Picking the Perfect Breakfast Bar

Eating breakfast can improve focus and give your metabolism a boost.

Choosing a healthy breakfast bar can be tricky. Some are packed with protein and fiber to fuel you until lunch time, while others are so full of sugar that they zap your energy and leave you tired before noon. We’ve got your guide to buying the better bar!

Here are some guidelines to follow when buying breakfast bars:

Calories: Approximately 150 or fewer

Fat: 5 grams or less

Sugar: No more than 15 grams

Breakfast bars low in sweeteners will help keep your blood sugar and energy levels steady. But these varieties aren’t always easy to spot. One package boasts “all the nutrition of a bowl of instant oatmeal,” but contains up to 21g of sugar in each bar – far more than you’d find in most bowls of hot cereal

Fiber: at least 3 grams (5 grams is best)

Breakfast is a prime opportunity to get some fiber in your diet. People who ate high-fiber whole grain cereal for breakfast every day had nearly a 30% lower risk of heart failure than those who choose other foods. Look for breakfast bars with at least 5g of fiber, and pair them with a piece of fruit, like an apple or a pear, for additional boost.

Protein: at least 5 grams

Protein is essential at breakfast because it’s digested more slowly than carbohydrates, which means you won’t be ravenous in an hour or two. You should eat around 75-100g of protein a day. The healthiest breakfast bars should contain more than 5g; add a golf ball-size portion of nuts (about 1 ounce) or a glass of low-fat or fat-free milk (dairy or soy) to pack in the protein even more.

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