Breakfast in a Bar

Sitting down to a well-rounded breakfast, with foods from most, if not all, food groups, is an ideal way to start the day. It’s the first opportunity to provide your body with nutrients and energy after the long night’s fast. However, the time to prepare and eat such a meal is sometimes a luxury we don’t have. So, an array of quick and easy breakfast bars have arisen in the supermarket aisle to help you fit the bill. But what should you look for to ensure your breakfast bar isn’t simply a glorified cookie?

Breakfast bars have a lot of potential. They can be a source of whole grains in your diet, as well as fruits, nuts, seeds and beneficial nutrients. But there are some possible drawbacks to be aware of. Some bars contain a substantial amount of added sugars. In addition, adequate protein and fiber—lacking in some bars—in your breakfast plays an important role in keeping you satisfied through the day.

Helpful Hints. If you need a quick meal during a morning frenzy, consider these tips for choosing the best breakfast bar first.

First Things First. An ideal breakfast bar contains whole grains, fruit, and possibly nuts. Check the ingredients list to ensure the first one listed on your favorite bars is one of these three.

Addition Time. To boost the protein and/calcium content even more, try spreading one of these bars with your favorite nut butter, or dipping one into a cup of Greek yogurt.

Time Matters. Breakfast bars are a great option for those once-in-awhile rushed mornings, but they still can’t beat a meal comprised of a variety of whole foods from several food groups. If you find yourself grabbing one more than once a week, you may want to consider adjusting your schedule to allow more time for a real meal.

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