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Still with me? Sweet. I wanted to do a post on the many many protein/energy bars I've eaten lately. Since hubs and I spend a lot of time working on our house, we need to bring food with us. Since we have no way to prepare food when we're there, we often turn to these quick and easy--although often expensive-- portable snacks. When I tried a Gluten-Free diet for a week, I branched out and tried even more.
Here's my take on the good, the bad, and the chewy:
--Clif Builder's Bars: These guys were my favorite for months. Higher in calories (270) they're great for a mini meal, and packed with 20 grams of protein. The downside? 20 + grams of sugar depending on the flavor. Not so great.
--Clif Energy Bars: (a.k.a.-- Builder Bar's cheaper, smaller, little brother) --I've only tried chocolate brownie because it's too good to risk trying another flavor. These taste so good to me, and they really do have the brownie consistency. They have 240 calories, but still don't fill me up as much as I would like.
--LaraBars: vegan, gluten-free, and delicious. Somehow these are both tasty and completely guilt free. While there are some flavors I've tried and NOT liked (Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough), the majority are delicious. Made of primarily fruit and nuts, but are much lower in protein that standard bars.
--Bumble Bars: I bought these on a whim because they were on sale in Whole Foods. I opened them up and my heart sank. They. Look. Like. Bird. Food. It's just seeds! I ate it reluctantly and now I'm convinced. These are chewy, sweet, and filling, plus made of ingredients you'll feel good about eating. Yum!
|Who Knew? Bird Food = Delicious|
--Atkins Bars: I ate these because a) I got them for free in the mail, and b) I was eating sugar-free at the time and many of these bars only contain sugar-alcohols (which the body can't digest, so you don't get the calories). I hate to give a blanket statement that's so negative--but these just don't taste good. They have a very artificial sweetness to them, and rather than fill me up they made me hungrier. Not really the point, right?
--Kind Bars: I only tried one of these guys, and the flavor was Almond-Walnut Macadamia Plus Protein (note to company: the name is too long. seriously. ) Once I finished reading the ridiculously long flavor name, I was starving. It fell in the middle of the road for me. It was good, it was fine. Nothing special. I didn't even take a picture of it, so it obviously didn't excite me much. Moving along.
--NuGo Free Gluten-Free Bars: I tried Dark Chocolate Trail Mix. I got pretty excited for this one, because, well--Dark Chocolate Trail Mix. Another miss in my book. Of course I ate the whole thing (don't waste!) but it just wasn't very good. Another one of those bars that seemed to make me hungrier than before I ate it. I immediately wished I had brought another bar along instead!
Ok, now I need your help. Which bars am I missing out on? Which one are your favorites? Which ones are the ones to avoid?
Top favorites are: LaraBar (cinnamon roll favor), Clif Builder's Bars (Mint Chocolate flavor) and Bumble Bars (original). I could never pick just one!!