The mouse incident & my favorite nutrition bars
Yesterday was trash day in my neighborhood. As I was bringing up my garbage can, I stopped dead in my tracks upon seeing a dead mouse lying at my feet. I’m not sure what words came out of my mouth at that moment (hopefully, the baby wasn’t listening), but I am proud to report that I didn’t scream.
The incident did cause an old, unpleasant, mouse-related memory to resurface though.
And unfortunately, it wasn’t this kind of a mouse.
When I was in the 7th grade, my mom’s friend Teri took me to the pet store after school, so we could get some new toys for her cats. We loaded up on toy mice and cat food before she dropped me off at my house.
A few minutes after arriving home, I saw something lying on the floor. As I walked closer, I noticed that it was a mouse (what I assumed to be a toy mouse that Teri had possibly dropped out of her shopping bag).
Well, I can tell you that it most certainly was not a toy mouse.
As soon as I grabbed it to pick it up, I noticed that it was warm, and it squirmed!
Much like yesterday, I am pretty sure that nothing good came out of my mouth then either (thankfully, my mother wasn’t home at the time). But I definitely screamed.
I remember calling my dad at work, so he could walk me through removing the mouse from our home. Looking back on the incident, I feel sort of bad for that little mouse since I am pretty sure he was on the brink of death and had gotten into some spray in the basement when I found him.
Even so, I get pretty creeped out to this day whenever I see one. I mean, what are the odds of buying a fake mouse and then finding a real one a few minutes later?
I’m beginning to think that things that only happen to me, but at least they keep life interesting!
Moving on from mice to nutrition bars…
I’ve been into nutrition bars for awhile because they make for such convenient easy snacks. Some of them can even serve as meal replacements when you’re in a pinch. When selecting a nutrition bar, I always try to look for ones with natural ingredients, no more than 10-20 grams of natural sugar, at least some fiber, and more than 3 grams of protein.
Here are some of my favorites…
Favorite flavor: Almond & Coconut
Ingredients: Almonds, dried coconut, honey, non GMO glucose, puffed rice, chicory fiber, soy lecithin
Nutritional information: 210 calories; 10 grams of sugar; 4 grams of protein; 4 grams of fiber
Where you can find them: Starbucks, Harris Teeter, Bi-Lo, REI, Earth Fare, The Vitamin Shoppe, BuyBuy Baby, Amazon, KIND’s official website
Favorite flavor: Cashew Cookie (with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough as a close second)
Ingredients: Cashew and dates (seriously, that’s all!)
Nutritional information: 230 calories; 18 grams of sugar; 6 grams of protein; 3 grams of fiber
Where you can find them: Harris Teeter, Earth Fare, Trader Joe’s, Amazon, Larabar’s official store
Uber by Larabar (These are brand new!)
Favorite flavor: Bananas Foster
Ingredients: Walnuts, almonds, brown rice syrup, dates, dried bananas, pecans, honey, sea salt, cinnamon
Nutritional information: 230 calories; 8 grams of sugar; 4 grams of protein; 3 grams of fiber
Where you can find them: Larbar’s official store
Bellybar (These are specifically made for pregnant women.)
Favorite flavor: S’more to Love
Ingredients: Brown rice syrup, oats, milk chocolate, soy crisp, soybeans, brown rice crisp, cocoa butter,vegetable glycerin, natural flavors, non-fat milk powder, mini marshmallows, pear juice concentrate, cocoa**
Nutritional information: 170 calories; 12 grams of sugar; 2 grams of fiber; 8 grams of protein; 55 milligrams of choline; 75 milligrams of potassium; 25 grams of carbs
** Although these bars contain some dairy, they have never aggravated my dairy intolerance. However, I suggest consulting with your OBGYN before trying these if you have any kind of a dairy allergy or intolerance.
Tell me, have you ever had an unfortunate encounter with a mouse? If you eat nutrition bars, what are your favorite brands and flavors? I love trying new ones, so recommendations are much appreciated.