Most of my clients will ask me whether I recommend power bars as a healthy snack. I usually tell them that they are okay as an occasional snack, but they usually provide too few calories to act as a meal replacement. Since I personally don’t like power bars, I never really looked into them or compared one brand to another. For the sake of research though, and because I know they are very popular with consumers, I have listed the top 5 healthiest power bar choices.
Let me just say, in general, power bars are just slightly superior to your basic candy bar. For example a Snickers with Almond Bar has 230 calories, 4 grams of saturated fat and 26 grams of sugar. Compare that to the best bars that I have listed below.
Kashi Go Lean: 280 cal, 3 g saturated fat, 35 g sugar and 7 g fiber
Cliff Bar: 240 cal, 1 g saturated fat, 21 g sugar and 5 g fiber
EAS Results for Women: 190 cal, 2 g sat. fat, 16 g sugar and 4 g fiber
Met RX Protein Plus: 290 cal, 3 g sat. fat, 30 g sugar, 3 g fiber – but provides 70% RDA for calcium
As you can see in the above comparisons (and these were the healthiest bars I could find) other than providing fiber and sometimes extra vits/mins, power bars are about the same as a candy bar, nutritionally.
If you take into consideration the amount of “satisfaction” you would get from a candy bar compared to a power bar, the candy bar may be the better choice – unless you really think power bars taste amazing.
The other option, most likely the healthiest since all power bars likely include ingredients that are hard to pronounce, would be to make a homemade version. This way, you can add the ingredients that you like and will know and be able to pronounce every ingredient you add.
Here is a link to 1 recipe that looks pretty yummy and received 41/2 stars – Jo Ann’s Power Bar recipe . Of course, I wouldn’t know because in general I don’t like the way power bars taste, but I like her list of ingredients, so it might be worth a try…
Do any of you have a favorite power bar or power bar recipe that you want to share?