Energy Bars, Lip Balms and more!
The Best Bar For Your Bod
What’s the deal with energy bars? You asked, and we answered. The DS team did a seven-bar taste test, then consulted Elaine Winslow-Redmond, MS, ATC, EMT-B, the trainer and wellness coach for the Radio City Rockettes, to investigate the nutritional value in each bar.—Ashley Rivers
Clif Bar: Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch
DS: “Tastes like peanut butter. Extremely chewy.”
Elaine: “With 42 grams of energy-providing carbs and 11 grams of muscle replenishing protein, this bar has a great balance. But your body may use up the 21 grams of sugar too quickly, causing a low-energy crash.”
Larabar: Chocolate Coconut
DS: “It’s brownie-like and surprisingly fruity for a chocolate-flavored bar.”
Elaine: “The sugar content is high [18 grams], and there is no sodium. If you sweat, you lose sodium, which can cause muscle cramps.”
Kashi: Chocolate Caramel
DS: “It tastes like a Rice Krispies treat with chocolate at the bottom.”
Elaine: “This is one of my favorites. It’s low in calories [only 150], high-fiber [6 grams] and has a great carb-to-protein ratio [28 grams carbs to 8 grams protein]. The whole grains are a bonus.”
Zone: Chocolate Caramel Cluster
DS: “Tastes like a crispy Whatchamacallit candy bar.”
Elaine: “With only 1 gram, the fiber content is low. 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day is ideal.”
DS: “It has a nice gooey-chewy texture and a chocolatey, fruity taste.”
Elaine: “With low protein [4 grams] and high sugar [16 grams], it’s not a great post-dance choice.”
Luna: Chocolate Peppermint Stick
DS: “Minty deliciousness! Candy or energy bar?”
Elaine: “Con: only 3 grams of fiber. Pros: 13 grams of sugar is pretty low, and it’s made with 70 percent organic products.”
Kind: Fruit and Nut Delight
DS: “It tastes like a mix of peanut brittle and jam.”
Elaine: “Another one I like a lot. It’s all-natural and wheat-free. It has little sugar [11.5 grams] and some fats [10.9 grams], but they’re monounsaturated, which help reduce bad cholesterol. There are also no trans fats—a big bonus.”
- A bar that mimics a well-rounded meal, with 60 percent or more carbs, 30 percent protein and less than 10 percent fat.
- 5 to 7 grams of fiber.
- Fewer than 15 grams of sugar (the lower, the better).
- Some sodium (The Dietetics Association recommends 2,400 milligrams of sodium per day).
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soft and smooth!—Michael Anne Bailey
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