Strong & Kind
Best For: Snack; pre-workout fuel source
STRONG & KIND bars come in multiple flavors and 10 grams of protein, that will help you stay full. KIND bars are made with whole almonds, seeds, and legumes packed with essential amino acids without the use of soy, whey, gluten or GMOs. The new savory line boasts unusual bar flavors like Honey Smoked BBQ, Roasted Jalapeño and Thai Sweet Chili.
Best For: Pre/post-workout protein source
These Perfect Bars pack ingredients like kale, spinach, celery, and alfalfa in recipes free of gluten, soy and GMOs. Preservative-free, all of the bars require refrigeration, but are safe to be carried for several hours in your bag. Aren’t they just perfect?!
Best For: Meal replacement
A fan favorite! Quest Bars deliver a healthy serving of whey protein in the form of mouth-watering flavors like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Strawberry Cheesecake. The best part? These bars have no sugar, though some flavors do contain artificial sweeteners while others use natural stevia. They are low in carbs and gluten-free. Talk about having your cake and eating it too!
Health Warrior Chia Bar
Best For: Snack
Health Warrior supplies this unique chewy bar that packs in protein, fiber, omega-3s, magnesium and calcium all in one! Smaller than your typical nutrition bar, each snack is 100 calories and free of gluten, soy, dairy and GMOs. Flavors like Coconut, Apple Cinnamon, and Chocolate Peanut Butter are indulgent but thanks to the use of organic agave, contain less than 5 grams of sugar. Look out for the brand’s new double-sized bar.
Best For: Meal replacement; post workout snack
The Larabar ALT’s recipe is made of dates, peanuts, pea protein, sunflower oil, brown rice syrup and brown rice flour. All flavors are kosher and free of gluten, dairy and GMOs. They just launched two new flavors, Chocolate Chip Macaroon and Chocolate Peanut Butter, giving you some satisfyingly sweet options with a nutty taste. Yum!
Vega One Sport Protein
Best For: Meal replacement; post-workout snack
Professional Ironman triathlete and best-selling author on plant-based nutrition, Brendan Brazier, created the Vega One Sport Protein Bar specifically with the vegan athlete in mind. Non-GMO and gluten-free, these bars come in delicious flavors like Chocolate and Coconut Almond. With 15 grams of plant-based protein, they’re also a great way to support muscle recovery after a grueling workout.
As protein is an essential part of a healthy diet and has proven to boost muscle growth, curb your hunger, promote weight loss and lower blood pressure, protein bars have become a very popular and convenient way to meet your daily protein needs. Some bars even contain as much protein as a chicken breast! But don’t be fooled, many brands are loaded with sugar making them more like candy bars than a healthy diet complement.
We listed some of our favorites but here are a few quick tips to keep in mind when shopping for protein bars:
1. If you need a snack look for bars with 200 calories or less.
2. For an on-the-go meal replacement, look for bars that have 200 calories or more.
3. If you are an athlete who wants a post-workout recovery protein bar, look for bars with about 20 grams of protein.
4. Look for a short ingredients list to ensure your bar is minimally processed.