Your comprehensive guide to energy bars

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Amid the hectic rush from one back-to-back class to another, sometimes there simply isn’t enough time to eat a proper breakfast or lunch. That’s when granola bars can play a crucial role in tiding you over until you finally find a gap to eat a meal. With all the options out there, it’s pretty hard to decide which energy bar to settle on. Thus, we at the Clog are here to help you resolve this dilemma by reviewing some of the major bar options out there.

Clif Bars

These bars really do pack an energy punch. At an average of 250 calories per bar, it offers almost 20 percent of the daily recommended allowance of protein and a number of vitamins and minerals that are necessary for optimal health. The bars can be quite tasty, especially when you’re ravenous for a bite to eat. Beware: Despite the abundance of nutrients, each bar is also packed with about 20 grams of sugar.

Lärabars

A gluten-free bar option, Lärabars are made of a blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices. The brand touts its product as being “minimally processed, and as close to their natural state as possible.” At around 200 calories per bar, each Lärabar provides healthy amounts of unsaturated fat for heart health as well as five grams of dietary fiber. From the taste, we think it’s definitely easy to tell that Lärabars are pretty unprocessed. While each bar also comes with around 18 grams of sugar, it’s all from natural fruit sugars.

KIND Bars

Similar to Lara Bars, KIND Bars also claims that its products are only made of whole ingredients, nuts, fruits and spices. Unlike Lärabars, however, they add honey to bind all their ingredients together. At only around five grams of sugar per bar, these bars have the lowest amount of sugars by far. There are a variety of flavors, but across the board, these bars provide both chewy and crunchy textures – chewy from the honey that binds the ingredients together and crunchy from the generous amount of nuts scattered throughout the bar.

Pure Raw Fruit and Nut Bars

If you’re into eating 100% organic, Pure Bars are the bars for you. These bars are “made with nuts, seeds, and dried fruits” and apparently “harvest Mother Nature’s finest energy with minimal processing.” The fact that these are purely organic does nothing to lower the sugar content; each bar packs in a hefty 20 grams of sugar.

Nature Valley Bar

From crunchy bars to chewy bars, Nature Valley seems to have a bar to cater to every taste and preference. These bars are the typical granola bar, without many vitamin fortifications or protein boosts. These bars seem to be typically found in lunchboxes to supplement a main meal or to function as a quick snack in between classes. They’re also lower in calories than many other energy bars, ranging from 100 to 200 calories per bar.

Hopefully, this energy bar review has helped you narrow down the numerous energy bar choices to one that suits you the best. We wish you all the best on your journey to find the perfect, satisfying energy bar.

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