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Zeroing In On the Best Energy Bars

As a meal replacer, pre- or post-workout treat, afternoon snack, or protein source, here are our top picks for the best tasting and most nutritious energy bars.

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Best Energy Bars: Clif Bars
Photo: Lee Harrelson, Styling: Mindi Shapiro

Best Meal Replacement: Clif Bars

Our top flavor pick: Black Cherry Almond

Bar Stats: 250 calories, 10g protein, 5g fat (1.5g saturated), 5g fiber, 20g sugar

Pros: Most energy bars are too skimpy on calories to replace a meal. One bar we tried offered a tasty 400 calorie package but was skimpy on protein. Another bar delivered on protein but was dry as chalk. So our strategy: pair this higher calorie oatmeal cookie bar with real food. Add a couple of low-fat string cheeses or a handful of nuts and a piece of fruit to make a nice small meal. Other pluses: it’s fortified to replace nutrients missed at meals.

Cons: Nothing beats a real meal, but good in a pinch.

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