Best energy bars

Published January 12, 2013

| Real Simple

Somewhere between sawdusty protein bars and sugar-packed impostors lies a healthy afternoon snack that actually tastes good.

Best Chewy Energy Bar

Winner

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.)

Runner-Up

Clif Bar Chocolate Chip
Definitely tasty, but almost too chewy.

Best Chocolaty Energy Bar

Winner

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.)

Runner-Up

Luna Bar S'mores
Nice and crunchy, but not for chocoholics.

Best Crunchy Energy Bar

Winner

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.)

Runner-Up

Clif Mojo Honey Roasted Peanut
All nuts, no fruit.

Best Fruity Energy Bar

Winner

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.)

Runner-Up

Renew Life Organic Fiber Cranberry Craze
A little sticky, though refreshing.

See the slideshow of the best energy bars here

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