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.
SOYJOY Baked Whole Soy & Fruit Bar – Pineapple
SOYJOY’s newest pineapple flavor tastes just like a mini pineapple upside-down cake. It’s not overly sweet or filling and doesn’t melt or crumble when you’re stashing them on the go. At about 140 calories, the bar packs 4g of protein and 3g of fiber.
Clif Mojo – White Chocolate Macademia
“This would be a good snack before a long run because it provides energy in the form of carbs and fat without a lot of fiber. Under 200 calories, it's light enough to have within 20 minutes (or less) of heading out the door—an added bonus for a long run are the ever-important electrolytes—sodium and potassium—the bar provides. The bar balances crispy and sticky, sweet and salty in one tasty package.” - Sabrina Grotewold, Senior Editor
Kashi GoLean Protein & Fiber Bar – Oatmeal Raisin
The Kashi GoLean line combines 10g of protein and 5g of fiber to help you stay fuller longer. This one tastes like an oatmeal raisin cookie and is made with Kashi’s Seven Whole Grains & Sesame Cereal blend.
KIND Fruit & Nut – Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants
Gidus loved the KIND Fruit & Nut line as well. The Cranberry Almond + Antixoxidants flavor is one of KIND’s top-selling flavors. It’s light, doesn’t crumble or lose its shape, and is made with almonds, dried cranberries, macadamias and honey.
ProBar Fruition - Cherry
This bar is almost just as good as eating a bunch of freshly picked summer cherries. At 60 calories and 4g of fiber, it’s made with dried cherries, organic oats and cashews, and black and white chia seeds.