Protein bars are nutritious, full of protein (goes without saying), and a healthy snack (or meal, if you are on-the-go). But, as the trend rose, lots of companies turned up claiming to sell the best protein bar that is just what you may be looking for. But, before grabbing one out of the huge rack dedicated just to the protein bars you should know certain things.
Are all the protein bars healthy?
Not all protein bars are healthy and nutritious. Some of them are full of sugar with very little protein in it. Women should opt for a protein bar that has at least 8 grams of protein, no more than 13 grams of sugar, and at least 3 grams of fiber. The calories should be less than 250 and the packaging should clearly mention the nutritional information preferably for the whole bar (since most of them have nutritional information for half of the bar).
List of Best Protein Bars
Filtering through the whole stack to look for a protein bar that has all the right ingredients in it can be a hassle. For your convenience, we have gone through that hassle and have picked up the best protein bars which tick all the right boxes. Take a look at the list below and rush to your nearest convenience store right now to get your favorite one.
- Zing Bars (Dark Chocolate):
If you are a fan of dark chocolate and are looking for the right protein bar, this one is for you. Created by dieticians, Zing Protein bars are made of mouth-watering ingredients like almond butter, mint, dark chocolate, etc. They are full of proteins and fiber with fiber count being 10 grams. They are a great snack and something to munch on if you have skipped breakfast. So, no need to hear that stomach rumble while you are waiting for dinner or haven’t had breakfast.
- Quest High Protein Low-carb Bars (Low Carb):
If you have got a sweet tooth, you may want to get hold of a lot of these. Known to be the best for people with sugar cravings, this protein bar is made using only 1 gram of sugar and is sweetened with natural flavors. These are available in flavors like chocolate chip cookie dough, birthday cake, and cookies and cream. Our personal favorite is chocolate chip cookie dough which we like to shove in the microwave oven for 10 seconds to enjoy the healthiest substitute for cookie dough.
- RXBar (Gluten-free):
RXbar took it too seriously when they said ‘keep it short and simple’. This renowned bar has a very brief ingredients list and nutritional information that they have printed on the front. Imagine rummaging through the whole rack of protein bars and turning each one of them to see nutritional information and then seeing RXbars’ simple and convenient packaging. Sight for sore eyes, right? The sugar content admittedly is a bit high but is composed of dates and dark chocolate. The protein ratio is 12 grams and the fiber Is 5 grams.
- KIND Protein Bars (Gluten-free):
Snacking is a must when you are traveling. And, to refrain from reaching junk food is the hardest. Not anymore, because, with the most amazing blend of nuts that KIND protein bars offer, you will find it hard to grab any other snack. Especially the Madagascar Vanilla Almond bar surely wins when it comes to combining almonds, walnuts, cashew nuts, and Brazil nuts. Though the brand has perfected its recipes over the years, the sugar content is slightly high in some of the flavors. If you like sweet and salty flavors in chocolate and protein bars, you will definitely like this one too.
- Clif Protein Bar (High Protein):
This protein bar is an exception to the rules of a nutritious protein bar. Being pretty high in sugar content (21 grams to be precise), this protein bar is a great pick-me-up for when you are going for a bike ride, hike, or just opting for a high-intensity workout. This gives you an energy boost that you absolutely need before doing intense physical activity with an empty stomach. Clif bars don’t melt away like other candy or chocolate bars. These are high in calories so don’t go for them if you just want something to munch on. Get a protein bar that contains fewer calories and carbs.
- Bulletproof Collagen Protein Bar (Collagen):
Just like Bullet-proof coffee; we have this bullet-proof collagen protein bar for you. If you have been using some other keto-friendly bar, you need to immediately switch to this Bulletproof Collagen Protein Bar. It is gluten-free with only 2 grams of sugar in it. The protein content is 12 grams and the fiber content is 5 grams. It contains MCT oil, which, according to studies helps in preventing weight gain in the long run. The protein in it is made of grass-fed collagen (grass-fed cows) which helps in producing collagen in the body. Collagen is particularly good for nails, hair, joints, and stomach.
- Health Warrior Organic Pumpkin Seed Bars (Pumpkin Seed and Chica):
Health Warrior Organic Pumpkin Seed Bars are made from pumpkin seeds that contain zinc, magnesium, and essential fatty acids. They are a great source of plant-based proteins and are great for women. Zinc is particularly helpful in balancing hormones, easing period cramps, and balancing androgens in women (excess androgen production is usually associated with PCOS). The other minerals in it help in maintaining blood sugar and insulin levels, producing hormones, and relieving stress. The nutritional value of this bar is under the defined threshold. Health Warrior Pumpkin Seed Bars are also helpful in making bones strong which helps in preventing osteoporosis.
- Naked Nutrition Peanut Butter Bar (Chocolate):
The best thing about the Naked Bars is their straightforwardness and plain and simple list of ingredients. We all have been at a point where we are reading through the list of ingredients on a protein bar and stumble upon an ingredient that sounds shady, is unclear, or is something that you need to avoid. Naked Nutrition Peanut Butter protein bars are made of just five transparent materials without any natural flavors. People who love the taste of whey in protein bars may want to give this one a go.
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