Question of the day... How many times do you find yourself at the grocery store staring blankly at the walls of "nutrition bars", "sports bars", "energy bars"? If this has ever been you, I can certainly relate. They are never ending! With so. many. choices, and all claiming to be the best it was no surprise to me that I started getting questions from clients, friends and family about which bars to choose.
It technically all started with questions about "good" snacks to to have on-hand throughout the day. Then these general snack inquiries turned into questions about snack bars more specifically. People were looking for easy no-prep, no clean-up snacks when time is tight. The questions then shifted towards not only bars but bars that would be good to have before or after a workout. Then, I talked with several clients and friends who were looking for bars that met their food allergy restrictions. After doing my own personal "research" on granola bars to find ones that keep me fueled and energized and after doing some research for clients to find bars that met their specific needs, I created my "go-to" bars that have become pantry staples for my own grab-and-go breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. Nothing is perfect, in my opinion, and there are certainly other bars out there that I know could be great fueling options. However, out of so many options, these are the ones that positively stand out to me the most. I like these bars for their nutritional profile and, of course, the taste. And, it's not only me that likes these bars- friends and family and clients have told me that they tried them and like them as well!
I choose higher protein, higher fiber bars for regular snacks or as a component of meals and I choose lower protein bars with minimal fat and minimal fiber before I exercise. Why? Because you want a simpler snack pre-workout. Yes, protein and fiber and healthy fats are all positive components of a snack bar; however, these components are often not ideal right before a workout - especially a cardo or high-intensity workout. Protein, fat and fiber are harder for the body to digest than simpler carbohydrates, making them less optimal right before a workout. When you eat these components pre-workout you are making your body try and do two things at once: 1) Get energy to your muscles for exercise and 2) Use energy to digest the snack. Usually one of these suffers, leading either to sluggish workouts or stomach cramps.
So here are the details on my go-to bars that I keep on-hand and in my pantry to keep me fueled and energized during my active, and sometimes hectic day. This is NOT a sponsored post. I decided to write this on my own based on my personal and professional experiences and opinion. Please comment or email me if you have any questions or experiences of your own. Would love to hear from you!