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Healthy Snack Bars

May 9, 2016
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On an average day, I typically eat five meals.  The two meals in the middle are usually snack foods that I plan out and pack in the morning and take with me.  Some days, I am almost too busy to pack my lunch much less snacks, which is why I am thankful for healthy snack bars. At our house, we have a drawer full of them because they are filling, delicious, quick and easy.

What to look for in a healthy snack bar

Read nutrition labels!  You want to find a bar with:

  • ingredients you can read- the less ingredients the better
  • low sugar
  • low sodium

My go-to favorite healthy snack bars

These are the bars I try to keep stocked most of the time:

LARABAR

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Although they have almost 20g of sugar, Lara bars have less than 10 ingredients (most less than 5) per bar.  They are all natural, no extra sugar, and come in a wide variety of flavors.  My favorite flavors: apple pie, chocolate chip brownie, peanut butter chocolate chip, and peanut butter cookie.

Trader Joe’s fruit bar

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These bars are “vegan and raw” with only two ingredients.  All of the flavors are equally tasty and perfect before a morning run or workout.

With just a few more ingredients the fruit bars with flax and chia seeds are wonderful too.  love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger healthy snack bars trader joe's fruit bar flax chia seeds

Trader Joe’s simply nutty bars

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These are new to Trader Joe’s and delicious!  The dark chocolate sweetens it, and it seems more like a midday dessert.

TJ’s organic chia bar love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger healthy snack bars trader joe's fruit bar organic chia bars

Trader Joe’s organic chia bars are the perfect balance of sweet and salty.

Kind bars

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Speaking of sweet and salty, Kind bars have mastered the fruit and nut mixture.

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What are your favorite healthy snack bars? Leave me a comment below! I would love to hear from you.

  • Mai Lyn May 9, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Great round up. Definitely stopping to get some of those fruit bars next time Im at Trader Joes.

    • Jessica May 9, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Thanks dear! Yeah, they are surprisingly filling.

  • Ginger Marie May 9, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Trader Joe’s for the win! I seriously buy most of my snacks in general from them. I love that they have yummy food that I can trust!

    • Jessica May 9, 2016 at 9:02 am

      I am surprised we haven’t run in to each other there. haha. I am there 1-2 times a week. Love me some Trader Joe’s.

  • lauren May 9, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I have never tried those chia bars from Trader Joes! They looks awesome!

    • Jessica May 9, 2016 at 11:45 am

      They are SO GOOD. You should get them next time!

  • Cassandra May 9, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Larabars are my favorites too! Especially their Cherry Pie and Lemon Bar flavors. 🙂

    • Jessica May 9, 2016 at 11:46 am

      I haven’t had either one of them! I will add that to my must try list (especially lemon bar). Yum!

  • Jacqueline Snoderly May 9, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Kind bars are the best! Trader Joe’s isn’t very convenient from where I live, so Amazon is where I stock up on healthy bars.

    • Jessica May 9, 2016 at 11:46 am

      I’m sorry! Maybe one will pop up closer. I practically live there. Amazon is a great place to stock up for sure.

  • Gunjan May 9, 2016 at 11:38 am

    OOOO! These look so good. I am always on a look out for healthy snack bars. I am trying this next time. Thanks for sharing this info.

    • Jessica May 9, 2016 at 11:46 am

      Of course! Thank you! 🙂

  • Rachel May 9, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Yum! I’ll have to check some of these out. KIND bars are currently my go-to!

    • Jessica May 9, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks, girl! Yeah Kind bars are wonderful!

  • Morgan May 9, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Great picks! Love grabbing a bar on the go!

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    • Jessica May 9, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Me too!! It’s so easy and delicious!

  • Chrissa - Physical Kitchness May 9, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    I LOVE larabars and always have a stash on hand. Great that they are made with dates vs cane sugar or syrups! Coconut cream is my FAV although so many others I need to try!

    • Jessica May 9, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Yes! Sweetened with dates are a huge reason why I love them so much. None of the bad sugars.

