With many of today’s snack or so-called "energy" bars, there’s a very fine line between them and what’s stocked in the candy aisle of your local grocery store.
Looking at the top-selling snack bars, you find sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup, cane syrup, and artificial sweeteners like aspartame. The top three bars contain total carb levels as high as 42 grams and 20 grams of sugars per bar!
That’s not much different from the 35 grams of carbs and 29 grams of sugars found in the most popular candy bar!
Aside from questionable sweeteners, today’s top-selling snack bars also contain excessive grains and genetically engineered derived ingredients like corn fiber, sugarcane fiber and soy protein isolate.
Not exactly what you need – or want – for your healthy eating!
Snack bars are here to stay. Convenient to pack along, they’re ideal for a quick recharge squelching hunger pangs, and beating mid-afternoon fatigue.
I like to use them as a dessert or reward in my nutritional ketosis feast-famine-cycle eating regimen.
Yet, I’m not willing to settle for tasteless high net-carb bars chock full of genetically modified ingredients. And I’ll bet you’re not either…
Which is exactly why I asked my team to help me formulate not just one, but a selection of truly delicious snack bars made with organic, non-bioengineered ingredients, with plentiful fiber and healthy fat from one of my favorite sources.
8 Criteria for the Perfect Snack Bar
What makes the perfect snack bar? I had 8 criteria that had to be met:
Can’t contain refined sugar, artificial or corn-based sweeteners. Your body breaks down these sugars differently and their consumption is linked to insulin resistance, weight gain and disease.
Lower in net carbs
Net carbohydrates are the total carbs in a product minus grams of fiber. For optimal health benefits, you want to focus on lower net carbs.
Researchers are discovering that even moderate protein levels can activate your mTOR pathway which may have a detrimental effect on your health.
I now recommend eating a total each day, depending on your lean body mass, of only 30 to 70 grams of protein from all sources, including vegetables, and bars with high amounts of protein can easily put you over the top of what may be best for you.
Good source of healthy fats
I believe the calories from excess protein and carbohydrates should be replaced with calories from high-quality fats from foods like macadamia nuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds and coconut.
High levels of fiber are essential for health and for lowering net carbs. Ideal sources of fiber for bars include chia seeds, nuts, coconut, cassava and berries.
Delicious homemade taste
No one enjoys a dry, tasteless bar. The perfect snack bar is moist, chewy and flavorful from whole foods – just like a snack you might prepare in your own kitchen using wholesome ingredients.
Organic, non-genetically modified ingredients
Meets USDA organic standards and contains absolutely no bioengineered ingredients (unlike what’s found in most snack bars today).
The ideal bar must be gluten-free. Along with organic ingredients, this helps ensure your bar won’t contain traces of glycogen, a potent health-damaging pesticide applied to wheat before harvesting.
Introducing My New Gourmet Cassava Snack Bars…
You’re most likely already familiar with my Cocoa Cassava Bars. They’re one of the most popular products we’ve ever offered because of their unbeatable taste, staying power and satisfying goodness.
Now I’m proud to announce that we’ve added two equally delicious gourmet snack bars to my Cassava Bar collection: Organic Macadamia Cassava Bars with Goji Berries and Organic Pumpkin Seed Cassava Bars with Macadamia Nuts.
My Cassava Bars are different from other snack bars. Made from at least 95 percent organic, non-bioengineered ingredients (meets USDA organic standards), they provide good sources of fiber and fat, and taste delicious because they are made with high-quality whole foods!
All three of my Cassava snack bars contain:
- NO refined sugar
- NO artificial sweeteners
- NO bioengineered ingredients
- NO soy-derived ingredients
- NO gluten or dairy
- Ingredients that are NOT farmed with pesticides, including glyphosate
Why I Had to Include One of My Top Snacking Nuts
Macadamia nuts have become one of the most sought-after and pricy nuts in the world, for a good reason.
They taste delicious.
But that’s not all… Macadamia nuts have the highest healthy fat and lowest carb and protein content of any nut.
That makes them the ideal snacking nut for nutritional ketosis, providing you with lasting energy and staying power. They’ve become one of my favorite nuts for that very reason.
I now carefully track my carbohydrate and protein intake to keep them to minimal levels with my customized Cronometer tracker, and I rely on macadamia nuts to boost my high-quality fat intake.
Besides raw macadamia’s high quantities of monounsaturated fat, they also contain oleic acid and omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid, the same fatty acid found in olive oil.
As a natural whole food, macadamias contain a unique nutritional profile. They’re loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Macadamia nuts are especially good sources of vitamin B1, magnesium and manganese.
I’m so fond of macadamia nuts, I had my team create two new Cassava bars to feature them!
'Superfood Berries' Combine With Macadamia Nuts for Lasting Energy and Vitality
In addition to the macadamia nuts which add a luxurious touch to both bars, my Organic Macadamia Cassava Bars with Goji Berries feature a special dried berry that’s been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years: Goji berries or the “wolfberry fruit.”
Legend has it that thousands of years ago, Himalayan monks ate goji berries to help sharpen their meditative practices and for stamina, energy, vitality and longevity.
Today we know goji berries contain important phytonutrients, vitamins and trace minerals, and have earned the title of “superfood berries” by both experts and consumers.
My Macadamia Cassava Bars with Goji Berries contain botanical protein sources like organic cashew butter, chia seeds and pea protein, and fiber from cassava root, dates, chia and the goji berries.
While Macadamia Cassava Bars with Goji Berries are not dipped in chocolate like my Cocoa Cassava Bars, they’re equally as soft, moist and chewy – just like a homemade treat!
Studded with cacao nibs in addition to goji berries, each organic bar contains only 5 grams of sugars - a fraction of the sugars found in other top selling snack bars. And they contain no refined sugar or bioengineered corn syrup.
