WHAT KIND OF BAR SHOULD I CHOOSE?
The market is bursting with bars … there are so many choices that it can be overwhelming! How do you find the right bar for you? Here are some tips to help you choose a bar that meets your training needs or just to eat as a snack throughout the day.
- Start by reading the nutrition facts and ingredients label of the product to identify its content. Before a higher intensity training session, the goal is to fuel the pending workout, so look for a bar that is high in carbohydrates and low in protein, fibre, and lipids (fat), since these are harder to digest.
- Choose a bar with less than four grams of fibre, protein, and lipids.
• Leclerc Go Pure Cranberry—Pomegranate—Ancient Grains Bar
• Nature’s Path Pumpkin-N-Spice Bar
• Nature Valley Fruit & Nut Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bars
- After a high-intensity training session of more than one hour, we need to recuperate, refuel energy, and repair hard-working muscles. Therefore, it is better to choose a bar that contains carbohydrates and protein.
- Choose a bar that contains +/- 30 g of carbs and more than 10 g of protein.
• Kellogg’s Vector Bar
• Kronobar Endurance or Protein Bar
• Clif and Luna Bars
• Don’t forget to fully refuel, eat a snack or full meal within 30 minutes of the end of your training session!
- Choose bars that are higher in protein and fibre to optimize satiety between meals. Therefore, try to choose bars that are whole grain-based and contain at least 2 g of fibre and 5 g of protein and a maximum of 10 g of sugar and 2 g of saturated fats.
• Kashi Honey Almond Flax Chewy Granola Bars
• Leclerc Go Pure Ancient grains Sunflower seed—Honey Bars
• Nature’s Path Nuts & Seeds & Sea Salt Qi’a™ Superfood Bars
Don’t forget that several factors influence your choice of food before and after training, such as duration, intensity, level of training, and individual tolerance, so make sure to choose your snacks accordingly. If you have questions about your nutritional needs, please do not hesitate to contact us!