When choosing a snack or protein bar think about using the following criteria (I listed the best to worst source in that order with the worst in RED):
PROTEIN SOURCE: WHEY*, COLLAGEN, NUTS/SEEDS, HEMP, PEA, RICE, SOY, WHEAT
(note: the whey protein must be cold pressed and cross-flow microfiltered, not heated.)
FAT SOURCE: MCT OIL, COCONUT, COCOA BUTTER, SUNFLOWER LECITHIN, AVOCADO OIL, PALM OIL, PALM KERNEL, RAW MACADEMIAS, RAW ALMONDS AND OTHER NUTS.
THE WORST FAT IS FROM GMO OILS AND THOSE THAT CONTAIN TRANS-FATS: canola oil
CARB SOURCE: RICE, XYLITOL, ERYTHRITOL, STEVIA, RAW HONEY, MAPLE SYRUP, COCOA POWDER, BERRIES, DATES, COCONUT SUGAR, BUCKWHEAT, COOKED HONEY, WHITE SUGAR, BROWN SUGAR, AGAVE NECTAR OATS, FRUCTOSE, HFCS, SUCRALOSE, ASPARTAME
If there are other ingredients I’d be suspect that it wasn’t truly a healthy option. This post was conceived when my stomach was growling right before a Pilates class. So I walked to the downtown Mill Valley Whole Foods and found four healthy bar choices:
SOUL SPROUT – GREEN TEA VANILLA
RAW REVOLUTION- CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY TRUFFLE
ELEMENTAL – DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER
TWO MOMS- CRANBERRY CRUSH
One of my favorite bars that can only be ordered online is theBulletproof collagen bars.
Since I wasn’t prepared with one of thesein my bad like I almost always am, I had to find a substitute at the store.All of the bars had only the best of the ingredients listed above so let’s first rate them by taste. I can’t really say that one tasted better then the other so your choice will be dictated by your mood.
For the sinful cookie and chocolate taste, choose elemental.
For the fruit crisp Fall memory, grab the Two Moms.
For decadence sink your teeth in the Soul Sprout truffle.
For simplicity, no fuss taste pick the Raw Revolution.
Go an pick your best bar and share it on my Facebook page!