Nutritionally Dense Food Bars
There are times when a food bar makes sense. You might need a snack or you might just be in the mood for a very light meal. Food bars are convenient and often filling and can store in your purse or desk for months, being ready when you need it.
But most are really very poor choices, are not the best foods to eat and do not fit the philosophy of thebestfoodstv. Some are extremely poor choices and detrimental to your health.
But thankfully there are some that are clean from contaminants and are actually really good for you. Here are four great food bars that you won’t find at your local health food store as they would be priced much to high with store markups and a couple others that you might find in some stores but are still to quality.
Most cheap bars you find in stores and even health food stares have primarily ingredient such as Soy Protein or Soy Protein isolate. If you care about your deep health, never buy one of these. Almost all of that is extracted from GMO soy using hexane, a dangerous and flammable chemical.
Boku Super Bar
Our Top rated Food bar is Boku Super Food Bar, now labeled as Boku Super Bar with a wrapper change in 2015.
This is also our personal favorite. Some days a breakfast consists of a couple Boku Food Bars, some vitamin D3 and a couple fish oil capsules. For an instant on the go breakfast, this packs a lot of nutrition and energy. This bar is also my personal favorite snack of any food. It tastes that good.
This bar is unique in several ways.
First, being all non-GMO, this bar’s list of ingredients contain some superstars. Instead of junk soy protein isolate, the first ingredient is Almond Butter, a great source of Vitamin E, magnesium and protein.
But the bars powerhouse of nutrition comes from its next group of ingredients. We know that sprouted foods and sprouted veggies have many times more nutrient than the mature plant so you will like this list. Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Organic Sprouted Flax, Organic Sprouted Quinoa(a powerful food by itself), and organic sprouts of Pumpkin, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Cabbage and Red Clover.
Next is fair trade cocoa. This with some agave nectar gives this bar a taste close to a fudge brownie. This is one of the best tasting food bar anywhere.
It has some raisins, strawberries and Almonds thrown in as well. These bars are on the high end price-wise but are still a tremendous nutritional value.
Another interesting fact about the Boku Food Bar is that it was in large part created by an online nutrition and health community. Initially the bar included the Boku Super Food instead of the long list of sprouts. While the sprouts are more expensive, the super food has medicinal mushrooms in it so I wish they had not reformulated it as they did in 2014. You do owe it to yourself to try these food bars at least once. They are that good.
Cocochia Food Bars
Cocochia Food Bars from Living Fuel are another source of a nutritional snack. A couple of these could be a meal replacement as well. Living Fuel supplies its own line of products which are some of the most dense nutritional products anywhere and the Cocochia bars follow this pattern of uniqueness.
The main ingredients are coconut, chia seeds and almond butter. The Chia seeds slow down digestion of fats and carbs making this a bar they call “sustained energy”. Chia seeds are perhaps the top source of plant based Omega-3s. Probitoics are added as well. It is surprising how many top athletes use Living Fuel’s products.
In addition tho these top 2 food bars a few others deserve mention.
Pure Organic Bar
First is the Pure Organic Bar. Their main predicts are the fruit and nut bars with lots of protein and fiber. While definitely a big step down from the top 3 bars as far as dense nutritional profile, these are delicious and a good snack. These are low in calories, about 200 per bar, and have a cookie dough soft chewy consistency. The spices they use for the various flavors are delicious. Chocolate brownie and Apple Cinnamon are my personal favorites although the blueberry is a little more juice tasting.
Another bar that falls more into the snack category is Kind Bars. All ingredients are Non-GMO and there are a dozen flavors,, mostly centering on nuts and some cocoa. These are sweetened a bit more than some others and are not nearly as filling but are a convenient snack and miles ahead of the protein isolate of the typical store food bar.
These are more like chewy granola bars with honey and antioxidants added in.
Organic Food Bar
While the name of these bars was more original 10 years ago, it gets confused with others in recent years. These were one of the first organic food bars I had ever tried. The one I had was the Active Greens which is very green colored but surprisingly sweet and moist. This likely comes from its first two ingredients which are almond butter and Dates.
If you only try one variety of this bar, do try the Active Greens. It has the most nutrition and it will surprise you at the mild flavor and moist composition of the bar.
Its protein blend is made from Organic Pea Protein and Organic Pumpkin Protein, a different blend than most bars. Similar to Boku Super Bars, it then adds Organic Bio Sprouts of Flax, Quinoa and Broccoli and other veggies like Beet Juice and Carrot juice. a good dose of wheat and barley juice powder is added as well.
Organic Food Bars are an excellent choice for a snack bar.