Trains, Tunes and “Bakery on Main”

by Joanne on January 22, 2011

Don’t you love driving past trains?  I start to wonder “who’s going faster, me or the train?” 

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Yesterday instead of listening to NPR, I decided to put on some 80’s music.  I was just in THAT kind of mood.  There was some good tunes

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Then there were some not so great tunes

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Actually, “Flashdance” used to be one of my favorites.  I used to try to mimic the dance done in the movie.

As for Saturday’s workout, got that speed work under my belt.  Tempo runs really aren’t that bad once you get going.

1 mile warm up + 4 miles at tempo + 3.4 run outside with Shane.  The first 2 1/2 miles outside weren’t bad but during the last mile, my nose started dripping like crazy and my chin froze. It was good to get home.  58.9 total miles this week.

Ted, Teddy, Pam and Heman were all getting ready to go skiing and snowboarding as Shane and I walked in the door.  I bowed out  for a couple of reasons.  Primary reason was Shane.  I didn’t want to leave him for 6 or more hours and secondary, at 11 degrees I knew my fingers would freeze up and my comfort level would be non existent in those temps.   So I’m home with Shane today to do some grocery shopping and baking.  It’s all good.  My kind of day. Smile 

Bakery on Main Granola Bars

It’s fun to try new products.  Do you find that you are more likely to pick up new products to try when you go to the store hungry?  What a mistake it is for me to go to a HEALTH FOOD STORE when I’m hungry.  Well, I did it and the following is just ONE of the items I decided to test.

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Bakery on Main offers these chewy, semi-sweet, vitamin E and C rich granola bars.

The ingredients:  Rice syrup, Crisp Rice, Corn flakes, Sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, peanut butter, evaporated cane juice, sesame seeds, flax seeds, rice flour, canola oil, sea salt, natural flavors, and soybean lecithin (that’s your stabilizer instead of eggs). 

A little more on lecithin:  Source

Lecithin was first discovered in 1850 by the French scientist, Maurice Gobley, who named it "lekithos", the Greek term for egg yolk. Until the advent of soybean processing, the egg remained the major source of commercial lecithin. Because of its high lecithin content, egg yolk is still used today to produce quality food emulsions such as mayonnaise.

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As granola bars go, these are pretty good. If you like crisp, these are not for you. If you like a little chew, these will stand up to the plate. 

A little story:  I used to have horses, Saddlebreds to be precise.  I had show horses (Skyway then Cari then Mini) and also my “pet” horse named Katie.   She used to LOVE crispy, crunchy granola bars.  Of course, right?!!  They are made of oats and honey… just what a horse likes. Now getting off topic, Katie also really loved Skittlesskittle but more on that some other time. Katies favorite granola bar was the Nature Valley Oats and Honey crisp bars.  She wasn’t a fan of the chew kind.

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But back to the Bakery on Main bars…These Gluten Free quick breakfast treats, dip in yogurt treats, grab from you bag, car, or office drawer treats, are a bit more expensive than more common brands, but with all the claims on the box, maybe it’s worth it.  The taste sure is fresh and good. They have my vote. Maybe Katie would have liked this brand of chewy?!Thinking smile

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Do you eat granola bars?  If so, as a meal replacement or snack?

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12 Comments

  • At 2011.01.22 08:55, Joanne said:

    I so didn’t realize you were training for Boston! (I am too!!)

    Your mileage is crazy though! Even at my peak, I don’t think my knees or my bones could handle that much. It would be stress fracture central over here.

    Those granola bars sound delicious! Anything with PB does it for me.

    • At 2011.01.22 10:52, the dawn said:

      ah…the 80’s! gotta love it!

      i actually LOATHE tempo runs. even once i get going. i’d rather do intervals any day of the week. i don’t know why it’s such a huge mental block for me….

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        • At 2011.01.22 15:03, misszippy1 said:

          Sounds like a perfect tempo run to me..my favorite kind of run! And I think I would bow out of skiing at that temperature too! yikes.

          • At 2011.01.22 18:20, theMezz said:

            Fiber 1 bars !!!!!!!!

            • At 2011.01.22 19:06, Lori said:

              I have a secret love of 80s hair bands 😀

              I don’t eat granola bars too much anymore. I do like the kashi ones that are softer. John actually got me a box of Kashi TLC dark chocolate coconut bars and they are tasty.

              If I eat bars now, they are protein ones like Luna or Balance.

              • At 2011.01.22 19:08, World Spinner said:

                Trains, Tunes and “Bakery on Main”…

                Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

                • At 2011.01.23 00:27, Monet said:

                  The photograph of that train in the snow was so pretty. Thank you for sharing it! And thank you for your bar review. I do eat granola bars (but only as snacks…and I prefer the crunchy kind). Kashi Roasted Almond is my favorite. I hope you have a great Sunday!

                  • At 2011.01.23 08:16, Heather said:

                    I’m teaching to Flashdance right now – it’s one of my favorite tracks! 🙂

                    I’m not a big granola bar fan – they don’t keep me full for very long and I haven’t found a “healthy” one that tastes good enough that I’d want to eat it as a snack (over my other favorite snacks)!

                    • At 2011.01.23 22:20, Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox said:

                      You are a machine!! Wow! Look at that mileage! So how do you keep fueled during runs? I have started dropping around mile 9. Didn’t see that coming. Those last four miles are sort of running on air.

                      • At 2011.01.24 08:35, Joanne said:

                        Amanda: Depending on the miles, I will have a banana with 1 TBS peanut butter for anything over 14 miles. Otherwise, 1/2 a banana with PB.

                        If I’m doing 18 – 20, I carry GU or AccelGel with me: Before run, 1 Banana w/ PB. At mile 5, a GU or Accel with Caffeine. At mile 10 -12, another Gu OR I might drink one of those little bottles of 5-Hour Energy. Depending on how I feel, I may do another Gu or 6-10 Sports Beans any where from 14 – 16 miles.

                        I also (THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR LONG RUNS!) carry water with me. I have a drink with every snack and then in the last 4 miles, I find I’m sipping the water quite a bit. Probably out of boredom but hey…it gives me something to do and it’s probably what my body needs at that point.

                        Play with your nutrition in your training runs. You don’t want to try anything new during your race.

                        • At 2011.01.26 10:25, Nancy Jean said:

                          Just catching up on some of your older posts. Love the train pic. I feel the same as you do, in fact once I was on Oriskany and it was such fun. I didn’t realize I’d gotten up to 70 mph until a cop pulled me over! He was very understanding, and I was much younger…got away w/just a warning.

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