The health & wellness market is saturated with trendy products and endless opportunities for new! and better! Which, for fit-gals like us, is a combination of totally freakin’ awesome (I mean, they make pasta from chickpeas now?!) and totally confusing (nutrition label say what?!). When I started my fitness journey I hit the shelves runnin’- trying all the things until I figured out (through a lot of research paired with a little bit of trial-and-error) what products were the @perfectfit 😉 for my lifestyle.
Introducing Fitlicity Faves, a series where I’ll clue you in on a few of my favorite things – from grab n’ go snacks to booty sculpting moves. (*Disclaimer: I am a fit-girl-in-progress, and admittedly still learning!)
Let’s start with the grand daddy of them all… the BAR. Quest, Luna, Lara, Macro, Pure, Kind… the list goes on, and on, and on. So, a girl walks into a bar… The punchline? She just consumed too many processed ingredients to pronounce and over half of her sugar intake for the day. *sigh*
After experimenting with quite a few protein and snack bars, I’ve found 3 super-star faves that I am proud to recommend to any fittie. Considering taste, texture, nutritional value, and ingredients, I present to you my most nommed-on bars.
The rating scale explained:
Taste: Does the bar taste like the flavor it’s claiming on the package? Is it balanced or, my protein-pet-peeve, way too coconut-y? Does it have the “OMG this could be a brownie” factor? There’s that sweet tooth again! I often turn to bars when I’m looking for a better alternative to a sweet treat, so you’ll see the chocolate theme running strong here.
Texture: Too hard, too sticky, too light, or just right? My palette craves a little bit of dense and a little bit of fluffy 🙂
Nutritional Value: Protein, sodium, sugar, oh my! When it comes to selecting bars, I’m setting the calories aside, babe. I’m much more concerned with artificial sweeteners, protein bases, and hidden sodium levels.
Ingredients: How long is your list? My personal dietary philosophy gravitates towards minimal, whole, and easy-to-read ingredients.
- Square Organics (Square Bar): Okay, Square is totally the new black. These perfectly packaged bars are packed with simple, organic ingredients and boast 10-12 g of plant-based protein per serving – score! But the real stand-out factor, they taste (and feel) like biting into a decadent chocolate coated dessert. I gotta say it again – these really taste like candy bars. My fave flavors are Chocolate Coated Crunch, Chocolate Coated Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Coated Nuts and Chocolate.
P.S. Square Organics and I are having a love affair 😉 Use the code “tiu_albabe” at check out for 20% off your order! The only thing in it for me is knowing you can enjoy this little morsel of squaradise.
- RXBAR: With an average of 12g of egg white protein and minimal ingredients RX Bars put it all on the package – literally, the first thing you see when you pick up the bar is the ingredients. What. A. Dream. There are some “Natural Flavors” in the RXBAR, but nothing a little moderation can’t handle. All the rich, dense taste does pack a rich, dense chew, so be prepared to work those jaw muscles just a lil’ bit 😉 My fave flaves are Blueberry, Chocolate Sea Salt, and Peanut Butter!
- LÄRABAR: When it comes to simple ingredients, LÄRABAR takes the cake – or shall I say the gluten-free cookie dough? With the average bar being comprised of just 5 ingredients (yes, really!), LÄRABAR takes out all the guess work of reading nutrition labels. If it’s added protein you’re looking for, you won’t find too much of it under these wrappers, but what you will find are melt-in-your-mouth, sweet ingredients that satisfy hunger without weighing you down. My fave flavors (so far, there are so many to try!) are Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Blueberry Muffin.