  • Nicole @ Work|Wear|Wander May 9, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Great round up! I feel like I’m always hungry between meals, so I need to try some of these. I personally love the Nature Valley Sweet & Salty bars 🙂

    • Jessica May 9, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      I used to eat those all the time. I quit when I started trying to eliminate excess salt and refined sugar. Once I found Trader Joe’s sweet and salty bars, I never went back. haha. 🙂

  • KP May 9, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I need to try Lara bars! I’ve heard such good things about them. Snack bars would be a really good idea for me as well, because sometimes when I’m at the office I get so distracted with work that I forget to eat between meals and then I’m starving by the time lunch (or home time) rolls around. It would be great if I had some healthy snacks to stash in my desk!

    • Jessica May 9, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      Yes!! I have a little basket I keep mine in at work. It keeps me from snacking on candy and whatever else is brought up here. Between that and drinking a ton of water… I am rarely hungry at work!

  • Emily May 9, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Lara Bars are my fave! Especially the chocolate cookie dough flavor!

    • Jessica May 9, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      Yes! They are so great for you with very few ingredients. 🙂

  • Missy - Getting Fit to Find Myself May 9, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    I love Kind Bars! I had no idea Trader Joe’s has so many healthy bars. I need to go check them out! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica May 9, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      I am obsessed with Trader Joe’s. They have some great ones (and carry KIND and LARABARS, so it is very convenient)

  • Rebecca Hicks May 9, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    I love all those bars!! I tried a Perfect Bar for the first time today, and it was delicious too. My all time favorite, though, is the Coconut Cream Pie Larabar. I could eat that bad boy all day!

    • Jessica May 9, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      I have to try that one!! I am sure I would love it too. 🙂

  • Rachel G May 10, 2016 at 3:53 am

    I’ve never actually tried any of these, but I’ve heard of larabars before. I don’t usually eat any kind of bar, but they’re really good for packing when traveling!

    • Jessica May 10, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Yes! I love them when traveling. I eat them less frequently when I am off in the summer.

  • Chelsea May 10, 2016 at 7:34 am

    These look so yummy and filling!! Great choice!!

    • Jessica May 10, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Thank you, Chelsea!! They are!

  • Katie May 10, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I LOVE Larabars! I’m also really into RxBars and my new “treat style” bar are Square bars.

    • Jessica May 10, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Yes! Those are great! I have only had one at a race I did, but they were super yummy. 🙂

  • Shann Eva May 10, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I’m going to have to get some Larabars. I’m starting the Whole30 soon, and know that some of them are approved. Just in case!

  • Rachel May 10, 2016 at 10:00 am

    I love the Kind bars! They are my favorite. I run in alot of 5ks and I always grab a few when I go to them!

    • Jessica May 10, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Yes! They are perfect for that. I love anything with chocolate. 🙂

  • Charlotte May 10, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I love Kind bars but am always on the lookout for other tasty, and healthy!, snacks. On my way to Trader Joe’s this evening so will be on the lookout for these treats. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Jessica May 10, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Yes! You will love them. 🙂

  • Susannah May 10, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Oh yum!!! I do love a good breakfast bar!!! <3

    • Jessica May 10, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Hope you enjoy them! 🙂

  • Heather Davis May 10, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I love Lara Bars. They are my go-to healthy snack.

    • Jessica May 10, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      Aren’t they great? 🙂

  • Brandi May 10, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    I love the kind bars. But my current favs are think thin bars. they have some high protein bars that are gluten and soy free! awesome round up!

    • Jessica May 11, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Those are yummy! 🙂 I haven’t had one in a long time. May need to add that to my list.

  • Psychic Nest May 11, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Hi Jessica,

    Trader Joe’s and Kind bars are my favorite ones. When I have time, I make homemade snack bars as well. Great healthy bars post, thank you!

    Zaria

    • Jessica May 11, 2016 at 8:19 am

      Great minds think alike! I like making my own too, but usually can’t because of time.

  • Rachel May 11, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Love Larabars, although yes they’re sooooooo high in sugar! I live within walking distance of a Trader Hoe’s, I want to check that kind out.

    • Jessica May 11, 2016 at 10:33 am

      At least it’s the good sugar. 🙂 You should look up the others there at TJ’s. They are awesome!

  • dixya @food, pleasure, and health May 11, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    right now, im all about kind bars. i will definitely look into others you recommend.

    • Jessica May 12, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      So good, right? I hope you like the others!