I am not a breakfast person. In the morning, time is at a premium. Kids are awoken, dogs are fed, lunches packed. The thought of sitting down to eat rarely crosses my mind. For a while, I picked up breakfast on the way to work, but the options were so carb-y. Roll and butter? Bagel? (I live in New York, that’s how we do.) Even if I would indulge in such a bready breakfast, I would find myself hungry about an hour later.
Enter the protein bar. They come in all flavors and even resemble more of a food item than something an astronaut would eat. Most days, I throw one in my purse and eat one on the way to work or at my desk. But caveat emptor, these little treats can vary vastly in nutritional content. There are bars packed with up to 20 grams of protein. These will keep you full but may be tough on the tummy. Some are very sugary. It’s important to read labels. The following are some of my favorites:
Cliff Bars: These have a chewy cookie-like consistency, and the Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin flavors will have you swearing you are devouring a cookie for brekkie. They are packed with vitamins. Try Chocolate Brownie, too. They are high in fiber (20%DV) and packed with vitamins. 240 calories
thinkThin: This is the one packed with protein (20g) but it also has 0g sugar. The Chunky Peanut Butter flavor resembles a peanut butter cup, and it’s coated in chocolate. It’s also got some calcium (10%DV). 240 calories
Balance bar Gold: The Chocolate Mint Cookie Crunch bar tastes like a girl scout cookie (Thin Mint) and has 14g protein. Additionally, it’s packed with vitamins and antioxidants. 200 calories
What healthy items do you enjoy for breakfast?