Eat Smart

Energize Your Life!

by Lindsay Barton, blogger

When schedules get hectic, sometimes we can’t stop to eat and often rely on vending machines for a mid-day boost. The selections aren’t the healthiest and don’t provide the energy needed to get through our last class. The right energy bars consisting of mostly nuts, fruits, and whole grains as well as minimally added sugars are a more nutritious choice than their sugary counterparts.

Fruit lovers can find bliss in Probar Fruition. This small strawberry bar includes two servings of fruit as well as oats and cashews for fiber. Chia seeds, a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, can also be found in this energy bar. Bear Naked’s Grainola Tropical Fruit provides a delicious on-the-go snack. Having one bar is an easy way to get 17 grams of whole grain while enjoying a mix of mango, papaya, coconut and oats. Pie fanatics can rejoice in Cliff’s C Apple bar. Instead of traditional granola, organic apples and cinnamon sit on top of a lightly baked almond and macadamia crust. This soft and nutty treat will satisfy any sweet tooth!

If you’re a fan of nuts, you’ll love KIND’s Fruit and Nut Delight! Peanuts, Brazil nuts, almonds and walnuts are baked together with raisins and apricots. Crunchy and a good source of protein, it’s a different take on trail mix. Larabar’s Banana Bread is simple yet wholesome. With only three ingredients-almonds, dates and bananas, it’s packed with flavor.

The next time you’re in a rush, don’t reach for a Pop-Tart. A natural energy bar is a better choice that will keep you full and focused!