* Simple ingredients make up these tasty protein and granola bars
* A blend of nuts, fruit, and egg whites for energy on-the-go
* Made with ingredients that we can actually pronounce
Reading labels is not something most of us routinely do, or at least not scrupulously. But when it comes to food products, especially health food, we should be extra mindful of what we are putting into our bodies because, unfortunately, big box brands are not always looking out for our well-being.
We were curious to see how many ‘healthy’ fruit and nut bars were on the market that are made with ingredients that could actually be pronounced and understood by the average consumer. So, we looked for labels on bars that avoided heavy doses of oils, sugars, carrageenan, and anything with benzoates, nitrites, and other preservatives, while also tasting awesome. And because having healthy snacks on-the-go is essential (and we don’t want you to be stuck reading labels in between classes and meetings) we have chosen four products with a variety of ingredients like protein and whole grains to keep you full, energized, and B.S.-free.
1. RXBAR Egg-White Protein Bars
Health nuts rejoice. The team at RXBARS have crafted a truly simple but delicious protein bar that is both chewy (dates and nuts) yet smooth and sweet (egg whites and peanut butter). It is one of the few bars that we could find online, made with five basic ingredients that most of us have in our fridge and also happens to be both gluten and soy-free. The egg white component is what their bars are built on because it is a cholesterol-free ingredient (unlike the yolk of the egg) and is easy for the body to absorb. For a health boost, it contains 12g of protein, 5g of fiber and 210 calories and is available in some seriously tasty flavors ( mint chocolate, mango pineapple, blueberry, and coconut chocolate).
So, it passes both the basic ingredient test and the taste test (very important).
Ingredients: Peanuts and all-natural peanut butter flavor, 100% real chocolate, egg whites, dates, nuts.
Amount in package: 24
2. Lärabar Fruit and Nut Bars
The Lärabar’s also checked a lot of important boxes, like being vegan, non-GMO, and soy-free. A quick glance at the ingredient list is a testament to their transparency and reminds us that basic fruit and nuts can be just what the doctor ordered, offering fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fuel for the active consumer. It definitely has a natural flavor to it (as it is low in sugar) but if you enjoy the taste of natural dried fruit, this Lärabar will do just fine.
Ingredients: Cashews, dates, apples, blueberries, vanilla extract.
Amount in package: 16
3. Kind Healthy Grains Granola Bars
For health nuts who lean towards a sweeter snack on the road, these Healthy Grains granola bars are an awesome choice as they contain quinoa, millet, and buckwheat with hints of coconut and honey. It is non-GMO, of course, and each bar provides one full serving of whole grains (guilt-free snacking commence). Yes, there are more than five ingredients in these Kind bars, but they are straight-forward and easily recognizable by the consumer, which is an invaluable trait these days.
Ingredients: Whole grain blend (oats, brown rice, millet, oat flour, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa), tapioca syrup, cane syrup, honey, coconut, canola oil, brown rice syrup, gum acacia, sea salt, vitamin E.
Amount in package: 5
4. Primal Thin Protein Bars
For workout junkies who are working on building muscle and training their bodies for optimal strength, these protein-packed Primal Thin bars provide a high dose of egg whites and whey protein, which is an ingredient found in the byproduct of cheese during manufacturing. It is loaded with amino acids, vitamins, and may help fitness enthusiasts gain muscle quicker than without it. We love that it has zero-added sugar (they use monk fruit for sweetness) and it is part of the Paleo diet that many athletes adhere to. Their delicious flavors (sweet cream and sunbutter) make for a great snack after lunch or in between sweat sessions.
Ingredients: Organic grass-fed whey protein concentrate, organic tapioca, organic sunflower butter, monk fruit, egg whites, organic prebiotic fiber, organic sunflower seeds, monk fruit extract.
Amount in package: 12