The Skinny on FullBars

I first tried a FullBar about 18 months ago.  I was anchoring the evening shows in Providence.  I had gotten really busy and didn’t have time to eat and I was starving.  I’m almost always in a good mood, unless I’m hungry or tired.  Those in my inner circle know this about me.  So, whenever I would start getting testy (rare, I promise) my boss would give me food.  This was actually pretty genius on his part…and kind, too!

FullBar promises to do a lot that, frankly, I’m not really interested in.  From its website, “fullbar, being inspired by weight-loss surgery, uses the same fullness principles of surgery to fill your stomach with less food. This causes you to feel full and satisfied on smaller amounts of food, resulting in consuming less calories and helping you lose weight.” I’m not trying to lose weight, so I’m not really concerned with all that stuff (now, if FullBars could make my body look like Brooke Burke’s, I’d buy them by the case!)

Here’s the deal.  I like fast, easy, food–that’s good for me–and that I can eat on the run.  I’m a busy mom and sometimes I forget or don’t have time to sit down to a full meal.  I need something that is going to give me enough energy until I get a chance to have a real meal and get rid of that pit in my stomach.  I’m a fan of Luna bars, Fiber One bars and FullBars.  They all pass the taste test (but taste very different).   I think Fullbars taste like a mix of rice krispy treat & rice cake. My 22 mos. old daughter loved them and kept asking for a bite.  Could I lose weight with FullBars? Not sure. But if you are looking for a snack and a healthier alternative to a lot of other stuff you could nosh on, you might want to give FullBars a try!

Rolled Elvis: A New Twist On PB&J (Great for kids!)

The stereotype of making lunch in a hurry is throwing a PB&J sandwich in the lunch bag along with a piece of fruit, snack and a drink.  Imagine little Timmy’s face when he sees that,  once again, he’s got a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Unfortunately, my kids don’t eat peanut butter,  but I do! I became addicted to that heavenly substance during my second pregnancy.  In order to not get bored, I make a variation of PB&J every morning.  One day, I was out of bread and all I had were whole wheat tortillas in the fridge.  That morning, the “rolled” Elvis was born.  The rolled Elvis is really easy to make; and this lighter version hits the spot without the bacon.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Flour tortilla -regular or whole wheat-
  • 1TB Peanut butter or any other nut butter
  • 1 tsp honey or agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Banana

 

Directions:

1.  Spread peanut butter on tortilla. Drizzle the honey or agave nectar and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Step 1

 

2.  Lay banana on center of tortilla.

Step 2

 

3. Enclose banana from one end of tortilla and roll it out (Think banana burrito). Cut it in half, then proceed to cut each half into slices.

 

Serve & Enjoy! **

Laura’s tips: You can use any type of tortilla (even Ezekiel brand).  If you are preparing this ahead of time and packing it in a lunch box, you may want to lay them on top of a damp paper towel.  You can substitute peanut butter for any kind of ‘nut’ butter.  Remember to add a wet wipe for your child to wipe their hands after they eat it. They might have sticky fingers! -But well worth it!

**Photo Credit: Weelicious

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