The Best Bars for Kids Who Need Fuel Fast

With so many nutrition bars on the market, it can be tough to tell which ones are truly good for them and that they’ll actually enjoy. These are the ones I recommend—as both a mom of three and a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Health Warrior Strawberry Shortcake Chia Bar

When I pick up my kids after school they expect a snack, but I don’t want to give them something too filling because I’ll be serving them dinner soon. That’s when I reach for this pick. It’s only 100 calories, but flavor-packed and loaded with the benefits of chia seeds. Chia seeds are a good source of plant-based protein, are high in fiber, and also contain ALA, a type of omega-3 fatty acid. Pretty impressive for a 100-calorie bar!

Clif Kid ZBar Filled Double Peanut Butter

This organic bar lists peanut butter as its number one ingredient and also contains healthy whole grains, which help kids feel full longer.

RXBAR Kids Berry Blast

Some kids, such as my son, seem to inhale their snacks. Slow them down a bit with a chewier bar like this one. It’s made from dates, egg whites, nuts and berries and provides 7 grams of protein per bar.

Peanut Butter, Banana & Oats Bob’s Bar

Peanuts combine with whole grain oats, organic honey and banana in a satisfying bar with 7 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.

KIND Kids Chewy Chocolate Chip

If your kids have gotten hooked on chewy granola bars that use high fructose corn syrup or lots of preservatives, swap them out for this one. It boasts whole grains and has the flavor and texture your kids will love.

Made Good Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars

If your child has food allergies, you know it can be tough to find snack options for them that taste good and also provide nutrients. This line of bars is certified free from nuts and gluten and is also vegan. The apple cinnamon flavor is balanced and totally kid-friendly.

HappyKid Organics Blueberry + Raspberry Fruit & Oat Bar

Organic fruit and oats are the base for this gluten-free bar. There are no added sugars and 3 grams of fiber.

Kashi Go Dark Chocolate + Almonds + Sea Salt Protein Bar

If your kiddo struggles to get enough fiber, this vegan bar is a great choice. It’s plenty tasty, but it also has 6 grams of fiber per bar. Depending on their age, kids need between 19-30 grams of fiber each day, and most kids don’t get enough.

Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, is a New York Times bestselling author and nationally recognized health expert. Frances is the author of Feed the Belly: The Pregnant Mom’s Healthy Eating Guide and co-author of the bestselling The CarbLovers Diet Cookbook. Her latest cookbook is Eating In Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family.

Frances earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship at Columbia University. Frances lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and three kids. For more fun recipe ideas and healthy advice, follow her on Twitter and Instagram and like her on Facebook.