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Stuff that keeps us going, and going, and…

... no, not batteries

RainyDayMagazine is all about the intersection of tech and the everyday, so we get excited when we come across products that not only meet that criteria, but span our categories (RainyDayKitchen, RainyDayHealth, and RainyDaySports). Today, we are sharing our thoughts on two fantastic food finds which have helped us get going, and keep going.

VERB Energy Bars

We have done dozens on articles about coffee, coffee makers, and coffee related gadgets and accessories. So we were pretty certain we had exhausted the coffee “vein” when it came to story ideas…until a reader dropped VERB on us.

VERB energy bars come in three flavors:

When we heard about VERB’s caffeinated approach to energy bars, some of us got really excited, and others were more skeptical. Regardless, we knew we had to give them a try when we read their tag line “90 calories and as much caffeine as an espresso.”

We have tried a LOT of “energy bars” over the years and gave up on them, because we felt that they were one more unnecessary and generally tasteless way to add more sugar to our diet. Also, while the bars themselves might be energy dense, none of those bars ever made us felt “energized.”

That disappointment stopped when we tried VERB.

The VERB bars are small and light, so having one or two in a pocket is conveniently unobtrusive. Don’t let the small size fool you. The bars are surprisingly satisfying and will definitely keep hunger at bay for a few hours. How do we know? We had one at the start of a four-hour drive back from New York City and didn’t have to stop for food or coffee once 🙂

The energizing sensation experienced was one of pleasant and sustained wakefulness without the jitteriness of excessive caffeination. The “bonus” to the VERB bars was definitely the taste! While the Maple Blueberry and Cocoa were tasty, the hands down favorite in the RDM office was the Salted Peanut Butter.

Currently VERB only has those three flavors, but we would be OK even if they only had one, as long as it was the Salted Peanut Butter!

If you are like us and have given up on energy bars, give the VERB bars a try. They may make a convert of you like they did us. They are so confident in their product that they will let you try all three flavors for free! Now THAT’s putting their money where their mouth is 🙂 Oh yeah… and tell them RainyDayMagazine sent you!

Four Sigmatic : Super Food Blends

We told you about Four Sigmatic Coffee Mixes and Elixirs back in March. Many of you have commented that you are now fans of Four Sig’s coffee additives, and wanted to know our thoughts on their Super Food Blends. We were curious as well, so we decided to dive in and try them all 🙂

The short version is that we have made some AMAZING stuff with the blends… things that were so unexpectedly good that we didn’t believe it. Some of them came out of Four Sigmatic’s recipe book, others we invented ourselves. We’ll have more to say about it later in the Fall.

We think you will be surprised at what we came up with. Look for it in October.

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