Over the past few weeks, I’ve been tracking my food intake on My Fitness Pal (because it syncs with my Jawbone) and I’ve noticed how many nutrition and protein bars I eat in a typical week. Contrary to popular belief, all nutrition bars are not made equally. Unfortunately, many of the super nutritious ones taste like poo (real talk). And others that taste great aren’t nutritious at all – they are loaded with sugar and calories. This gave me the idea to do some independent research on the most common nutrition bars that I consume. I evaluated each bar by my personal 5 critical criteria (listed below) and then added in my own personal preference for the official GRIT by Brit Nutrition Ranking.
Brit’s Nutrition Bar Criteria:
- High Protein
- Low sugar
- Great taste (according to me)
- High Fiber
- Low Calorie
I know some people may care about other things like organic ingredients, other vitamins and minerals etc., but I just chose to focus on these 5 nutrition elements because they are most critical for weight management. Any who, I put the bars to the test and here are the results! I hope you find this information helpful.
Ranking #1 on my List is the Kashi Go-Lean Crips Chocolate Pretzel Bar. Not only am I obsessed with the taste, but these bars are full of fiber and protein and only have 160 calories (which equals 16 minutes on the elliptical) YIPPEE!
Ranking LAST on my list is the Amazing Grass: Super food Chocolate Whole Foods Energy Bar. I mean…how is this even considered “healthy”? It’s loaded with sugar and hardly provides and protein and fiber. I find this to be true with a lot of “energy” bars. Be careful my friends. Organic and Super Food labels don’t always mean healthy…
What are your favorite nutrition bars? Any favorites? Any you hate?