2012/02/egg-muffins-recipe-paleoglutenfree/ yum! :)

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218 · January 03, 2012 at 5:11 AM

I used to bring Lara bars to all my sons' sports meets or practices because there is nothing paleo to eat there. But when pregnant last year I couldn't tolerate how sweet they were. So I replaced them with those little single serving packets of almond butter that you can get at whole foods or other health food stores. The perfect thing to keep you from starving while you wait til you can eat meat. Nothing but almond butter, and you can just suck it right out of the packet so it isn't even messy! It does what you need it to do: stops acute hunger.

Make sure you get the plain ones because now they are making sweetened flavored packets too.

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140 · March 26, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Quite the glycemic load if you're attempting to keep your insulin levels low. Pretty low calorie for the amount of sugar intake and not for those following a low-carb paleo diet to lose body fat.

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416 · June 19, 2013 at 4:40 AM

isn't it just like eating a regular fruit considering the low calories and the amount of sugar? it's not that bad.

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2029 · January 08, 2013 at 3:33 AM

I like them. They taste good. But when I'm hungry, they do absolutely nothing for me. I make stuff similar to them at home using far more nuts and far fewer dates, and that satisfies me much better.

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5650 · January 08, 2013 at 2:43 AM

i don't eat them since they aren't paleo- i remember them being made with peanuts and cashews. i used to eat them in my vegan days, but i've gotten over that, thankfully. they tasted good though. i wouldn't say they are a health food by any means.

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10 · January 08, 2013 at 2:33 AM

At Sam's club I also found some sample size Lara bars, and I find that the small size is plenty for me -- they are filling and also help with a sweet tooth. I have a huge glass of water with it, because I think that they are so concentrated. I don't have one everyday, but I keep it in my pocket while skiing so that I am not tempted to get some ridiculous muffin at 10 am.

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608 · December 09, 2011 at 1:22 AM

I think they are OK in moderation or as a last resort to keep you going when there is nothing else. However, packaged food is always inferior to real food and you shouldn't make it a habit.

I know some people dislike the Atkins comparisons but it is a similar issue that happens when a way of eating starts to become popular. Corporate parasites instantly seek to make money off the newest "fad" and therefore start marketing to that demographic. People who lost a tremendous amount of weight on Atkins started to plateau or even gain when they introduced shakes and bars into their diet. Why? Because they were adding highly palatable (for some), easy to eat, hyper convenient processed food. Food that is palatable, calorie dense, and easy to acquire (hello SAD) is usually not optimal for weight loss or maintenance...or health for that matter.

Without the Lara Bars what would you have eaten in lieu? Boiled eggs? A small salad? Can of tuna? Tea with coconut oil? Nothing? All of these > Lara bars.

Please don't think I am being harsh. I think ANYTHING is fine in moderation (except maybe herpes). I even eat bread once in a blue moon, but you don't want to make processed foods a habit.

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134 · August 29, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Dude were way to serious bout this shit have to let yourself enjoy food sometimes every onece in a while is ok if paired with protein and not overdone. Dried fruit with no sugar and nuts how can u get wrong i suggest lemon ones tasty@!!!

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18701 · March 27, 2011 at 12:33 AM

I keep a Lara bar, a Kind bar and a Trio bar in my bag for "emergencies". I think they are smushed to pieces now, because I never actually eat them, LOL.

My go to, quick snack has been Oskri mini bars lately. http://www.oskri.com/details.php?id=1238&t=box I know there is stuff I shouldn't eat in them. I usually end up eating about 1 a week though, so I'm not super worried about it.

I also buy Fiberful bars at Trader Joes, but again, rarely eat them. I don't usually like to give up that many carbs at once.

I know you didn't ask what bars we do eat, but I figured I'd throw those out there.

I wouldn't eat breakfast either if I didn't make enough every Sunday to last me through the week. I make Paleo egg muffins a lot, they are just scrambled eggs w/various toppings made in muffin tins. Super easy. I usually fry up a pound of bacon on Sunday and it lasts me through the week. I also cut up a melon or two on the weekends, which is also delicious with bacon. Hard boiled eggs are ridiculously easy to make and stay good all week.

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22913 · March 27, 2011 at 4:09 AM

A lb lasts a week? That's willpower!!!

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18701 · March 27, 2011 at 4:35 AM

You know I watch my calories too, Stephen! ;) We aren't going to talk about butter though.

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18671 · March 27, 2011 at 12:03 AM

Even if I didn't eat only meat, I wouldn't touch them. They are dried fruit and nuts, both of which I consider "once-in-a-long-while at most" foods.

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5768 · March 26, 2011 at 7:02 PM

I think once a day is no big deal, similar to eating a piece of fruit. The only thing I would caution is that the lack of protein if that is all you are eating. Maybe add some beef jerky if it's a full meal. I make my own jerky, it is so easy even with the little ones running around.

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105 · March 26, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Do you have a recipe for your jerky? All the Paleo jerky out there seems pretty pricey but I'm not sure about how to go about making my own.

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5768 · March 27, 2011 at 2:01 AM

I do 1/2 a cup of tamari, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, black pepper and 1tbs of honey for 2lbs of flank or london broil.

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10 · March 26, 2011 at 5:28 PM

I have a website to make your own Larabars...

http://www.damyhealth.com/2011/03/how-to-make-homemade-lara-bars/

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15226 · March 26, 2011 at 7:58 PM

I have a bar that I like to make at home as well, works really well and is super tasty. Rothbars, at the bottom of the page there is the nutrient breakdown http://hungryforreal.net/Recipes.php

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7324 · March 26, 2011 at 5:08 PM

The only time I eat them is at tennis tournaments where I can't go out and get anything else. Otherwise, I think they just have too much sugar. Natural fructose is still fructose. Your body can't tell the difference.

