Top Picks for Energy Bars for Exercise
Clif Mini Bars
Clif Minis are a top choice for several reasons. First, they taste great. Second, they have the best consistency for easy chewing, yet they don't crumble even after hours of jostling around your pocket or pack. They are made with mostly organic, natural, whole food ingredients. You don't need a dictionary to decode what is in them. The mini size is perfect for for walking workouts. A full-size Clif bar packs too many calories in too big of a portion and you would generally cut them in half. With the mini size, Clif does that for you.
The Clif ZBar is supposed to be an organic energy bar for kids, but it is also the perfect size for an adult energy snack. It's quite tasty with a non-crumbly consistency that is still easy to chew on the go. It has no trans-fats, no high-fructose corn syrup and no hydrogenated oils. Each bar has only 120 calories and is packed with vitamins.
Larabar and Larabar Minis
Two words—pie flavors. Beyond the fact that these taste fantastic, they also meet the profile for a great walking snack. Most of the Larabar flavors don't have coatings that will melt and make a mess when you take them out of your hot pack to have an energy snack while walking. They also have a texture that is easy to bite and chew, but also doesn't crumble and make a mess. You will appreciate the short ingredient list of raw whole foods. You don't need a chemistry degree to understand what you are eating. For people with sensitivities, they don't have gluten, soy, or dairy. Even better for portioning, they come in miniature versions so you do get just the perfect energy boost you need to power your workout.
KIND Bars and Mini Bars
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Think of KIND bars as trail mix that is formed into a bar. You get a sweet and salty flavor that gives you the energy you need and helps replenish a bit of the salt you lose in sweat. They make their bars in miniature versions that have only 100 calories, the perfect size for an energy snack. These bars are gluten free and have no genetically engineered ingredients.
While the Clif Minis are great, you get far more choices of flavors with the full-size Clif Bars. They generally have 220 to 250 calories with lots of carbohydrates, a generous amount of protein, around 6 grams of fat, and added vitamins and minerals. Clif Bars are tasty, easy chew, and they don't crumble or melt. If the flavor you prefer comes in a full-size bar, it is easy enough to cut it in two and carry just half as your walking snack. Sadly, some flavors like the Clif Crunch Granola Bar have been discontinued, but there is always something new or seasonal to try.
Luna bars are targeted to women, with soy protein and under 200 calories per bar, 4.5 grams fat, 26 grams carbohydrate, 10 grams protein and 22 vitamins and minerals. They come in some great flavors, with a rice crisp base. Most are partially coated but shouldn't melt much in your pack. They are also gluten-free.
Honey Stinger Energy Bars
The natural goodness of honey powers these tasty bars. They have 190 calories, 10 grams protein, 3.5 to 5 grams fat, and 27 to 28 grams carbohydrates per bar.
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The Caramel Nut Blast bar from the Balance is a good substitute for a Snickers bar, with slightly lower calories at 210, 7 grams fat, 15 grams protein, and 23 grams carbohydrate for a 40-to-30-to-30 proportion. The drawback is that the chocolate coating will melt, so you'll end up licking that off the wrapper. They also have vitamins and other micronutrients.
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