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Ed T
05-11-2005, 12:47 PM
A while back I had a post on the Campfire Message Board on a new energy bar, Pro Bar. I wanted to post here as well and also mention another bar I just tried.

The Pro Bar is a blended raw food bar made with whole grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruits. Above all it tastes great. The new bar I tried is called a Lara Bar and it is also a raw food bar. The flavor Lara Bar I tried was the Cherry Pie and it is excellent. The ingredients for the Cherry Pie Lara Bar are Dates, Almonds and unsweetened Cherrys.

These two bars are going to make up a good part of my rambling diet. I don't believe anyone that tries these bars will ever go back to Power Bar, Clif Bars etc.

Here are the links:

<a href="http://www.theprobar.com" target="_blank">http://www.theprobar.com (http://www.theprobar.com)</a>

<a href="http://www.larabar.com" target="_blank">http://www.larabar.com (http://www.larabar.com)</a>

Ed T

05-11-2005, 02:17 PM
Probars ROCK! They also got the nod as #1 in BPLs tests.... with LaraBar #2 overall IIRC. Only problem Ive heard with LaraBars is someone found a walnut hull in the mix... but otherwise, good stuff.

One other bar I really like is Odwalla Superfood.

beta male
05-11-2005, 07:20 PM
I made a variation of moose goo for my Alaskan mooseless float hunt, it was tasty and relatively cheap. However, they started to look like animal scat by day 8, still tasted good though. http://www.ultralightbackpacker.com/moosegoo.html

05-11-2005, 09:20 PM
Ed T,

Great post. Thanks. I've been getting tired of eating pounds of Baby Ruth and Milky Way bars for the last 20 years. I always carry a full days worth+ of back pack type/ready to eat food while I am rambling. Candy bars cant be the best nutrition.

05-12-2005, 06:52 AM
That Moose Goo sounds terrific. Definitely plan to try it for my next ramble.

Unfortunately, since having my two kids, the main rambling I get to do these days seems to be rambling around this site! Someday...

(have actually been discussing taking my six year old on a multi day river trip, figuring it'd make it easier to swing it with the wife!)

Woodland Girl
05-12-2005, 07:49 AM
Majormarvy - great idea to get the six year old involved. Starting them young is your best bet. Get them to love nature before, peep pressure clouds their judgement. One thought I'd like to share. Their first experience is a make it or break it for other adventures. If they are warm, dry, and comfortable, you have a better chance of them enjoying it. Take one of those out of the equation and you run the risk of them not enjoying the experience. BTW, it's a great sell job for the wife, as it gives her a little break from parenting and though you take it on, you get the balance of doing what you love. A good trade I would think, if the six year old has all the things to make a six year old comfy cozy in a woodland setting. Good luck!

05-12-2005, 09:32 AM
WG, excellent point regarding "warm, dry, and comfortable"--my girls love being outside with Dad (&amp; Grampa) because no matter how cold, wet, or tired they get they know we will get them warm, dry, and well-fed again.

Buck W
05-12-2005, 10:41 AM
Just to build on the above comments. No hard core stuff or "death marches"...Make it Fun!!


Woodland Girl
05-12-2005, 11:40 AM
Thanks Shu, Being a brownie leader of 13-7.5 year old girls and knowing that we WILL be a camping troop, I've learned from seasoned leaders that with girls and their "first time outdoor experience".. you have basically one shot. It might be easier with boys, but following the warm, dry and comfortable theory works with anyone new to woodland experiences.


05-12-2005, 03:06 PM
Yes yes ,folks, I'm familiar with the "make it fun at first" concept. I've had both girls (4 and 6) in a tent at least once a year since their births. So far it's been either the tent in the yard, or car camping. Mainly just to get them used to the feels, smells, and idea of sleeping somewhere other than their bedroom. But this is the first year that I think maybe the big one could handle a couple days out. I picked paddling because it's actually easier than hiking. Kid can just snuggle down with the dog on the dog bed on the bottom of the canoe and go to sleep if she's bored. Can sit up and pretend to help Dad paddle if she's not. I'll check back in and let youse guys know how it went (though I and my wife just got a load of work, good 'cause we'll have some money, bad 'cause it means no time for fun!).

05-13-2005, 08:05 AM

I've used the Moose Goo before and it's a good snack type meal. I've taken to putting it on soft tortilla shells and chowin' down. I just carry it in one of those Coughlan's tootpaste type tubes w/ the clip on the back.

beta male
05-14-2005, 06:05 AM
Vernon, I don't know if you meant to make a pun but I have noticed that if you add much dates or oatmeal to the moose goo, it is indeed
"toot" paste. The fragrance emitted from my chest waders during my Alaskan mooseless hunt may explain the scarcity of moose sightings.

05-14-2005, 08:51 AM
beta male,

/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif I almost typed your initials instead of your whole handle for brevity, but I took a look at it and decided it was worth banging some keys considering the subject matter /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/shocked.gif

Looks like Vernon had a Freudian slip, good catch!

Nevada Dan
05-14-2005, 12:47 PM
Randy, You're not the only one who almost went that route /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif !!!

05-15-2005, 06:35 AM
Ed T: I've bee a fan of the Cherry Pie bar for a while now. Vitamin Cottage sells Larabars if anyone is interested. I went in yesterday and bought some, they had some new flavors. Check out the "Ginger Snap" ingredients dates, almonds, pecans, ginger, cinnamon, cloves. Tasted like chai. Also, "cashew cookie" ingredients cashews, dates.