When it comes to paleo snack bars, there’s a lot of options out there. We’re going to cover our favorite in this article – RXbar.
I don’t know about your local grocery store, but the snack bar aisle at mine has about a million different options. And while I appreciate having options just as much as the next person, it can also be way overwhelming.
Not only are there a million different flavors, textures, and types to choose from, but the last thing I want to do is read through the ingredients list of every single one that catches my eye.
But snack bars – even the ones that claim to be “health food” – can sneak some sketchy ingredients in there. Seriously, who wants to go through the ingredient labels playing detective though?
This is exactly why I love RXBAR.
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It’s real food & Paleo-friendly
First off, RXBARs are made from all REAL FOODS. This is huge for a snack bar because so many utilize other ingredients as fillers, binders, etc. It’s easier that way. But RXBAR made a commitment from the beginning to stick to whole food ingredients. And that’s what they did.
You don’t even need to flip this bar over to look at the ingredients list. It’s right there on the front of the package so you don’t have to guess:
3 egg whites
For anyone following a strict Paleo diet, these bars are such an awesome option. The only flavor that wouldn’t be considered Paleo-friendly would be their peanut butter flavors. (Peanuts are considered a legume and are therefore not Paleo.) Everything else is fair game.
A clean convenience food
Right from the get go, you know what ingredients to expect. Another great thing about these bars is that they are protein-rich without using a protein powder. The protein comes from egg whites.
I am always a fan of getting as many nutrients as I can from whole foods. Even though protein powder is convenient and can be beneficial (especially for athletes), I’d much rather get my protein from whole food sources when I can. So that’s what I love about RXBARs. It’s a clean, convenient product that is completely whole foods based.
As a person who trains CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting 5-6 days a week, RXBARs have become a quick snack that I can rely on if I don’t have time to sit down and eat a real meal. Nutrition plays such a critical role in performance and recovery for an athlete and I don’t have to question the quality of any of the ingredients.
Here’s the honest truth. I have never had an RXBAR that I haven’t liked. I haven’t had the opportunity to try every single flavor of RXBAR available, but I have tried quite a few. These include:
They offer a whole range of other flavors though:
Peanut Butter (not Paleo)
Peanut Butter Chocolate (not Paleo)
Taste and texture matters
Out of the bars I’ve tried – by far, my favorite is Chocolate Sea Salt. But, I am a big chocolate fan. I love the way the sea salt intensifies the chocolate flavor. In a close second for me would be the Coconut Chocolate (surprise, surprise). I am a big fan of this one too but because it seems to have more of a crunch that the Chocolate Sea Salt. I like that added texture.
My boyfriend, who is much more of the fruit-type, loves the Blueberry. And even though I would much rather choose chocolate any day, the blueberry definitely has a great flavor. I do find this specific flavor of bar to be a bit softer and chewier than the other flavors. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – but I find it always sticks to my teeth a bit more, so be prepared for that.
The Mixed Berry is one of their newer flavors and is a fun alternative to blueberry if you’re a fruit fan. Again, I found this bar to be a bit on the chewier side, but the flavor was on point. Apple Cinnamon tastes like my childhood to me. That combination is vaguely reminiscent of Apple Jacks or the instant oatmeal that was a go-to breakfast when I was a kid.
The one flavor that I’m not a HUGE fan of is the Mint Chocolate. This is literally just a personal preference though because it’s not a flavor combination that I’ve ever truly liked.
Let’s be honest – protein bars can be stupidly expensive. And a lot of the times, I have never really found them to be worth the price.These RXBARs are reasonably priced though and always seem to satisfy my hunger. It’s just another reason why I am such a fan. You can, of course, buy them online. One of my favorite places to pick them up, though, is at Trader Joe’s. You can usually find them there for around $2.00/bar.
While you can definitely find cheaper bars in the aisle of your grocery store, I can almost guarantee that those bars will not quite have the quality of ingredients that RXBAR does.
Another popular Paleo-friendly bar is the Exo Bar. These bars ring in around $3.00/bar. Over time, that extra $1 can add up. Also, Exo Bar uses cricket flour. While I don’t have a problem eating a bar made from protein-rich cricket flour, this could be a definite turn-off for some.
These are my favorite bars. I love that I don’t have to guess about the ingredients. I also love that almost every flavor is Paleo-friendly. The flavors are great, and besides some bars being a little chewier than others, I like the texture overall.
The affordable price is the cherry on top for me. If you’re interested in trying out your own RXBAR, check out their website. Are you an RXBAR fan? Let us know!
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