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With so many different “health food” and “protein” bars out there, it can be challenging to know which ones to choose, right? Since I get this question a lot, I thought I would list out my 4 favorite ones and also tell you why they are my favorite.
While I used to love Luna and Cliff bars (they are SO good), these days I tend to stay away from those a bit more since the ingredient lists for them are longer and I’d like and filled with things I don’t particularly like or think necessary to have in a food bar. Does it mean I wouldn’t eat one or think you shouldn’t eat them? Nope. But with today’s post, I’m hoping to show you some other options that still taste great, but are made with fewer, more natural and beneficial ingredients.
- Larabar – My all time favorite bars are Larabars. These have so few ingredients, yet they taste so good! There are also a ton of flavors – cashew cookie and peanut butter cookie are my personal favorites for pre-post workout snacks. Since they are bigger bars, I tend to have half at a time since nuts fill me up quickly or, I’ll buy the smaller ones if I can find them. If I’m looking for something a bit sweeter, I go for the chocolate chip cookie dough or peanut butter chocolate chip. Even with the sweet factor present, most are still under 5 ingredients, which is what I love about them. I’m still baffled at why companies feel the need to load up their products with loads of unnecessary ingredients!
- RXBars – While it took me a little bit to get used to the texture and flavor options, these bars have really grown on me. Similar to Larabar, they have very few ingredients, and all ones I can proounce! They all have egg whites, dates and some sort of nut, and then depending on what flavor you choose, there are other minimal ingredients. My favorites are Coconut Chocolate and Chocolate Peanut Butter.
- Health Warrior Bars – I hadn’t had many Health Warrior Bars before I became a brand ambassador, but now I eat them all the time! I’m a fan of the Chia bars and have one every week before I teach my 6am class. My husband, on the other hand, prefers the Pumpkin Seed bars, and eats so many I have to reorder once a month! What I like about these bars is their motto of “Superfoods are always the #1 ingredient”, which is true! Chia Seeds, sunflower seads, nuts quinoa, honey, etc. These bars do have more ingredients than Larabars or RXBars, but the lists are still pretty short, and all things you can pronounce.
- GoMacro Bars – these are another favorite in the house! I wrote about these bars here, but to summarize, they are Vegan, Soy & Gluten free bars that align with a macrobiotic diet. The ingredient list includes nut butter, organic protein blend, nuts, brown rice syrup, puffed brown rice, and additional flavors depending on what flavor you choose. My favorite flavors are the coconut almond butter chocolate chip and cashew caramel. I love that they have the mini bars, too, because they are perfect pre or post workout bars. Oh yeah, I’m a big fan of the consistency!
There ya go! Next time you’re looking for a new snack/protein/health bar, I suggest swapping out your normal go-to and trying one of these. They taste good AND they’re filled with beneficial ingredients.
Question for you: What’s your “go to” health food bar?