Saturday, November 19, 2016

Searching for Savory: Part 3

Some days are better than others, and some runs are better than others. Today was not one of the better ones. Only a few miles in, I tripped on a root and landed on my left hip, sliding on my side through the mud. My right hand was covered in prickles. Almost immediately my phone stopped working, so I didn't have any podcasts or music to listen to, and my run didn't get tracked.

Sola Bar
The muscles around the sides of my back throbbed in persistent pain that never warmed out, as I had hoped when I started. It felt like the body aches of coming down with the flu.

But one good thing did come out of it: I tried a new savory bar and it was pretty good.


The Roasted Garlic + Sea Salt Sola Bar isn't exactly crunchy, but it's got a firm texture from the peanuts and sunflower seeds. I like that it's not hard on the teeth or tough to break down. I didn't taste peanuts in particular (which is a nice difference, because I eat lots of peanut butter), and there was none of the bitterness you sometimes get from sunflower seeds that are off. It wasn't what I'd call salty, but it absolutely wasn't sweet; just savory. 

The garlic flavor is mellow and definitely roasted; it reminded me of the warm, enveloping scent of baking bread and garlic when you walk into a good pizza joint. And best of all, I didn't taste garlic after eating it. That's right-- a garlic flavor that didn't stick around to haunt my breath. That alone sells it to me. 

Since I cut my run a bit short (18 miles instead of 20), I didn't finish the bar until after my run. But unlike some of the other bars I've tried-- particularly sweet ones-- I was happy to eat this later. I look forward to trying the other flavors, particularly chipotle. Another savory win!

Covered in mud and bruises-- and then my photo turned off

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