We've all shown up at the office to a co-worker's treat from their Hawaii trip: a blue box of deliciousness in the form of macadamia nuts. It's no substitute for the real trip, of course, but those salty crunchy nuts are still tasty as a consolation prize, even if they never last for long. Now you can one-up those sweet memories by chomping down on a bar that will fuel your mind, your joints, and your taste buds: Macadamia Sea Salt bar from Primal Kitchen. Each nutty plank of primal perfection contains more collagen than a cup of bone broth (!!) and a satisfying chew that will make the afternoon slump slither away.
My appreciation—in both nutrition and flavor—for Primal Kitchen bars started out pretty high, and has just renewed again with an all new flavor. I liked their previous coconut cashew and hazelnut chocolate, yet even those will lose their exciting luster after a few cases. But now, in salty awesomeness, there's macadamias. This is a throwback for all those Hawaii fans who are patiently hoping that someone in their circle returns from a trip with one of those nutty Mauna Loa boxes. No need to wait. The satisfyingly chewy and crunchy bar packs 15 grams of protein your body can put to good use—no soy or inferior proteins here, just grass-fed collagen for your joints and tendons plus the all-natural nutrition from nuts and seeds.
Putting macadamias and ample sea salt together in this way is satisfying to anyone that adores a toothsome bar but still wants a good bit of savoriness. It's the grown-up and healthy answer to other salty nutty snacks, with even more satisfying potential from those awesome ingredients and natural flavors.
Just like before with all Primal Kitchen bars, the matrix of this nutty bar is a bendy, chewy, delectable blend of honey, nuts, collagen and coconut that satisfies the mouth as it nourishes the body. This bar is barely sweet—a rarity in protein bars—yielding to your desire for something almost savory but without the hassle of boiling up some eggs for a snack.
Here's what Primal Kitchen says about their own amazing recipe, "Who doesn’t love the distinctly buttery, sweet flavor of macadamia nuts with a hint of sea salt? PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Macadamia Sea Salt Bars were created with Mark’s favorite nut in mind and they’re made with 8,000 milligrams of grass-fed collagen (that’s more collagen than a cup of bone broth!), 15 grams of protein (from collagen, nuts and seeds) and only 12 grams of carbs—our lowest carb bar in the Primal Kitchen lineup! Our Macadamia Sea Salt Bars are an excellent source of prebiotic fiber for optimal digestive health and sustained satiation. And, as always, you can count on Primal Kitchen products being gluten, grain, dairy, whey and soy free."
There are many reasons why this bar packs a nutritional punch (pumpkin seeds, coconut!) but my personal favorite, the zinger that makes it unlike all the others, is the collagen. Each one of these chewy delectable bars has more collagen than a cup of bone broth, yet you can pack it in your bag.
Here are just a few of the benefits to collagen:
What else? How about coconut? What's so great about it?
Coconut has been used by many cultures worldwide for thousands of years, and is well known for its many amazing properties. Coconut is so nutritious, its list of benefits reads like a patent medicine bottle. Many people eat several tablespoons of coconut oil daily, for the incredible host of benefits it confers. It’s full of health-boosting lauric acid and medium-chain triglycerides, and it’s been shown to:
Help with weight loss
Boost energy and athletic performance
Help with Alzheimer’s and cognitive function
Have antimicrobial and anti-viral qualities
Nourish the thyroid
Help prevent candida overgrowth
Boost the metabolism
Make skin and hair softer
Ok, seriously, who HASN'T heard of Mark Sisson in the paleosphere by now? Mark's Daily Apple? Sorry, it's just that his influence is vast and his values in the nutritional world are strong and well-known.
"My name is Mark Sisson, and I’m a former elite endurance athlete who has made health and fitness my life’s work. Since trading in my professional running shoes 26 years ago, I’ve written a series of best-selling health and fitness books, I’ve designed natural state-of-the-art, health-enhancing nutritional supplements and educational diet and exercise systems, and I’ve published MarksDailyApple.com. My mission is to empower more people to take responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness. Primal Kitchen expands this mission, bringing uncompromisingly delicious, high quality, nutrient dense sauces and dressings to kitchens everywhere. In the world of real food, it’s often what you put on your food that keeps it interesting."
It's not so much the "how" you enjoy these bars (just unwrap and enjoy), it's the where and why: anywhere, anytime. Before a workout, after a workout, before your meeting, after your workday before a party full of off-roading treats. You name it, this bar will go to work for you.
Here are answers to some of your most important questions!
What is monk fruit and why is it in this bar?
Also called Luo Han Goa, monk fruit is a Chinese herb cultivated for centuries by Buddhist monks. Much like stevia, it’s a delicious and natural way to sweeten without all the calories of sugar.
Are there GMOs?
Nope! Primal Kitchen is working on the Non-GMO certification right now.