When Lauren Feingold and her business partner, Ashanty Williams, make a protein bar, they don’t mess around.
Their Shanti Bars ($3) are organic, raw, paleo, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and (in our humble opinion) extremely delicious.
When we asked Feingold how they decided to try to pack all of that goodness into one small package, she answered bluntly, “Because those are the standards your body deserves.”
We can’t argue with that.
Even with grocery stores packed with every imaginable type of energy bar, the duo could not locate a truly healthy bar that met their specifications (no preservatives, no refined sugars and no agave).
Shanti Bars taste like the energizing raw seeds, berries, stone fruits and nuts they are made from, not some unidentifiable glop. The raw bars solve our 4 p.m. snack conundrum and provide lasting protein-fueled energy that’s easy on the digestion, while also resolving how to fit more superfoods into our diet.
We love that we can get a hit of healthy fat and energy in the coconut bar (made with almonds, dates and maca) while also fitting in some earthy and spicy cardamom, hemp seeds and dried mango in the anti-inflammatory turmeric bar. The newest flavor, açaí, is lush and nutty with cashews, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, spirulina and Celtic sea salt—it’s like being able to take an açaí bowl along for a ride. The stylish packaging is as fly as the ingredients that it contains.
These bars are just the kind of thing we’d love to whip up for ourselves, if only we could find the time (ha).