TWO of My Favorites in ONE Delicious, Moist and Chewy Bar
My Organic Pumpkin Seed Cassava Bar with Macadamia Nuts combines two of my favorites for healthy snacking: macadamia nuts and pumpkin seeds.
I already talked at length about the many benefits of macadamia nuts and why I love them.
In addition, pumpkin seeds contain a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc.
They also contain valuable plant phytosterols and free radical-fighting antioxidants. Plus, they are high-fiber seeds which add to the bar’s overall fiber content.
Pumpkin Seed Cassava Bars with Macadamia Nuts contain botanical protein from pumpkin seeds and pea protein, and fiber from cassava root, dates and the pumpkin seeds.
Like my Macadamia Cassava Bars with Goji Berries, Pumpkin Seed Cassava Bars with Macadamia Nuts are not dipped in chocolate. But you won’t miss out on any of Cocoa Cassava’s moistness – they’re equally as soft, moist and chewy.
With a light touch of spice (think pumpkin pie), they taste just like a cinnamon-kissed homemade treat!
Back to the Original Beloved Bar… My Cocoa Cassava Bars Are Now Even Better
If you haven’t yet discovered my Cocoa Cassava Bars, you’re in for a real treat. Delicious and moist, they contain only wholesome ingredients like:
Organic Cassava (also known as tapioca, yucca and manioc root) that provides a hint of sweetness and moisture.
Used as a major staple food for many South American tribes since Pre-Columbian times, cassava also provides calcium.
- Organic coconut for a delicious tropical flair, while enhancing the texture and fiber content. The coconut's medium shred preserves the delicate flavor and moistness from its natural organic oils. No sulfites or preservatives are ever added to my organic coconut!
Organic raw chia seeds for nutrients, fiber and a delightful crunch!
The exclusive mix of white and black chia seeds, as they exist in nature, are a low glycemic source of omega-3 fatty acids, insoluble and soluble fiber, magnesium, calcium and complete vegetable protein.
Organic almond butter for a source of protein and high-quality fat for long-lasting energy and satisfying fullness.
Almonds also contain antioxidants and beneficial phenols, flavonoids and phenolic acids.
TWO sources of organic chocolate: 56 percent cacao dark chocolate and raw cacao powder for free radical-fighting antioxidants.
Chocolate contains the valuable micronutrients magnesium, zinc, iron and potassium as well as flavanols to support healthy brain function and mood.
Our raw cacao powder contains no alkalizing agents or added synthetic sweeteners.
What I Discovered During My Cocoa Cassava Nutritional Ketosis Experiment
I recently made a surprising discovery about my Cocoa Cassava Bars.
With my passion for improving mitochondrial function, it is clear most of us need to shift over to burning fat instead of glucose as our primary fuel.
I was concerned that the 15 grams of net carbs in the regular Cocoa Cassava bars might be too high and I stopped eating them. So my team challenged me to put them to the test.
Here’s what happened…
Using a continuous glucose monitor that measures my blood sugar every five minutes, I measured the effects on my blood sugar while eating a Cocoa Cassava bar during my 1 to 2 hour post-meal walks.
I was shocked to discover that the bars actually decreased my blood sugar from 5 to 30 points.
Essentially, because I was able to burn fats effectively, my insulin levels were very low and this caused my liver to produce glucose. Eating the bars stopped the glucose production and thus lowered my blood sugar.
This effect only works if you have low insulin levels, so if you are not fat-adapted yet, it may be best to hold off on my Cocoa Cassava treats until you are. And even then it would be best not to eat them every day.
I was very excited to learn this as I no longer needed to be concerned about occasionally enjoying one of my favorite snacks.
How My Cassava Bars Compare to the 3 Top-Selling Bars
So how do my Cassava bars compare to the top 3 selling snack bars that I referred to earlier? Let’s take a look…
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Not only do bars “A,” “B,” and “C” all contain at least double the amount of sugars as my Cassava Bars, the types of sugars are most concerning to me. These bars contain sugars like high fructose corn syrup and cane syrup.
And none of the other bars meet USDA organic standards, and two out of three contain genetically modified ingredients!
Forget the excess sugars and carbohydrates and genetically modified ingredients. Instead, go with fiber- and nutrient-rich, low-sugar whole foods like what you find in my Cassava Bars for a gourmet snack bar that you’ll enjoy again and again.
Stock Up Now on All 3 Cassava Bars… Which Will Become YOUR Favorite?
I am convinced that once you try them, you will love all three varieties of my Organic Cassava Bars as much as I do.
My Organic Cassava Bars are:
- Made with organic whole food ingredients – meet USDA organic standards
- High in fiber and lower in net carbs
- Low in sugars – each bar contains only 5 or 6 grams sugars and no refined sugar or corn-based or artificial sweeteners
- Moderate in protein – not too much to push you over the top of what might be a healthy level for you
- Good source of healthy fats from macadamia nuts, coconut, almonds and pumpkin seeds and omega-3s from chia seeds
- Loaded with superfoods like goji berries, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and macadamia nuts
- Ingredients organically farmed without bioengineered ingredients, pesticides or glyphosate
- Free of dairy, soy and gluten
- Delicious and moist, with a chewy texture and pleasing flavor
- Quick and convenient for a busy lifestyle and handy for travel
- Available by the box or individual bar!
You don’t need to settle for second rate, ordinary snack bars or bars that may sacrifice your healthy eating.
If you don’t think these are the best-tasting, most satisfying snack bars, I invite you to return them for store credit, less shipping (please see below for the full refund policy).
That's how sure I am that you’ll be pleased with my Cassava Bars. Order all three varieties of Cassava Bars today and enjoy whole food goodness!