Let’s talk Whole30 RxBars… Which RxBars are Whole30 Approved? And when can you eat RxBars on your Whole30?
Trust me, I know. Even reminding you that those were your three questions is breaking you into a sweat!
Don’t worry- I’ve got all the information for you here now. Relax, do a little light reading, and then confidently purchase some RxBars on Amazon with confidence that you know they’re Whole30 Approved AND you know when to eat them.
Going on a hike? Stick one in your bag.
Might get stuck in traffic? Yep, bring one along.
Just had lunch and want something sweet? Nope.
There’s a really great blog on the Whole30 site about these emergency bars. Check it out here.
Here’s a quote from the article above where the Whole30 team talks about using these fruit and nut bars:
We still stand behind these bars as a good choice—when used appropriately. Our mistake was assuming that people would see their value as healthy on-the-go convenience food and use them only as such.
RxBars, Larabars, and other dried-fruit-and-nut bars are still appropriate emergency food for your Whole30, as long as the ingredients are compliant. But as always, include these in your Whole30 cautiously, as there is serious potential to use these bars in a less healthy manner during your program. As on-the-go or emergency food? Yes. As a replacement for your mid-day sugar boost, daily late-night treat, or to satisfy your Day 3 raging Sugar Dragon? While it’s not an official Whole30 rule, we’d strongly suggest no.
To drive the point home, here is another segment from the Whole30 Book (on p. 96):
…there are other foods that may be in the “gray area,” and we ask that you take some personal responsibility with those. For example, Cashew Cookie Larabars are technically Whole30 Approved, and a great choice for those running a marathon or hiking the Appalachian trail. But if you’re eating them as a substitute for your 3 p.m. candy bar, and find yourself slightly out of control when eating them (or after), we’d encourage you to identify that less healthy habit and say “This food is not okay for me during my thirty days. It is a trigger food, and if I am trying to change my habits, I need to leave it off my plate.”
Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Cashews, 100% Chocolate (Cacao), Coconut, Sea Salt, Natural Coconut Flavor
Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Cashews, Cranberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Natural Strawberry Flavor, Natural Raspberry Flavor
Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Blueberries, Cashews, Natural Blueberry Flavor
Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Cashews, 100% Chocolate (Cacao), Sea Salt, Natural Chocolate Flavor
Major warning with this one!! This is about as close to a candy bar as you can get… So beware! Look at the quotes from Whole30 above and be sure you’re using this within reason! While the ingredients listed on these labels may or may not be good for your Whole30!
Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Cashews, Allspice, Sea Salt, Ginger, Natural Flavors
Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Cashews, Apples, Cinnamon, Natural Apple Flavor
Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Cashews, Pumpkin, Ginger, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cloves, All Spice
Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Cashews, 100% Chocolate (Cacao), Peppermint Oil, Sea Salt
Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Cashews, Cacao, Natural Chocolate Flavor, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Sea Salt.
Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Cashews, 100% Chocolate (Cacao), Coffee, Sea Salt, Natural Coffee Flavor
Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Cashews, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Natural Flavors
Dates, Egg Whites, Cashews, Almonds, Apple, Raisins, Cinnamon, Natural Apple Flavor, Natural Cinnamon Flavor, Natural Vanilla Flavor
Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Cashews, Cacao, Cocoa, Natural Chocolate Flavor, Natural Vanilla Flavor.