Protein Bars – A Quick Vegan Fix?

As a food based integrative health and wellness coach, my first advice of course is to eat whole foods, organic when you can. Sometimes though we just need something quick and easy that does not involve a lot of prep work. A quick meal that contains veggies, fruits, fiber, protein, and healthy fats would be a smoothie. I have posted a video on how to make a simple one on my facebook page, JKLWELL.

On days though when I need an even quicker fix though, I will turn to a protein bar. Protein bars however are not always good for you, depending on what they are made of. I always check the ingredients, looking for added sugars, hidden sugars, artificial sweeteners, or any inflammatory ingredients. I prefer vegan based protein bars as I find whey to be more inflammatory.

The one I have been turning to lately is Garden of Life Organic Fit High Protein Weight Loss Bar. My favorite and the one I will link to here is the peanut butter/chocolate flavored one. It contains 14g of protein from plant proteins, organic ashwagandha, 13g of prebiotic fiber which is necessary to feed the good probiotic bacteria in your gut, green coffee bean extract, and no added sugars. It fills me up when I am on the go and keeps me energized until my next meal. You can check it out here:

I hope these work for you as a quick go to. As always, prep and whole foods are best at achieving a healthy balanced meal for your body. However, when time is of the essence, these can work as a quick and complete fix.