Nutrition bars can be awesome, but they can also be pretty terrible. It all depends on the brand and type that you choose. Of course you can also make your own, but that entails a lot of time – which you probably don’t have. So when you’re in the grocery store trying to pick the best bar, keep these tips in mind:
1. Read the ingredients. When it comes to ingredients you want them to be as few and natural as possible. If you can’t pronounce them, put that bar down immediately. Seriously.
2. Look at protein, fats and sugars. Since you’re going to eat this bar as a snack and not as a meal replacement, you want a bar with no more than 2 grams of added sugar, 2 grams of saturated fat and 5 grams of protein. Of course the best thing is to avoid bars with added sugar and saturated fat all together, but sometimes the options are limited. And when it comes to protein, it’s necessary for the growth and repair of muscles, but more isn’t always better. Your body can only store a certain amount, and any access won’t get absorbed anyways. So for a small snack there’s no need to go overboard.
3. Focus on fiber. Fiber is an important aspect of any snack since it keeps your stomach active in-between your main meals. Try to find a bar that has at least 2-3 grams of dietary fiber – preferably from fruits, vegetables or nuts.