Energy bars can serve as fuel pre- or post-workout, a low-calorie meal replacement, or a quick on-the-go snack. But that’s only if you’re eating the right type of bar. Some energy bars are loaded with chemical preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which make them more like candy than a healthy alternative to whole food.
Since there are so many to choose from on the market, and since so many of them actually aren’t very good for you, we’ve chosen five that supply a decent amount of protein, vitamins, and minerals, one of which also provides a high-calorie, high-sugar (but no HFCS) cocktail perfect for athletes and weekend warriors.
#1 Jay Robb’s “No Junk” JayBar ($34 for 12 bars @ Amazon.com)
What does Jay mean by no junk? He means no dairy, gluten, wheat, MSG, artificial sweeteners (like aspartame, sucralose, and malitol), or genetically-modified organisms. Instead, these bars utilize naturally extracted xylitol and organic nut butters (heh heh). Exact nutritional info varies by flavor, but usually not by too much; the fudge brownie bars have 230 calories, 15 grams of protein, and are made with microfiltered whey protein isolate, which is easier to digest. A minor downside: the 11 grams of fat.
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