Energy Bars are all the craze now. It seems like every company has one. They are convenient, fast and as varied as they come. No matter who you are or how you eat (vegan, raw, muscle head) there is a bar for you. And now they taste good too!
A lot of clients ask me which ones are good. And I have spent hours in the grocery looking through all of them and trying to decide.
Overall, the biggest thing to look for in a bar is that the ingredients are all natural. You should be able to recognize everything that they are putting into the bar. There is no need for chemicals or weird protein isolates. The bar should be real food.
Then you want to pay attention to the calories content and make sure that it is not absurd. Look to see if the bar is intended as a meal replacement – that will be a clue that the calories, fat, etc will be higher. Hopefully the bar that you are eating is just a healthy addition/quick solution in your healthy diet so there is really no need for the bar to be over 300 calories tops.
After that, I think it is a question of why you are eating a bar – it is as a fast snack in the middle of the day? An energizer after a long workout? A replacement for a dessert?
For a fast snack, I am newly in love with the Pure Organic Bar. It tastes good the serving size is small. With all bars, I start with half and then see if I still need more.
When I am on planes or traveling a lot, I like the Flavor & Fiber bars by Gnu Foods. A good friend of mine gave them to all of her bridesmaids in our baskets for the wedding weekend. Traveling can make me irregular, but let’s just say these take care of that problem Gnu just sent us some flavors to try and I am looking forward to trying this one
For a pick me up after a workout, I like Vega’s new protein bars. They are not as smooth as some of the other bars but I know that everything in them is giving me the vitamins, minerals, proteins and quality carbohydrates I need to recover and feel good. That’s reason enough for me to eat them. Can’t find a picture of these but the link is above.
As a dessert option, by far the best is a Paley Bars. I had my first one the other day – (they gave us a bunch for free to try) Liquid Sunshine. They are really, really tasty. Very sweet and rich which is why I say they are a good option for a dessert. There are chunks of fruit and chocolate (in the one I had). It was almost like eating a cookie dough. They do have sugar in some of the ingredients of some of the bars (like in the chocolate in Liquid Sunshine) so they wouldn’t be suitable for diabetics. But if you usually go for candy or an equally unhealthy dessert, give these a try. You will be eating whole, good for you foods and not compromising any taste.
(Don’t you love the packaging?!)
What bars do you enjoy??