Protein bars are such a versatile snack because they are individually packaged and you can eat them on the go. Healthy protein bars in Japan are growing in popularity as people move towards, more natural, delicious and easily obtainable snacks.
It can be hard to find a snack that boasts a high protein value with a balance of unrefined low glycemic carbohydrates, and healthy fats, while still managing to taste good. Some protein bars in Japan might even be masquerading as healthy, when in fact their nutritional value proves they are just a glorified chocolate bar. There are so many brands and kinds, so how do you go about seeking out a healthy option for protein bars in Japan?
Basically, a healthy protein bar needs to contain this trifecta of nutritional qualities:
- Low GI, slow release carbs (and fiber) for staying power.
- High protein to maintain satiety and build muscle.
- Healthy fats for a healthy brain, heart, skin, hair, eyes and general health.
On the other hand, healthy protein bars should NOT contain the following:
- Refined sugar.
- Processed carbohydrates.
- Artificial colors.
- Artificial flavors.
- Chemical additives.
Classic Organics are behind a range of healthy protein bars in Japan. They are all natural and handmade in Shiga Prefecture by a locally owned company. These healthy protein bars in Japan are free from refined sugar, contain no preservatives, colors, fragrances or additives. Both types of Classic Organics protein bars are also vegan and gluten free so if you’re vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten free or just trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle and minimize your intake of allergens then “For Adventure” and “For Everyday Life” both have you covered. Compared to highly processed supermarket protein bars such as Caloriemate, Balance Power or Black Thunder, Classic Organics protein bars are minimally processed and are made from nutritionally rich whole foods.
Classic Organics protein bars come in two styles to cater for any lifestyle or activity. The first type is made “For Adventure”. This protein bar has a date and raisin base with rolled oats for fiber and slow release energy, nuts and seeds such as almonds, cashews, and pumpkin seeds, puffed quinoa for added crunch and dried apricots, goji berries and a dusting of cinnamon for flavor. “For Adventure” is all held together with coconut oil which is high in medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s), which may promote fat burning. The organic non-GMO soy powder gives it even more of a protein kick and a nutty flavor. “For Adventure” is a healthy, protein rich, naturally sweet protein bar that is perfect to add to kid’s lunch boxes as part of a healthy lunch, to stow in your hand bag, to nibble on while you’re traveling, as a mid hike snack or basically any time you feel peckish. “For Adventure” protein bars in Japan are the perfect snack to stave off the dreaded “hanger“.
If you’re looking for something a bit more decadent that won’t kill your diet or waistline then try the Classic Organic protein bar “For Everyday Life”. Similar to the “For Adventure” protein bar, the “For Everyday Life” bar gets its sweetness from the date and raisin base, contains beta-glucan from the rolled oats, a bevy of protein and healthy fats from almonds, walnuts, organic chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds. The “For Everyday Life” protein bar is reminiscent of a chocolate brownie thanks to the addition of carob powder and cacao nibs. To add even more superfood goodness, these protein bars also contain goji berries and figs and are brought together with coconut oil. Enjoy it as a pre or post workout snack, as a chocolatey breakfast bar or even for dessert!
Classic Organics are a local company and are made for happy humans with an active lifestyle. Nature Thing protein bars came about 6 years ago when the founder, Mitsunori had an epiphany about healthy eating. He was working hard for a food company, but in an ironic twist he was not fueling his body with healthy food. The wake up call came when he was admitted to hospital. Since then, he has been dedicated to eating a healthy and natural diet. Nowadays, he travels often and with his range of healthy protein bars in Japan he has the perfect snack while he’s on the go. The inspiration for Nature Thing came on a trip to Australia when Mitsunori saw the vast range of protein bars available. From there, he created a range of healthy protein bars in Japan that are both natural and cater to a wide range of tastes. The rest is history, because in December 2016, upon his return to Japan, he set to work creating healthy protein bars in Japan with the perfect nutritional balance and taste. Both “For Adventure” and “For Everyday Life” Classic Organics protein bars are available on the HealthyTOKYO online shop, so what are you waiting for? The weather’s warming up so grab a few mates, a few protein bars “For Adventure” and get hiking!