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Posted by: Niko, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 7:52pm
As a Hunter, I eat plenty of vegetables and a good portion of meat.

I like to eat a snack in the mid afternoon to keep my energy levels going.  The ideal snack is vegetable based so that I increase my daily live foods intake.

Vega is a company that produces Gluten Free, Raw, All Natural, Organic energy bars.  I tried them and they are delicious.

My concern is that, although the bar has diamond foods in it, it also has black dot foods as well.

Diamond Foods found in Vega Bar
Hemp Seeds and Hemp Seed Oil
Flax Seed Oil
Green Tea Seed Oil

Black Dot Foods found in Vega Bar
Sprouted Buckwheat
Sorghum

The remaining ingredients are all on my beneficial list just not a diamond.

I have 2 questions:

1. Based on the Diamond/Black Dot nutritional information above, would you (the Swami community) recommend having these bars as part of the Swami diet?

2. What compliant energy bars do other Hunters use within the Swami community?
Posted by: yvonneb, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 8:40pm; Reply: 1
Could you list the ingredients in the order they are printed on the wrapper?

That way we'll know what percentage of your bar is diamond/ black dot- this will make a difference.
Posted by: Spring, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 9:09pm; Reply: 2
I grab about a fourth of one of Dr. D.'s Unibars when I need a lift, and the energy will last for hours. They are great for everyone!!!(drool)
Posted by: Conor, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 2:50am; Reply: 3
Quoted from Niko
2. What compliant energy bars do other Hunters use within the Swami community?

Hi Niko, I find that an ounce or two of homemade venison or bison jerky (sometimes I make salmon jerky, as well) is a good midafternoon pick-me-up. Or, a single "Melissa's Lemony Pickled Eggs" will do the trick ... and very easily digestible (i.e., no heavy feeling):

I've used Vega products and, from the ingredient list you posted, it sounds as though you're describing the 'Vibrancy' bar rather than the 'Energy' bar? If you're keen to stay with a Vega bar, maybe look at the Energy bar because, as I recall, it's ingredient profile was more in line with my food list (as a Hunter).
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 6:32am; Reply: 4
swami is individualized......great recipe tips for bars using your beneficials
Posted by: Niko, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 8:50pm; Reply: 5
Hello Everyone,

Thank you for your replies.

yvonneb,
The ingredient list in order as found on the wrapper is found at this link:
http://myvega.com/products/whole-food-vibrance-bar/nutritional-info

Spring,
Thank you for mentioning the Unibars.  I may give those a try.

Conor,
You're right.  I am thinking of the Vibrancy Bars.  I didn't realize Vega also had Energy Bars.  The ingredient list does look more compliant than the Vibrancy Bar although the Energy Bar has organic wheat grass which is still a black dot.  For reference, the ingredients list of the Vega energy bar is at this link below:
http://myvega.com/products/whole-food-energy-bar/nutritional-info

Lola,
Yes, I'm also looking forward to the update in July where we can specify gluten free options.  Convenience is a top criterion along side diet compliance.
Posted by: Conor, Thursday, June 21, 2012, 3:45am; Reply: 6
Quoted from Niko
Conor . . . although the Energy Bar has organic wheat grass which is still a black dot.

Niko, even as a G1 O negative, this post by Doctor D'Adamo is the reason I considered the wheat grass ingredient included in the Vega Energy Bar to be beneficial:
Quoted from Doctor D'Adamo
The sprouting of wheat into wheat grass destroys the lectin that is problematic in wheat. Sprouting also beneficially changes the nutrient profile of this grain, resulting in a nutrient-dense, enzyme-rich superfood. Because of these factors, I consider wheat grass to be an excellent addition to the diet for all blood types. As far as an amount, use your own judgement. Because of the concentrated nature of this food, a little goes a long way, so if you have not enjoyed wheat grass juice before, start with a smaller amount. (Emphasis added.)

Ref: http://www.dadamo.com/faq/smartfaq.cgi?answer=988882645&id=988813483
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Thursday, June 21, 2012, 2:35pm; Reply: 7
I treat black dot foods with caution. I completely avoided them for a time, then tested them one at a time (or at least, a few at a time. ;) )

Cinnamon is a black dot for me, but I've found no bad reactions when I consume it. I treat that as a "enjoy occaisonally in small amounts" food. I won't put it into a dish I'm making just for myself, but I have no qualms about using it in family dishes that I'll be eating as well. I generally save it for Shabbos or holiday foods, but I'll eat the leftovers during the week if it's available. What I'm NOT doing is consuming a teaspoonful per day thinking it's a healthful herb to control my blood sugar.

Meanwhile, rye is also a black dot but I don't do so well on it. For a while I was baking rye challah for myself every week, but that was too much. My health deteriorated when I ate that every week.  So I stopped using it. A few months later, I found the half-empty package of rye flour and used it to bake cookies for my daughters. I ate one cookie and did fine. I could probably do fine eating one rye cookie every 6 months.

So, the question is "how do you personally do on sprouted buckwheat and sorghum?" Bear in mind that sprouted buckwheat is probably easier to digest than the unsprouted buckwheat tested in SWAMI, but could still be problematic for sensitive individuals.

Other options are to use the uni bars from DPN, or to bring along a compliant snack that's not in the form of a pre-packaged energy bar. I carry compliant trail mix in my purse almost all the time. Somebody earlier in the thread suggested jerky.
Posted by: amyflood, Thursday, June 21, 2012, 4:42pm; Reply: 8
i make a homemade version of Lara Bars that i think are a good compliant snack. i may have gotten the recipe here, i can't remember, but they are easy to make.

1/2 C chpped almonds (raw or roasted)
1/4 C dates
1/4 dried cranberries
1 T almond butter

puree dates and cranberries and then add chopped nuts and almond butter. process until clumpy. if it is not sticking together, add water until it is clumpy. Then roll them into a bar or ball. i keep them in the refrigerator.
Posted by: Conor, Thursday, June 21, 2012, 5:12pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from amyflood
i make a homemade version of Lara Bars that i think are a good compliant snack. i may have gotten the recipe here, i can't remember, but they are easy to make . . . .

Probably a good thing you make your own given that General Mills owns LÄRABAR and, as for GM maintaining the integrity of the LÄRABAR brand, the quality of the product line, et cetera, what immediately comes to mind is the phrase "a snowball's chance in ... (well, you know where)."

Your recipe reminded me of a similar one I'd seen at the DAMY Health website. Here's the link for some additional homemade LÄRABAR-style recipes (any of which can be modified by using type-compliant replacement ingredients):

Toward the end of the recipes in the referenced link, there's an interesting "build your own" option.
Posted by: amyflood, Thursday, June 21, 2012, 5:31pm; Reply: 10
Conor, yes that is where i got it from! thanks!
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