I’ve got a to-do list a mile long today, and sometimes that means breakfast can get squeezed out. But I also know I'm more productive if I eat breakfast, so this morning I decided to give one of the foods I’ve been sent to sample, Simple Squares, a try. Let me just start out by saying, “Yum.”
Simple Squares are organic snack bars, and each bar is made with simple ingredients: nuts + honey + vanilla + sea salt + herbs. That’s it. Whole, organic foods put together in a square to create savory-sweet combinations that work.
I had the Simple Squares Ginger bar (pictured at left) for breakfast. Here are the ingredients:
Organic cashews, organic almonds, organic honey, organic unsweetened coconut, organic vanilla, sea salt, organic ginger.
I really enjoyed this bar. It was moist. I could taste the ginger, but it wasn’t overwhelming. I opened the other two flavors I was sent, Rosemary and Coffee, and gave each a little taste. I loved the Rosemary bar. The Coffee bar was good, too, but believe it or not, it didn’t appeal to me for breakfast. I’d prefer it as an afternoon snack. I suppose I want my coffee to be in liquid form in the morning.
Each bar has 230 calories, 17 grams of fat (yes, I know that’s high; it’s the nuts), 0 g cholesterol, 95 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 10 g sugar, and 6 g protein.
Simple Squares are gluten-free and contain no wheat, dairy, corn, soy, refined sugar, brown rice syrup or agave. They’re considered a raw food.
You can buy Simple Squares through the website or find a retailer that sells Simple Squares near you by using the online store locator.
An ideal breakfast would be one that's homemade from real ingredients by me in my kitchen. And most mornings it is. But sometimes it's helpful to have something like Simple Squares on hand for days like today. They are made with real ingredients — just in someone else's (industrial) kitchen.
Have you tried Simple Squares? Did you like them?
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