The Top 4 Nutrition Bars for Energy, Fiber, High Protein and Meal Replacement

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Confused about nutrition bars? No worries.

Here’s the top four nutrition bars to consider – backed by research.

Energy Bar

Top Choice:

PowerBar Performance Chocolate Peanut Butter 

PowerBar Performance Energy Bar, Peanut Butter, 2.29-Ounce Bars (Pack of 12)

For a quick boost of energy, this bar has more carbs and sugar than all the others, with less fat. The ONLY downside is that it costs a bit more than the Clif and Balance bars.

(To order some PowerBar Performance Energy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars, click here).

Want more vitamins and minerals in your energy bar? The Clif Bar Energy Bar will do the trick. It’s a close second to the PowerBar Performance Energy Bar.

(To order some Clif Bar Energy Bars, click here).

Fiber Bar

Top Choice:

NuGo Fiber d’Lish – Cinnamon Raisin Bar 

NuGO Fiber d'Lish Cinnamon Raisin Nutrition Bar, 16 Count

A yummy natural tasting bar, it has about 25% more fiber than the Fiber One bar.

Fiber is good stuff. Here’s why.

According to Dr. Michael Greger, author of How Not to Die,

“in addition to its well-known effects on bowel health, high fiber intake appears to reduce the risk of cancers of the colon and breast, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and premature death in general.”

Most of us average about 12 to 17 grams of fiber per day instead of the recommended 20.

Interestingly, foods with just 2.5 grams of fiber are labeled “good source of fiber.” Just one NuGo bar has 12 grams of fiber!

(To order some NuGo Fiber d’Lish – Cinnamon Raisin Bars, click here).

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High Protein Bar

Top Choice:

Garden of Life fücoProtein Peanut Butter Crunch

Garden of Life fucoProtein Peanut Butter Crunch 55g (12-pack)

Unless companies add lots of saturated fat and sugar, most high protein bars taste like crap. The majority of fat in most protein bars is saturated. Not good. But this bar tastes good and only one quarter of the fat is saturated. Another benefit to this bar is that is does NOT contain sugar alcohols. That’s a good thing because sugar alcohols give some folks gastrointestinal issues (cramps).

(On Inspired Living Archive: for more on sugar alcohols, click here.)

 What makes these bars so special?

fücoPROTEIN Bars are the only dietary supplement bars in the market that contain concentrated fucoxanthin. As opposed to many other bars, fücoPROTEIN Bars provide protein (14g/15g) from whole food sources. Other bars include isolated protein from whey or soy. Additionally, these do not add any extra isolated nutrients such as vitamins and minerals to artificially increase the values on the supplement fact panel.

Packed with real bits of chia seeds and peanuts with a touch of real honey, the Garden of Life fücoProtein Peanut Butter Crunch Bars are a top choice high protein bar!

(To order some Garden of Life fücoProtein Peanut Butter Crunch Bars, click here).

Meal Replacement and Food Bar

Top Choice:

Probar Meal – Superfood Slam

ProBar Meal Bar - Superfood Slam - Certified Organic - 12 Pack, 3 Ounce

Meal replacement bars often provide a balance of carbs, protein and fats. This bar does it all with real whole foods! It features a nutty, fruit flavor with a hint of flaxseed. In its category, it has a bit more fat than the others, but it’s not saturated. It doesn’t have much sodium and has zero cholesterol.

Did I say it’s certified organic and has no GMOs (genetically modified organisms)?  These are awesome!

(To order some Probar Meal – Superfood Slam Bars, click here).

WRAP-UP

1. For the best energy bar, order some PowerBar Performance Energy Chocolate Peanut Butter bars.

2. To get more fiber in your diet, check out the NuGo Fiber d’Lish – Cinnamon Raisin Bars.

3. Those seeking more protein on the go, grab some Garden of Life’s fücoProtein Peanut Butter Crunch bars.

4. For the certified organic (no GMO) meal replacement bar made with real whole foods, go with the Probar Meal – Superfood Slam bars.

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About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is a true health expert. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 18,000 hours of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 20 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his beloved) began writing evidence-based Wellness Newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various small businesses throughout Connecticut.

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