Clif Bar
Clif Bar

Best energy bar overall

Clif Bar gets the best reviews from experts and consumers. These energy bars, which are available in 19 flavors, range from 230 to 260 calories each and get top scores for taste and texture. Clif Bar, which contains 70 percent organic ingredients, also has the best nutritional balance for sustained energy: 40 to 45 grams of carbohydrates and 9 to 10 grams of protein, depending on the variety. Consumers say it holds up well in a backpack without crumbling or crushing, and tastes fine when frozen (some energy bars are too hard to eat when frozen). Clif Bar weighs about 2.4 ounces, so it feels like you're eating a decent portion of food.
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Luna Bar
Luna Bar

Lower-calorie energy bar

Though marketed toward women, many reviews say Luna Bar also appeals to men and children. Most energy bars hover in the 250-calorie range. Luna Bar, on the other hand, cuts calories to about 180 calories per bar, mainly by trimming down the carbs. The bars still have 8 to 9 grams of protein, so they feel sufficiently filling. Each of their 14 flavors is made of 70 percent organic ingredients. Luna Bar gets very good comments for taste; it's crunchier than Clif Bar, which is chewier in texture.
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Larabar
Larabar

Natural energy bar

Those with food sensitivities or dietary restrictions (as well as whole-food devotees) may enjoy Larabar. Each bar is made from no more than eight raw, unprocessed ingredients, with no preservatives or added sugar; it is gluten-, dairy- and soy-free, as well as vegan and kosher. One thing it's not is organic, although some organic ingredients are included. (The company does make an all-organic bar called Jocalat, but it costs more). Each Larabar contains about 210 calories, 24 to 28 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of protein. These bars do contain tree nuts.
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Clif Kid Zbar
Clif Kid Zbar

Energy bar for kids

Many kid-centric energy bars on the market are filled with sugar and fat. Clif Kid Zbar, however, is basically a pint-sized Clif Bar -- about half the size, with half the calories and sugar. Interestingly, many adults also enjoy these 80-calorie bars. Zbar is fortified with 12 vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, calcium and iron, and it is made of 100 percent organic ingredients.
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