Besides being an excellent all-natural sweetener, dates are are the glue that keep Together Bars...together. But that's not the only reason why we chose them for our bars. Dates are high in fiber and antioxidants. We include just enough dates to sweeten up our bars and keep the ingredients together.
Walnuts have higher antioxidant content than any other nut (as well as polyphenols and vitamin E). They are also loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids. This is why your Together Bar might feel a little slippery on your fingers. Don't worry, these are considered good fats and are good for your heart as well.
This is our favorite. Pumpkin seeds are crammed with tryptophan (yes, it's what's in your thanksgiving turkey...but don't worry, you only get sleepy because you eat so much!). There's also a monster amount of magnesium, zinc and potassium, and they're incredibly dense - which makes them more filling, which can help you eat less, which can lead to a little weight loss...which is nice.
These fellas don't mess around. They're the ones that are in the bowl of nuts at the party that you push to the side. But you shouldn't. One Brazil Nut has more of the mineral selenium, also an antioxidant, than any other food. But, having too much selenium isn't a great thing either, so we limit our brazil nuts to below the RDI per bar.
While chocolate is widely known as delicious, dark chocolate starts to make progress toward a healthy food, and if you remove the sugar, you're left with cocoa. Dark chocolate boosts feel-good chemicals in your brain called endorphins. Endorphins bond with opiate receptors in the brain and help reduce the negative effects of stress. So, our Dark Chocolate + Sea Salt bar is on the right track...and our Blueberry Turmeric bar....see below!
Not only do blueberries taste amazing, but they're one of the best sources of antioxidants and flavonoids you can find. Knowing all of that, each of our Blueberry + Turmeric bars has the benefits of over thirty blueberries!
Coconut has a unique combination of medium-chain fatty acids and antioxidants. What's more, simply the smell of coconut alone has the ability to lift your mood, so we think it's a perfect fit.
Turmeric is a root that's found in many Asian foods, like curry. Its active compound, curcumin, is a powerful antioxidant. Too much turmeric in your food throws off the flavor, so we've used it sparingly, but a Together Bar a day should provide a steady source of turmeric/curcumin in your diet.