These have become my favorite afternoon pick me up. They’re wickedly indulgent. Soft and chewy, sweet and salty, and coated in a delicious vegan chocolate sauce. They have my heart.
I watched a documentary, yesterday, called That Sugar Film, about a healthy Australian man who vows to eat 40 teaspoons of sugar a day (160 grams). He does it only by eating foods that are seemingly healthy… like granola bars, cereals, yogurts, breakfast drinks, and juice. It’s nauseating to watch what happens to his body at this level of sugar (which is the same amount that the average teenager also eats). He gains just over 18 pounds, has a lovely jiggly belly, experiences mood swings, and gets extrememly tired if it’s been too long since his last ‘hit’. It’s making me think twice about packaged foods and my husband is probably annoyed by it.
The convenience of packaged granola bars swept me off my feet when I had a baby. My favorite are Kind Bars. Specifically, Chocolate Cherry Cashew at 14 grams of sugar and the Dark Chocolate Nuts and Spices at 5 grams of sugar. What this means is that the Chocolate Cherry Cashew contains 3 1/2 tsps of sugar and the Dark Chocolate contains 1 1/4 tsp of sugar (obviously the better choice).
Take a look at your favorite nutrition bars ingredient label and divide the grams of sugar by 4. This will give you the amount of teaspoons of sugar in that bar. Then, the next time you’re pouring your morning coffee with sugar, measure out that amount. I like to envision pouring it in water and asking myself if I would ever drink it… uh no. It’s an eye opening experiment.
Anyway, these bars are 100% wholesome and 100% good for you. Plus, they are delicious.
One note, I added Maca Powder to these but it’s optional. Maca has the ability to help balance your hormones and up your energy levels – After having a baby, that’s essential. If you have any sort of feminine hormonal issues, I seriously recommend trying it. 1 tsp a day is all you need to start. It took about 2 weeks for me to see changes.
Without any further ado…