Protein bars have been considered to be a very good source of energy for over decades now.
Energy bars contain fruits and nuts and make for a perfect anytime snack. Bar with approximately 10-15 grams of protein are the ones that we should opt for if we are looking to replace a meal. Energy bars are a go-to snack even for athletes since they have high amounts of carbohydrates and proteins to match their needs for energy.
Energy bars can have from 50 to 400 calories so we have to be very careful in consuming them. If we are replacing a meal we can afford to have a bar with calories ranging from 200-300 or more and if it is just a way of getting through to the next meal then we should be very careful in consuming them.
Generally, one should try to aim for energy bar less than 3 to 5 grams of saturated fat and about 4 to 5 grams of fiber. Palm oils in the yogurt and the chocolate coatings will boost the saturated fat contents.
The bars that we need to avoid are the ones with brown rice syrups and cane syrups are generally higher in sugar contents than the other and are more suited for athletes but not for the people who are trying to lose weight.
Some last notes: Never be fooled by the use of the word “Energy”. In literal world of nutrition the word “energy” is synonyms with “calories”, and any food is capable of giving you energy because it is filled with calories. There is nothing amazing about energy bars because they will not give you a boost in strength or focus unless you have been skipping meals or snacks.
In addition, energy bars should never be let to take place of our meals, fruits, vegetables, whole foods, grains or nuts, which will provide you with a pack of good nutrients that are important for not only our energy level but also for our health.
So stock up on a stash of healthful energy bars to keep in your bag or at your desk and enjoy them on days that will not allow for a break to sit and eat. Just never make them the main component of your diet.