Somewhere between sawdusty protein bars and sugar-packed impostors lies a healthy afternoon snack that actually tastes good.
Best Chewy Energy Bar
Gnu Foods Flavor & Fiber Cinnamon Raisin
Delicious, raved testers. "Like an oatmeal cookie," one said.
Dietitian's verdict: This snack is rich in fiber, which helps you feel full and curbs your appetite. (Contains 130 calories, four grams of protein, and 12 grams of fiber.)
Clif Bar Chocolate Chip
Definitely tasty, but almost too chewy.
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Best Chocolaty Energy Bar
Lärabar Jocalat Chocolate
Many loved this bar's rich flavor and "sophisticated taste."
Dietitian's verdict: The nuts pack in heart-healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats. (Contains 190 calories, five grams of protein, and five grams of fiber.)
Luna Bar S'mores
Nice and crunchy, but not for chocoholics.
Best Crunchy Energy Bar
Powerbar Nut Naturals Fruit & Nuts
A "just right" mix of almonds, peanuts, and strawberries.
Dietitian's verdict: The carbohydrates (20 grams) and protein help build muscle. (Contains 210 calories, 10 grams of protein, and three grams of fiber.)
Clif Mojo Honey Roasted Peanut
All nuts, no fruit.
Best Fruity Energy Bar
Lärabar Cherry Pie
"Mouth-puckering, but in a good way," declared one tester.
Dietitian's verdict: Each bar is the equivalent of one serving of fruit. (Contains 190 calories, four grams of protein, and four grams of fiber.)
Renew Life Organic Fiber Cranberry Craze
A little sticky, though refreshing.