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POSTED: Aug 2, 2016

Well + Good - 8 SAVORY NUTRITION BARS THAT ARE ACTUALLY HEALTHY

Pop into any convenience store and you’ll notice one thing: The vast majority of grab-and-go nutrition bars are either a fruits-and-nuts combo or super sweet (if not both). Chocolate! Cherry! Even salted caramel!

If you’re trying to avoid sugar—or just aren’t craving something saccharine—sometimes what you really want is something savory.

Thankfully, wellness brands are finally realizing that just because people are reaching for food in bar form doesn’t mean they want it to taste like a Snickers. Now, there are lots of savory, satisfying options popping up to bolster an already massive market. (According to data published in Natural Products Insider‘s March 2016 issue, wellness bar sales jumped by nearly 20 percent between 2014 and 2015). Even major players like Kind are getting in on the trend, crafting bars packed with veggies, spices, seeds, and other non-sweet ingredients. (Cough, hot sauce, cough.)

Here, we break down options that are both tasty and nutritious—because let’s be real, if you’re opting for a bar, you probably don’t have time to stand around reading the label.

 Go Raw Pumpkin Seed Sprouted Bar

You’ll like it if: You enjoy noshing on sunflower seeds but want something with an even more satisfying crunch.

What’s in it: This bar has a very clean ingredient list. It’s literally just pumpkin seeds, sprouted flax seeds, organic dates, raw agave nectar, and Celtic sea salt. Pumpkin seeds are a sneaky (but powerful) source of protein—as well as iron, potassium, and magnesium—so this pick will help fuel your workout or get you through that 4 p.m. work slump.

What it tastes like: Just as advertised—think pumpkin seeds with some mild sweetness, thanks to the dates. The texture is crunchy, not chewy.

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