“Junk food in equals junk brain. Healthy food in equals healthy brain.” ―Tony Buzan, Founder of the World Memory Championships
Let’s be honest – finding healthy food when you’re on the go or traveling is tricky. It involves a lot of prep and pre-planning, which isn’t always possible. You can’t afford to have “junk brain” (see quote above if you have no idea what I’m talking about). So I thought I’d share with you my top 3 “healthy brain” snack bar recommendations. They have passed my test of being healthy, tasty and as pure/whole as possible.
1) Rx Bars
RX bars are tasty and have some of the purest ingredients I’ve seen in a bar. They contain a pure form of egg protein. The nuts provide a great source of good fats and the dates provide sweetness and fibre. There are many varieties but I always recommend the ones with cacao in it for the added magnesium and other mood boosting properties. Not a chocolate fan? They’ve got blueberry, mixed berry, lemon and maple (made with maple water, genius!).
2) Nakd bars
As far as nutritional value, Nakd bars come in 2nd place, but they definitely win on taste. Flavours like “ginger bread” and “salted caramel” are tough to beat and – surprisingly – the ingredients still stay whole with no added funkiness. I’d prefer a little more protein, but these bars do have great sources of fats, fibre and a ton of anti-oxidants.
3) Lara Bars
Similar to the Nakd bars, Lara bars are date and nut based and contain pure ingredients. They come in 3rd because they’re lacking in variety. I also find them a little less filling than the other bars, so they won’t satiate you like the two options above. They’re still delicious and nutritious, and I’d recommend them above many other brands.
Since many of these bars are date based, you may be questioning the amount sugar in these bars. Not to worry – they’re low on the glycemic index and have fibre, meaning enjoying dates won’t cause major spikes in blood sugar levels. Dates also have many cancer fighting anti-oxidants as well several essential minerals including potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron and copper.
Again, homemade food is always best but there are always going to be times were you’ve got to grab-and-go, so you may as well grab something good.