Costco – Sunrise Energy Bars with Omega-3 (Whole Grain 100% Natural)
UPDATE 7/24: These can now be purchased online!
Price: $6-7 for 32 bars (28g each)
Pros: Nourishing, not too bad-tasting for an energy bar, very cheap
Cons: somewhat odd perfume-y taste initially; can be upsetting on a totally empty stomach
I’m a snacker, especially when I study, so I’m always on the prowl for affordable snacks that carry a lot of power. One of my first “power snacks” was Whole Foods baked granola, which served me many-a-time as an emergency breakfast or mid-study snack. Costco, being the great place that it is, is great for my bulk healthy snack needs – I’ve bought cashews, dried edamame (soybeans), fiber plus bars, and lots more there. So when I came across Sunrise Energy Bars in the baked goods section and saw so many bars for around $7, I had to give it a try.
My first impression when I took the first bite was, “ah crap, I just wasted $7.” There was a strange taste that reminded me of perfume in the bar. However, after giving it a chance and having the bar more than once, the taste grew on me a little and I also felt quite nourished. Especially when I’m waking up early and working, my body typically shreds through my breakfast in 3 hours or less and by mid-day I’m feeling starved. The bars, in combination with other power snacks, add a nice touch. Each bar is about 130 calories, has 6g of fat, 2g of protein, and packs 10% of your DV of fiber (the biggest advantage, in my opinion). Each bar does have about 10g of sugar, but given the marketing of this as “natural,” it’s likely that little of it is refined sugar. Another marketed perk of the bar is the Omega-3 fatty acid content – 610mg per serving.
I can’t say I eat these too often, but in terms of value for the price, these are a great snack and I’m glad to have them around when I need them. Just beware one thing: whenever I eat these when I’m in “morning starving mode,” they give me a bit of gas. So make sure to test these out on a weekend first. Besides that, they could easily be a useful and cheap addition to your dietary routine.