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With dozens of varieties available, how do you choose a nutrition bar that best fits your needs? Well, it depends on whether you want to substitute a meal or whether you just need a snack

With dozens of varieties available, how do you choose a nutrition bar that best fits your needs? Well, it depends on whether you want to substitute a meal or whether you just need a snack.

Before you decide on a nutrition bar, check the nutrition facts on the label so you know how many calories you'll be consuming. Many protein bars are high in calories (300 kcal or more) and are intended for athletes who need to refuel while running or biking. But this kind of nutrition bar can also suit your needs if you're at work or on the road and need to replace a meal. Maximize your performance by pairing it with an organic fruit and plenty of water.

At other times, when you're looking for more of a snack than a meal, reach for something like a cranberry-almond bar. It contains organic hemp and honey, which helps inhibit cravings for unhealthy sweets. In addition, it has oats, flaxseeds, and raisins-all for less than 200 calories.

To help avoid the temptation of buying chips or chocolate bars, keep nutrition bars handy in your car's glove compartment or in your desk at work.

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