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The Best of the Bars

Looking for a quick bite? Here's how the snack bars stack up.

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3. Does it contain less than 35% calories from sugar? I've got to warn you; not many bars meet this guideline. One of the bars my daughters really like (Nature's Choice Multigrain Raspberry) has 13 grams of sugar ¬which, at 120 calories a bar, comes out to 43% calories from sugar. I like to calculate the percentage of calories from sugar because different brands of bars differ dramatically in size and calories. Putting sugar into a percentage gives you a way to compare them fairly.

4. How much total fat and saturated fat does it contain? You definitely want some fat in the bar, so that it has a more satisfying taste, texture, and helps slow digestion a bit. But you don't want too much fat, and you certainly don't want any saturated fat if you can help it.

I read labels for the bars I came across and tried to find some that followed my four keys to a better bar. I was able to find some bars with 3 or more grams of fiber, 5 or more grams of protein, lower amounts of fat, and no saturated fat. But it was the rare bar that had less than 30% calories from sugar!

That said, here are my better bar choices (for journaling purposes, you'd generally count 230 calories for a meal-replacement bar and 137 calories for a cereal bar):

Clif Bars (made with organic oats and soybeans).

Clif bars score really well on protein and fiber content. The flavors I looked at had 5 grams of fiber, 10 or more grams of protein, around 33% calories from sugar, and 4-5 grams of fat (1.5-2 grams of saturated fat) per bar.

One of Clif's lowest-sugar flavors is Cool Mint Chocolate: One bar (68 grams weight) contains 250 calories, 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, 5 grams fat (1.5-g saturated fat) and 27% calories from sugar. (Journal as a meal-replacement protein bar.)

Odwalla Bars (made with whole fruit and grains)

A couple of the Odwalla flavors have more than 5 grams of protein per bar, and most contain 3 or more grams of fiber, too. They tend to be pretty low in saturated fat (1.5 grams of saturated fat or less per bar) but their percentage of calories from sugar ranges from 26% to 47%, depending on the flavor.

One of the lowest-sugar Odwalla bars is Peanut Crunch: One bar (62 grams weight) contains 260 calories, 8 grams protein, 3 grams fiber, 7 grams fat (1.5 g saturated fat) and 26% calories from sugar. (Journal as a meal-replacement protein bar.)

Power Bar Harvest

These bars tend to have 7 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per bar, and their percentage of calories from sugar hovers around 30%. Fat content tends to be 4-5 grams, while saturated fat ranges from 0.5 to 2 grams per bar.

One flavor that's pretty low in sugar and saturated fat is Cherry Crunch: One bar (65 grams weight) contains 240 calories, 7 grams protein, 4 grams fiber, 4 grams of fat (0.5 g saturated fat) and 30% calories from sugar. (Journal as a meal-replacement protein bar.)

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