Monday, October 26, 2009

Please Not The Nutz

Hi dear people! Happy Monday to everyone.. how was your weekend? It was going great for me for a while. I wanted to give you a more thorough review of the granola bars I tried last week, I finished the box last night so I figured- I should share how they were. Ha ha.
Well I happened upon them in the health nut section of my grocery store. Usually I don't even bother looking at those kind of granola bars because most contain dairy and gluten and I don't want to waste my time reading labels when I won't end up with them. These did NOT have either gluten or dairy ingredients. And they were made with almond butter. And oats. Two of my favorite things in the whole wide world- seriously. So I picked them up, thinking they would taste awful and I'd be disappointed.
Boy was I ever wrong! You know those crunchy granola bars in the green box??? They tasted like a version of those- crunchy and nutty. OOOOOOO, I liked! There was a sweet taste to them that I thought was a little odd, but I got used to- I think it's the rice flour. I can always seem to pick that one out of a line up!

But check out these nutritional facts:
Calories: 180 (ok a little "high" for a snack.. but good anyway!)
Fat: 8g (GOOD FAT from the nut butters)
Fiber: 5g (this speaks for itself..)
Sugar: 10g (so does this.. VERY good for a granola bar!)
Protein: 3g (this is a little low.. doesnt peanut butter have lots o protein?!)
Overall, this was a nice little snack! It held me over for a couple of hours in the afternoon hours when I didn't get home from work until about 7ish and couldn't eat a real meal until then.
Go, seek, find, and buy these little doobies! Or you can get the dark chocolate version in my giveaway (which btw ends on Thursday the 29th..6 PM EST)

So like I said, these are great. Unless you are a little baby....
I have a dark confession to make.... I think I almost killed my nephew. And ME of ALL PEOPLE should know better!
I found the new Holiday Cliff bars in the grocery store and bought my SIL two of them; and two for myself. On Saturday morning I ate the Pumpkin Spice Pie for breakfast.
Check out the ingredients:
Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifProTM (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Soy White Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Cocoa Butter, Soy Flour, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Toasted Oats (Organic Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Dried Pumpkin, ClifCrunchTM (Apple Fiber, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Milled Flaxseed, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Psyllium), Organic Dried Apples, Organic Raisins, Organic Date Paste, Organic Soy Butter, Organic Dry Roasted Almonds, Natural Flavors, Organic Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt, Colored with Annatto.
Can anyone tell me what on this list I should not be eating and then smooching babies?
Yea thats right, my little guy had an allergic reaction to the Almonds in the Cliff bar. We only know that because after he woke up from a nap his face and neck was covered in hives and one eye was swollen shut. We panic, take baby to the clinic where they say use cold compresses and wash his face with mild soap.
Later on, my SIL eats her Cliff bar and covered him again in kisses and hugs. This time his reaction was MUCH MUCH worse. He spent the night in the ER, my SIL was in tears half the night and we racked our brains all day today trying to figure out what it was. I can't believe how stupid I am. We had NO idea! He's never been exposed to nuts before because my SIL doesn't eat a lot of peanut butter, even when she does it's at work and shes home and has brushed her teeth or had water in between. But it might not be peanut butter and could just be almonds. We don't know! And I cried half the afternoon today- because i should KNOW BETTER! I have allergies! Babies can't be around nuts till they are older!
So my little man is down for the count. I love him so much, like he were my own baby.. he's so precious... Who can resist this face?

For now, it will be no nuts in my house or her house till he goes and gets tested. My SIL says not to worry and I suppose that its good we know NOW instead of feeding it to him when hes older and him going into shock. Still, I feel like an ass and now, I am morally responsible for that baby. He will not get a SCRAPE around me!

My little Melo Yellow.. I love you!!!!! (he had rice cereal on his face in that pic. haha!)

Here is another picture I snapped of him:

And then of course the girls.. I love them too! We have Elisa, Olivia, and Lissette. From oldest to youngest, biggest to smallest. Adorable!


  1. oh lady, your children are beautiful! I can totally tell the energy vibing off them, the wonderfullness radiating from their inside! AND, I wanna just pinch pinch pinch that little guys cheeks!

  2. I just want to kiss that baby all over! Except not after eating a Clif bar - glad you know now! :D

  3. Poor little baby!! Must've been so scary for everyone, I'm glad he's ok! Oh, and he's so adorable!!

  4. That's the CUTEST little baby!! I want to pick him up right now :)

  5. mmm I love the infamous "granola bars in the green box" .. these sounds right up my alley!

    too much cuteness in this post! can't even handle it. Why do I have the sudden urge to pinch someones cheeks?! ;)

  6. PHEW! What an episode! That must have been scary. But that was an honest mistake, and now you've learned!

  7. So cute! And it's scary that he could have that bad of a reaction just from you kissing him after eating nuts. And don't feel guiltily about it--you had no idea! And like you said, at least now you know so he won't end up eating them sometime in the future and really, really getting sick.