I heard some friends talking about Perfect Food Bars recently because they said their kids really liked them, so of course, I thought I’d check them out. At first glance, the ingredient list doesn’t look paleo. However, there were a lot of things I noticed about these bars, so I figured I’d let you know what I thought.
By the way, if you like fruit-and-nut type snacks, trail mix bars or appreciate superfood ingredients, I think you’ll dig these. Also, if you’re trying to get your kids to eat whole food healthy snacks, try these. They are voted #1 Best Tasting Whole Food Bar, although I haven’t found out by whom.
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First of all, they have a lot of health benefits, especially for people with certain food sensitivities:
- All Natural Ingredients (about 80% organic)
- Gluten Free
- GMO Free
- No Preservatives
- No Soy
Second, they have more protein than many other paleo bars. Therefore, if you are looking for a high-protein after-workout snack, this one may be worth checking out. Besides being good post workout, high-protein snacks are also more satiating.
Third, if you read the ingredient label carefully, you’ll notice halfway down that there are organic “whole food powders” added to boost the nutrition content (Bonus!!). There are organic ingredients like papaya, tomato, alfalfa, kelp, carrot, spinach, dulse and more…
No wonder each bar contains high amounts of vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin E (45%), Magnesium (28%) and Copper (22%). By the way, I took these numbers off the Almond Butter flavor package and each flavor will vary. I’ve got all flavors listed below.
Fourth, the Perfect Foods Bar is substantial. It is approximately 300 calories per bar, with a good amount of protein, fat and carbohydrates. For some people, this could work as a mini meal replacement if they are traveling or away from home.
No matter what type of snack you use them for, they are a bargain as far as price, ringing in at only about $2.50 per bar. Not too bad for an organic, gluten-free mini-meal snack.
What You May Not Like About the Perfect Foods Bars…
First, yes these bars are packed with protein, but part of it is from organic rice protein. Although not really unhealthy (in my book), most experts don’t consider rice paleo, probably more so when it’s processed even more into a protein powder.
Second, dairy. It’s in there. In the form of nonfat milk powder. However, if you are paleo but don’t want to give up your cheese or whey protein shakes, this ingredient may not bother you. And it also may not bother you once you know that you get a healthy dose of calcium from each bar.
So, here is a list of the Perfect Foods Energy Bars:
- Cranberry Crunch “Lite”, 200 calories
- Fruit and Nut
- Almond Butter
- Peanut Butter
- Carob Chip