You’re driving in your car, hurrying to your next appointment. It’s 2:30 p.m. and you realise you’ve had nothing to eat all day. You glance around the car for something (anything!) to eat and you spy an energy or protein bar on the back seat.

Perfect! It’s quick, it satisfies and it’s good for you, right? Not so fast. Before you make energy bars a go-to when you’re hungry, there are a few things you should consider:

• Read the label. Just because it’s popular doesn’t make it healthy. In fact, many are packed full of sugar.

• “Power” bars might sound good, but they’re designed for athletes and can be high in carbs—good for them, bad for someone sitting behind a desk all day.

• Choose a bar with “healthy fats” instead of those high in saturated or trans fats.

Exercising regularly is a great way to help maintain your health naturally – but using energy or protein bars as a substitute for healthy food is not!