That’s really a tough question because most bars are nutritionally unbalanced. They may have a huge amount of one nutrient and a little of others to really qualify as a “meal replacement”. They also tend to have artificial sweeteners, flavors and coloring.
So yes, choosing a meal replacement bar can be overwhelming.
To help you make the best choices and shift through the BS. Here are 5 things you should look for.
- Low-glycemic – gives you a steady source of energy and keep you feeling fuller longer.
- Whey protein – whey keeps you feeling fuller longer and has shown to help increase lean muscle.
- Maximum nutrition, minimum calories –a healthy meal replacement bar should contain around 200 to 300 calories. Make sure your bar is balanced as you will see some bars are high in one nutrient and low in others, you want them to all to be relatively equal to be considered a meal replacement. Some bars are too high in calories while others are too low.
- Satiety - Help you fill full longer. They are also very portable, I leave a few in my glovebox and your purse so I always have something in case I’m out running errands.
- Quality – Not all health bars deliver what they claim to have in them. It’s possible for their nutritional content to be off—by as much as 15 percent! That could mean extra calories you don’t realize you’re getting, usually from fat and sugar.
One of my favorite bars is the Isalean. I’m addicted to Lemon (tastes like a lemon square), Oatmeal Raisin and I hate raisins LOL and Casehw Carmel — yummy!!
Do you have a bar, you’d like an opinion on? Leave a comment below and I’ll take a look and give you feedback.