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.