Nutrition Tidbit: The Skinny on Bars

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 at 2:15 pm.

Convenience — that’s the main reason for skyrocketing sales of bars, all kinds of bars, from those high in protein to those that promise a powerful surge of energy strong enough to fly you to the moon. A single bar can constitute a full breakfast, can fuel your body before a game, or can be a hefty, protein-rich snack to get you from lunch to dinner without any munching in between.

This million-dollar market continues to grow, especially with new vegan and gluten-free bars coming on the shelves all the time. Things to watch with a close eye are the values for calories and fat. Some are loaded with sugar, sweeteners, and fat with minimal nutritional value. Others pack a mean punch. We all need convenience, and these bars are here to stay, so choose wisely.

10 Healthy Bars in Calorie Order

  • Kind Organic Zbar Chocolate Chip: 1 bar = 130 calories, 3.5 g fat, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein
  • Kind Dark Chocolate Chunk: 1 bar = 150 calories, 4.5 g fat, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein
  • Kashi Go Lean Crisp Chocolate Almond Bar: 1 bar = 170 calories, 5 g fat, 5 g fiber, 8 g protein
  • Luna Blueberry Bliss: 1 bar = 180 calories, 5 g fat, 3 g fiber, 8 protein
  • Larabar: 1 bar = 190 calories, 4 g fiber, 8 g fat, 4 g protein
  • Atkins Advantage Peanut Butter Granola Bar: 1 bar = 200 calories, 7 g fat, 6 g fiber, 17 g protein
  • Think Thin Brownie Crunch: 1 bar = 230 calories, 8 g fat, 2 g fiber, 20 g protein
  • Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits Blueberry: 1 pouch (4 biscuits) = 230 calories, 2 g fat, 4 g fiber, 5 g protein
  • Organic Fruits of Life Whole Food Antioxidant: 1 bar = 230 calories, 3.5 fat, 4 g fiber, 3 g protein
  • Cliff Bar Crunchy Peanut Butter: 1 bar = 240 calories, 6 g fat, 5 g fiber, 11 g protein

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