Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bar Hopping

So, this post is going to be about bar hopping...snack bar hopping that is!  You thought I was talking about booze didn't you?  Silly bloggies, I'm talking about when you have to make the terrible decision between snack/protein bars at the super market!

I would usually rather not eat snack bars.  I find that many of them have a lot of chemicals or weird additives that I am not a huge fan of.  That said, around finals time (now), I need snackage.  I need lots of snackage.  Snack bars are easy, healthy, and usually pretty high protein.  I always keep some around my dorm room (and one in my backpack) in case of emergency or extremely low blood sugar.  Sometimes, these little guys can be a lifesaver (hello, class from 9:55-2:00).  So, I thought I would share some of my favorites.

The first one is a bar that I tried relatively recently.  It's a Kashi Go Lean Crunchy bar.  I got the Cinnamon Coffee Cake because all of their other flavors have chocolate in them and I am not a fan of chocolate in my snack bars.  I liked this one, but it was really sweet.  Seriously, it tasted exactly like coffee cake, with all the sugar that implies.  The stats on this one are pretty decent for a snack bar.  160 cal, 8 g protein, 5 g fiber so it will keep you full for a long time!

For high protein goodness, it's tough to do better than balance bars.  They have a ton of protein, which is great for a veggie like me that needs to find alternative sources of it.  They also come in a ton of flavors (my favorite is the yogurt honey peanut).  At 200 calories, they are a bit of a more substantial snack than the others on this list, but it's worth it for the extra boost of protein.  They have a total of 15 grams of protein, but also come with 18 grams of sugar and only one gram of fiber.  I find that this is a great post-workout snack, but if I just need something to hold me over until dinner, then I will pick something else on this list.

My final pick has been my go-to snack this year, and I gotta say, I am loving it.  It's a Peanut Buddy bar from Nature's Path!  I like it because they are organic, have less sugar than most other bars out there, and are the perfect balance of salty and sweet.  I don't know if you bloggies know this about me, but I am nuts over peanut butter.  I also think I'm way funnier than I really am.  Anyway, these bars won me over with their peanut buttery goodness, 140 calories, 2 grams fiber and only 10 grams of sugar! The protein count on these isn't as good as some others (only 3 grams), but you have to make sacrifices for true love.

So, that's it! Bar hopping at it's finest.  I have finals all next week, so I predict that I will be surviving on these bad boys for a while.  But, at the end of the week, I get to go to FOUNDING FARMERS!!! It's an amazing restaurant in D.C. and I am so excited.  I will definitely post a review when I get back!

1 comment:

  1. Lol, nuts over peanut butter... you jokester