Best Post-Workout

If you eat bars on only one occasion, do so within 30 minutes of exercising, when your body needs the right mix of carbs and protein to recover. Nelson recommends at least 20 grams of protein and half as many grams of carbs as your weight in pounds – 90 grams for a 180-pound man – after cardio or strength training. Get one with whey protein, which studies show is best for muscle recovery.

Winner: Rise Protein and Almond Honey Bar has three ingredients – almonds, honey, and whey – and tastes like a sweet, chewy nut-butter cookie.