By Haylee Shelton (@hopefullnutrition)
If you’re like most people, you live life on the run. Whether that means back to back meetings, ushering your kiddos around all day, or checking items off your errands list, you could probably benefit from nutrition you can grab on the go.Fueling up is an important part of your day, but it’s easy to put it on the back burner. We get it. It’s tempting to grab an overly processed, packaged snack on your way out the door. Who has time for an Instagram worthy snack or meal when you have things to get done? If this is you, we’re here to help. RXBAR has what you need to energize in a nutritious and wholesome way that other products can’t.
Many companies market their products as nutritious and wholesome, but in reality, they’re packed with tons of sugar and questionable ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and sweeteners, and preservatives. Not exactly what your body needs during that 3 p.m. slump. So, what then? What should you be reaching for?
What makes a good protein bar?
It’s important to reach for items that include ingredients your body can actually use. To know for sure, always go straight for the ingredient list. This is where you’re going to get the real story on what’s in your food. Ingredients are listed in order of predominance, with the ingredients used in greater amounts listed first. When you're researching protein bar facts, pay attention to products that use ingredients that you can pronounce (aka real food rather than long chemical names).
For instance, RXBAR pride themselves on using “No B.S.” in their products (it literally says that on the label). Flip one of these bars over and find ingredients like egg whites, almonds, cashews, and dates listed first. Egg whites are a source of complete protein. Almonds and cashews also provide protein, but in combination with healthy sources of fat (called “unsaturated fat”). These types of fats have been shown to support heart health. Dates, an ingredient used in RXBAR, contain fiber. Fiber can help support normal digestion.
Let’s compare this to other popular protein brands. Some of the worst ones contain nearly 10% of your daily sodium needs. And let’s not forget added sugar. Some bars pack up to 22 grams of it!
Now that you know what to watch out for, it’s time to start fueling up the right way! Your body deserves to be nourished with quality, wholesome ingredients. If you’re hungry for more, check out RXBAR’s other products, like their nut butters and oats. Take these products to the next level with some of these delicious and simple recipes.