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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: SoyJoy Bars
Photo: Lee Harrelson, Styling: Mindi Shapiro

Best for Mid-afternoon Snack: SoyJoy

Our top flavor pick: Berry

Bar Stats: 130 calories, 4g protein, 4.5g fat (2g saturated), 4g fiber, 12g sugar

Pros: Half the size of most energy bars, this crunchy cookie-style gluten-free bar tastes like a cross between fruitcake and biscotti. With four grams of protein, as much fiber as many of the big bars, and just under five grams of fat, it puts up respectable nutrition numbers for a light snack. Use it to take the edge off hunger without ruining your appetite for dinner. Runner up contenders: newer mini size Luna and Clif bars offer a skinny 80 to 100 calories.

Cons: Not an option if you're allergic to soy.

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