We know that you know that an ideal meal is sitting at a table, with a plate full of whole foods, but we ALSO know that sometimes we just can't avoid a meal on the go! We did some digging, and found some of the best meal replacement bars available.
Before we dive into our list, let's give a short nutrition lesson. Each bar is broken down into macro nutrients (Carbohydrate, Protein, Fat). Macro nutrients are the 3 components every single food and liquid is comprised of, and what we need to thrive. We also list the sugar and fiber content of each bar. Why? Because sugar is often added for flavor and to decrease fat content. Fiber is a very important component of nutrition, and it also decreases the net carbohydrates of a food or liquid. Example, if a bar has 30 grams of carbs, but has 4 grams of fiber, the net carbs of the bar is only 26 grams! All calories are not created equal. Carbs and protein have 4 kcals per gram, while fat has 9 kcals per gram. This is why foods high in fat are also high in calories!
Make sure you chose a bar based on your specific needs and goals. If it is a TRUE meal replacement, do not shy away from high calories. If it is for an energy boost or after a workout, reach for a bar with more carbohydrates. If it is in the morning, reach for a bar high in protein to keep you full. If it is before a workout, reach for a bar high in fat.
1. CLIF WHEY PROTEIN BAR
250 CAL • 3g FIBER • 23g (net) CARBS • 14g PROTEIN • 11g FAT • 5g SUGAR
2. KIND STRONG BAR
230 CAL • 3g FIBER • 12g (net) CARBS • 10g PROTEIN • 16g FAT • 6g SUGAR
3. RX BAR
210 CAL • 6g FIBER • 16g (net) CARBS • 12g PROTEIN • 10g FAT •16g SUGAR
4. LUNA PROTEIN BAR
170 CAL • 3g FIBER • 17g (net) CARBS • 12g PROTEIN • 5g FAT • 13g SUGAR
200 CAL • 3g FIBER • 23g (net) CARB • 5g PROTEIN • 11g FAT • 16g SUGAR
6. CLIF BUILDER'S PROTEIN BAR
270 CAL • 4g FIBER • 26g (net) CARB • 20g PROTEIN • 8g FAT •20g SUGAR
7. CLIF BAR
250 CAL • 3g FIBER • 41g (net) CARBS • 9g PROTEIN • 5g FAT • 22g SUGAR
ALL of these bars are accessible, affordable, and can be found at your nearest grocer. Avoid fast food when you can, and stock up on alternatives to a meal replacement. Stay tuned for our blog post about trail mix and what to order if you are in the drive-thru!