Even those of us who do our best to get our meals and snacks from whole, unprocessed foods sometimes find ourselves in need of some quick sustenance on the go. If you’re as active as I think you are, it’s important that the treat you choose comes packed with protein. And, if you’re as picky about what you eat as I am, well, it has to be tasty.
Recently, I tried out a couple of new protein bars, and just to save you the suspense, let me tell you one thing—they were both delicious. But, there’s more to it than that, of course, so let’s break it down.
Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bars
Available in two flavors, Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate and Peanut, Almond and Dark Chocolate (they sound similar, but the version with peanut butter is a bit sweeter), the Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bars pack 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. However, you’re also consuming 190 calories, 12 grams of fat and 6 grams of sugar, so, you know, it’s not the kind of snack you want to chow down on all the time between meals. I tell you this because, trust me, you will be tempted. I wasn’t kidding about the deliciousness.
Want more nutrition info? Here it is (and the numbers are very similar for both flavors, but you can find the peanut butter flavor nutrition info here):
In the opposite corner, we have the CLIF Mojo, which comes in two versions—Dipped and, well, not Dipped. Dipped features two flavors (S’mores and Chocolate Peanut), both dipped in chocolate, and the un-Dipped version has a wider variety (White Chocolate, Honey Roasted Peanut, Mixed Nuts, Mountain Mix, Peanut Butter Pretzel and Coconut). The two versions offer a variety in terms of nutrition, with calories ranging from 200 to 210, 9 to 11 grams of fat, 8 to 10 grams of protein, 8 to 11 grams of sugar, and two grams of fiber across the board. So, once again, this shouldn’t be mistaken for an everyday source of nutrition, but as an occasional treat on the go? Yeah, I’d hit it.
Below is a sampling of nutrition labels from the Mojo line to help you make an informed decision.
CLIF Mojo Dipped Chocolate Peanut
Do you ever snack on protein bars? Would either of these make the cut for your healthy diet? —Kristen