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Best "bar" for breakfast?

Xericx Jun 28, 2006 12:35 AM

Powerbar? or what is the best morning breakfast bar...sometimes I just run into my office w/o breakfast...would like a tasty bar to satisfy me to lunch.

Just something that tastes good and isn't horrible for you.

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  1. Chris Rising RE: Xericx Jun 28, 2006 01:01 AM

    I really like Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Fruit and Nut (140cal, 4g fat). Kinda like a old fashioned granola bar, but not brittle. For more nutrition, Balance Bars are pretty tasty, with a lot more protein and vitamins.

    Powerbars and are bit to reconstituted for my taste.

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      DC Gal RE: Xericx Jun 28, 2006 02:13 AM

      We like the Nature's Valley Peanut Butter bars in our house. These are their "original" style bars that come in the twin packs - the crunchy kind. The peanut butter gives you a little bit of a protein kick to start your day.

      1. Xericx RE: Xericx Jun 28, 2006 02:41 AM

        I think I've had both of those actually.....not bad

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          diablita FL RE: Xericx Jun 28, 2006 03:47 AM

          I like both of those. But my current favorite are the Lara Bars. Very few ingredients, no preservatives, good flavors and a healthy balance of fat, protein and carbs. When I have to work at clients' sites, I live off of those.

          1. Melanie RE: Xericx Jun 28, 2006 03:56 AM

            Hey there!

            I really like NuGo Bars (vanilla is my personal fave). The saturated fat content is much lower than others I have encountered (such as Luna or any of the Atkins products) and they are quite tasty.

            1. ipsedixit RE: Xericx Jun 28, 2006 05:23 PM

              Clif Bars - they're supposed to be "healthy energy bars" but they taste (to me anyway) just like a freakin' cookie.

              Pretty good. About 200-230 calories per bar (depending on flavor). My favorite these days is the banana nut bread, followed closely by the chocolate chip peanut crunch.

              Pop one of these suckers and a shot of espresso and I'm ready for my 4 hour lecture ...


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                ESNY RE: ipsedixit Jun 28, 2006 05:53 PM

                Just keep it in the wrapper when you eat them. They aren't the most appetizing things to look at.

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                  Juniper RE: ipsedixit Jun 29, 2006 10:22 PM

                  Totally agree with the Clif bars. I like the black cherry and almond, and peanut butter toffee flavours. :)

                2. pamalamb RE: Xericx Jun 28, 2006 05:52 PM

                  Nectar bars by Clif. They're only fruit and nuts, like Lara bars, but aren't as evenly processed, so it feels more like you're eating dried fruit and nuts instead of the mealy texture of Lara bars. The cranberry, apricot, almond is my favorite. They're also organic and contain no wheat or dairy, if that's your thing.

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                    liu RE: pamalamb Jul 20, 2006 10:45 PM

                    Pamalamb -- I think you were the first poster to recommend the Nectar Bars (fruit and nut) by Clif. I tried them because they are similar to the Lara bars in that they do not have anything but real ingredients.

                    WOW -- the chocolate-walnut is delicious! Thanks! I found them easily available at Whole Foods.

                    BTW -- Chowhound's search feature is terrific because I was able to find you quickly to give credit where due!

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                    magfitz RE: Xericx Jun 29, 2006 09:55 PM

                    Not sure if they qualify as a bar in the same league as the other mentioned above, but I like the Kashi bars. There are two different styles that I like (do not care for the "roll" bar. center of the roll is too hard to bite through). One is a wide bar with a chocolate coating across the bottom. Kind of reminds me of a rice krispie treat. I like the peanut one. The other is a chocolate coated bar (all around). The almond toffee crunch flavor one is pretty good.

                    1. Xericx RE: Xericx Jun 30, 2006 02:06 AM

                      I had a Zone bar these last two days...pretty good!

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                        anonforthis2 RE: Xericx Jul 20, 2006 10:49 PM

                        I like Zone bars too, especially the peanut butter.

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                        cooknKate RE: Xericx Jun 30, 2006 03:07 AM

                        Kashi bars are good, lots of stuff without the sugary sticky sweet taste to them. If I want a good bar with lots of yummy taste and a nutritional boost I always get a Luna bar. Talk about tasting like a freaking cookie!! Yum!! Plenty of flavor and crunch and a little sweetness and pretty soon too you realize you got the boost of energy you needed.

                        1. Emme RE: Xericx Jul 4, 2006 02:15 AM

                          The EAS/Body-for-Life bars are really tasty, and don't have as many artificial sweeteners. The Cookies'n'Cream flavor is my favorite... it comes in the red wrapper http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/eas...

                          1. Xericx RE: Xericx Jul 6, 2006 07:01 PM

                            Yawoza...had a clif bar this morning....choclate chip peanut butter....filled me up for the morn'in'

                            good stuff

                            1. Nuray RE: Xericx Jul 7, 2006 01:01 AM

                              Luna bars definitely! Especially the Toasted Nuts and Cranberry... My morning routine...

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                                kabrown RE: Nuray Mar 15, 2007 12:36 PM

                                luna bars...w/out a doubt! but i love the nutz over chocolate ones....

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                                theannerska RE: Xericx Jul 21, 2006 02:13 AM

                                I really like:
                                - Nature Valley Toasted (Roasted?) Almond
                                - Kashi's TLC granola bars (they're on the small side, so maybe these aren't the Kashi granola bars everyone else has posted about) - a multipack from Costco has Peanut Peanut Butter (my favorite), Almond Flax something, and Trail Mix. All incredibly yummy, not too sweet, and take a while to work through.

                                1. Divamac RE: Xericx Jul 21, 2006 04:39 AM

                                  I love Odwalla bars - Superfood, Berrie GoMega or Cranberry C Monster flavors.

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                                    liu RE: Divamac Jul 21, 2006 03:59 PM

                                    Divamac - Odwalla bars are sooooo dense and extremely filling. Actually, we found them the best for traveling; you don't need very many. We took them through Tanzania and they served us well. However, I have had my fill.
                                    After a workout, I prefer my newly-discovered Clif Nectar (organic fruit and nut) bar or the Lara bar. Both have all real ingredients (3-6 only) and no fillers or process. Sometimes half is just enough for a quick-fix.
                                    But I know everyone has his favorite -- just witness how many different kinds of bars there are!

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                                    murphtilda RE: Xericx Mar 14, 2007 03:20 PM

                                    Fiber One Bars. They make a chocolate chip and a peanut butter, both are really good. The chocolate is loaded with mini chocolate chips. They are the best bars I've tasted.

                                    1. rosielucchesini RE: Xericx Mar 14, 2007 03:24 PM

                                      Clif Bars, Lara Bars and the oldie but goodie, Power Bars are my favorites. Although I have heard some good things about Fiber Ones new bars so I'll have to try those. The bad thing about bars is that for the amount of calories they contain, they don't really fill me up. So, I'm eating shortly afterwards. They're a nice snack however.

                                      1. MeAndroo RE: Xericx Mar 14, 2007 04:51 PM

                                        Nutrilite Trim Life Meal Replacement - Chocolate/coconut. Easily the most filling and tasty energy bar I've ever had, but they'll pack more calories and fat than another breakfast that would take as little time (like an apple or piece of toast); about 250 cal and 7 g of fat in a bar, but you'll definitely last till lunch (or dinner). Kind of pricey, though.

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