Five Tips for Choosing the Right Nutrition Bar

Keep these tips in mind when you’re eating on the go.

Written by: Cielestia Calbay

Anybody will tell you that wholesome, home-cooked meals are the best approach to healthy eating. But sometimes our fast-paced schedules don’t always allow for planning, so eating on-the-go becomes the solution to staying full.

Enter, nutrition bars.

There was a time when nutrition bars were geared towards athletes who needed extra fuel for training. Now, nutrition bars are ubiquitous and especially popular to curbing appetites between meals. But choosing the right kind is important, as many nutrition bars are no healthier than a candy bar, even if you did pick them up in the health food aisle.

We caught up with sports dietitian Tara Gidus who gave us five things to consider when choosing the right nutrition bar (and also rounded up our favorite natural five, too):

1. Look for recognizable, natural ingredients. They don’t necessarily need to be 100 percent organic, but healthy choices that are free of preservatives and additives.

2. No more than 200 calories per serving, depending on your training.

3. Stay away from bars high in saturated fat. Any present fat should come from nuts and seeds to control and balance our blood sugar.

4. Stick to at least 3 grams of fiber per serving – it will help you stay fuller longer so the more, the better.

5. Avoid kernel oils and anything with palm coating.

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