I am on a kick to make smarter snack choices (so I can use my calories for this dessert or cocktails). Have you checked the ingredients listed on your favorite energy bars? I did and the list was filled with ingredients I could not pronounce or interpret. And, with an active family energy bars, at a dollar a bar, add up quickly. So I made the decision to ditch the energy bars for mixed nuts.
Here are a few ideas that helped me ditch the energy bars.
Nuts are expensive so I had to change my buying habits. I was the one who bought an 8 oz bag of almonds or the 2 oz chopped walnuts for baking. A friend suggested I buy mixed nuts in bulk. And, “backfill” with almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews or peanuts.
But when you rethink portion size (a must because nuts are calorie dense) this healthy energy bar substitute lasts longer than I expected.
I purchased the mixed nuts in bulk at the grocery store and measure out 1/4ish of nuts into plastic containers to take with me in the car.
I love almonds and was never a fan of the mixed nut options. But, I like the variety. Hunger will do that to you.
Caution: nuts are high in calories so make sure to measure until you can eyeball the amount. And, they can be a bit messy if you tend to snack in the car. Of course, I have left one too many chocolate chip granola bars in the car and ended up with melted chocolate stuck to my console (and on my white pants). So mixed nuts are the cleaner snack for me and my driving habits.
Are you on board to ditch the energy bars for mixed nuts?