I pride myself on eating clean. I like to know what I’m putting into my body, but more importantly if I can realistically burn it off during cardio or make it into muscle during a weights session. On a perfect day I’d make all my meals from scratch and enjoy a few portions of fruit and nuts throughout the day, but real life leads to situations where I become overwhelmed with hunger in inconvenient places! So, for those times when I can’t cook from scratch or have to wait too long between meals , I have sampled a few snack bars from the high street.
Nakd Ginger Bread: I have been converted to these raw fruit and nut bars for a while now. They have a variety of flavours from Rhubarb and Custard to Cashew Cookie and Berry Delight. I chose Ginger Bread for a change but to be honest, it wasn’t for me. I love the other flavours but this one was a bit to ‘gingery’ for my liking. Specific flavour aside, these bars are so good because they are filled with pure natural ingredients from dried fruits and nuts. There is a short ingredients list which is great for fellow ‘clean eaters’ and anyone with wheat, gluten or dairy allergies.
Be Fruity Fruit Bar With Fig: This is a 100% fruit bar, similar to the Nakd bar reviewed above. Sadly, it just doesn’t stand up to the taste and texture that comes from the addition of nuts. The fig flavour was overwhelming and not enjoyable, although other flavours are available to try. If you are a fan of dried fruit you might enjoy it but I reckon a bag of raisins would be more palatable.
9 Bar Original: This hefty bar is jam-packed with goodness in the form of sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and poppy seeds. Sealed with a carob topping (which tastes as good as chocolate as far as I’m concerned) this makes for a truly satisfying snack that takes a good 5-10 minutes to chomp down. Unfortunately the ingredients list does contain sugar so I would personally save this as a post-workout treat or a meal substitute.
What are your favourite healthy snacks to eat on the go?