If you like the convenience of an energy bar, follow these tips to make the most of your snack.

By Tammy Beasley, R.D.
Updated: October 11, 2014
Photo: Lee Harrelson

Have you ever wondered how to choose the right energy bar for a snack? With so many options at the health food store, grocery store, gym, and even gas station, it is easy to get confused. Energy bars are certainly convenient and many are quite tasty but not all are worth the money (or calories).


Since a variety of products are available, ask the following three questions when deciding which bars to choose: 


Once you have answered these questions, follow these guidelines to make the best choice for you: 


Bottom Line: An energy bar cannot replace the health benefits in a "real" food snacks such as a banana with crunchy peanut butter or low-fat yogurt with almonds. It is best to limit them to no more than 3 to 4 times a week.


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Tammy Beasley, RD, CSSD, CEDRD is a registered, licensed dietitian, spinning instructor, and certified specialist in sports nutrition and eating disorders. She is the author of Rev It Up-The Lifestyle Diet That Puts You In The Driver's Seat.