These paleo bars are a great find! A healthy snack when you're on the go or need something quick. Here's what they're made of and why it's good for you!
When I found these Paleo Bars at Costco, I knew I had stumbled on a great thing. As a busy mom, I'm always looking for healthy snacks that work for everyone in the family.
These Paleo Bars are portable, nutritious, and loved by all the adults AND kids in our house. Win-win.
They come in a box of 20, which tends to last us a few weeks. My son will often eat half a Paleo Bar for snack, and we will save the other half for another time, which makes the box last a bit longer.
So, what's in these suckers? Let's take a look!
What are the ingredients in Paleo Bars
Here's a quick snapshot of the ingredients list from the label:
All things you recognize, can pronounce, and probably have in your pantry, or could have in your pantry with a quick trip to the store. Those are my checkboxes to determine if something is real food, and these Paleo Bars from Costco pass the test.
What are the benefits of these ingredients?
A one-ounce serving of provides 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber, plus vitamin E (35 percent DV [daily value]), magnesium (20 percent DV), riboflavin (20 percent DV), calcium (8 percent DV) and potassium (6 percent DV). In addition, almonds are a low-glycemic index food
Honey is a great alternative sweetener to refined sugar, and is found in many healthy recipes. While it doesn't necessarily hold a lot of nutritional value, it has a lower glycemic index than refined sugar. Eating local honey can help with allergy season when the pollen comes out, as it helps build up your defenses!
Coconut is especially high in manganese, which is essential for bone health and the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and cholesterol. It's also rich in copper and iron, which help form red blood cells, as well as selenium, an important antioxidant that protects your cells.
Additionally, much of the fat in coconut is in the form of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). Your body metabolizes MCTs differently than other types of fats, absorbing them directly from your small intestine and rapidly using them for energy.
Pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses. They are a good source of B vitamins, magnesium,iron and protein. They are also known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Coconut oil is high in healthy saturated fats that have different effects than most other fats in your diet. These fats can boost fat burning and provide your body and brain with quick energy. They also raise the good HDL cholesterol in your blood, which is linked to reduced heart disease risk. You can read more about coconut oil and other healthy fats here.
Brazil nuts provide healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They're particularly high in selenium, a mineral with potent antioxidant properties. Eating Brazil nuts may reduce inflammation, support brain function, and improve your thyroid function and heart health.
Despite their small size, chia seeds are full of important nutrients. They are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium. Omega-3 fatty acids help raise HDL cholesterol, the "good" cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke.
Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols. In a study that compared the antioxidant activity of 26 spices, cinnamon wound up as the clear winner, even outranking "superfoods" like garlic and oregano. It has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, the world's most common cause of premature death.
In people with type 2 diabetes, 1 gram, or about half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day has been shown to have beneficial effects on blood markers. Additionally, numerous human studies have confirmed the anti-diabetic effects of cinnamon, showing that it can lower fasting blood sugar levels by 10–29%.
We all know that sodium is an important part of our diet and health. It balances electrolytes and can help reduce muscle cramping. Here are 8 Great Benefits of Sea Salt!
In foods and beverages, vanilla is a well-known flavoring, but it is also added to foods to reduce the amount of sugar needed for sweetening. Some people add vanilla to food to help stop tooth decay.
In these Paleo Bars, the vanilla is simply added for flavoring - but the additional uses are still quite interesting!
Paleo Bars Nutrition Information
One Paleo Bar from Costco contains 230 calories, 14 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of protein, and 19 grams of fat.
Because they are made primarily of nuts and coconut, the nutrition profile is going to be skewed a bit higher on the fats side. Just be aware of this, and balance your other meals throughout the day.
Healthy fat sources are not a bad thing - they help your body to burn fat, and will keep you fuller for longer. If you're looking for more information on healthy fats, check out my post on Healthy Fats and How to Use Them here!
If you don't have a Costco, or your Costco doesn't carry these, you can also purchase Paleo Bars on Amazon here.
Looking for information for your Costco Whole30 shopping trip? Sadly, while these Paleo Bars are NOT Whole30 approved (honey puts them on the no list), there are lots of items at Costco that are! Check out my Costco Whole30 Shopping Guide for a complete list and printable.