A question was posed this week…What are some good suggestions for meal replacement bars? My first reaction was to say “Don’t eat them!”. But instead, I decided to take some time to think about it and come up with better advice.
I’ve never been a fan of meal replacement bars, unless they’re in a 72 hr emergency kit or for camping. I feel the same way about multivitamins. I just don’t believe there is any good substitute for real whole food. But that’s in an ideal world, and I know none of us live in one of those. So we do the best we can with what has been given to us – financially, socially, etc. Not enough time and not enough money are always the chief complaints. So if you need to take a multivitamin, find one that is food-based and without artificial colors. If you must eat a meal replacement bar, try to find one low in sugar. Those are my best suggestions. Below, you will find a list of meal replacement bars with 15g of sugar or less. I would start with this list, and hope that one or a few of these is desirable to your taste buds. If you have a Whole Foods Market near you, you can easily find multivitamins that are food-based and free of any additives. Their store brand (365) makes them, along with other name brands. I still whole-heartedly believe that nothing is as good as the real deal, and would like to discuss ways to avoid meal replacement bars as much as possible. But that shall be saved for another post. In the meantime, if your schedule demands them, I hope these will help.
Larabar Uber (all flavors)
Zing Bars (all flavors)
22 Days Nutrition also has a few energy bar flavors that are all under 15g of sugar. They probably don’t have enough to fill you up for a full meal replacement but would definitely work pre/post workout. Rise also has energy bars and breakfast bars, most of which are under the 15g of sugar.