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.
Photo: Lee Harrelson, Styling: Mindi Shapiro
Spreading a little peanut butter on apple slices may be a healthier way to snack, but nothing beats an energy or protein bar for convenience. Trouble is, there are too many choices. So we munched and crunched numbers to find the best bars, ones that delivered on both taste and nutrition. It's a tricky business since a bar might offer lots of fiber (really good) and then negate things with trans fats (really bad). And sugars, even dried fruit, do add up. Here are our top picks for when you’re ready to grab-and-go.
We set the “bar” high. Our criteria for healthy bars: Protein: more than 3 grams; Fiber: more than 3 grams; Fat: mostly heart-healthy fats; Carbs: mostly whole grains with 10-20 grams sugar