Pick up the closest energy bar near you and take a look at the ingredients. Chances are, you think you are making a healthy choice, but most likely that bar is nothing more than a big lump of sugar lacking any real nutritional value.
Energy bars are a billion-dollar a year industry, and the marketing has most of us hoodwinked. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finally looking into the “healthy” claims of these snacks. The most recent development included requesting that the KIND bar company remove the word “healthy” from some of their product labels and descriptions.
The dilemma is real. You are rushing around at work, or heading out for a long run or bike ride, and you need something readily available to eat. You need fuel to get you through your next few hours. If you can’t count on the energy bar you have grown to love, what should you do?
Today, we are serving up a few energy bar recipes that are wholesome and healthy. These bars can be easily packed and eaten on-the-go. With a little prep work, you can be on your way to a healthy energy bar alternative!
Who doesn’t like dessert anytime of the day? The base of this bar is made up of dates and cashews. The decadence (without the guilt!) comes from the cocoa powder, unsweetened coconut, and vanilla. Dates are often pretty dry, so soak them overnight in water before making.
These bars are packed with healthy ingredients and protein. While many energy bars rely on oats or puffed rice, this recipe uses flaxseed powder, hemp seed powder, and quinoa to boost the protein content. Store this bar in the freezer and enjoy on your way out the door–before it gets too soft.
Can you say super seedy? These high-fiber bars contain chia, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, and poppy seeds. There’s plenty of flavor packed into these no-bake goodies. The great thing about this recipe is you can add-in your favorite ingredient, and the bars will turn out just fine!
So there you have it! If you aren’t already headed to the store for ingredients, what’s the hold up? Your body is going to thank you for these energy bar alternatives.