FUEL Foodie Friday offers insights and expertise for any who shares a common interest in making smart food buying choices for their families. Also for the health conscious consumer that is tired of the same ole grocery list. I will be your supermarket guinea pig and report on everyday finds at supermarkets, big-box stores, and the neighborhood health food stores.
Larabar is arguably one of the best natural, whole food bars. It is made with raw whole foods and comes in 19 flavors. Since the ingredients are unprocessed the food retains all the natural nutrients. The first Larabar bar was simply made with using a rolling pin. Larabar is always gluten, dairy, and soy-free, vegan approved and kosher. There is never any added sugar or preservatives.
Some shy away from the Larabar due to a higher fat content but please do not fret. The fat content comes from nuts providing healthy poly- and mono- unsaturated fat. Larabars have around 210 calories, with 3 to 5 grams of fiber and 24 to 28 grams of energizing carbohydrates. The fiber plus heart healthy fat will slow the digestion of the natural carbohydrates and provide long-lasting energy.
Although not organic and a little more expensive than a regular bar about $1.75 the simplicity of the ingredient list and production makes it a staple in my kitchen. Larabar can now be found in all major grocery stores.
FUEL Tip: Larabars are perfect pre run snack or mid run FUEL alternative.