Breakfast of Invalids
I am completely useless in the morning. It's not just that I'm not a morning person, it's that I have this disease that is famous (famous!) for making people completely useless in the morning. Sidenote: Before I was diseased, I actually liked getting up on the early side. (For fun facts like this, keep reading this blog every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday!) So anyway, I have a neurobiological disease that makes my morning routine go a little something like this:
1. Wake up because Hero wants to go out.
2. Take Hero out. Groggily. Sometimes so groggily that I don't actually remember doing it. I'm just suddenly standing in the living room and the dog is less whiny and I'm like, "Fine."
3. Give Hero food and water. A rabbi once told me that you should always feed your animals before you feed yourself, and I said, "I already do that! So that means I'm a go for an eternity at the right hand of God, no extra effort required, right?"
4. While I'm not what is legally referred to as "awake," I am hungry, and I want to go back to bed, but with food. I'm too exhausted and in pain to even make toast or Pop-Tarts or whatnot, so I need something that I can grab as I'm walking back to bed and eat while I watch YouTube videos. The solution to all my problems? The aptly named Perfect Bar.
Perfect Bars are nutrition bars that are made from only good stuff. They're actually kept in the refrigerated section of the store because they contain no preservatives. They're peanut butter based, and sweetened with either honey or dates. My personal favorite is the peanut butter flavor (as is everyone's, I think, as this is the only variety my Whole Foods sells out of), but the carob chip is actually pretty good. Usually, I'd tell you that anyone who says they like carob is a liar, but this one is actually pretty good. Would I choose it over PB? No way. But when Whole Foods leaves me hangin', I will grab a few carob chip bars to tide me over.
My various food intolerances are well documented on this blog, so I won't go into them here. But my food issues were a factor in me discovering Perfect Bars. I needed something to grab during my morning stumble back towards bed, but that also wouldn't make me sick. A friend had a Perfect Bar and let me try a bit of it, and after double checking the ingredients list I booked it over to Whole Food and bought an entire box. I've been eating one every morning ever since.
If you're interested in an easy-to-grab, non-garbage breakfast option, look no further. If you're interested in a nutrition bar that is healthy, but tastes delicious and not at all like health food, get in line behind that first person. I can't imagine a person who isn't a perfect customer for a Perfect Bar. It's in the name, after all.
Perfect Bars are sold in various health food stores. Look at their website for more info!