Energy Bars Aren’t For Everyone

Originally published on as part of the article 10 So-Called “Healthy” Foods That Aren’t in December 2012.

Unless you’re exercising at a high intensity for long periods—i.e., a marathon before breakfast—chances are, you don’t need your typical energy bar, says Krista Kohls, RD, at Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

Swap it for an apple with peanut butter. This classic snack provides protein and carbohydrates, without all the extra sugar and sodium. “The protein and carbs are a better way to fuel your body during a workout or recovery,” says Kohls. “That sustains energy longer and lessens the post-energy crash a few hours after eating.”

Eat this… Medium apple + 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter: 160 calories, 8 g fat, 55 mg sodium
Not that… Average energy bar: 200 calories, 5-10 g fat, 100-200 mg sodium

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