Check out the feedbag I got from Jason at Feed Granola yesterday!
I’ve only started eating granola since I stopped eating meat (I picked it up on sale in the health food store one day, and since then I’ve been addicted). Recently I’ve been eating it the way someone much more slovenly might eat potato chips–right out of the bag, in front of the computer or TV, sometimes devouring half the bag in a sitting. The only difference is that I feel about a billion times better an hour after granola overindulgence than I do with chips.
The granola that I first bought was Bear Naked, and I liked it so much that I mentioned it on this blog a while back. But my always-one-step-hipper friends Eric and Laurie told me that Feed flat-out demolished Bear Naked in terms of taste, so I got in touch with the guys at Feed to see for myself.
The best thing about Feed, taste aside, is what goes into their granola. They believe in adding flavor with spices rather than loads of sugar, and the result is granola that tastes like I would imagine homemade granola does. In addition to all the organic whole grains, there are all kinds of great extras like organic coconut chips, almonds, pecans, expeller pressed canola oil, organic flaxseeds, organic poppy seeds, chicory root fiber, cinnamon, nutmeg, and the list goes on. This is from the Cranberry Coconut flavor, by the way, the one I have with me at school today (since it comes in a little two-ounce bag).
Feed sent me five flavors to try, here’s what Erin and I thought of each of them:
- Cranberry Cocunut – Tasty and spicy, think holiday baking. This would be great in the winter.
- Raisin Nut – The most traditional flavor, far and away the best granola WE’VE EVER HAD! Such a deep, “real” flavor compared to other brands.
- Blueberry Almond – Our least favorite, kind of a weird aftertaste. Not overly blueberry though, a good thing.
- Apple a Day – Good and spicy, sure tastes like apple but might take some getting used to.
- Bittersweetness – Delicious! Sweet and dessert-like, with a rich chocolate flavor. With a glass of almond milk, this would be a perfect evening snack. And surprisingly low in sugar.
So there you have it. Raisin Nut and Bittersweetness were our favorites, if you couldn’t tell! Eric and Laurie were right–for now on I’ll be buying Feed. But Bear Naked Banana Nut flavor will still have a place next to me on the couch, among the Feed bags.
My track workout the other day was painful and exhausting, and I can’t wait to do another one. Funny how easy it is to forget that you cursed at yourself and said “This is so miserable, I swear I’ll never do it again.” Somehow all that pain turns into pleasure once you’re a few hours removed from it.
The goal of the workout was to run three miles at 6:01 pace with a minute rest after each. I wasn’t able to do it, but I got a hell of a lot closer than my last attempt (back in February, before my injury and when I was still a carnivore). Back then I ran the miles in 6:01, 6:30, and 6:50. This time it was 6:03, 6:05, 6:14. Pretty dramatic improvement, and over the course of a few months with very limited training due to the injury. And I thought I was in great shape back then, having run two marathons in the previous four months. Take home lesson: if you’re a runner and want to shave some time, try giving up meat! It’s so counterintuitive, but I can find nothing else to which I can attribute my recent performance.
Alright, enough of this blogging and granola-munching. I’m off to do to the second such hellish workout of this first week of marathon training, this time a tempo run. But it won’t be so bad; the track workouts are definitely the hardest for me. And don’t forget, Sweet-Tooth Friday tomorrow! My sister Christine will be back with another sneaky-healthy dessert for you, so be good to her.