I’ve been on the look out for a good bar to have when I’m in a rush or on-the-go. I want a bar that tastes good, is healthy and nutritious, and keeps me full. Unfortunately, ‘power bars’ that advertise themselves as healthy and filling, might as well be candy bars with nutrients and protein merely added on – full of sugar, full of fat, and full of manufactured cr*p. Furthermore, most granola bars, despite their wholesome ingredients, such as fruit and nuts, are high in sugar and don’t contain much protein, leaving you unsatisfied and with a sugar crash. Lastly, most bars high in protein are usually quite high in fat.
I was thrilled when I stumbled upon the Simply Bar one day in a CVS that I randomly stopped into because I’d been busy all day and hadn’t eaten. It was last summer during my vegan stage when it was tough to grab a quick bite just anywhere. I picked up the bar at first because it was labeled as vegan and gluten-free. When I looked at the nutrition facts on the back, I discovered it had lots of protein, was low in fat, and had more fiber than it had sugar – something you almost never see. Because of the high amount of protein (15g) and fiber (9g) in the bars, they keep you full and satisfied, preventing further cravings. Relative to this high amount of protein, the bar has a considerably low amount of fat (5g) compared to other protein rich bars. Furthermore, the low amount of sugar (only 1g!) also aids in the prevention of future cravings, as you aren’t left with a sugar crash. The Simply Bar’s website compares the its nutrition facts to those of other bars:
It all made sense when I discovered that the founder of the Simply Bar, Cathy Richards, created the Simply Bar because she had Crohn’s disease and couldn’t find a filling and nutritious snack that didn’t upset her stomach. The bar is filling without the heavy fat, tasty without the sugar, and nutrient rich. My favorite flavor is the Cinnamon Pecan (although, they just came out with a new flavor, Maple Pecan, which I’m dying to try and might be a game changer). Below are its nutrition facts:
So next time you’re in need of a filling and tasty bar, definitely go out and try one of these. I’ve always found them at CVS, but according to their website, they are also sold at and GNCs across New York, Gourmet Garage, Westerly, and Westside Markets. If you get hooked like me, you can buy them in bulk off their website, or like me, for even cheaper off Amazon!