Let's face it: We eat energy bars for one reason — to get a quick and easy bit of fuel. The problem: Most of the bars on the shelf are candy bars in disguise, packed with 20-plus grams of sugar and chemical fillers. As a result, they provide the exact opposite of what you're after.
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"Bars with sugar, or sweet substitutes, cause a lot of gut issues; energy levels aren't sustained; and they don't leave you feeling satisfied, which means you reach for snack after snack," says Leslie Bonci, a nutritionist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. So we set out to make choosing simple. We found 30 of the healthiest bars out there — all with protein, fiber, good fats, and 12 or fewer grams of sugar — and then did a blind taste test to narrow it down to the six most delicious.
Best for a Light Snack
Health Warrior's Apple Cinnamon Chia Bar
If you can't have an actual apple sprinkled with cinnamon, the Health Warrior's Apple Cinnamon Chia Bar may be the next best thing. Chewy and packed with tiny sesame-like seeds, it's small (just 100 calories), but still has filling protein (3 grams) and good fat (5 grams), and includes nutrients you won't find in most bars, like heart-healthy manganese, copper, and zinc.