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Best Performance Bars for your Budget

Basic, protein, or specialty? Which performance bars work best for your budget? Find out!


Once you figure out your go-to brands and flavors for performance bars , you can keep an eye out for sales, whether in the supermarket or online. Some of these come in cases too.

BASIC
The simple bars are often made with pantry products: oats, rice, fruits and nuts that are easy to digest. They can be just enough breakfast to get your day started and send you out on a run.

Clif Luna Bar $1.35
Rise Breakfast Bar $1.50
Kind Fruit and Nut Bar $1.75

Average Price: $1.53

PROTEIN
With added protein, these bars tend to pack higher calories and be a bit dense, so have a glass of water at the ready when you rip one of these from its wrapper.

PowerBar ProteinPlus Bar $2.25
Honey Stinger Protein Bar $2.25
Probar Core Bar $3.00

Average Price: $2.50

SPECIALTY
The best for your belly and your conscience, these bars tend to be low in trans fats and additives and high in organic, gluten-free ingredients and creativity—buffalo meat, anyone?

Picky Bars Real Food Energy Bar $2.75
Tanka Bar Buffalo Meat With Cranberries $3.00
Bobo’s Oat Bars Gluten-Free  Bar $3.25

Average Price: $3.00