Ok, I have to admit they are handy and can help you get nutrients … but only if the bar you are eating has the nutrients you need. Many of these “energy bars” have just as many or MORE calories than a candy bar. Plus many of them COST MORE as well.
A healthier and cheaper alternative is to choose foods like nuts, fruit, crackers, yogurt, and string cheese after a workout, for the middle of the morning or during an afternoon slump.
Becky Hand, RD, has a great article at Spark People called, Edible Energy Bars. She gives pointers for choosing energy bars whether you are eating them as meal replacements, afternoon snacks or workout fuel.