A question I get frequently from clients is what sorts of protein and energy bars they should buy. There are so many on the market, it can be overwhelming. The main word I like to emphasize there is “Uncomplicated.” Look for short ingredients lists comprised of things you can actually pronounce and recognize.

I also like that word  because it gives me an excuse to link to an Elvis Costello song by the same name.

Larabars are one of my top picks. I love their minimally processed “food made from food” recipes consisting of just a few simple ingredients: mostly nuts and dried fruit with occasional extras like chocolate, sea salt, and vanilla extract thrown into a few of their products. Their products are non-GMO, vegan, Kosher, soy-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free. They source cocoa and coffee ingredients where possible as well. I also love that the company has teamed up with Feeding America to #ShareRealFood across the U.S.

They have lots of awesome flavors. As a peanut butter lover, of course the peanut butter cookie dough is my favorite. They recently started selling this adorable variety pack on Amazon featuring some of their most popular flavors. The packaging is super-cute. So many pretty colors!

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One lucky reader will receive a box of their own. To win, just leave a comment below telling me your favorite snack. A randomly selected winner will be announced next Thursday.


This post has been part of another Running with Spoons Thinking Out Loud link party, where randomness is the name of the game. Thanks to Amanda for hosting.

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