Guide to Eating Healthy at Food Bars

Guide to Eating Healthy at Food Bars


Pre-grocery shop rituals: tearing into the Whole Foods food bar.

If you watch my Instagram stories you know I'm always hacking food bars. I think its one of the cheapest, quickest, and easiest ways to eat healthy on the go. Especially while traveling, or if the fridge is empty and you're headed to the store but don't want to enter the danger zone of shopping on an empty stomach.

So here it goes;


1. Skip the pre-made salads/mixes and reach for whole ingredients like raw/cooked veggies, grains, and protein. 

2. When choosing cooked veggies look for ones cooked in olive or coconut oil vs canola oil. Most canola oil is GMO and highly processed. If there's no other options, some food bars like Whole Foods will label items as non-GMO canola oil.

3. Choose your protein wisely, most animal protein at food bars is not organic and industrialized. Look for wild caught fish (sockeye salmon is always wild) or cage free eggs at a minimum. If high quality protein isn't available, I'll sometimes buy a can of salmon, sardines, or organic cold cuts to add to the salad.

4. Reach for all the colors and lots of greens. Bonus: greens weigh less than most other veggies. I like a combination of cooked and raw veggies for better digestion and absorption of nutrients. Raw veggies have higher enzymes to help break down food while cooked ones are easier to process.

5. I follow a template with just about all of my meals, including food bar hacking, that contains 75-80% plants (mostly greens and non-starchy vegetables plus a starchy vegetable, grain, or bean) with the remainder being protein and a healthy fat like avocado, grass-fed butter, or olive oil. I used to be starving after every meal until learning to eat this way for blood sugar balance and satiety.

6. Last one! Tried to keep it at 5. Skip the dressings and make your own with olive oil and lemon or apple cider vinegar. Dressings are usually full of fillers and preservatives. No bueno.

Healthy Food Bar

I started Life by Design because wellness is about so much more than drinking adaptogenic matcha tea and perfecting yoga headstands. It's a lifestyle. A lifestyle designed by you, for you, so you can live your best life possible. I'm just here to guide you along the way with the things I've learned on my own wellness journey, and all the things I'll continue to learn as we grow together.