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The Five Tastiest Energy Bars

About half of the bar selection at Trader Joe's Town & Country, is it possible to choose wisely? Yes.
About half of the bar selection at Trader Joe's Town & Country, is it possible to choose wisely? Yes.
Photo by Kate Crowley

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Most of us are on the move these days -- and with nutritionists telling us to eat smaller portions spread throughout the day, grabbing an energy bar on the run can seem like a good idea. That is, until you eat one that that tastes so bad, it makes skipping a meal seem appetizing.

Nothing can match sitting down for a real meal -- but with bars for protein, bars for energy, meal replacement bars and snack bars, it is hard to know what's best for you, let alone what you'll be able to choke down without gagging.

Check out our list of on-the-go bars that you'll want to grab. You're welcome.

Uber Banana Deliciousness. Photo by Kate Crowley
Uber Banana Deliciousness. Photo by Kate Crowley

Name: LARABAR - Uber Bananas Foster What it promises: Sweet and salty fruit and nut bar What it delivers: 230 calories, 17g of fat, 14g carbohydrate, 8g sugar, 4g protein Gluten free, non GMO, kosher What it tastes like: A very nutty banana bread. Not the most calorie-conscious option, but fresh and delicious with ingredients that are easy to pronounce. You know, actual things you might have in your kitchen. For the record, other flavors of the new UBER bars are also delicious. Where you can get it: Sprouts, Whole Foods and some Safeway stores Cost: $1.49

Name: Oskri Coconut Bar - dark chocolate What it delivers: 180 calories, 10g of fat, 24g carbohydrate, 18g sugar, 1g protein Dairy free, vegetarian, kosher, gluten free and USDA organic What it tastes like: A somewhat healthy Mounds bar. Where you can get it: Some area Whole Foods Cost: $1.99  

Wanting to feel thin? Photo by Kate Crowley
Wanting to feel thin? Photo by Kate Crowley

Name: Think Thin Chunky Peanut Butter Protein bar What it promises: Deliciously natural nutrition, high protein What it delivers: 240 calories, 8g of fat, 24g carbohydrate, 0g sugar, 20g protein Gluten free, but does contain soy What it tastes like: Soft and rich, covered in chocolate. In short, a dense, filling, chocolate-covered experience Where you can get it: Sprouts, Whole Foods and some Safeway and Fry's stores Cost: $1.79-$1.99

Feel the power. Photo by Kate Crowley
Feel the power. Photo by Kate Crowley

Name: Power Crunch Bar - French vanilla What it promises: Crème filled wafer bar, protein energy bar What it delivers: 205 calories, 12g of fat, 9g carbohydrate, 5g sugar, 14g protein What it tastes like: Lives up to the "crème filled wafer" idea, like a light cookie with just a touch of protein powder. Where you can get it: Trader Joe's, GNC Cost: $1.29

Name: Kashi GoLean Oatmeal Raisin Bar What it delivers: 190 calories, 4.5g of fat, 33g carbohydrate, 19g sugar, 10g protein What it tastes like: A vanilla dipped oatmeal cookie. Where you can get it: Whole Foods and Sprouts in Mesa. Cost: $1.79-$2.29

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