TESTED: 6 Raw Bars With Great Nutrition & Even Greater Taste
These raw bars combine great nutrition with even greater taste. – By Thomas Okes
Tupperware takes time. And whether you’re running ultras, running late or just running the kids down to school, it’s easy to feel that you just don’t have enough of it. To the rescue of depleted glycogen stores everywhere, on the mountain, in the office and on the playground: raw bars come packed with easily absorbable nourishment that won’t spike your sugar levels and leave you crashed out on the conference table.
We tested a lot of these bars in the MH office – no, but, a lot – and settled on our top three. These smart bars are designed to contain as much protein, low-GI carbs and healthy fats into one little wrapper as possible – and pack a powerful punch in the taste stakes as well. So whether you’re stuck for a school lunch, stalled at 50km or spacing out at 3pm, one of these in your back pocket will get you back on track.
1. Trek Bars
R25 / 68G / MAJOR SUPERMARKETS
Cleverly divided into segments, these bars are easily consumed in intervals, whether those are measured in distance markers or lunch breaks. A smart mix of fruits and nuts will keep you fuelled with sustained energy – but the best feature? Organic bars don’t come tastier than Trek.
Dates, soya protein, tapioca starch, peanut butter, peanuts, gluten-free oats, rice starch
850 kJ 10g protein 26g carbs 6g fat
Dates, soy protein, fruit juice concentrates, raisins, cashews, cocoa
780 kJ 10g protein 27g carbs 3.5g fat
R21 / 45G / IAMSUPERBAR.CO.ZA
Superbar founder Christo Smeda is pretty super, himself: the Ironman and Skyrunner designed these bars as a way of packing lots of protein, good fats and natural carbs into one light, easy-to-carry and even-easier-to-unwrap slab of energy. Best for stashing in the pockets of your cycling shirt or running shorts.
I Am Raw
Almonds, dates, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, chia seeds
928 kJ 7g protein 22g carbs 13g fat
I Am Training
Cashew butter, cacao, macadamia butter, goji berries, pea protein, pumpkin seeds, dates
656 kJ 6g protein 25g carbs 7g fat
3. Rush Bar
R18 / 50G / RUSHBAR.CO.ZA
Beloved by trail junkies everywhere, Rush bars are the brainchild of an active chef and a convenience-prioritising mom, and as green as can be, from the biodegradable packaging to the hemp protein powder, maca root and spirulina inside it. Enjoy with a sip from a river stream, somewhere up high.
Dates, almonds, pumpkin seeds, gluten-free oats, quinoa, camu camu
762 kJ 5g protein 23g carbs 7g fat
Dates, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, cacao, ginger, hemp, raisins
642 kJ 5g protein 15g carbs 8g fats