Flamin’ Hot Cheetos have their place.
But most days, you’re looking for a snack in the face, rather than a smack in the face.
For that, there’s the new line of raw bars from Forest Park’s Silverland Bakery. Athena Uslander owns the 30-year-old, family-run business. (Fun fact: She’s also a Dove model and structural engineer.) Her daughter Leila is the inspiration behind the vegan, wheat-, dairy-, and sugar-free concoctions.
Choose from ten delicious, nutrient-dense varieties, packed with nothing more than nuts, fruits, oats, seeds, and spices. The flax bar is flush with omega-3 fatty acids; spiced ginger aids digestion; turmeric-flecked dark chocolate apricot reduces inflammation; potassium- and magnesium-rich peanut butter is great for rebuilding muscles after a workout.
Order online for delivery or, better yet, drop by the shop (call ahead to order).
Silverland Bakery, 439 Des Plaines Avenue, between Monroe and Adams Streets, Forest Park (708-488-0800 or silverlandbakery.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Silverland Bakery