I tried a new snack bar this week that tasted a little like a brownie. It satisfied my craving for something rich and sweet, while passing the whole-foods ingredients test! It contained organic dates, organic walnuts, organic unsweetened dark chocolate, organic almonds, sea salt, and organic vanilla beans.
I teach my clients to read the ingredients first and the nutritional information second, because not all sugars, fats, proteins, and carbs are created equal! The nutritional value of this bar comes from whole foods, with no added sugars, fats, or isolated proteins.
It contains 9 grams of fat (from dark chocolate and nuts), with 2.5 grams being saturated (the good kind from raw nuts and dark chocolate), and 0 trans fats. The protein content is 3 grams (mostly from the nuts), and it has 4 grams of fiber (dates, nuts, and chocolate). The sodium count is only 95 mg, compared to its calorie count of 180, and it has a generous 330 mg of potassium. Potassium helps to balance sodium in the body. It contains 0 cholesterol. There are 21 grams of sugar (dates), but no refined sugar. Natural sugar from whole carbohydrates does not contribute to inflammation like refined sugar does.
The name of this bar is Kit’s Organic Fruit & Nut Bar. It is made by Clif Bar & Company, is USDA Certified Organic, contains non-GMO ingredients, and is gluten, soy, and dairy free. I don’t recommend all Clif Bars, because many contain added sugar and isolated protein concentrates. Always read the ingredients to be sure of what you’re getting.
So far, I’ve only tried the Dark Chocolate Walnut bar, but I also bought the Cashew bar. I found mine at my local Kroger store in the health food department.
Dates are a primary ingredient in these bars, used to sweeten them, and are a good source of calcium, iron, beta-carotene (becomes vitamin A), and niacin (vitamin B-3).
“And he distributed to every man of Israel, both men and women, to each person, a loaf of bread, a cake of dates, and a cake of raisins.” 1 Chronicles 16:3
Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Natural Health Consultant
1 Corinthians 10:31–
“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.