There are a lot of reasons to shop for organic snack bars: meal replacement, adventure fuel, after (or during) work snack; the list goes on. While our reasons might vary, it's safe to say that we would all prefer a healthy food bar. But the market is so saturated, and it’s hard to know what truly qualifies as a healthy snack option. At Kate’s Real Food, we want to provide you with the best-tasting organic food bars from real ingredients. Here are a few of our recipe standards that you should look for in every snack bar:
USDA Certified Organic
A basic rule of thumb is to look for recognizable ingredients that are non-GMO. The USDA seal makes it easy. If a product is labeled USDA certified organic, you can trust that it’s all organic and non-GMO. Look for that label, but make sure you still look over the ingredients to get the best bar for you.
Our favorite kind of carbohydrates are the kind that give you energy. Granola bars are often criticized for being too low in protein and too high in carbs-- but you need both to keep you full and energized. The key is to know your carbs. Complex carbohydrates provide your body with longer-lasting energy, while simple carbohydrates--found in candy and syrups--provide fast, short-lived energy. You can find slow-burning complex carbs in foods like fruits, vegetables, and unprocessed whole grains.
Before you turn to an artificial protein bar, consider the natural options of organic snack bars. Look for bars made with nuts, nut butters, and seeds to make up the protein count. Whole foods also have additional benefits of vitamins, minerals, and fiber-- and getting your daily protein from sources like nuts and seeds helps to limit the amount of saturated fats in your diet.
No Artificial Sugars
Watch for any artificial ingredients in your foods-- especially artificial sweeteners. These sweeteners add an unnecessary amount of glucose to your diet without any of the natural benefits of real food. According to this article, sugar substitutes “duplicate the effect of sugar in taste, but usually [have] less food energy.” To achieve great taste and real energy, choose items that are sweetened with organic sweeteners--like fruits and honey.
At Kate’s, we know that real food can taste great and provide your body with the nutrients it needs to power through the busiest days and the wildest adventures. We fill every energy bar with real-food ingredients that are USDA certified organic, gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and sweetened with organic honey. We never use harmful ingredients like artificial sweeteners, color additives, or preservatives.
Each recipe is carefully crafted to provide you with lasting energy from high-quality, great-tasting ingredients. Shop Kate’s Real Food organic food bars today!