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On-the-Go Raw Food Bars

If you find yourself out and about and you start to get hungry, don’t pull into a fast food restaurant or stop at a vending machine. Open your purse, glove box, backpack, or gym bag and pull out a raw food energy bar like a  Larabar or whatever your favorite brand is.  

These bars are called food bars because they actually contain food – usually only 4 – 6 ingredients (fruits, nuts, spice), period. They do not contain any preservatives, additives, flavorings, or anything processed. Plus they’re raw which helps to preserve the nutrients.

In the interview linked below, the CEO explains how the special packaging keeps them fresh for months.

One of the most popular flavors is apple pie which is made of dates,  walnuts, unsweetened apples, almonds, raisins, and cinnamon. And that’s it. Unbelievable when you’re used to seeing a list of 20 items in the typical snack bars. This bar has 190 calories but it’s pure food, no junk calories.

Thinkorganic! is another brand I’ve tried. Cherry Nut (220 calories) has organic cherries, organic dates, organic raw walnuts, and organic raw almonds.

Beware – these food energy bars do not taste like candy bars (thank  goodness!) And they aren’t cheap because they’re made with high quality ingredients. I’ve bought them on sale anywhere from $1 to 1.50 each.

If you’re adventurous, you can experiment and make your own. Or you can cut out the middle man (the food processor) and just baggie up some fruit (any dried fruit), nuts and seeds and you’re good to go!

If you aren’t usually hungry for breakfast, pack a food bar and a little yogurt or a piece of fruit to take to the office. It goes down easy.

These food bars are a healthy snack option. Ask that they be added to the vending machines in your building. We’ve heard that healthy foods don’t sell in vending machines. But because these bars are trendy (as well as nutritious), I think they’ll sell! Ask for them.

More Articles on Food Bars

Article about the Organic Food Bar
Interview with Lara Merriken, CEO of Larabar Larabar – Energy Bar review

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