When it comes to the paleo diet, there’s no shortage of healthy and delicious snacks to grab. Whether it’s hard-boiled eggs, some beef or chicken jerky, or simply just a handful of nuts, they’re all whole, minimally (or unprocessed) foods that pack quite the nutritional punch and keep you satisfied between meals.


But what about those times when cooking isn’t an option and you just don’t have anything prepared on hand?


Bring in energy bars.


Most conventional energy bars you find on the shelf appear ‘healthy,’ but turns out, they’re often full of unrecognizable ingredients, refined sugars, are highly processed, and have little nutritional value besides a whopping pile of carbohydrates.


If you’re in need of a quick energy hit but don’t want to break the sugar bank, here are some of our favourite clean and affordable energy bars.


Larabar — Peanut butter cookie


Everybody loves a good peanut butter cookie, but what if that cookie was actually healthy? Larabar makes a variety of different flavoured bars to suit anyone’s liking. Whether you’re looking for a quick pick me up in the middle of the day, or simply something yummy to add to the side of your breakfast, with minimal and clean ingredients, Larabars are a great addition.


Key features:

    • 3 ingredients — peanuts, dates, salt
    • Gluten free, non-GMO, vegan, soy-free, dairy-free
    • Naturally sweetened, no artificial sugars
    • Whole30 compliant



    • Not organic
    • High in sugar


What customers say:

    • Simple, natural ingredients that taste great
    • Not full of anything you can’t pronounce
    • Great for an on-the-go snack
    • Great price
    • Good snack for kids


Keep in mind that Larabars are not low-carb. They are comprised mainly of dates, which are high in sugar and therefore make for a quick burst of glucose that can act as a pick-me up if you’re really in need of energy. And in terms of clean, they’re generally only made with a few ingredients (and all ones you can pronounce too!).


Paleobull — Real food protein paleo bar, assorted flavours 


Made with wholesome real food ingredients. Paleobull protein bars aren’t full of the crap you’d get in any old grocery store. With the ingredients listed directly on the front of the package, you know exactly what you’re getting — nothing more, nothing less.


Key features:

    • Made with real ingredients
    • No added sugar, no preservatives, and no artificial colours
    • Gluten and lactose free
    • Good source of protein



    • Contains protein from egg whites (may be allergenic to some people)
    • High in sugar


With flavours like cacao and reishi, coconut and maca, lemon, goji and ginger, and pina colada, there’s sure to be a flavour that everyone likes. Not only are you getting a good dose of protein with these bars, but with their unique flavour combinations, you’re also loading up on important things like antioxidants (goji berries), immune boosters (reishi), and hormone balancers (maca).


The Primal Pantry — Paleo bars, assorted flavours


Primal Pantry was founded on a mission to get people to make better snacking choices, and that’s exactly what they did. With a goal of making their bars tasty, their food contains “no bullsh*t, no nonsense, no additives” [1] — just real, recognizable, and easy to pronounce ingredients. Their paleo bars are loaded with wholesome ingredients to give you a boost of energy whether it seems like you’ve got three million things to do or you just feel like a quick, easy, and delicious snack.


Key features:

    • 7 different flavours
    • Vegan, paleo, and raw
    • Dairy-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar free
    • No vegetable oils
    • Made with 100% natural non-GMO ingredients



    • High sugar


What customers say:

    • Best vegan bars I’ve eaten
    • Mixed back is perfect
    • Taste great and feel incredible after eating them
    • Great product at a great price


Just like Larabars, Primal Pantry energy bars are date-based so they aren’t low carb. If you’re looking for a variety, make sure to order the assorted flavours. It comes with everything from almond cashew and coconut macadamia, to apple pecan and double espresso protein.


The health world likes to demonize some energy bars, but with these three brands, you’re guaranteed to stick to the healthy road. Made with only real ingredients, you don’t have to worry about consuming anything you’re unsure of how to even pronounce!


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