Minimal Ingredients: Why Less Is Better!
Fall has returned! You're getting back to your routine workout, hectic job, and starting to deal with that busy schedule.
In the perfect world, we all have time to meal prep, and don't need to buy food throughout the day. However, when your boss calls you in early for an important meeting, and you don't have time to pack lunch, you're forced to scramble.
This happens time and time again; life sneaks up on us, and eating healthy becomes a hassle. Don't let your busy schedule throw you off; you can still make good choices, even if you're shopping at the convenience store.
My main principal to follow when purchasing anything packaged (bars, shakes, smoothies, snacks, etc) is to go with minimal ingredients. Most of the time, items with fewer ingredients are less processed and closer to how Mother Nature would have intended them to be.
A rule that goes hand-in-hand with this is to make sure you can pronounce every ingredient on the list; you deserve to know and understand what is going into your body.
The picture above is one of my favorite Lara Bar flavors. Lara Bars are the perfect example of minimal ingredients; these bars are simple, yet taste amazing. The Cherry Pie Lara Bar has 3 ingredients: dates, almonds and unsweetened cherries; no added sugar, no HFCS, and no other junk that is unnecessary to put in my body.
You can apply this principal to practically any type of packaged food. Next time you buy something in a pinch, or even do your usual grocery run, just glance at the ingredients list; you may be surprised at what you're eating! Choose fewer ingredients, and know what you are putting into your body!