What’s in my Pantry: Larabars

You just can’t beat the convenience of snack bars for when you’re on the go! There are so many out there to choose from and some are definitely healthier than others. Choosing the right bar can be a challenge! Some are more like granola bars, others are actual protein bars, and then there’s the ones that contain so much sugar, chocolate, and JUNK that you might as well be eating a candy bar. Even some of the more popular brands at the grocery store that seem nutritious and are even marketed to look healthy and “all natural” are not always! I have bought bars in the past like Nature Valley and even Chewy granola bars (ahh!) when I was younger, but I now realize that was not the best option for a healthy snack on the go. My rule for packaged bars now is that they have to have an extremely short ingredients list and I need to be able to identify the ingredients. I also try to avoid bars that contain a lot of added sugar. This is actually a good rule for all packaged food in general. Ideally I would like to think that I could make my own bars at home so that I could REALLY control the ingredients, but I just know that’s not going to happen…at least not all the time. Luckily there are some pretty delicious and nutritious bar options available.

If you’re looking for an “all natural” bar that REALLY contains all natural ingredients, then I would have to suggest Larabars!20140831_153713These are the two flavors I currently have in my pantry. The Coconut Cream Pie is my favorite out of all the one’s I’ve tried! Allow me to list the ingredients for you. Blueberry Muffin contains: dates, cashews, blueberries, blueberry juice concentrate, lemon juice concentrate, and vanilla extract.<<<That’s SIX ingredients! Coconut Cream Pie contains: dates, unsweetened coconut, almonds, cashews, and extra virgin coconut oil. <<<FIVE ingredients!

Some of the other flavors I’ve tried and loved are: Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, Key Lime Pie, and Lemon Bar. These all have 6 ingredients or less. These actually do taste good or I would not be suggesting them, I promise! However, if you have never had Larabars try not to get turned off by their appearance. They don’t exactly look beautiful, but who cares?! Also, if you want a crunchy granola type bar, these aren’t for you. You might want to try these or these which are also by Larabar.

Another bar that is probably my second favorite is KIND bars. KIND bars usually contain a few more ingredients and often have some added sugar in some form or another, but they are still a pretty healthy bar in my opinion. Also, most, if not all of them, are gluten-free and non-GMO. I recently tried the ones that are in a square shape and I really like those!

I feature Larabars so often on my WIAW’s I figured it only made sense to mention them in a “What’s in my Pantry”. You guys should definitely give these a try! I hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend!!! Thanks for reading.

Bows and Arrows,

Ashley

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