Energy Bar Review of Larabar

Gluten-Free Natural Energy Bars

Larabar
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The Larabar is a tasty raw food energy bar whose ingredient list is so short you can't believe it—just fruit, nuts, and a spice or two. Larabar often has a booth at marathon event expos, giving away samples of their energy bars to endurance runners and walkers. They are very popular as racers try to snag as many as they are allowed to carry away. They work well as energy snacks, especially the smaller mini-sized ones.

Larabars have no gluten, no dairy, no soy. and no GMOs. The consistency of the bar is excellent—it has no coatings to melt, it's easy to break in half, it doesn't crumble, and it's easy to chew. Larabar is really perfect for munching while walking. The taste is fantastic, with no weird flavors from additives.

LÄRABAR Pros

These are the characteristics that make these bars good for exercise:

  • Raw food energy bar with natural ingredients
  • No weird off-tastes or bitterness that is often found in vitamin-packed energy bars.
  • No preservatives, no added sugars
  • Vegan, kosher, no gluten, no dairy, no soy, non-GMO (verified seal)
  • Great taste and is very satisfying, it is an instant favorite for many people
  • No coating to melt and get messy when carrying it in your pack.
  • Easy to chew but non-crumbly.
  • Fun varieties of pie, cookie and dessert flavors to choose from.
  • Available in mini bar sizes, which are easy to take along on a walk or run. The minis are only 100 calories per bar.

LÄRABAR Cons

You may find these bars lacking in these ways:

  • Lacks many vitamins. It isn't a meal replacement and should be enjoyed in conjunction with a balanced diet.
  • Nuts and fruit can stick to your teeth, which is annoying while out on a long walk or run.
  • Check the ingredient list if you are sensitive to nuts.
  • Raw food may have a laxative effect if you eat several Larabars the day before an endurance race.

Expert Review of LÄRABAR

Many people prefer whole foods or natural foods, but the energy bar world is full of highly-processed products. It is good to find a natural energy bar that tastes great, has all the right qualities for carrying on your walk or run. and is also 100 percent natural, vegan, and has no preservatives.

Ingredients and Varieties

The Larabar has a short ingredient list—fruit, nuts, and spices for some flavors. You won't see any added sweeteners or preservatives. They proudly tout that the bars have no dairy, gluten, soy, or GMOs. Now comes the fun part—the flavor choices=—they are a dessert smorgasbord: Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, Pecan Pie, Lemon Bar, Cashew Cookie, Chocolate Coconut, Ginger Snap, Cinnamon Roll, and PBJ to name a few.

Larabar also produces Larabar Nut & Seed which is made to be crunchy and included sprouted chia seeds. Larabar Fruits + Greens is just what it sounds like, they found a way to include 1/4 cup of greens in each bar, along with fruit. Larabar Organic With Superfoods bards include things like kale, hemp seeds, and turmeric.

Nutrition Facts

The Larabar should be used as an energy bar. It is high in sugars and fats and low in protein. If you use as a meal replacement or recovery bar, you should supplement it with a protein and vitamin source. Here are the nutrition basics for the original Larabars (not UBER, ALT or Renola).

  • Calories: 190 to 230 per full-size bar, 100 calories for the mini bars.
  • Carbohydrates: 23 to 24 grams total carbohydrate, 4 to 6 grams fiber, all from natural fruit and nuts.
  • Protein: 4 to 6 grams per bar
  • Fat: 9 to 14 grams, all from nuts, provides omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
  • Vitamin content varies by flavor.

Larabar as an Energy Bar for Athletes

The Larabar has a high amount of carbs and will provide endurance energy, especially for distance walkers, and hikers. With natural fruit and nuts, walkers should test it out for tolerance before using it in a competitive event. These can have a laxative effect for some people, so you should keep that in mind.

The bars are less well-suited for runners as they require chewing. That can be a choking hazard when you are breathing hard. But Larabars could work well on a break during a long run. They are fine for gym workouts when an energy snack is needed during a long session. Be sure you have water available to wash it down.

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