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Better Protein Bars

Not all protein bars are created equally. If you’re on the hunt for the “perfect” bar, here are a few things to consider.

  1. Check out the calories. Generally, keep them under 200 if you’re going for a snack. If you’re in search for a quickie meal, pair the bar with a piece of fresh fruit. Check out the unhealthy saturated fat counts and shoot for 3 grams or less.
  2. Next, look at the carbohydrates, fiber and sugars. Your best bars will have at least 15 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fiber and under 15 grams of sugar.
  3. Finally, we want some protein power, right? Find the bars with at least 6-8 grams of protein. Protein combined with adequate carbohydrates will satisfy your hunger and keep you full longer.

Try out different bars and pick the one that passes your taste bud test. After all, you want to enjoy what you eat!

My favorite protein bar picks:

Kashi Chewy Granola Bar, Trail Mix
140 calories
5 g fat
.5 g saturated fat
20 g carbohydrates
4 g fiber
6 g sugar
6 g protein


South Beach Diet Protein Fit Cereal Bar, Cinnamon Raisin

130 calories
4 g fat
2 g saturated fat
18 g carbohydrates
3 g fiber
8 g sugar
9 g protein

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Kind Fruit & Nut Delight
180 calories
11 g fat (yes, this is high, but the saturated fat passes the test!)
1.5 g saturated fat
20 g carbohydrates
4 g fiber
11 g sugar
5 g protein

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Cliff Luna Bar, Lemon Zest
180 calories
5 g fat
2.5 g saturated fat
27 g carbohydrates
3 g fiber
13 g sugar
9 g protein

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What are some of your favorites?

  1. doye bayird jr
    September 7, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Baby ruth.

  2. DJ
    September 19, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I tried the kind cashew cherry chocolate is passes my taste test but wonder about it otherwise also tried the skinny cow mocha ice cream was to good i cant eat just one thanks for the help.

  3. Elana Zimelman
    September 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Thanks for your comments! It’s great that you are trying some new healthy foods! Sometimes they can taste so good that it’s hard to stop at one. Try to practice portion control by planning ahead that your snack will have 200 calories or less. The pre-packaged snacks makes this easier to follow. If you have already enjoyed your snack, try to do something else such as taking a walk or reading a magazine. If all else fails, you may decide to not bring certain temptation foods into the house.

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