I used to be an energy bar junkie. I would eat at least one a day, sometimes up to three! Then I realized how processed and artificial most of these bars are and how much added sugar they contain. Many of them are really no better than glorified candy bars. Plus, they are expensive.
Smartest thing is to eat more unprocessed food. Replace the bars with trail mix (a mix of nuts, dried fruit, seeds) or yogurt topped with mueslix. There are so many nearly as quick and convenient things you can eat that are really much better for you.
If you do want to splurge and eat a bar (I consider them desserts now), Kind bars and Lara bars are really minimally processed and contain very little added sugar. I still eat those from time to time. I also love Oh Yeah! bars. Those are pretty artificial. But they taste just like a candy bar, are low sugar, and have lots of protein.
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Wow I'm shocked while these bars are more nutritious than a Fiber One bar, they are not the best by a long shot. How about mentioning KIND bars. A bunch of bars in the KIND bars line while at around 200-250 calories (which isn't much if you eat healthy for the day) ONLY have 4-5 grams of sugar, 3-6 grams of fiber, and 4-7 grams of protein! Also what about Health Warrior Chia Bars.. another low sugar and even low calorie (one bar is only 100 calories) and they are chocked full of chia seeds which keep me full for hours!!! No lie!
l have one QUEST Bar for breakfast with yogurt and a coffee. They are really high in protein, high in fiber and sugar alcohols. They taste good and have many varieties. I like the Lemon Cream Pie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Banana Nut Muffin and Chocolate Brownie. I put them in the Microwave for 10 to 15 seconds. They are so good.
No mention of Kashi bars either. I have been eating the chewy granola bars for years. Love the bang for the buck nutritionally speaking. Low cal, higher fiber and protein. They were the excellent choice for me when I opted to start eating 6 meals a day.
I eat a lovely bar some days, from a company making Braw Bars. They are free from gluten, wheat, dairy, additives and preservatives. It does contain nuts. It is supposed to contain 1 of our fruits per day. I love the Blackcurrant, and also the Apple & Pear. They do a couple of other flavours, but I don't know what those are, except than one has to do with chocolate. Brawfood.com will give you more information.
If you do get in touch with them, please just say that you got the info from Christine in Newmilns. It won't get me any benefits. But it will let the lads know that someone is trying to spread the news about them. I met one of them last year sort of the day after they started trading. And I just love the product.
6/24/2013 2:02:33 PM
I like Lara Bars and Quest Bars. I do not work for either of these companies :-) Lara bars are basically fruit and nuts (most flavors - a couple have a few chocolate chips thrown in there!) and Quest bars have 20 grams of protein and 20 grams of fiber! I like the chocolate chip cookie dough the best. They also are low in sugar as they are made with Stevia. Both of these types of bars do not melt so great to have in your purse or car for emergencies!
I have recently found the Life Choice bars, they are available at walmart, and they have all different varieties. from snack, to health, to meal replacement. I try to keep one in my purse, for those times when I just don't have time for a regular meal, or when I am getting crazy cravings. The PB crunch is my fave=)
I was recently given some samples of Quest Bars (www.questproteinbar.com) & see that they TOTALLY beat all the stats above! They taste good, too! Sampled Banana Nut Muffin & Chocolate Peanut Butter. And BTW, I have no financial motivation for recommending these. ;)
6/24/2013 8:51:54 AM
You don't mention Larabars at all (although maybe they just don't qualify as "energy bars"?). I've spent quite a bit of time reading labels and was impressed at how short their ingredient lists are. For example, the peanutbutter crunch one: dates, peanuts. That's it. Since I work in science, I sometimes don't know what's worse: reading the ingredient list and seeing chemicals that I don' recognize or seeing ones that I do recognize and know many unappetizing uses for. Anyway, some of their bars taste like dessert and it's a great thing to have on hand if i dont' have time for breakfast before I leave the house or for the long commute home so I don't stop for fast food.
I don't know how I would survive backpacking trips without energy bars, but other than the back country I never consume them. High calorie and high protein is great when you're burning a ton of calories a day, but when other food is easily available I stick with that.
i mainly eat them to boost my protein levels - its always a struggle to get enough, especially since i dont eat a lot of meat. but i like them a bit too much (white chocolate macadamia cliff bar, omg HEAVEN, i swear i could eat a whole box in one sitting), so im really trying to limit myself. plus thats a lot of unnecessary and easily avoidable sugar.
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