Clif Bar, Luna Bar, Balance Bar, PowerBar. Ever eaten one of these? Maybe you grab one before a long run or long bike ride …or maybe you grab one in the middle of the day to beat that mid afternoon slump. There are so many energy bars out there, what do you look for when you buy them? Do you fully understand all the ingredients in them? I pulled up the Clif Bar website and looked up some of the ingredients. Most ingredients I recognized, however, some ingredients I have no idea what they are like soy protein isolate. Sounds simple, but I don’t think it is as simple as it sounds. Also many of these so called healthy energy bars contain way too much sugar and processed ingredients.
I have found some energy bars that are healthy, have flavor and you actually recognize all the ingredients.
Energy Bar #1: Lara bars
– Offer a wide variety of flavors
– Sweetened with dates (natural sweetener)
– My favorite is the Banana Nut (taste exactly like banana nut bread) and the Peanut Butter bar
– Found at Trader Joes, WholeFoods, Henry’s and I have seen them at Vons/Safeway
Energy Bar #2: Bora Bora bars
– Made mostly from nuts
– Sweetened with agave syrup (natural sweetener)
– My favorite is the Cinnamon Oatmeal
– So far the only place I have been able to find these are at Costco, check your local markets I am sure they sold elsewhere (I think I saw them at Whole Foods, but I have not had time to confirm that)
Energy Bar #3: Trio Bar
– Also made mostly from nuts
– More of a crunchy texture
– These are not particularly my favorite, but some of you might like them
– Sweetened with dates (natural sweetener), evaporated cane juice, which isn’t the best, but at least you know what it is
– I have also only seen these at Costco, but I am sure there are elsewhere as well
I do hope you get to try out one of these healthy energy bars. I am sure there are other healthy ones out there, but these are the ones I have tried, think they taste great and really recommend in place of your current energy bar.