Q: What is your opinion on Clif Bars? Supreme Bars? Protein bars in general?
-- Nicole D
A: Useful questions, Nicole, as I'm sure a number of my readers consume these. You know, I used to eat protein bars pretty regularly years ago, but have cut them out completely. It's not that there aren't some decent ones out there, but they're really most appropriate for those who won't/don't make time to plan their meals, and who would choose fast food otherwise. They're a convenience food, and certainly a better alternative than most drive-through.
That said, many are filled with sugar, chemicals and additives that I just don't want. Instead, if I'm in a hurry and need to grab-n-go, I choose KIND bars. I like the Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate, which contains the brand's highest protein content--7 grams. It's not as much as I'd like, but I'm willing to sacrifice protein for non-gmo, nutrient-dense, natural ingredients that I can pronounce. That's really my focus now--real, natural food that my body can process.
I also like KIND's line of Healthy Grains snacks, which use "5 super grains". I give them to my boys, rather than those artificial granola bars. And I like to remind my fellow parents of kids with nut allergies that the Healthy Grains line is nut free.
Keep a few of these convenience foods around when you're in a pinch, but otherwise, plan your meals ahead so you're never tempted to drive through and super size it!
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I am not a registered dietitian, nor a medical professional. My blog is a representation of my views and experiences, which are not intended as medical advice. While I am a certified personal trainer, descriptions of things I eat and exercises I perform may not be suitable for everyone. Please speak with a medical professional before making any changes to your current routine.