Snack bars can be life savers between meals especially if you have a busy schedule like mine. However, with so many bars available it can be difficult to figure out which bars are nutritious and which ones are just sugary snacks.
Abbey Matson, Holistic Health Counselor and founder of Mind to Body Health, gives us key factors to look at before purchasing a snack bar.
1 – Sugar: Many bars are disguised as healthy snacks but in reality are jam packed with sugar. Be sure to look for bars that have less than 15 grams of sugar.
2 – Fiber: Fiber makes you feel full by slowing down the food traveling to your stomach. A nutritious snack bar should have at least 3 grams of fiber.
3 – Protein: Protein has many benefits including providing energy for our bodies and to help us fight fatigue. Try to get at least 4 grams of protein per snack bar.
4 – Ingredients: A snack bar should have no more than 12 simple ingredients. If you are unable to pronounce any ingredient or are not sure what something is, avoid it.
Here are some of the best, healthy snack bars on the market:
Go Macro: These wholesome bars are made with grains, nuts, seeds, and natural sweeteners. They are organic, kosher, vegan, gluten free, and are the Official Nutrition Bar of the American Diabetes Association.
Larabar: Larabars are made with pure, simple ingredients including unsweetened fruits, nuts, and spices. There are a variety of delicious flavors and each bar has no more than 9 ingredients.
Zing: Zing bars are high in protein, fiber, and are organic. I especially enjoy the almond blueberry flavor!
Pure Organic: Pure bars are made with simple, whole ingredients, organic, vegan, gluten free, and kosher, and are yummy!
Abbey is a Holistic Health Counselor and founder of Mind to Body Health. It is her mission to support others in creating a positive, vigorous and healthy lifestyle. Contact her today for a free consultation!
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