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A fan of the nutty-tasting superfood grain? You’ll love these three health-conscious ways to get your fix.
These chewy date-based bars have a smooth, palate-pleasing texture that’s broken up by quinoa. Taste testers thought the bar, especially the preferred apple crisp flavor (also available in brownie batter and peanut butter cookie) was reminiscent of Nutri-Grain bars, only with a much healthier list of ingredients. The apple flavor is mild, and you can pick up notes of honey and vanilla. We appreciated that the gluten-free bar doesn’t stick to the package for on-the-go ease. In each bar are 160 calories, 27 grams of carbs, 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.
$2.69 for 1.6-ounce bar, Bumblebar.com
The crunchy yet moist texture of these handmade bars sets them apart from other options. Each bar is made with all whole-food, nutrient-rich ingredients, such as organic sprouted quinoa (the first ingredient), cashew butter and organic ground flax seeds. The Triathlete staff preferred the cherry flavor, which strikes a perfect balance between sweet and sour with whole tart cherries. In each bar are 250 calories, 8 grams of total fat, 7 grams of protein and a whopping 46 grams of carbs. Also available in blueberry.
$3.25 for 2.47-ounce bar, Pointwayperformance.com
Alter Eco Dark Quinoa Organic Chocolate
Dark chocolate gets healthier with the addition of puffed quinoa, lending a pleasant crisp to each bite (“like a classy Crunch bar,” said one taste tester). Made with six whole-food ingredients, including Ecuadorian chocolate and Madagascar bourbon vanilla, the bar will also appeal to milk chocolate lovers. The USDA-certified organic, Fair Trade bar contains 220 calories, 22 grams of carbs, 15 grams of total fat and 2 grams of protein in each 1.4-ounce serving (half a bar). It’s a delicious treat to satisfy your sweet tooth, but try to limit yourself to one serving at a time.
$3.99 for 2.82-ounce bar, Alterecofoods.com