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7 Powerful Ingredients in Our New Vegan High Protein Bar

Chock full of healthy ingredients, our newest bar, PB + Chocolate Chip Nirvana, is the perfect vegan high protein bar for anyone needing an afternoon energy boost, a quick, on-the-go snack, or a meal replacement. Here are 7 ingredients in PB + Chocolate Chip Nirvana and their healthy attributes!

Rice Protein

Besides offering a gluten-free, vegan protein source for those who wish to avoid wheat, dairy etc., rice protein is also hypo-allergenic and contains a ton of natural fiber. The protein aids in muscle recovery after strenuous activity, helps to speed up fat burning, and combined with fiber helps to balance blood sugar levels.

Peanut Butter

Raw peanut butter is also a source of dietary fiber, helping to regulate blood sugar levels as well as cholesterol. As a source of additional protein and vitamins E, B3, and minerals including iron, calcium, and magnesium, peanut butter is a great source of nutrients that are commonly lacking in a vegan diet.

Dates

As a source of antioxidants, dates can help to improve the immune system and help prevent cell damage. Dates are also an excellent source of fiber, selenium, copper, and calcium. The presence of choline in dates helps the brain create memory neurotransmitters – assisting the brain with memory and learning.

Coconut Syrup

As a natural sweetener, coconut syrup has a low glycemic index, which makes it a great alternative for diabetics who need to avoid sugar. Compared to brown sugar, coconut syrup has double the iron, quadruple the magnesium, and ten times the level of zinc. It also contains 16 amino acids – an important part of the vegan diet.

Chocolate

Besides being delicious, chocolate is heavy in antioxidants to protect cells, prevent cardiovascular disease, and reduce the risk of cancer. Chocolate also has a low glycemic index to control blood sugar levels, and encourages the brain to release endorphins to help you feel relaxed.

Sesame Seeds

Rich in copper, magnesium, and calcium, sesame seeds are a recommended addition to any diet, particularly for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or wishing to prevent colon cancer, osteoporosis, migraines, and pre-menstrual symptoms. As a zinc-rich food, sesame seeds can help improve bone density to prevent bone loss in those over age 50.

Flax

Finally, there’s flax. High in fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids, flax helps to control blood sugar levels. Flax also contains lignans and alpha linolenic acid, which are both associated with a reduction in cancer risk. Finally, as a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, flax can help you feel full longer and will help to keep you “regular” – also important! PB + Chocolate Chip Nirvana will be arriving at Whole Foods in January 2013. Look for it at a store near you!

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