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0 · June 19, 2013 at 3:46 AM

The uber bars are made with brown rice syrup...

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244 · April 11, 2013 at 7:57 PM

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the larabar uber variety. These types only have about 8 grams of sugar per bar. It's still dates, but in a lot smaller quantity. This is what I reach for when I need something convenient. They are a little more expensive, but well worth it in my mind.

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0 · April 11, 2013 at 4:51 PM

I do love them, but they make me SO hungry afterwards. Probably because of all the sugar!

Also, I have a raw nut oral allergy where my mouth gets itchy from any raw nuts, and these make me crazy itchy!

I like Kind Bars instead, they are also high in sugar but also really tasty for an occasional snack when I haven't premade eggs or something. Almond cashew flax is my jam!

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0 · April 11, 2013 at 2:53 PM

I'm new at this!!! This is day #5 of Paleo and so far, I'm feeling great!! I found out about the Larabars, tried them and found them to be quite satisfying and tasty. BUT I don't want to overdo it! Had 1 then went on a 3.5 mile walk. After an hour I really felt my blood sugar drop. So next day I had half a bar along with an egg. No problem then! I think for me they may be ok as long as they are consumed along with some protein and fat. Sticking to only 1/2 per day and will probably cut back even further and treat them as more of a 'treat'.

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480 · April 11, 2013 at 2:16 PM

occastionally ill munch one, but its cheaper just to travel with nuts and/or dried fruit/dates on hand

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0 · April 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

I actually ate a lara bar "chocolate coconut cashew" for breakfast this morning. I only use them in a pinch, which isn't often at all. I forgot to boil more eggs last night and had no time to stop at this local spot I found that boils Omega 3 eggs. :( I would definitely only have them now and again. Loved all the comments above.

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1232 · January 08, 2013 at 9:23 AM

I eat Nakd bars which are similar. Only three or four ingredients in them. Sometimes I make them myself.

http://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk/nakd-fruit-and-nut-bars/

My fave is the Caffé Mocha one, made with dates, cashews, raisins and cocoa.

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0 · January 08, 2013 at 2:44 AM

I enjoy them from time to time for convenience's sake. They are quite sugary though. Also, if you want to get really technical, cashews are the main ingredient for every bar, and cashew are legumes.

I wouldn't say don't eat them ever, but you can probably come up with something even better once you get the hang of what's allowed. :)

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55 · January 02, 2012 at 9:13 PM

I am gluten-free/soy-free/dairy-minimal and moving toward full paleo (dropping what GF carbs I have been eating). Larabar flavors that I like (the cherry) tend to have some nuts in them, but as other folks here have said there's not that much protein in them to counteract the sugar in the dried fruit. Still, for an occasional snack, they don't seem that bad -- a pairing of dried fruit w/nuts, which is permissible in the paleo books I've read. Not good for breakfast (not enough protein), but seems OK for a snack.

Generally, I try to get more protein into my snacks. As an alternative to the Larabar, why not have an ounce of pumpkin seeds (10 g protein; 200 cal) and a few prunes (maybe 2; 50 cal) as a snack -- the whole snack compares to a Larabar calorically, but has more protein and fiber to tide you over and counteract the fruit's sugar. On a recent trip to a conference in a remote area where I wouldn't have a lot of time or car access to shop for food, I brought prunes and pumpkin seeds and alternated eating them with apples/almond butter as my snacks.

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440 · December 09, 2011 at 2:57 AM

You can eat LaraBars as long as its a post-workout out snack. If the amount of sugar bothers you then try to make your own version of the Larabars this way you can control the amount of sugar in your snack. Here is a few homemade recipes you can play around with:

http://www.thewholekitchen.com/cinnabon-cookie/

http://www.thewholekitchen.com/coconut-lemon-bars/

http://www.thewholekitchen.com/laraballs-2/

If you are looking for alternative snacks... this site has a lot of paleo options.

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180 · August 29, 2011 at 8:57 PM

They are good for if I need something to grab rather than eating out, but I try not to make a habit of it. I usually balance it with some Hormel Naturals lunch meat.

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951 · August 29, 2011 at 8:46 PM

I eat them sometimes. Everyone is saying you should limit them because of the sugar, and that's probably true, but as long as you don't buy boxes of them I think you will be limited by default. And again, when it comes to things like fruit, unless you are really struggling with weight or insulin issues, don't be so hard on yourself.

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0 · March 26, 2011 at 7:57 PM

I like Lara Bars, been told they are a good Paleo snack...but they are so low in calories I end up eating 2-3 of them! Also very little protein. Was recently introduced to a new small company created by Paleo Crossfitters that is the answer to the low cal no protein Lara Bar...Check out www.justagudbar.com for an all natural fruit & nut protein bar

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15226 · March 26, 2011 at 8:02 PM

agave seems to be a food best avoided. I have a bar that I make that is really good and all natural. Im not selling them, just giving the recipe out. 'Rothbars' on the right, and at the bottom is a nutrient breakdown http://hungryforreal.net/Recipes.php

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661
15226 · March 26, 2011 at 8:02 PM

agave seems to be a food best avoided. I have a bar that I make that is really good and all natural. Im not selling them, just giving the recipe out. 'Rothbars' on the right, and at the bottom is a nutrient breakdown

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1344 · March 26, 2011 at 5:08 PM

No for me for a couple of reasons:

  1. Kids are allergic to tree nuts and the only non tree nut one has peanut butter in it.

  2. Not a good carb to protein ratio.

Otherwise, I have eaten the peanut butter one prePaleo and they were darn yummy!

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