Friday, May 24, 2024

Summer Snack Bars

Welcome to June! I want to offer you my Z-tips for healthy snack bars to stock up on for summer travels and/or hurricane mishaps. They’re great to take with you on the road, to the airport or to enjoy when you’re at home without electricity.

Best High Protein Bar: The World’s Healthiest Bar by My Organic Juice

If you’re looking for a bar that’s high in protein and fiber but low in sugar, then check out The World’s Healthiest Bar by My Organic Juice in Boca Raton. It’s loaded with raw, sprouted protein, anti-inflammatory chia seeds and a plethora of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Do note that this bar has pasture-raised collagen, so it’s not vegan. This bar has a 22 whopping grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber and 4 grams of sugar.

Best Low Sugar Bar: Zing

This bar is perfect for someone who likes to keep sugar low and protein high. My favorite flavor was the Double Nut Brownie that boasts 6 grams of fiber, 10 grams of protein and only 10 grams of sugar. I took this bar with me to Art Basel, and it kept me satisfied and energized while walking around for 3 hours. All bars are gluten free and 100% all natural, with organic key ingredients. Many bars are vegan and non-gmo.

Best Mini Energy Bar: The Perfect Bar

Even though most of The Perfect Bar company products are not vegan (some have whey and honey in them), I loved their peanut butter original bar. They come in mini 100-calorie packs, so you can take one before or after your workout or when you need to keep hunger at bay. I personally find peanut butter to be much more satisfying than others nuts. One mini-bar will give you 5 grams of protein, 6 grams of sugar and 6 grams of healthy fats. All products are non-gmo with many organic ingredients. Look for them in the refrigerated section of your grocery or vitamin store.

Best For Kids: Lola Granola

This bar has one of the most touching stories I’ve heard. The company was started by a family who struggled to provide food for its four young children when the father lost his job. In order to survive, they sought help from public assistance and food banks. To save money, they started to make natural granola bars, making sure they were gluten and soy free, due to their children’s allergies. The kids loved the bars, and so did other people, who asked to buy some. And so the business was born. I thought the bars were a great alternative to traditional mass-produced granola bars, and they have a great mission–a portion of each sale goes to support local food banks. I liked the Enzo flavor the best. It has only 172 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 12 grams of sugar.

Best Crunchy Bar: Ginny Bakes 

Miami-Based Ginny Bakes created her brand because of her cookies, and now she’s expanding into the snack bar market. Her new line of bars is organic, non-gmo, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan and dairy-free. GMO foods have been found to have a negative effect on health, and gluten protein can be very hard to digest. So, why settle for less? These bars are delicious and perfect to take with you on the go.

Alina Z.
Alina Z.http://alinaz.com
Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.

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