BARS, BARS, BARS

BARS, BARS, BARS

My clients are always asking about bars, so I thought it was appropriate to make this my first blog topic! There are so many bars to choose from and A LOT of misleading marketing claims, that make it a bit overwhelming to find a legit snack bar. The claims are endless: gluten free, organic, high protein, added caffeine, vegan, dairy free, low glycemic, soy free, and so on… Don’t get me wrong; I do think bars can be a good snack choice. They are convenient, portable, relatively affordable (some can get $$$), and can get you from one meal to the next with minimal planning. I keep bars stashed in my purse, car, and desk just in case of an emergency hanger situation.   Ideally, I would regularly be making my bars from scratch using the many recipes I have pinned on my Pinterest page , but let’s get real! The confusion is real folks even for an RD at times! I took a trip to my local Whole Foods to scope out the situation. Luna Confession: Luna bars were a staple during my college days, along with Lean Pockets and Yoplait Lights. Not going to lie, these bars taste pretty good, but now that I’m older and wiser I have found these bars to be far from real food. Red flag #1 is the laundry list of ingredients; the first ingredient being soy protein isolate (along with 3 other soy ingredients). The amount of soy products in this bar is a little concerning; as well as the 11 grams of sugar (that is almost 1 tablespoon!) I’m not all...