We all run low on energy some days, and devouring a conveniently-packaged bar seems like a quick fix. But before you tear off the wrapper, flip that energy bar over to see how nutritious it really is. Like it or not, the popular Clif Bar is one of the worst offenders. Each Clif bar has about six teaspoons of sugar, which somewhat cancels out its more redeeming qualities. The Chocolate Brownie flavor PowerBar packs in a whopping 360 calories and 11 grams of fat. It doesn’t quite seem right that candy bars have started disgusting themselves as nutrition bars, does it?
Fortunately, there is a better way to snack. Seaweed is an amazingly healthy ingredient that the popular energy bar companies must not have gotten the memo about. Not only is seaweed a great source of nutrition for ocean life, it also provides the human body with essential fiber, calcium, iron, protein, chlorophyll, and antioxidants. Everyone’s body can use a good cleanse from time to time, and seaweed boasts of excellent detoxification and digestion properties. And fortunately, you don’t need to take a skimmer to the ocean’s surface to incorporate this power food into your diet. We actually sell a Seaweed Powder of our own! Capsules and powders harness the nutritional properties of seaweed, while packaging them in a convenient and accessible way.
Karen Sherwood from EarthWalk Northwest shared one of her favorite seaweed energy bar recipes that you can tailor to your tastes and make your very own at home.
-½ oz. seaweed powder
-2 cups of almonds, hazelnuts, or sesame seeds
-½ cup pure maple syrup
-Preheat oven to 325 degrees
-Powder the seaweed of kelp fronds in a blender, if they aren’t in powder form already
-Add your nuts or seeds and grind them together until coarsely mixed
-Pour mixture into a bowl
-Add the syrup and stir it into the nut mixture
-Spread onto an oiled cookie sheet, pressing out until about 1/4” thick
-Bake for 20 minutes
-Cut into squares while still slightly warm
-Cool completely & enjoy!
So whether you’re in the market for high-energy fuel in your hiking backpack or a pick-me-up snack in your office desk drawer, get your energy the natural way. Stop reading through long lists of ingredients on your packaged food items and simplify your life with safe, natural ones that you understand and mix together yourself. And since store-bought energy bars aren’t exactly cheap these days, your wallet will thank you almost as much as your body.