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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 Z Bars
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Best for Kids: Clif Z Bars

Our top flavor pick: Z Bar Chocolate Brownie

Bar Stats: 120 calories, 3g protein, 3g fat (1g saturated), 3g fiber, 12g sugar

Pros: Downsized to meet pint-size energy and nutrient needs,  Z bars have enough sweetness to appeal as cookies. Yet, they offer a bit of protein and fiber to make a better snack. For teens and older kids: Clif Mojo Peanut Butter & Jelly offers a little less fiber than a PBJ on whole grain bread, but a little more protein too. At 220 calories and nine grams of protein, it's not a bad choice when older kids are caught without something to eat.

Cons: Doesn't let kids appreciate the best nutrition—whole foods.

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