About the new food and nutrition bars

Cereal and snack bars were all the rage back in the early 2000’s but are being pushed out by other, better-for-you bars emphasizing physical health and all natural ingredients.

These new age bars are so awesome because they have whole food ingredients, allowing your body to use the food directly as energy instead of having to break down a bunch of foreign chemicals.This seems like great news but with an already saturated 6 billion dollar market, the energy bar aisle can feel really overwhelming! Well have no fear, I’m here to give you the 411 on the new age of energy bars and which ones to choose.

The first thing you want to look at here is the ingredient list! You’ll find out a lot about the bar! You want the ingredient list to read like more of a recipe than a science experiment. I’ve come up with the best in nutrition in three categories, 1) “add to it” bar, 2) the snack/energy bar and 3) the protein bar.

Top Food and Nutrition Bars

1) The “Add to it” Bar

For the best “add to it bar” grab a That’s It Bar.
Why, do I call them “add to it”? Because by themselves, these bars are just fruit (literally the ingredients are FRUIT) and may leave you feeling hungry again in 30 minutes. But when you add a handful of almonds or a tablespoon or two of almond butter or peanut butter they make a perfect sized snack and a winning combo of clean carbs, protein and healthy fat!

2) Top Snack & Energy Bar

Okay, so my picks are Lara and Pure Organic Bars!
Perfect for an on-the-go energy boost and thse are GREAT options for the kids. I love these two bars specifically, Lara and Pure Organic Bar, because of the clean and short ingredient list AND because they are the perfect blend of carbs, protein and healthy fat.

3) Top Protein Bar

Okay, the RXBar wins the taste and health award!!!
The protein in RXBars comes from egg whites and the ingredients are short enough  fit on the front of the bar. You can find all of these bars at Publix, Whole Foods, or online and have them delivered directly to you!

Read more from Abigail Dougherty’s “The Soul of Health”

 

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