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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Candy For Lunch

Dang it! I forgot to pack my Mulligatawny Soup with brown rice before I left my apartment this morning. Being without lunch, I headed to Organic Avenue. I was all set on purchasing their Green Monkey Smoothie but lo and behold they were sold out. Actually, their shelves overall were pretty bare. I see this as a positive that raw, organic eateries are gaining in popularity. Hopefully more to come in this department. 

I settled on a bottle of Green Love along with a bar of Raw Chocolate Love with orange. 

The juice I've had many times. It never disappoints. The chocolate was brand new to my taste buds. The nice thing about a lot of raw chocolate bars is that you taste chocolate. Seems like a no-brainer, right? Well, so many chocolate bars taste like sugar. This bar was sweetened with agave. Something I wish was more prevalent in chocolate bars. Mainstream bars usually contain sugar. 

The chocolate was rich and a bit chalky and crumbly, which I didn't mind. The tiny bar cost a whipping $7.95 but packed a powerful chocolate punch. Plus, being raw the bar contains tons of antioxidants called flavonoids. And, cocoa beans are rich in a number of essential minerals including magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese as well as Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E plus pantothenic acid. 

The bar also contains mesquite. An ingredient I've read very favorable reviews about. Mesquite is a high protein meal which (according to their website) contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc, and is rich in the amino acid lysine as well. It has a sweet, rich, molasses-like flavor with a hint of caramel.

The bar really did have a rich almost caramel taste. A flavor that usually requires milk as an ingredient. However this bar is totally vegan. And totally tasty. 

Next time you're unsure what to eat for lunch, I urge you to tap into your inner third-grader and go for a chocolate bar. Make it raw and chase it with a glass of green juice. 

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