Top 10 commercially available granola bars
There is no precise definition of what makes a granola bar "healthy", but here are some key elements to consider:
Natural, whole-food ingredients: The healthiest granola bars contain natural and whole ingredients, such as fruits, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Avoid bars that contain artificial ingredients, sweeteners or additives.
Low Sugar: Healthy bars generally contain less sugar than traditional bars. Avoid bars that contain sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup or refined sugar.
High in fiber: Fiber-rich bars can help regulate digestion and maintain a steady energy level. Look for granola bars that contain natural fiber from fruits, nuts and seeds.
Low in saturated fat: Healthy granola bars generally contain less saturated fat than traditional granola bars. Avoid bars that contain saturated fats such as palm oil or trans fats.
High in protein: Protein-rich bars can help keep you full and aid in muscle recovery after exercise. Look for granola bars that contain natural protein from sources such as nuts, seeds and legumes.
Here are our top 10 granola bars:
Quest Nutrition’s Salted Caramel Protein Bar (14 g protein, 13 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 5 g fat)
KIND’s Coconut Almond Bar (6g protein, 7g fiber, 5g sugar, 14g fat)
Nature Valley’s Fruit & Nut Bar (3g protein, 2g fibre, 11g sugar, 12g fat)
LaraBar Honey Nut Bar (4g protein, 4g fibre, 18g sugar, 11g fat)
Simply Protein’s Peanut Butter Protein Bar (150 calories, 5 g fat, 16 g carbs, 7 g fibre, 15 g protein)
Simply Protein’s Chocolate Protein Bar (150 calories, 4.5 g fat, 17 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 15 g protein)
KIND’s Almond Sunflower Seed Bar (180 calories, 15 g fat, 8 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 6 g protein)
RXBAR’s Salted Caramel Walnut Bar (210 calories, 9 g fat, 22 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 9 g protein)
GoMacro’s Date Walnut Granola Bar (200 calories, 9 g fat, 25 g carbs, 3 g fibre, 4 g protein)
Kashi’s Honey Almond Flax Chewy Whole Grain Bar (140 calories, 5g fat, 20g carbs, 3g fiber, 6g protein)
In summary, a granola bar is considered healthy if it is made with natural ingredients, is low in sugar, high in fiber, low in saturated fat and high in protein. However, it is important to read labels carefully and choose a granola bar that meets your individual nutritional needs.