A definitive ranking of bars…because if your days begin at 5:30 AM like ours do…granola bars become their own food group…

Before Practice…

  1. GoMacroScreen Shot 2016-02-23 at 2.04.26 PM.pngThese are my #1 go-to…vegan and gluten free which means I wont be bloated for practice…always a plus. They also are not too heavy which is nice before 6AM conditioning. I have not had a flavor I did not like, however, if you like bars that have overwhelming flavor you might not be overwhelmed by these. The flavor is not over the top, a plus for me, but if you’re used to Fiber One, Nature Valley bars or something like that these might not be your thang.
  2. RxBar

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The only bad thing about these bars is they aren’t really available in stores. With multiple threats from my dad to cancel my Amazon account, I order these on special occasions. I have ordered the variety pack, but this flavor was my favorite. The others were good, however, I don’t really enjoy large amounts of chocolate in a bar, and the others are largely chocolate based. I just cant seem to get that down before the sun is even up.
3. Quest

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These are no secret because they are pretty amazing. My favorite flavors are cookie dough, cookies n’ cream, and s’mores. The secret to these is warming them up for about 12 seconds (I have it down to a science), seriously try it. They are freakishly low in sugar and carbs, but don’t taste like it at all. Some 7/11s sell these..which is pretty awesome.

4. Perfect Bars

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Produced in the best place ever, San Diego ;)….these are bars come in vegan forms but are all gluten free. These are super flavorful..the only downside is they are pretty filling. I ate one once before we ran Autzen Stadium and the entire time I was holding down throw up….That being said, I usually will eat half of one before practice and be full/energized the entire time. I have tried nearly all the flavors, and I have literally loved every single one..but when shopping for them make sure you look in the fridge section!

As a snack…

1, 2, 3: GoMacro, RxBars and Perfect Bars are my top favorites to just snack on as well…

4. Lara Bars

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So. Many. Flavors. So. Little. Ingredients. Seriously…its amazing theres like twenty flavors made each from no more than five ingredients. My favorite and go-to is the chocolate chip cookie dough or the blueberry muffin. Thee cookie dough one tastes like dessert, and sometimes is my dessert lol.


I try and look for bars that have some decent amount of protein, low sugar, and obviously good taste. Before practice I might have some overnight oats or pb & banana toast…but bars are usually the easiest thing to roll out of bed and grab.




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