When you are pressed for time, an energy bar can substitute for a quick meal, thanks to an impressive array of vitamins and minerals. But not all are worth their calorie count. A bar with more than 16 grams of sugar and 220 calories is just as bad for your waistline as a candy bar -- no matter how many nutrients it has. Try to find one that has no more than seven grams of fat and packs at least ten grams of protein, about 25 grams of carbohydrates and some fiber.
List of the Healthiest Bars
22 Days Nutrition: Fruit Nut Karma
Made with raw, organic ingredients and produced with solar power, this is fuel to feel good about. Nutrition per bar: 220 calories, 5g protein, 28g carbs, 6g fiber, 10g sugars, 11g fat, 1.5g saturated fat and 45mg sodium.
Paleo Krunch Tropical Grainless Granola Bar
Good fats keep your energy powered for hours. Nutrition per bar: 188 calories, 6g protein, 14g carbs, 6g fiber, 6g sugars, 12g fat, 5g saturated fat and 45mg sodium.
Clif Bar Maple Nut Energy Bar
Made with 70 percent organic ingredients, this soft and chewy bar combines the sweetness of maple syrup and the heartiness of oatmeal. With 240 calories, 10 grams of protein and 5 grams each of fat and fiber, it is best for refueling after a calorie-blasting workout.
Zone Perfect All-Natural Nutrition Bar, Dark Chocolate Strawberry
Rich chocolate and strawberry flavors and chocolate coating reminds one of a gourmet dessert. Note: If this bar is not chilled first, it can be grainy.
Bar contains 210 calories, 7g fat, 14g protein, 24g carbohydrates, 13g sugar, 2g fiber plus heart healthy soy.
Zone Perfect Sweet and Salty Cashew Pretzel
A nutrition bar can be more than a nutrition bar. By creatively combining protein, vitamins and minerals with delectably sweet and irresistibly salty flavors, they've made something completely out of the ordinary. And, after a single bite, you might even say extraordinary.
Detour Runner Lemon Yogurt Bar
Not too sweet, not too tart -- just right. The package may say "runner", but with 12 grams of protein, this chewy bar is a power pick after any kind of workout. The bar contains 200 calories with only 4 grams of fat.
Balance Bare Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Bar
Great peanut butter flavor (with no grainy after-taste) and 13 grams of muscle-rebuilding protein make this crunchy, 210-calorie bar a winner, especially after a tough strength-training session. Plus, you get 100 percent of your daily doses of vitamins C and E.
Balance Gold, Rocky Road
If you are craving the flavor of a candy bar, go for this combination of chocolate, caramel, nuts and marshmallow.
Bar contains 200 calories, 7g fat, 15g protein, 22g carbohydrates, 11g sugar, 1g fiber plus 23 vitamins and minerals.
Balance Chocolate Banana
Tastes like chocolate banana bread, but is a bit dense in texture -- have a glass of skim milk with it.
Bar contains 200 calories, 6g fat, 14g protein, 22g carbohydrate, 16g sugar, 1g fiber, full RDA for vitamin A, twice RDA for vitamins C and E.
Luna, Tropical Crisp
Although the creamy bottom is a bit on the extra sweet side, the surprisingly generous topping of coconut makes up for it.
Bar contains 180 calories, 4.5g fat, 10g protein, 24g carbohydrate, 11g sugar, 2g fiber, RDA for folic acid.
Luna, Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter
This bar is dipped in a cocoa coating and has a nougat-like center. It's almost like candy and doesn't have that "energy bar taste".
Bar contains 190 calories, 9g fat, 12gprotein, 3g fiber, 19 g carbohydrates
Luna Berry Almond Bar
Loaded with flavor and antioxidants from cranberries, elderberries, and blueberries, this 180-calorie all-natural, crispy snack is 70 percent organic and has just 4 grams of fat. However, there are a couple drawbacks for some. It does have a slightly bitter after taste, and its stickiness can make eating it on the run a little difficult.
Definitely had that marshmallow and graham cracker taste with a chocolate coating and no unpleasant after taste.
Bar contains: 180 calories, 4.5g fat, 10g protein, 26g carbohydrate, 12g sugar, 2g fiber, full RDA for folic acid and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12.
Liquid Ensure/Ensure Candy Bar
Liquid Ensure is a largely useless baby formula for seniors. It contains a mixture of sugar, oil, water, and protein plus vitamins and minerals. Now Ross has tossed the same ingredients into an expensive low-fat, high-sugar candy bar.
Neither liquid nor candy-bar Ensure is complete, since both lack the fiber and phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables that may prevent cancer. In a study among 100 frail nursing home residents, an Ensure-like liquid supplement had no impact on muscle strength or frailty. So much for the label's claim that Ensure Bars or liquid help people stay healthy, energetic, and active.
Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal Bars
These new bars by Post are an ideal combination of tastes and textures. They have crispy flakes, real fruit pieces and crunchy oat clusters. Plus, these cereal bars contain as much calcium as an 8 ounce glass of milk. With flavors lik Banana Nut, Cranberry Almond and Oatmeal Raisin, your whole family will love them!
SOYJOY Berry Bar
With only 130 calories, this slightly dense, baked bar won't cancel out the calorie-burning you've just done. The berry flavor is quite pleasant. The bars contain 4 grams of protein and 4.5 grams of fat (a tad high for the calorie count, but not bad enough to write-off as a healthy energy bar).
Bumble Bar Chunky Cherry Organic Energy
Sweet cherries combined with delicate nuttiness - delicious. Though there are 12 grams of fat in this bar, most of the fat is from the healthy fats in the almonds, sesame seeds, and flax.
180 calories, 12g fat, 4g fiber, 4g protein, 16g carbohydrates
Clif Kit's Organic Fruit and Seed Bar
Light and delicious, this bar delivers a boost of iron. Nutrition per bar: 180 calories, 5g protein, 28g carbs, 5g fiber, 21g sugars, 7g fat, 1g saturated fat and 70mg sodium.
Rise Protein Plus Bar: Almond Honey
Only three ingredients: almonds, honey and whey protein isolate. This is a gooey bar with a combination of carbs and protein that keeps muscles happy. Nutrition per bar: 280 calories, 20g protein, 20g carbs, 4g fiber, 13g sugars, 16g fat, 1.5g saturated fat and 25mg sodium.
That's It: Apple and Mango
Nothing but apple, mango to give you sweet, go-for-it fuel. Nutrition per bar: 100 calories, 0g protein, 27g carbs, 3g fiber, 23g sugars, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat and 25mg sodium.
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