Energy Bars

Lowdown on Energy Bars: The Best and Worst

September 11, 2013 | Apartment Lifestyle, Everyday Living

Energy bars are a hot commodity, but some have way too much sugar, which is not exactly a recipe for weight loss. Whether you are trying to shed a few pounds, or are just looking for a filling and healthy on-the-go meal, check out our list of some of the best and worst energy bars on the market:

Best Energy Bars

Kind Blueberry Pecan: Don’t you just feel healthy eating a Kind bar? Made with simple ingredients like almonds, honey, brown rice and blueberries, this Kind bar is a perfect option when you need some fuel. Some Kind bars have too much sugar, so check the label before purchasing one in the Starbucks line. This one has about 12 grams, which is considered low for energy bars.

Atkins Strawberry Almond: These energy bars contain 15 grams of protein, 2 grams of sugar, 200 calories and 3 grams of net carbs. Because the sugar and carbohydrate value is so low, Atkins Strawberry Almond bars are perfect if you are trying to cut down on the sweetener.

Odwalla Super Protein: With a name like Super Protein, you better hope it lives up to its advertisement! In this case, it does. Eat this as a meal replacement bar, as its high protein value is intended to fill you up. As one of the best protein bars, this Odwalla is perfect for carrying around in your purse for a quick lunch.

Kashi GOLEAN Crunchy!: With a low amount of calories, about 9 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber, these Kashi bars are perfect for a light breakfast or mid-afternoon snack.

Worst Energy Bars

Special K Bars: You’ve probably seen the Special K Diet commercials that market Kellogg’s products as a way to shed pounds, but Special K bars will hardly satisfy your hunger. If you’re cringing at the screen at the thought of having to give these snacks up, don’t worry. These aren’t necessarily bad for you, but they are not sufficient as a meal replacement.

Clif Coconut Chocolate Chip: Clif bars are made with organic ingredients, and are perfect for an afternoon of hiking or biking. But they aren’t so great for a quick snack between work and the gym. Clif bars are intended to fuel endurance athletes, which is why they contain 42 grams of carbohydrates and 22 grams of sugar. Yikes!

Balance Bars S’mores: Can you expect that a bar intended to taste like s’mores is good for you? It’s not. Balance Bars contain protein from soy, too much sugar and artificial flavor enhancers.

ThinkThin: Despite the name, these bad boys have 14 grams of sugar and a whopping 230 calories! Unless you are replacing a meal with this bar and avoid sugar in other instances, it’s best to leave this one on the shelf.

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