Though I always recommend gravitating toward whole foods, sometimes you need fast and easy fuel to throw into your system after a workout as you rush off to your next activity.
People often ask me which bars are best...... My answer: The ones made with the most real foods and that are the least processed. In other words, this (generally speaking) means the ones with the least amount of ingredients....
People have this idea that Cliff Bars are pretty good for you because they’re allegedly organic, and because they have marketed themselves as a healthy meal replacement. Let’s take a look at the Chocolate Chip Cliff bar: Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Rolled Oats, Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Cane Syrup, Organic Roasted Soybeans, Rice Flour, Dried Cane Syrup, Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Soy Flour, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Cocoa Butter, Barley Malt Extract, Sea Salt, Natural Flavors, Soy Lecithin, Organic Cinnamon.
That’s a lot of stuff...... It doesn`t sound like it might kill you, but I sure don`t have any of that shit in my kitchen (that I know of..). Also, not sure why they called it dried cane syrup..isn`t that just white sugar?
So what are the better bar options? Here are 5 not too bad options:
- The Perfect Bar
Although the Perfect Bar still has too many ingredients for my liking, it is gluten-free and soy-free and needs to be kept refrigerated in order to stay fresh and chewy, which speaks to the freshness of its ingredients. (They can be kept out of the fridge for a day or two, but a week at room temperature turns them hard and stale). And they don't taste terrible!
- Elevate Me:
Elevate Me bars are based mostly on six ingredients: Cranberries, apples, dates, raisins, almonds and whey protein isolate, so I consider them a step above the Perfect Bar in terms of their ingredient list.
They’re not as filling as a Perfect Bar, but when your body needs fuel after a workout and you’re feeling like something light, they’re great for pumping some dried fruit into your system to avoid a post-workout crash.
Larabars are more filling than Elevate Me bars, and are even better in terms of their ingredients.While it depends on the flavour, some of their bars have as few as two ingredients. The cashew cookie bar is one of them: Cashews and dates. That’s it! Meanwhile, their banana bread bar has just three: Almonds, dates and bananas.
- Kosuma Bars
When it comes to taste, these ones take the cake! I like their pecan energy bar the best.
Kosuma bars are wheat-free, soy-free and have no preservatives at all. And they have a decent amount of fibre and protein.
- Homemade bars!
Before you get all stressed out about the thought of making your own bars, I promise these ones don`t suck!
- 2 cups seeds of choice ( i used sunflower & pumpkin)
- 1/3 cups ground flaxseed/linseed
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cups coconut oil
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 4 tbsp granulated sweetener of choice ( I used coconut sugar) or more, to your taste
- 1/4 cups cacao nibs
- 1 cups shredded/desiccated unsweetened coconut
- 1/3 cups cocoa powder unsweetened
- Place the seeds, linseed and eggs in the food processor with the blade attachment. Pulse that shit until the seeds are roughly chopped and mixed with the eggs.
- Put all the other stuff in the food processor bowl and process until clumpy and stuck together.
- Throw it into a baking dish ( i used a 10" x 13" i think) lined with baking parchment . Press firmly into the baking dish to ensure the seed bars are solid and not crumbly when they are cooked.
- Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes until baked and slightly crisp.
- Allow to cool. I managed to cut 16 seed bars.
Good luck and happy bar-baking!