These days, it’s nearly impossible to find something in a store that doesn’t include added sugar, fats, or chemicals that you can barely pronounce. Even when you’re opting in to go the healthy route, the healthiest of store-bought snacks still contain added sugars, oils and artificial ingredients.
Energy Bars can either be bought at the store or made yourself, but if you’re looking to buy in-store keep an eye out for the following ingredients:
- Soy/Wheat: these would be considered artificial ingredients because they have undergone extensive processing. Over 90% of soy produced in the USA is genetically modified and sprayed with a herbicide to keep the plants from going bad
- Sugar: can also appear on ingredient labels as ‘high fructose corn syrup’. It is also important as to where sugar appears on the ingredient list; if it is higher up, this means there is more of it in the product!
Homemade energy bars are amazing, healthy, and so easy to make! My mom brought home a really good no-bake recipe that literally only involves combining the ingredients and putting in the fridge for a few hours. The awesome thing about homemade is that you know exactly what ingredients are going into your energy bars, and you can alter the recipe any way you like! Instead of adding sugar for sweetness, you can add your favourite dried berries in however big or little quantities that you wish!
My Mom’s recipe consisted of:
- Organic peanut butter
- Organic honey
- Dried cranberries
- Whole oats
- Seed mixture (we used sunflower seeds and hemp seeds, but you can use any kind of seed)
Although I love making my own energy bars, I have found a few noteworthy companies that stick to the organic, gluten/soy free, non-GMO and vegan standards. One worth mentioning actually arrived in my Yogi Surprise Subscription Box, and I had never heard of the company before. The bars include an average of 7 ingredients per bar and are promised to be gluten and soy free, as well as organic and non-GMO. The bars also come wrapped in a compostable package and are marked as BPI Certified Compostable.
I received ‘Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla’ (read the product description here), and just like the website said, I was guaranteed to love it. Its comforting knowing that you aren’t overloading unknown ingredients into your body, and the certified non-GMO, certified organic by NICS, and certified compostable packaging all show how high quality the product is. The flavours weren’t too strong and they all complemented each other very nicely. Most bars are thick and very chewy, but this bar was actually much lighter and easier to chew. I was so impressed by this bar that I checked out the website to find prices, and saw that they have a subscription service as well!
You can order a variety pack of each of the 6 flavours and have it delivered on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. Check it out here!
If you’re set on purchasing bars instead of making them yourself, you can still find amazingly delicious and healthy bars out there with little ingredients; all you have to do is look!