Raw, adjective: 1. uncooked, as articles of food: a raw carrot.

Discovered these the other day at Whole Foods, whilst stocking up on fresh raw rations to erase the memory of August's white rice and vodka and manchego cheese. Favorite new raw treat.

Check out the ingredients on the Take a Hike bar: cashews, golden raisins, mulberries, agave, pistachios, goji berries, almonds, cacao, cinnamon, vanilla & Himalayan salt.

The Chia Nopal Bar pictured here is equally stellar, featuring a certain chili kick that hits you and sticks around for awhile: raisins, almonds, cashews, apricot kernels, agave, coconut, apricot, chia seeds, nopal, chili, vanilla & Himalayan salt. (What's nopal? Anyone?)

They don't look particularly pretty, but I'll tell you: the flavors are fantastic, they're full of protein and fiber, and they're 100% raw organic. Switch out your morning bagel or your afternoon Snickers bar for one of these, and you'll feel the mental clarity and increased energy right away.

Head over to the website at GoHunza.com, where you can get your fill of agave nectar and goji berries and raw cacao and the like. It feels good to feel good again. Can't say enough about the immediate difference when you're a few days into no sugar/wheat/dairy again after some less-than-100% time preceding. I'll take snap peas over sweets any day.


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