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Energy bars

Energy bars are convenient, meal replacements for snacks, light meals and pre or post workouts. What should you look for when choosing an energy bar.You want a good balance of protein, carb and fat:

•    Look for 4 – 6 grams of protein, 3 -6 gm fiber,  10 – 20 grams of sugar and those with heart healthy fats.

My favorites
•    Luna bar  – 70% organic.  Great for protein  and fortified with vitamin D
•    Zing bar – great for protein – chocolate peanut butter is a must
•    Pure bar  –  100 % organic with nuts, seeds and dried fruit – lower amounts of protein but less fat than others
•    Cliff bar –  more calories than most about 250 but is fortified to replace nutrients missed at meals
•    Soy joy – gluten free, half the size of most  crunchy cookie style –takes the edge off hunger but won’t ruin dinner
•    Cliff Z bars – for kids – half the size – have a  cookie appeal, but offer more protein and fibre for better snack

My advice: use sparingly.  Real food is always best

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Posted on: October 18, 2010