Energy Bar Analysis and Comparison. Let the Data Speak.

Forget every other energy/protein bar review you’ve read. This is different.  We dig into the nutrition data to SHOW you how the bars stack up.  Taste is subjective. Numbers aren’t. And nothing beats a side-by-side comparison. 

Our analysis will help determine if you’re getting the “most” out of your bar. You decide what “most” means. Is it taste? Protein? Natural ingredients? Low Sugar? All of these? This post will make you think twice about your favorite chocolate covered bar.

Our ideal bar:

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Wanted for the crime of ridiculously easy & tasty food

**Editor's Note: Updates were made in 2024

Have you seen this jar before?

He's well known in quick cooking circles for his garlicky flavor and flexible demeanor. He's also a rather simple fellow made up of diced tomatoes, canola oil, fresh garlic, onions, distilled vinegar, salt, basil, and spices. He's not too salty (180mg, 8% DV in 2 T), and he's quite agile, likely because at 275 calories for all 12 oz, he's a light on his base. 

Track him down. You won't be sorry.

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Fat and UN-happy. No more.

**Ediitor's Note: Some changes were made in 2024.

Brad Heutmaker contributed this Blog. He knows travel! In only 7 months this year he has qualified for Platinum with US Airways and is Gold Elite with Marriott. You can follow Brad on X @bradheutmaker.

Real Life Solutions not Theory

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Road warriors share healthy eating strategies

**Editor's Note: Updates made in 2024

In our last enewsletter we asked Athletic-Minded Travelers what they eat when on the road.  We received dozens of replies, but a few stood out.

Ideas for healthy eating on the road:

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Here is how restaurants can improve upon entree salads

Let's get something straight. If someone orders an entree salad, they are looking for something sensible to eat. The presumption is that the salad is not a calorie bomb. And they don't want to be left hungry.  It's called an "entree" for a reason.

So why do so many restaurants offer such "weak" options? Weak being defined as a salad that is:

*  Too small

*  Not filling

*  Calorie bomb 

*  Not tasty

*  Too much dressing or bland dressing

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The healthy salad dressing hall of fame

I enjoy a monster size salad for dinner each night. As our media expert commented, it's more like a casserole--layers of veggies, protein, and greens.  My 3 to 4 pound garden wouldn't come together without awesome dressings.  And because my salad "flavors" vary, I require dressing variety.

Unfortunately most dressings are either calorie and sodium bombs or just don't taste good.  I've discovered 7 that are excellent in taste and are super sensible in nutrition. I thought I'd share the salad dressing knowledge wealth!  

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What do Michelle Obama and the Chicago Bulls have in common?

What do Michelle Obama and the Chicago Bulls have in common? Chicago? Well there is that...

But what really stands out is the recent effort by our first lady and the fab bball team to help kids get healthy.

The Bulls take no bull when it comes to fitness!

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Food companies are getting smart about healthy eating.

The two BEST pieces of advice for getting healthy?

Exercise first thing in the morning. If you miss some sleep, so be it. Studies prove that morning movers stick to their workout routines, get better sleep, and have an easier time staying healthy the rest of the day. Get it done first, so it gets done!

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The Inauguration of YOU. Refine and achieve ANY resolution.

I'm barely into the second week of 2009, and my New Year's resolutions are already as dusty as the 2008 calendar still hanging on the wall. What's the problem? As a personal trainer, I should have this resolution thing down by now!

THE PROBLEM DEFINED

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Does cheap food have to be fatty food? NO NO NO.

Eating healthy most often costs more. Try and use mostly organic, free-range, wholesome, and non-modified ingredients and the bill adds up. Dollar menus are just what they seem: CHEAP. Fast food can be a food budget savior. And while there are sensible alternatives at nearly every national chain, the majority of these fast food menus hardly qualify as "healthy" or overly nutritious from a calorie, fat and sodium perspective. So I was irked when I read my Union Tribune Food section last evening.

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