Energy bars: some staff favorites

Did you know PCC carries more than 20 brands of energy bars, including vegan, gluten-free and soy-free varieties?  If you ever get overwhelmed by all that great variety (I know I do!) it's helpful to have a game plan so you can find the bars that will best meet your needs.

To gain some clarity, I interviewed Liz Kirk, PhD, R.D., a faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr Univerity. Read her tips for choosing the best energy bar for your needs (and, a quick guide to energy bars at PCC) in this piece in September PCC Taste magazine.

Meanwhile, here are a few favorirtes from the staff of PCC Taste: 

  • KIND Bar: Sue, our art director, likes their flavor and short ingredients list (whole nuts, fruit and not much else). So does designer Angela, who enjoys them atop her stand-up paddle board while watching for rogue ferry wakes.
  • BumbleBar: Sue’s daughter likes these calcium-rich sesame bars as a quick snack between classes. Made in Washington’s Spokane Valley. I'm a big fan of the Amazing Almond.
  • Probar: Says Jovanna from our graphics team: “Not your usual boring raisin, oat and peanut bar.” She describes them as full of dried fruit, big chunks of chocolate and nuts, just right for an outdoor adventure or emergency snack. 
  • Lärabar: “They aren’t filled with a bunch of processed ingredients — everything’s pure, straightforward and simple,” says Lydia, Taste co-editor. “They’re perfect when you need a little something to tide you over between meals. She likes: Cocoa Mole, Chocolate Coconut, Peanut Butter & Jelly and Ginger Snap.

What are your favorite energy bars? When do you most like to enjoy one? 

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Thanks for the guide! A short ingredients list is important to me, too. I really like KIND bars and the Larabars that are less heavy on the chocolate. To save money, I sometimes make my own bars out of nuts, dried fruits and a little bit of almond butter with sesame seeds and a few chocolate chips pressed on top. Very delicious and perfect for outdoor outings with my kids.

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Thanks for sharing, Jennifer. Energy bars are easy and fun to make. It's great making something just the way you want it. Cheers to you and your family!

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