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Think that nutrition bar is healthy? Think again! Our best (and worst) picks

It might seem as if a snack is labeled a nutrition bar then it is automatically good for you. But think again. Not all granola bars are created with healthy ingredients, and some can actually be quite bad for you. Be sure that your bars are as unprocessed as possible, low in sugar and fat, and high in fiber and protein. To help out, we’ve scouted out some of our best and worst bars to keep you on the track to healthy snacking.


Top three best picks



These bars keep their ingredient list to a minimum, as they use all whole foods like almonds and blueberries. Each KIND variety is different, but they are usually low in sugar and contain lots of nuts to load your body up with healthy fats. The best part about these bars is that you won’t have to worry about eating ingredients that you’ve never heard of.


Zing Bars

Looking to go organic? Here’s your best option. Made with all organic ingredients, these bars are gluten-free, soy-free, and wheat-free. Not to mention, they are loaded with whey protein isolate, which is great for post-workout success. Grab one after you hit the gym to help repair those muscles.


Rise Bars

Rise Bars come in all different formulas, so you’ll be able to give your body whatever fuel it needs for each specific time of the day. Made free of gluten, preservatives, GMOs and soy, Rise Bars are definitely on the rise to becoming one of the healthiest nutrition bars out there. Not to mention, they are naturally sweetened, so you won’t have to feel guilty about enjoying their super delish taste!


Top three worst picks


Clif Bars

If you’re not an endurance athlete, Clif bars are not the snack for you. Packed with 42 grams of carbs and 22 grams of sugar, these bars are meant to power your body through a super long, super intense workout. Not to mention, the ingredient lists is full of stuff that will counteract your goal of staying fit and healthy.


Kudos Bars

Although these bars are low in calories, they are also low in fiber and protein, which will leave ya feeling hungry in no time after you eat one. Not to mention, they are flavored with mini candies, which contradicts the entire thought of a granola bar being healthy in the first place!


Quaker Oatmeal To Go

Oatmeal is supposed to be healthy, right? Well not when it comes to these on-the-go energy bars. Filled with high fructose corn syrup and brown sugar, the oats seem like a minimal ingredient in these babies. Bottom line – if you’re really cravin’ oatmeal, stick to the real stuff.


Which bar gets your vote? Tell us in the comments!



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