An energy bar should never replace a healthy, well-balanced meal made from whole foods. But if you are stuck at the office or in a traffic jam, a properly designed meal replacement bar is a better option than fast food or other quick-fix meals.
Look for a balance of carbohydrates, protein, fat, and fiber with added vitamins and minerals,”says Clark. For a meal, you need more calories than a snack bar, so choose one with at least 300. But your meal-in-a-wrapper shouldn’t be weighed down by large amounts of refined sugars and saturated fats. Look for dried fruits, whole grains, and nuts. “For a more balanced meal try complementing these bars with other on-the-run foods like fruit and yogurt,”says Gidus.
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