Snack with Purpose
This editor’s pick of nutritious bars offers flavors that satisfy and ingredients you can feel good about eating. Even better–these brands are doing their part to craft food that is good for you and good for the planet. Whether you’re traveling across the world, or across the street, pack some of these nutritious bars to have at the ready.
This Bar Saves Lives
What do you get when you bring together a group of friends and colleagues with a commitment to combining worldwide humanitarian efforts with delicious snack bars? This Bar Saves Lives Founders Ryan Devlin, Todd Grinnell, Kristen Bell, and Ravi Patel’s pay-it-forward model donates life-saving nutrition to kids in need via packets of the supercharged vitamin- and mineral-enriched Plumpy’Nut. So far, they’ve donated over three million packets. They have an array of tasty whole food, gluten-free, non-GMO flavors. The recipes began in Ryan Devlin’s kitchen. Try them all. We did! Enjoy: Madagascar Vanilla Almond & Honey, Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate & Coconut, PB & J, Dark Chocolate & Cherry, Wild Blueberry & Pistachio, Kids Chocolate Chip, and seasonal Maple Pecan.
SunWarrior is known for their clean, plant-based protein mixes, as well as their high vibration vitamins and minerals. You could say that they make food for warriors. SunWarrior’s four flavors of protein bars offer a full scoop of their famous and functional protein powder. There is no blender required. These protein-rich bars are a nutritious travel food. Blueberry Blast, Salted Caramel, Coconut Cashew, and Cinnamon Roll are all perfectly balanced for breakfast or any time of the day. Ingredients include: yellow peas, brown rice, quinoa, blueberry, sunflower butter, and coconut.
Clif is one of the sponsors of the ROGA series on the Santa Monica Pier. They hand out their latest and greatest bars to hungry runners and yogis post-practice. One of the stalwart brand’s newest lines is their Fruit Smoothie Filled energy bars in three certified USDA organic flavors: Wild Blueberry Acai, Tart Cherry Berry, and Strawberry Banana. The filling is a blend of nut and seed butter, dried fruit, and juice concentrates, giving added benefits to the grain-based energy bar. If you’ve dreamt of having jelly sandwiches on the go without the mess, this just may be the bar for you.
Packed with Omega-3s as well as fiber, protein, and some carbs, Health Warrior‘s vegan chia seed-based bars come in an array of flavors: Acai Berry, Apple Cinnamon, Banana Nut, Caramel Sea Salt, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Cherry, and Mango. At 100 calories each, they offer a pick-me-up without weighing you down. The chocolate blends are our fave and substitute for a candy bar. Pack a handful on the plane.
You don’t have to drink beer to love ReGrained bar’s supergrain base. ReGrained’s base was originally part of the process of making beer. According to ReGrained, “The brewing process extracts most of the sugar from the grain, leaving behind a high-protein, high-fiber ingredient that mitigates food waste.” These grains are upcycled and then combined with functional adaptogenic ingredients such as immune-strengthening turmeric, ginseng, and honey. Pack some of the Chocolate Coffee Stout, Honey Cinnamon IPA, or Blueberry Sunflower Saison. Pair them with tea, coffee, or a superfood smoothie.
When you need keto on the go, Dang Bars deliver. The brand is also known for their other coconut-based treats. The Dang Bars offer balanced macros (4-5 g net carbs, 10 g protein, and 16 grams fat). Dang features recipes that are paleo, keto, and vegan. Ingredients include: almonds, chicory root fiber, pea protein, cocoa butter, sunflower seeds, pea protein crisps, coconut, chia seeds, stevia, and salt. Their slight crunch definitely satisfies. Dang’s three flavors are Almond Vanilla, Chocolate Sea Salt, and Lemon Matcha. They are all crave-worthy snacks to keep you fueled any time of day.
Felicia Tomasko has spent more of her life practicing Yoga and Ayurveda than not. She first became introduced to the teachings through the writings of the Transcendentalists, through meditation, and using asana to cross-train for her practice of cross-country running. Between beginning her commitment to Yoga and Ayurveda and today, she earned degrees in environmental biology and anthropology and nursing, and certifications in the practice and teaching of yoga, yoga therapy, and Ayurveda while working in fields including cognitive neuroscience and plant biochemistry. Her commitment to writing is at least as long as her commitment to yoga. Working on everything related to the written word from newspapers to magazines to websites to books, Felicia has been writing and editing professionally since college. In order to feel like a teenager again, Felicia has pulled out her running shoes for regular interval sessions throughout Southern California. Since the very first issue of LA YOGA, Felicia has been part of the team and the growth and development of the Bliss Network.