I’ve never been a big fan of PowerBars, or really any food that comes in bar form. Clif bars are OK for long bike trips, as are certain flavours of Lära bars (banana cookie and cinnamon roll in particular), and for breakfast on the go, the Nature Valley granola bars are pretty decent.
But that’s just it — these bars encourage eating on the go, which isn’t good for anyone’s digestive system. Plus it means shoving something in your mouth while doing something else, and that’s no way to appreciate a meal. On top of this, there are all the preservatives required to keep these things on the shelf for months or even years at a time, as well as the unrecyclable foil packaging they come wrapped in (and the cardboard box that contains the whole bunch).
It’s not just the bars that are a problem, either — there are individually wrapped cookies, individually wrapped crackers, individually wrapped brownies, cake wedges, sandwiches, veggies and dip, patties and more, all of which can easily be made at home and transported, if necessary, in reusable containers. So from now on, I’m not going to buy anything that’s sold in a single-serving portion, unless it comes without packaging.
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