Should you go high carb or high protein? Which ingredients should you avoid in an energy bar? What type of bar is best before activity versus after activity? How much sugar, sodium, fat, and fiber should you look for in an energy (pre-activity) bar?

With the explosion of energy and nutrition bars on the market, and the wealth of misinformation surrounding them, it can become quite confusing to choose the right bar – and one that actually tastes good!

To clear up the confusion, we presented these questions to our Board Certified Sports Dietitian, Tracy Owens (MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN), and our Registered Dietitian/Certified Personal Trainer, Ashley Acornley (MS, RD, LDN, AFAA), to get their expert opinions.

Learn the facts about energy bars so you can feel confident you’re choosing a bar that helps you stay healthy and achieve peak performance in all that you do.

Note: The FAQs related to bar ingredients focus on bars that are eaten BEFORE activity.

What should I look for in a bar to eat BEFORE activity?
What should I look for in a bar to eat AFTER activity?
How much fat should I look for in an energy bar?
How much fiber should I look for in an energy bar?
How much sodium should I look for in an energy bar?
How much carbohydrate should I look for in an energy bar?
How much sugar should I look for in an energy bar?
Which ingredients in a bar might upset my stomach?
Do I need an energy bar with added vitamins and minerals?
Is gluten-free important in an energy bar?
Is Vegan important in an energy bar?
Is Non-GMO important in an energy bar?
What is the ideal size for a bar?

Tracy Owens

About Tracy Owens

Tracy Owens (MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN) is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). She has worked in private practice, providing clinical and sports nutrition for over 20 years. Her two sons and two daughters have played AAU baseball, USSSA baseball, Legion baseball, Challenge, United, Premier, Elite and ECNL soccer at Capital Area Soccer League (CASL), USTA tennis, summer swim teams, and high school football, swimming, baseball and soccer. Two of her children played Division 1 soccer at North Carolina State University.

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