12 Delicious Snack Bars That Aren't Just Candy Bars in Disguise (PHOTOS)

Zlata Faerman | Jan 19, 2016 Food & Party

gomacro protein barsWhen you're very busy and always on the go, a proper meal may not be top of mind. Before you leave the house, you might grab a snack bar or two, shove them in your bag, and mindlessly eat them in between errands, meetings, or anything else you have going on.

Snacking during the day and in between meals maintains overall homeostasis, keeping your blood sugar normal, and your metabolism in check.

The challenge comes when it's time to pick these snacks. Many go-to bars are riddled with sugar and therefore contribute to weight gain, unnecessary carb intake, and, more often than not, hunger pangs shortly after consumption. Basically, you think they're healthy and filling you up, but they're not.

So, what are some goodies that are safe to snack on? Here, some of our favorite healthy, quality, and non–sugar bomb snacks!

 

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  • Green Superfood Energy Bars

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    We love Amazing Grass products! The brand's energy bars are the ideal grab-'n'-go nutrition bar. For The Hills fans, it's also Kristin Cavallari's favorite travel snack. Our top pick is the vegan, gluten-free, and organic Sweet & Savory Almond with only 12g of sugar.

  • Brookside Fruit & Nut Bars

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    A delicious snack for those on the go, these gluten-free, cholesterol-free bars are also a good source of vitamins A, C, and E. They come in three flavors: cranberry with blackberry flavor, cherry with pomegranate flavor, and blueberry with acai flavor. Brookside Fruit & Nut Bars contain 13 grams of sugar.

  • Vega Snack Bars

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    These tasty treats are not only low in sugar, but they also appeal to those looking for a yummy snack with no dairy and no soy. Vega Snack Bars are non-GMO, certified vegan, and have just 8 grams of sugar. Flavors include: Dark Chocolate Mixed Nuts and Sea Salt, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, Dark Chocolate Cashew Cherry, Cranberry Almond, and Coconut Cashew.

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  • GoMacro MacroBars

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    Started by a mother/daughter duo on their family farm, GoMacro is all about farm, family, and ingredients. All products are non-GMO, 100% organic, soy free, gluten free, and completely plant-based. These vegan bars come in 11 flavors, so there's something for everyone. Our favorite is Sunflower Butter and Chocolate, with only 10 grams of sugar.

  • Crunchola Granola Bars

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    By way of Australia, Crunchola granola bars from Freedom Foods include a variety of allergen-free oat bars that are gluten free, nut free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, and sesame free. They're high in dietary fiber and low in sugar (6 grams) and sodium. We love their non-GMO all-natural ingredients. Try their oats, apple, and cinnamon bar -- our fave!

  • Nola Bar

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    You can't just buy Nola Bars in the store. These goodies are baked to order in small batches and shipped fresh to your door. Made in San Francisco, Nola Bars are grain free and gluten free and have no refined sugars, syups, soy, or dairy. Try their two flavors -- vegan apple pie or dark chocolate and cherry.

  • Bravo Bars

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    For the gym lover, these sweet treats are a great supplement for your body's need for protein and energy after a workout. Bravo Bars are an all-natural recovery snack in the form of soft baked cookies and average 15g of sugar. They have no processed sugar, gluten, wheat, soy, or trans fats. Try their flavors -- Cran Nut & Seeds, Cherry Coconut, or Chocolate Cran Almond.

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  • Harvest Trail Bars

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    This snack bar is packed with protein and fiber, but skimps on sugar and carbs. Atkins Harvest Trail bars come in four flavors, but we're digging on the dark chocolate sea salt caramel the most! Let us know what you think.

  • Vitacost

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    What's a snack bar if it doesn't give you a little midday pick-me-up? Vitacost's Super Cacao Energy Roasted Peanut & Caramel bar gives you revitalizing superfoods to keep you going about your day. With 9 grams of sugar per bar, you can leave the guilt behind.

  • FLYJOY

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    The description speaks for itself: a quinoa energy bar that contains a nutritious mix of ancient grains, nuts, and dried fruit wrapped up in an all-natural nut butter base. Mouth watering yet? FLYJOY bars come in seven different flavors and are gluten free, kosher, and vegan. Our favorite flavor is hands down the coconut macaroon.

  • Larabar

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    This list would not be complete without Larabar. The brand's 19 flavors are made from just 2–9 real, minimally processed ingredients. They're gluten free, non-GMO, and have many vegan, dairy-free, and soy-free options. Try the peanut butter chocolate chip if you like Reese's Pieces as much as me!

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  • Qi'a

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    Nature's Path brand recently launched Qi'a SuperFood Snack Bars and we're loving them! Packed with superfoods like chia, hemp, and coconut, these yummies are organic, gluten free, and vegan, and they provide lasting energy. If you're looking for an interesting medley of ingredients, try the blueberry cashew pumpkin seed bar!

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