A cheat day for gym buffs and fitness enthusiasts is a special day where they could eat anything that they want without any diet restrictions. Cheat days usually occur at least once a month, and this anticipation for it to happen in a month is what makes it arguably the favorite day of exercisers and dieters.
During these cheat days, people would have cheat meals, and these cheat meals include burgers, steaks, candies, or cakes that usually are high in calories. After cheat day, most would often workout or exercise harder than normal to burn all of the calories that they gained yesterday, and a few would even eat less to not add any more calories to their diet.
However, some people would rather enjoy cheat day without consuming a lot of calories, and thankfully, there are a lot of food products out there that can satisfy their hunger while only containing few amounts of calories. One of these products is the snack bar, a type of nutrition bar that would often have fewer nutrients but more flavor. These snack bars can be a guilt-free food option for many people because while they may contain plenty of calories, they still have vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients contained within them to still be considered a healthy food.
Some snack bars are healthier than the others, and these healthy snack bars have already been discussed in our Guide to Snack Bars article. For this guide, we will be focusing on snack bars that are decadent and have moderate or high-calorie content, but may still contain nutrients to provide energy for your body. Here are some of the tastiest decadent bars on the market.
A brand of cereal owned by General Mills, Lucky Charms is one of the most popular cereals of all time, and this beloved product that you would typically find in a bowl with milk is now turned in a sweet and delicious snack bar.
The well-known “lucky charms” marshmallow pieces of the cereal are still in this treat bar, which are the four-leaf clover, the rainbow, the heart, the horseshoe, the red balloon, and the hourglass. Along with the charms, the bar also contains toasted oat pieces and a sweet milk candy at the bottom to hold the pieces of the bar together.
Each Lucky Charms snack bar contains 100 calories, 18 grams of carbohydrates, and less than 1 gram of protein.
Another brand created by General Mills, the Cocoa Puffs have also been turned into a cereal bar, but this time the pieces of cereal are covered in smooth and decadent milk chocolate. But there are still some uncovered gaps in the middle so that you can see the Cocoa Puff pieces before you eat it.
The Cocoa Puffs Treat Bar has 210 calories, 35 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of protein. But to make it a bit healthy for your body, the snack bar also contains 25% calcium that can help give your bones strength and 50% iron that can provide nourishment for your blood.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch is another famous General Mills cereal, and of course, it is turned into a treat bar like the other cereals on this list.
Every piece of Cinnamon Toast Crunch is pressed together into a rectangular bar shape using an edible sugary substance, and the pieces have a milky candy piece at the bottom to act as its base. The milky candy is also seen drizzled at the top of the bar for better presentation.
The treat bar contains 100 calories, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein, 10% of calcium, and 15% of iron per serving.
Reese’s Puffs is a popular cereal based on the well-known Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup that has have been the favorite candy of many people for years. But now, we have another food product that takes the name of Reese’s to another level, and this product is the Reese’s Puffs Treat Bar, a snack that contains all the tasty goodness of the Reese’s Puffs cereal in a small package.
While you can now enjoy Reese’s Puffs without milk by eating this bar, General Mills recommends that you should enjoy the bar with a glass of milk for better taste.
Each treat bar contains 110 calories, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of protein, and 10% of calcium.
The Honey Bunchies Honey Bar is a snack made of 100% unfiltered honey, so it isn’t processed and doesn’t have any additives in it that may cause harm in your body.
Along with honey, the snack bar also has roasted sunflower kernels, pecans, butter, milk, peanuts, vanilla, and tapioca for better flavors. Since honey is already sweet, the Honey Bunchies bar doesn’t need any more sugar or artificial sweeteners, making a gluten-free and soy-free snack can be eaten by almost anybody.
A product that has a peculiar flavor and a name that can be quite a mouthful, the Trader Joe’s This Pumpkin Walks Into A Bar… Cereal Bar is a snack that has a sweet pumpkin filling hidden inside each bar.
The cereal bar contains 10% of Vitamin B6, 10% of Vitamin B12, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of protein, and 140 calories. Vitamins B6 and B12 can help in boosting brain function, promoting good eyesight, and raising energy levels.
General Mills is not the only company that makes treat bars for their cereals, as Kellogg’s has also made a snack bar for one of their famous cereals called Rice Krispies.
Each piece of Rice Krispies cereal is glued together using marshmallow-flavored syrup and formed into a bar. The combination of Rice Krispies and marshmallow creates a sweet and salty taste that you won’t be able to find in other cereal bars.
The Rice Krispies Treat Bar has 90 calories, 17 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of protein, and 4% of Vitamin A per serving.
The Sunbelt Bakery Gingerbread Bar is a granola bar that tastes like a gingerbread cookie that you would usually find in dining tables during Christmas. But you don’t need to wait for Christmas to get a taste of a gingerbread cookie as the Sunbelt Bakery granola bar is available in every season, as long as Amazon or your favorite grocery store has stocks of it.
Each granola bar is made with no preservatives, and it contains 115 calories, 19 grams of carbohydrates, and 2 grams of protein.
For those who don’t like the rough and grainy texture of cereal bars, they should try the Kirkland Signature Granola Bars that would feel chewy and soft in your mouth as you bite it. The granola bar also has real pieces of chocolate chips to make it a decadent snack.
The Kirkland Signature Soft & Chewy Bars have 100 calories, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein, 2% of calcium, and 4% of iron per bar.
This chocolate candy bar is made by World’s Finest, a company that has been creating premium quality food products since 1949. What made the company successful for all these years is that they give a part of the profit that they earn from each box of chocolate bars to those who are selling the food products for fundraising missions.
To put it simply, they will sell you a chocolate bar for a lower price, which is even cheaper than the average chocolate bar, so that you can sell it to others for a slightly higher price, and the money you earn for it will go to your fundraiser.
If you plan to eat a snack during cheat day, and if you are also planning to raise funds for people in need of financial assistance, then you can buy a box of the World’s Finest Chocolate Bar and sell the other bars you’re not eating to people around your neighborhood or your fellow fitness buffs who are also on a cheat day.
Here are just 10 of the best but not the unhealthiest snack bars that you can eat on your cheat day. Instead of eating snacks that are high on calories, why not treat yourself with a snack bar that may be decadent, but is still guilt-free and have sufficient nutrients to fuel your body?