Although I don't eat a lot of meal replacement (energy) bars, sometimes they come in handy when you just can't find the time for a meal. They can also be a great way to refuel during a tough day or after a hard workout. Usually when reaching for an energy bar, I try and pay attention to three things - total calories, whole and natural ingredients, and protein/fiber count. Here are my favorite bars. What are yours?
- Kind Blueberry Pecan + Fiber, 5 PointsPlus, 190 calories
- Quest Coconut Cashew, 4 PointsPlus, 170 calories
- Larabar Uber Roasted Nut Roll, 6 PointsPlus, 220 calories
- Health Warrior Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chia, 3 PointsPlus, 100 calories
- Homemade Cake Batter Energy Bars, 4 PointsPlus, 140 calories
This bar is pretty delicious and is packed with a good amount of protein and fiber for staying power since the primary ingredient is almonds. I also love that it only has 10 ingredients - almonds, blueberries (blueberry pieces, whole dried blueberries), raisins, pecans, honey, cashews, non GMO glucose, crisp rice, chicory fiber, soy lecithin - instead of lots of laboratory made protein sources.
This is a brand new discovery for me and I have to say I am a huge fan of these Quest bars. Packed with 17 grams of fiber, 20 grams of protein, and only 170 calories they definitely do the trick when it comes to providing energy and staying power. They come in lots of flavors, but I like this as an alternative to traditional chocolate and fruit flavored bars.
Larabar makes really excellent, yummy bars and in my opinion their Uber Roasted Nut Roll is among my favorites. Packed with tons of roasted nuts, it has a lower carbohydrate count than most bars with just 14g of carbohydrates. It is a little higher in fat and calories due to the nuts, but is all natural and really tasty.
These chia packed bars are relatively new to me and at just 100 calories per square, they are a great snack since they have lots of healthy protein and fiber. They come in all different flavors but I am partial to the Peanut Butter and Chocolate.
Homemade energy bars that really taste like cake batter. They are delicious and at just 4 PointsPlus they make a great snack or even dessert.