Paleo Eats Coconut-Cacao Bar
Some call Paleo Eats an energy bar, some call it a meal replacement, and some call it dessert. Truth be told, all of the above apply. Not only is this bar versatile, it’s convenient, kids and adults alike love it, and it tastes great. The standout flavors are chocolate and coconut, along with a hint of sea salt. Its texture is both chewy and soft, but doesn’t fall apart, and the high quality, nutritious ingredients in the Paleo Eats Coconut-Cacao Bar are certainly worth highlighting.
Ingredients to Highlight
Cacao powder: Cacao powder is produced by grinding cacao beans until the fat (butter) separates from the rest of the bean. There’s good news about the saturated fat in cacao—it’s primary stearic acid which has been shown in studies not to raise cholesterol levels like other saturated fats. Cacao powder is also a rich source of valuable compounds including antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Cacao powder can be a tasty and beneficial part of your diet.
Coconut (roasted coconut pieces, coconut oil, and coconut flour): This bar packs a coconut punch. Once believed “bad” for you, this plant-based fat is redeeming itself. Of the fat in coconut oil, 65% is medium-chain fatty acids, which are metabolized differently than long chain fatty acids. These fats are unique from other fats because they’re absorbed and shuttled directly to the liver, where they’re burned for energy. Medium-chain fats help lower the risk of both atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and heart disease.
The benefits in coconut fat don’t stop there. A second type of medium-chain fat found in a coconut is lauric acid, which appears to have antiviral and anti-fungal properties, and supports immune function.
Almonds and Sunflower Seeds: Both are a good source of potassium, high in heart-friendly unsaturated fat, and low in saturated fat. Almonds are also a source of riboflavin, magnesium and zinc.
Medjool Dates: These rich, sweet dates are packed with potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, and vitamin B6. They’re also high in fiber, which is essential for healthy digestion and preventing overeating. In addition, fiber favorably affects heart health by promoting healthy blood cholesterol levels.
You won’t find a single processed, refined carbohydrate in this Certified Paleo-friendly bar. I recommend avoiding processed carbohydrates because they instantly spike your blood sugar, causing insulin levels to increase. Insulin promotes fat storage, and chronic blood sugar spikes may undesirably increase inflammation within the body. Also, what goes up must come down, so with a blood sugar spike comes a dramatic drop, leaving you sluggish, in a brain fog, and with the urge to eat again.
This bar is loaded with heart-healthy, flavorful fats, along with six grams of protein. Fat and protein are important because they provide satiety, or that feeling of fullness, after eating. They also don’t spike your blood sugar levels. Because of protein and fat’s ability to deliver sustained energy, you won’t feel like you need a nap after eating a Paleo Eats Bar.
When To Eat a Paleo Eats Bar?
Let’s face it, we’re busy and this bar comes in handy when you’re on-the-go. It doesn’t crumble or melt, so it can be thrown in a backpack, diaper bag, brief case, or purse. At 320 calories, it can be used as a filling between meal snack, and even a low-calorie meal replacement, which would definitely appeal to people trying to lose weight.
Sports enthusiasts can eat a Paleo Eats Bar to fuel muscles for their favorite activity, such as hiking, mountain and road biking, rafting, snowboarding, skiing, snow shoeing, soccer, baseball, football and basketball.
Whatever your reason for choosing a Paleo Eats Bar, they’re delicious and packed with healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist