Best In Test: Bars

9 of the best energy and nutrition bars for runners

HerbaLife Protein Bar

Taste: 10


Easiness to eat on the run: 10


Effectiveness: 10

£13.65 (for pack of 14), herbalife.co.uk

“They’re not too bulky so fit very well in a bag. I took quite a few with me on a long run and didn’t feel weighed down. The taste is very natural and they are nice and filling. I’ve had to hide them from my kids, as they keep trying to steal them from 
me, they taste so good!” – Tester, Louise Breckon-Richards

Editor’s comment: “It’s great to see a new brand on the block excelling in our test! I had heard these were a good protein bar and really enjoyed trying them out. Containing 10g of protein and 15g of carbohydrate, they were great recovery fuel after a six-mile run – and they definitely satisfied my sweet tooth.”

High5 sports bar

Taste: 10


Easiness to eat on the run: 9


Effectiveness: 9

£29.75 (for pack of 25), highfive.co.uk

“I really liked the taste, the yoghurt coating making it feel like a well-earned treat on the run! It was easy to eat while running, although a little bulky to carry, if it were a little smaller in size, it would have earned full marks from me. It gave me a boost before running and I enjoyed it as a recovery bar too. Would recommend.” – Tester, Susan Bonnar

High5 protein hit

Taste: 9


Easiness to eat on the run: 6


Effectiveness: 9

£23.85 (for pack of 15), 
highfive.co.uk

“I’ve mainly been using these as post-run fuel after my long trail runs and they’ve been great. They are quite dense in consistency, so I’ve had to cut them up 
to eat during my run, but they’ve worked just as well. I’ll be buying more of them 
for sure!” – Tester, Paula Williams

Product SiS GO Energy Bars

Taste: 10


Easiness to eat on the run: 8


Effectiveness: 9

£35.00 (for pack of 24), scienceinsport.com

“These tasted so good and were great before and after my runs. The red berry, and apple and blackcurrant bars were my preferred flavours as chocolate seems counter-intuitive to me. However all are moist enough and were surprisingly easy on my sensitive stomach.” – Tester, Caroline Trowbridge

Product Optimum Nutrition Protein Oats Flapjack

Taste: 6


Easiness to eat on the run: 9

Effectiveness: 7

£19.99 (for pack of 12), onacademy.co.uk

“These bars tasted better than other protein bars I’ve tried before. They took a while to eat, as they are quite solid, but were very filling and I had no adverse stomach problems.” – Tester, Laura Kay

Product Clif Bar CLIF BUILDER’S

Taste: 7


Easiness to eat on the run: 5


Effectiveness: 9

£2.59, clifbar.co.uk

“These are quite filling. They tasted OK, but were too rich for me and are more 
for eating after a run. Full of vitamins and minerals, and kind on the stomach.” – Tester, Geraldine Perrier

Torq bar

Taste: 9


Easiness to eat on the run: 9


Effectiveness: 9

£22.80 (for pack of 15), torqfitness.co.uk

“Great flavours (I loved the tangy apricot) with interesting variations. A moist bar, so easy to chew and swallow while running, and a quick boost. Very effective.” – Tester, Tina Chantrey

Product GU Stroopwafel

Taste: 9


Easiness to eat on the run: 6


Effectiveness: 9

£30.24 (for box of 16), guenergy.co.uk

“These taste so good and were equally great as a quick energy booster before morning runs or (my favourite) to enjoy as you recover post stretch/shower with a hot drink. 
I personally found it a little tricky to eat while running, but I loved them – so did the kids!” – Tester, Geraldine Perrier

STEALTH Juice bar

Taste: 9


Easiness to eat on the run: 10


Effectiveness: 9

£25 (for pack of 14), 
secret-training.co.uk

“These have an amazing texture, like a cross between a bar and a gel. They’re so delicious, easy to eat and satisfying, and you look forward to taking them mid-run, rather than dreading a stomach upset.” – Tester, Tina Chantrey


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