After decades spent dealing with severe digestive issues, and having exhausted every other option, I began to overhaul my eating habits by eliminating disruptive grains, dairy, corn, refined sugars and legumes from my diet. Guess what? Absolute MAGIC. But for a girl who loves to bake, my new lifestyle seemed both a blessing and a curse. So I took to my kitchen in search of healthy alternatives... my favorite discovery so far? The Nola Bar.
So, what's in a Nola Bar?
...well, I'm happy to say, some pretty INCREDIBLE stuff! Take an in-depth look at the ingredient list below:
Almonds: High in monounsaturated fats, helpful in reducing the risk of heart disease, and an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium and potassium. Lessening after-meal surges in blood sugar, almonds also help keep you feeling full longer.
Unsweetened Coconut: High in dietary fiber and medium-chain fatty acids, coconut can help rev up the metabolism, reduce sweet cravings and improve heart healthand overall digestion.
Pumpkin Seeds: A great source of protein and the most highly alkaline-formingseed in existence. Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of Vitamin B, E, K and Zincand are filled with phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron and copper.
Quinoa: This ancient seed—not grain—contains all nine essential amino acids and is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It's also high in dietary fiber, iron, magnesium and B2—talk about a superfood!
Clover Honey: Honey contains flavonoids and antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease, is loaded with Vitamin C, acts as a natural preservative, and studies have shown that 1-2 tsp of honey a day can help lower blood pressure and relieve stress.
Pistachios: Full of nutrients and fiber—one serving contains more fiber than half a cup of spinach. These ultra-healthy nuts also have prebiotic characteristics to help support higher levels of beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract.
Chia: The richest plant source of Omega-3—the vital fats that protect against inflammation—chia seeds contain more Omega-3 than salmon. They are also a great way to reduce food cravings and control blood sugar as chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars.
Golden Flax: Naturally high in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, flax helps the body heal and repair itself from damage caused by environmental and aging factors. Golden Flax is 93-95% digestible, allowing your body to utilize more nutrients, and helps fight heart disease, cholesterol problems, circulatory problems, weight problem, diabetes, osteoporosis, insomnia, and low energy.
Unrefined Coconut Oil: Studies show that the intake of coconut oil can help our bodies resist illness-causing viruses and bacteria, and can help to fight off yeast/candida, increase your metabolism, energy and endurance, and help to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
Cherries: Rich in potassium, vitamin C, and B complex, research has shown thatantioxidant rich cherries can help the body prevent heart disease and cancer, as well as provide pain relief and improved bone health.
Dark Chocolate: Indulging in a small amount of good dark chocolate can help lower your blood pressure and make you feel happier (it's science, we swear!) and is full ofcancer-fighting antioxidants.
Dates: A great source of calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and dietary fiber. These properties help to reduce the risk of stroke, strengthen the bones, aid in digestion, diminish allergies, boost energy and maintain a healthy weight.
Cinnamon: A half-teaspoon per day can help lower bad cholesterol and also help stabilize blood sugar, which is great for weight loss. Cinnamon also has anti-fungal properties, and just from smell alone, can help boost cognitive function and memory.