Many snack bars are loaded with food additives that can negatively impact our health. Here are my favorite whole food snack bars made from real foods!
One of the most important cornerstones to health is eating simply. For the majority of human history, basic foods were eaten with no concern about artificial ingredients or chemicals. These days we are ingesting more chemicals than ever before, and it is costing us our good health. When you start reading ingredient lists, it is astounding how many ingredients there are even in foods you think would be simple. Chances are if you don’t know what an ingredient is, it is probably not something natural. Before I show you my favorite whole food snack bars, I would like to give you an example of products containing multiple food additives. Here are 2 popular snack bars and their ingredient lists. I have pulled this ingredient report from one of my favorite websites, shopwell.com:
2 Snack Bars that Contain Potentially Problematic Ingredients:
Just look at all the ingredients in these! While some of these ingredients are vitamins and minerals, many others are chemicals or possible irritants. Some of these ingredients, such as whey protein, maltitol, soy lecithin, hydrolyzed proteins, fructose, milk protein, and fructooligosaccharides, can be particularly problematic for people with digestive issues. Getting back to eating basic, whole foods means eating natural real foods whenever you can, and avoiding overly processed ingredients. In general, I tell patients to select foods with shorter ingredient lists. As you are learning which food ingredients may be problematic for you, choosing products with shorter ingredient lists is a simple way to limit your exposure to potentially problematic food components. I would like to introduce to you 3 whole food snack bars that I love to recommend which meet the criteria for short ingredient lists:
These whole food snack bars taste delicious, and have between 2 and 9 natural ingredients per bar. It’s delightful to see what interesting flavors can be made from such simple ingredients! Lara bars can be found in many grocery stores.
Lara Bar Flavors
For more information on Lara Bars, visit https://www.larabar.com
These whole food snack bar squares are each made with 5-7 ingredients. The base for each is made of cashews, almonds, coconut, honey, vanilla and sea salt. There is then an additional ingredient for each flavor as follows:
Coffee: coffee bean
Coconut: nothing additional
Cinna-Clove: cinnamon, cloves
Chili-Pep: chili pepper
Simple Square Flavors
Simple Squares are paleo, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, and raw. To order, visit http://simplesquares.com
Macrobars are whole food snack bars that contain 11 ingredients or less, and are made from all-natural certified organic foods. A variety of nut and seed butters are used as a base, servings the needs of those with allergies or sensitivities to certain nuts. Rice and pea protein are used so these bars are dairy free as well. You can order Macrobars at https://gomacro.com
For more information about Macrobars, visit https://gomacro.com
Are you excited about these whole food snack bars yet?! Click one of these links and order a box to try! I’d love to hear how you like them. The Cherry Pie Lara Bars are my favorite.
I would also like to challenge you to start reading ingredient lists this week – it’s a real eye-opener! Leave comments below on what you observe. To be notified of future posts and sent nutrition tips, sign up below.