Energy bars make for a great breakfast or midday pick-me-up. Some are better than others, though. Let’s check out the best!
Women lead busy lives — we wake up early and head to the gym (if we’re lucky), get the kids ready for school, go to work, come home and feed the kids, clean the house and tackle any last-minute projects. There’s barely time any time left in the day for ourselves. This is where women’s energy bars come in — they’re healthy, provide lasting energy and are packed with vitamins and minerals women need. Not all energy bars are the same, though. In fact, some may be the reason you can’t seem to shed those pounds. Let’s take a look at the 10 best energy bars for women!
Luna Bars are made for women. They’re one of the lowest-calorie energy bars out there, at just 180 calories per bar, yet still contain a good amount of protein (9-10 grams per bar). They’re high in calcium, folic acid and fiber and are rich in antioxidants.
Our favorite flavor: Iced Oatmeal Raisin
Larabars contain just eight ingredients — all are raw and unprocessed. These are great for women with dietary sensitivities or who are on a strict eating plan. They’re gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and vegan. With no added sugar or preservatives, you’re certain to feel your best after eating one.
Our favorite flavor: Coconut Cream Pie
They’re organic, vegan and not genetically modified. At only 160 calories per bar, PROBAR Fruition makes for a healthy breakfast when paired with oatmeal or a banana. They contain real fruit, chia seeds and raw oats — giving you a boost of energy that lasts all day.
Our favorite flavor: Cran-raspberry
KIND Fruit & Nut Bar
All natural, gluten-free and a good source of fiber is KIND Fruit & Nut Bars. Each ingredient can be seen and pronounced, which speaks volumes in today’s world of processed foods! They taste great and are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants — all natural of course.
Our favorite flavor: Blueberry Vanilla & Cashew
Kashi GoLean Crisp
If you’re craving something sweet, Kashi GoLean’s Crisp bars are certain to satisfy any sweet-tooth craving while providing your body with calcium, magnesium and folic acid. One bar contains just 160 calories and 5 grams of fiber, helping you stay fuller longer. We’ll take this over a slice of sugary, fattening cake any day (OK, maybe… )!
Our favorite flavor: Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Greens+ Energy Bar
Greens+ Energy Bars is a green food bar containing organic superfoods, herbal extracts and antioxidants. The bars provide you with lasting energy all day and can be eaten as a snack or as a meal replacement if you eat two at a time.
Our favorite flavor: Hemp, Honey and Peanut Crisp
Health Warrior Chia Bars each have just 100 calories but 1,000 mg of omega-3s, making it one of the healthiest energy bars on the market. Our only advice is to have dental floss handy — as the bars are so packed with chia seeds you may spend the next 10 minutes trying to get them out of your teeth!
Our favorite flavor: Apple Cinnamon
At 20 grams of protein per bar, Snickers Marathon Protein Bars are ideal for getting you through your morning workout. They taste great, have 16 vitamins and minerals and are healthier than a Clif bar. Don’t stay away simply because it’s made by Snickers — that’s probably why they taste great!
Our favorite flavor: Caramel Nut Rush
One PowerBar Harvest Energy Bar contains about 250 calories, so for women it’s best eaten as a meal. It provides the fuel needed to get through a moderate workout, such as running or swimming. Since they’re a bit more filling than other bars, we recommend eating one about an hour before working out.
Our favorite flavor: Toffee Chocolate Chip
IronGirl Energy Bars are designed specifically for women — they’re low in calories (160 per bar) and are an excellent source of calcium and iron. Perfect as a quick snack for the girl on the go!
Our favorite flavor: Strawberry & Cranberry