Hi! Thanks for stopping by today! I am on a kick to make smarter snack choices (so I can use my calories for this dessert or cocktails). Have you checked the ingredients list on your favorite energy bars? I did and the list was long with many ingredients difficult to pronounce or interpret. I slowly made the choice to ditch the energy bars for nuts.
Sharing a few ideas that helped me make the switch.
ditch the energy bars for nuts
Nuts are expensive so I had to change my buying habits. I was the one who bought an 8 oz bag of almonds or the 2 oz chopped walnuts for baking. A friend suggested I buy the mixed nuts in bulk. In the past I never did this because I couldn’t get past the $12.00 Kroger brand of mixed nuts.
But when you rethink portion size (a must because nuts are calorie dense) this healthy energy bar substitute lasts longer than I expected.
I purchase the bulk size of mixed nuts at the grocery store and measure out 1/4 to 1/3 cup of nuts to take with me in my car. I also grab a bag of almonds, walnuts or pecans at Costco and buy them in a rotation.
I love almonds and was never a fan of the mixed options. But, I like the variety. Hunger will do that to you.
Caution: nuts are high in calories so make sure to measure until you can eyeball the amount. And, they can be a bit messy if you tend to snack in the car. Of course, I have left one too many chocolate chip granola bars in the car and ended up with melted chocolate stuck to my console (and on my white pants).
Are you on board to ditch the energy bars?