January 21, 2012

National Granola Bar Day

“It’s a reference point that’s powerful. Cereal is one of the first foods you eat.” - David Roth

It's National Granola Bar Day!

In college I lived off of two things: milk and granola bars. It wasn't because I was poor, it was because: a) at the time it had just been announced that drinking milk regularly helped reduce belly fat, and b) the granola bars I was eating were packed with protein, and I was trying to bulk up (this is around the time that I was attempting to be part of the U.S. Olympic Snowboarding team. Obviously: I didn't make it. But, I did get to try-out for the U.S.B.S.F. - United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. Had one of the best high jumps on the East Coast, I did!).

Years later and I no longer drink milk and I infrequently eat granola bars. But a while back I was eligible for a Klout perk from a company called Two Degrees, because I'm seen as influential when it comes to the topic of food (SHOCKER, I know).

Two Degrees is as passionate about good food as it is about doing good. They're a "one-for-one" (thus the fingers in the picture) food company dedicated to fighting childhood malnutrition. For every bar sold, it gives a nutrition pack to a malnourished child in a developing country.

Is that something I can get behind?

Oh, definitely.

Their bars are gluten-free AND vegan. And they make three varieties - Apple Pecan, Cherry Almond, and Chocolate Peanut - that contain quinoa, chia, and millet. Personally, I thought they had a little birdseed-esque smell and texture to them. But that's just my opinion (and, again, it's totally thwarted by the fact that I gorged myself on granola bars as a university brat). Maybe you'll love them! At least check 'em out for yourself. I mean, after all, when you buy a bar - you're actually buying two. One for you and one for a malnourished kid.

And I think that's something we can all support these days.

Happy National Granola Bar Day!

Disclosure: I was given a free product or sample because I'm a Klout influencer. I was under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.