Life is busy – a snack will keep you going!We are on-the-go, attending meetings, learning, commuting and traveling. Snacks are essential to sustain your energy over the course of the day. The typical go-to snack is a granola bar because these snacks are portable and provide energy. Additionally there is a variety of snack bars available on the market to compliment anyone’s taste buds; by the season too! Be mindful because some snack bars are processed and packed with more sugar than your seasonable latté at Starbucks. In response, your energies crash and you will not feel your best! I am not suggesting to never treat yourself to a pumpkin spice latté, I am recommending that when choosing a snack for energy, know what you are putting into your body and do not fall for sneaky marketing techniques companies use to market their “healthy products”.
When choosing a snack bar there are a few key aspects to look for. First, explore the ingredient list & look for minimal ingredients (around 10 or less), ensure you recognize the ingredients on the label as well. Next, check the amount of sugar in the bar. The lower the sugar, the better so that you will avoid a sugar crash. Look for similar amounts of sugar and protein in the bar. Finally, check the amount of protein and fiber in the bar. Fiber and protein will allow you to feel energized & satisfied.Below are my favorite snack bars to enjoy on-the-go, as a pick-me-up or if I am having a sweet craving! They are in no specific order as they are all my favorites, it is too hard to choose just one. Each of these bars is gluten free. I choose them based on my energy needs and cravings. Check them out:
No. 1 – KIND Bar
There are a variety of options that include different flavors, ingredients & textures. These bars are low in sugar & contain nutritious ingredients including whole nuts & spices. If you are feeling tired around 3:00 p.m. opt for this snack instead of a coffee, your body will thank you. I recommend the Dark Chocolate Almond Mint KIND bar, it makes me nostalgic of my days as a Girl Scout selling Thin Mints. And if you love samoa girl scout cookies, the dark chocolate almond and coconut KIND Bar is amazing.
- Ingredients: Almonds, cashews, dark chocolate flavored coating (palm kernel oil, chicory root fiber, sugar, cocoa powder, soy lecithin, natural flavor, salt, peppermint oil), chicory root fiber, honey, glucose syrup, rice flour, unsweetened chocolate, madagascar vanilla, soy lecithin, peppermint extract, sugar, sea salt, peppermint leaves.
- Protein: 5 grams
- Sugar: 5 grams
- Fiber: 6 grams
- Calories: 200
No. 2 – Lara Bar
I love Lara bars because of their minimal ingredients. The ingredients for these sweet and soft bars typically consist of dates (sweet & cinnamony), a nut, pure vanilla and cocoa. The dates cause this bar to be higher in sugar, so enjoy over the course of a week in moderation and switch it up! I love these because they are a sweet treat, minimal ingredients, provide energy & taste amazing. My favorites is the cookie dough flavor.
- Ingredients: cashews, dates, semisweet chocolate chips, and sea salt
- Protein: 4 grams
- Sugar: 16 grams
- Fiber: 3 grams
- Calories: 210
No. 3 – D’s Natural No Cow Bars
Ever heard of these? Well let me tell you I love them and I love the story behind them even more. Reading the story behind the start of each of these bars is actually very interesting, if you’re bored, visit the website & learn about these entrepreneurs. These bars are super low in sugar, high in protein, high in fiber, all natural & vegan. They can be bought at your local GNC or online. My favorites are the mint cacao chip and peanut butter chocolate chip.
- Ingredients: Protein blend (brown rice protein, pea protein), isomalto-oligosaccharides (prebiotic fiber), glycerine, roasted cocoa nibs, peanut butter (peanuts, salt, palm oil), peanut oil, peanuts, cocoa butter, peanut flour, sea salt, erythritol, almonds, monk fruit extract, stevia.
- Protein: 20 grams
- Sugar: 1 gram
- Fiber: 19 grams
- Calories: 170
No. 4 – Think Thin Bars
Think Thin Bars are simply delicious and a great source of protein! There are High protein bars which I recommend as a meal replacement if you are traveling and on-the-go with limited options. As for a snack, my favorite ones are the Protein and Fiber bars. These bars are low in sugar and high in protein making them an energizing resource, they are also super tasty. They do contain a longer list of ingredients, if you are focusing on minimally processed foods you may want to keep this in mind. You can find them almost anywhere, if you happen to be at your GNC this is where you will find the fun specialty flavors like cupcake batter (it truly is so good) and I am picky with overly sweet items. My favorite day to day is the salted caramel.
- Ingredients: PROTEIN BLEND (SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE, CALCIUM CASEINATE), CHICORY FIBER, BROWN RICE SYRUP, DARK CHOCOLATE COATING (SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, SOY LECITHIN, VANILLA), GLYCERIN, SUNFLOWER OIL, ALMONDS, SOY CRISPS (SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, TAPIOCA STARCH), NATURAL FLAVORS, SEA SALT, LECITHIN, CARAMEL (SUGAR, WATER), VITAMIN AND MINERAL BLEND [MAGNESIUM OXIDE, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), NIACINAMIDE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), THIAMIN MONONITRATE (VITAMIN B1), VITAMIN A (AS PALMITATE), FOLIC ACID, CYANOCOBALAMIN (VITAMIN B12)].
- Protein: 10 grams
- Sugar: 5 grams
- Fiber: 5 grams
- Calories: 150
These are a few of my favorites when life is busy! Try adding them to your grocery list and experimenting with the different flavors available.