A Paleo-Friendly Snack: AMRAP Nutrition Refuel Bar
During my 30-day Paleo challenge last summer, I learned a lot of things. First, for me, that when I eat really clean, I feel better and have more energy. Second, that going Paleo takes some serious ingredient-label investigating. And third? That easy go-to Paleo snacks are kind of hard to find. Sure, you can do a piece of fruit with some nuts or slices of deli turkey, but there aren’t a ton of options for stuff you can throw in your gym bag and keep there for more than a week without it becoming a bit suspect. So when AMRAP Nutrition said they had a 100-percent Paleo snack, we had to try! (And for those of you non-CrossFitters out there, AMRAP means “as many reps as possible” and is a common CrossFit workout term.)
The AMRAP Nutrition Refuel Bar has an ingredient list that makes us squeal with delight. Check it: raw almond butter, unsweetened coconut, egg white protein powder, raw sesame seeds, raw almond chunk, raw honey, ground cinnamon and sea salt. Yep, awesome. And with 14 grams of protein, 21 grams of healthy fats and 2 grams of fiber, it fills you up. Without any preservatives or artificial sweeteners, these bars taste a little sweet, a little like coconut and a lot nutty with a hint of cinnamon. Maybe a touch on the dry side, they have a firm yet slightly crumbly texture that’s pleasant.
One word of caution on these Paleo bars though: they are more of a large snack or meal replacement than a little Paleo snack. Clocking in with 300 calories each, these bars are heavy and dense. We like having one most when we’re stuck on the go and can’t sit down to a real lunch or get out from a killer workout and can’t have a meal for a few hours. Or, have the self control to just eat half as a more normal-sized snack. Oh, and—like most things Paleo and nutritionally dense—these aren’t cheap. We’re talking $24 for eight AMRAP Refuel Bars. But, hey, sometimes you get what you pay for, right?
Would you try these Paleo bars? Have any other Paleo snacks or meals-to-go that you love? Don’t get all the hubbub about Paleo at all? Discuss! —Jenn