Shameless Product Placement of October

Before we dive into this post, let me catch you up to speed. After all, it’s been almost a month since you last heard from me.

I am going to be completely honest right now. I’m tired of studying and have had it up to here (makes motion to knees) learning and talking about nutrition. Don’t worry Mom and Dad, I’m not dropping out of school or changing my major. I’m merely burning out. Not a big deal.  It’s only October so there’s no need to be concerned.  Furthermore, MLB playoffs are cutting into my sleep time and I’ve become addicted to online Scrabble. Thanks to Hasbro, I now have it on my phone and I am playing it EVERYWHERE. For instance, waiting in the check out line at Trader Joe’s. I’m even to the point of asking random strangers on the T (Boston’s subway) how to spell labyrinth. True story. My scrabble addiction shamelessly knows no bounds and it’s actually inviting people into my life. Why?! How I am able to concentrate on a word game while riding the T is beyond me. Lately, my inner germaphobe has become quite ripe and freaks out about touching those hand poles. I’m beginning to feel like Monk. I mean, other people are noticing.

This Just In: “A girl was found on the T last night, selling her Trader Joe’s groceries to anyone willing to lend her their pocket dictionary. Authorities are concerned online gaming could be a gateway activity for much more reckless hobbies like bocce ball, table tennis and charades. No word yet on whether she got a triple word score using plankton. And coming up, why she had twelve hand sanitizers in her backpack. Stay tuned.”

This is honestly what my life feels like. I think this Scrabble frenzy is really just a vehicle for diversion.  When you take five graduate level classes in a semester, I think screws slowly start to come out. You decide you have to start reclaiming your life by placing imaginary boundaries where they shouldn’t be. I’m sure further posts will explore my (delusional) school rules surrounding not doing homework between the hours of three and five pm, mandated Wheat-Thins-eating while I do weekly biostatistics assignments and compulsive bathroom studying to avoid the constant distractors one finds in a 300 square foot apartment.

It is this very burnout you have to blame for my lack of posts.  Time is an obvious finger-pointing factor for my blog’s slow death.  More so, it’s my exhausted nutrition mindset that is entirely over reading, writing and talking about food. To help get my creative juices flowing, I actually looked up burnout in the dictionary…

“To be completely consumed and thus no longer aflame. To ruin one’s health or become completely exhausted through overwork.”

I am no longer aflame! This is serious. Graduate school is like a Bill Cosby sweater.  You put it on, where it out and feel pretty great about it until that one person starts talking about JELLO and you realize you made a huge mistake. That simile made no sense at all. And on that note, I should probably get to the point of this post. So let’s talk about, ugh, food.  Shoot me. 

Instead of discussing enzymes, glycogen, adipocyte formation or ketones, I’d like to make this post about a product I love. KIND Bars. In the tradition that is October, I thought I would post my version of a candy bar.  Don’t get me wrong; I can get down with a Snickers, Milky Way or 100 Grand any day of the week. But when I’m feeling calorie or ingredient conscience, this is what I reach for.

By now you can probably guess what I like most about KIND Bars. It’s their short and simple ingredient lists. You can see everything in the bar that is on the label.  No unpronounceable additives or hidden preservatives. They come in wonderful flavors like Apple Cinnamon Pecan, Fruit & Nut Delight, and Almond & Apricot.

You’re inner sweet tooth junky is either a) screaming or b) crying right now.  She said it was like a ‘candy bar.’ Anything that contains a fruit shouldn’t fall into that category. You’re ruining the one thing I love in an attempt to make it healthy! Settle down. My favorite of all the KIND bars is the Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew.  It still has fruit, but you’re going to have to get over that because the thing is coated in dark chocolate.

One (1.4oz) bar has 180 calories, 9 grams of fat and 14 grams sugar.  For fun let’s compare that to a Snickers. One (2 oz) Snickers bar has 270 calories, 14 grams of fat and 28 grams of sugar.  Truly though, there’s no need to sell you on this point because no matter how much better the nutrition profile is on Kind Bars, they are downright delicious.  I wouldn’t go as far as to say they are nutritious, but when compared to a Snickers, they are less damaging.

Let me put it to you this way. If, due to my erratic behavior, ceaseless rambling and overall odd behavior, I were banished to a deserted island where I could no longer inflict myself upon others and I was allowed three things, a lifetime supply of KIND bars would be on that list.  A girl needs reliable sustenance after all.  No, but seriously, they’re that good.

I’m still working on the other two items. I’ve been mulling this one over for a while and all I come up with are items in lifetime supply quantities.  Can I do that? What a difficult question.  I’ve heard people say they would bring a photo album of their friends and family and that makes me laugh right out loud.  I mean if you want to survive, you’re wasting your genie wishes on perishable nostalgia. Mark my words; those photos will be used as kindling within the first week.  Plus I have this theory that if you were dumb enough to bring photos, the people would start disappearing from them. You know, like what happened to Marty McFly’s family photo in Back to the Future. Items I’ve considered more seriously include toothpaste, tents, and duct tape – remember – in lifetime supply quantities! Not that toothpaste will save my life, but I’ve got a thing about dental hygiene so I view that one more as a psychological aid.

Kind Bars can be found in Whole Foods, REI and should be available in your neighborhood grocery store. Check them out! They are worth it.  For more information about Kind Health Snacks check out their website here.

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