When was the last time you ventured down the grocery aisle with all of the protein bars, meal bars, and “healthy” snacks? Does the selection seem to be growing by the week? With all of the choices out there, it can be difficult to know which ones are good for you, and which ones are just packed with sugar and preservatives. If you’re looking for a delicious, healthy protein bar, we’re here to help simplify things and make it easier to narrow down your choices. Keep reading this post from Read The Ingredients and then check out our website to shop for what we think is the best bar your money can buy!
The Good Stuff
Have you ever had a particularly bad food day where you indulged in snacks and treats that you knew weren’t good for you? How did you feel at the end of the day? Or maybe you often start your day off with an extra-large syrupy latte and combine it with a carb-laden pastry or donut. The result is an all-too-familiar sugar crash that follows about two hours later. The fact is, the quality of the food we put in our bodies has a direct correlation with how we feel. And, if you want to feel good and have the energy to power your body to get through your busy day, you have to feed it right.
By now, most people know that protein is an important component of our diet. It serves many critical roles in growth, development, and everyday functioning. At the most basic level, protein is used to build muscle, skin, hair, bone, and other tissues, but there are countless other significant jobs that this macronutrient is involved in.
Protein is found in many different foods including animal products like meat, fish, eggs, and dairy products. But, what many people don’t realize is that protein is also found in plant-based foods as well. Nuts, seeds, pulses (beans, peas, and lentils) and many grains, fruits, and vegetables also contain protein. What’s even better is that for people who are looking to reduce or eliminate animal products in their diet for health, environmental, or ethical reasons, there are plenty of other protein-rich options out there.
If you’re looking to incorporate high-quality protein in your diet, you’ll be happy to know that our natural protein bars are a great option. We use a combination of nuts, seeds, and pea protein to deliver up to 16 grams of protein in some of our loaf products and at least 5 grams in our smaller big bites.
If you’ve read anything related to healthy diets in the past few years, then you know that fat is not the evil thing it was deemed to be a couple of decades ago. In fact, our bodies need healthy fats. According to this article by the American Heart Association, fat gives you energy, supports cell growth, and helps your body absorb some nutrients, among other things. But not all fats are created equal. Many animal fats are also high in cholesterol and contain small amounts of undesirable trans fat.
At Read The Ingredients, we’ve created our natural protein bars with only healthy fats from nuts and seeds. When you read our labels you’ll find ingredients like almond butter, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds. Not only are these ingredients free from cholesterol, many of them are also a good source of healthy Omega-3 fats.
Vitamins and Minerals
Processed foods often lack important vitamins and minerals because of the way they are made and the ingredients that are used. Whenever you can eat foods that are closest to their original form in nature, you’ll get the most benefits. Because we use simple ingredients that you can find in most kitchens, our loaves and big bites are rich in vitamins and minerals like calcium and potassium.
Choose a Better Bar
If you’re looking for a natural protein bar made with good ingredients to give you fuel and help you get through your day, try our loaves and big bites. Unlike other bars, you’ll love our flavors and the soft, satisfying bite. No chalky consistency or off-flavors here — only real, delicious food. We don’t believe in sacrificing nutrition for convenience, and you shouldn’t either. We don’t believe in sacrificing nutrition for convenience, and you shouldn’t either. Shop our website and experience just how good you can feel when you feed your body right!