We love that nutrition companies are paring down their ingredient lists to only real, recognizable foods. Here are our three new favorite bars.
Go Raw Grow Sprouted Bar
This raw plant protein bar is the first of its kind—it utilizes sprouted watermelon seeds (shelled black ones) as the plant protein source. Each non-GMO, organic bar—available in four flavors—contains 230–240 calories and 12 grams of protein. The bars are also high in (healthy) fats, iron and fiber and contain no more than eight simple ingredients. The smooth, moist texture with just a little bit of crunch was a pleasant surprise, and testers appreciated the lack of protein aftertaste. Taste-test flavor favorites zesty lemon features a citrusy punch, and cinnamon spice tasted very autumn-appropriate. $2.29, Goraw.com
Co-founded by pro cyclist (and Triathlete’s own contributor) Jessica Cerra, these gluten-free, non-GMO bars are seriously addicting. Based on the taste alone, it’s hard to believe how healthful the ingredients are—and what great fuel they make for bike workouts. Favorite flavors included the white chocolate coconut blondie (tastes like a decadent cookie), the lemon blueberry quinoa (nothing like a blueberry muffin-esque bar to fuel a morning ride) and pancakes and bacon (inventive and accurate tasting with no actual pork). Each carbohydrate-rich bar contains 260–300 calories and 6–7 grams of protein. $2.75, Jojebar.com
Pressed by KIND
We’re consistently impressed by the bars KIND dreams up, and this line of fruit and veggie (or fruit and chia seeds) bars is no exception. Each vegan bar contains just 3–5 ingredients, which are pretty much the ingredients listed in the flavor name (e.g., mango apple chia). Taste testers loved the taste and texture—basically a thicker yet softer fruit leather—and had a hard time picking a favorite flavor out of the five options (pineapple coconut chia and apricot pear carrot beet were top picks). Each bar has 110–130 calories and is a sweet tooth-satisfying source of carbs and fiber.