Fitness Foods: Healthy Snack Ideas
Upgrade Your Post-Workout Snacks
Energy bars are attractive options for quickly and conveniently refueling your body with a mix of protein and carbohydrates. However, many varieties are highly processed, contain too many calories, and are nutritionally no better than candy bars, according to Lyssie Lakatos, RD, and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RD, the Nutrition Twins and authors of The Secret to Skinny: Drop a Size & Get Healthier. A noteworthy offender: the 220-calorie PowerBar Fruit Smoothie Energy bar. This sweet treat contains a whopping 43 g of carbs, but only 6 g of protein and less than 1 g of fiber. (Search: Why does my workout snack need fiber?) Plus, its number one ingredient is evaporated cane juice syrup, a type of sugar.