Chocolate bars can be one of life’s greatest indulgences. But all too often, that’s all they are — indulgence! In today’s blog, we’ll be discussing one of our new favorites, the Mid-Day Squares. The fine folks at Mid-Day Squares like to call them “the first functional chocolate bar”, and we’re inclined to agree. Read on to learn more about why we’re such big fans of Mid-Day Squares!
Mid-Day Squares VS Protein Bars: What's The Difference?
Protein bars, meal bars, and energy bars of all kinds often claim that they’re the perfect replacement for sweet treats, but mainstream products tend to be packed with ingredients we at PlantX like to avoid. If you examine the nutritional information on common grocery store protein bars, you’ll find that there’s a wide discrepancy in ingredients, nutrients, and general healthiness. These ingredient lists may surprise you: you may find high levels of sugars or sugar alcohols, saturated fats, whey, GMOs and more. Sugar alcohols can cause gastrointestinal issues, and excess sugar and fats can throw off your nutritional intake for the day, and whey is dairy-derived, making it inappropriate for a vegan diet. What is it about Mid-Day Squares that makes them different from other protein bars? In their own words, “Imagine a chocolate bar making love to a protein bar but getting rid of all the bad characteristics of the protein bar.” That simple explanation is a perfect way to sum up exactly why we prefer them to other protein bars. The ingredients list on a Mid-Day Square is simple, too! Their list of certified organic ingredients sound like real words, not like chemicals from a sci-fi movie: cacao powder, cocoa butter, pumpkin seeds, pitted dates, and other whole food ingredients are all that are used in Mid-Day Squares. These wholesome ingredients lead to Mid-Day Squares having better nutrition, too. Per serving, you’ll only be getting 5g of sugar and 10g of net carbs, with 20% of the daily recommended amount of iron.
Are You Getting Enough Iron?
The natural plant-based ingredients and high iron content make these great for people on a plant-based diet, which can sometimes lead to iron deficiencies. Iron is one of most common nutrients that people lack, and an iron deficiency can cause anemia — a low amount of healthy red blood cells, making it difficult for oxygen to travel through the blood. This can lead to fatigue, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath. Other good sources of plant-based iron are leafy greens like spinach, kale, and collard greens.Next time you’re looking for a snack to get you through the afternoon slump, or something to get you through a busy day, turn to something wholesome, like Mid-Day Squares. Want to see our selection of protein and energy bars? Browse the PlantX store!
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