Top Ten Protein Bars

Top Ten Protein Bars

Protein is a crucial part of a healthy diet, especially if you engage in regular exercise. It helps with satiety, muscle building, and speeds up with weight loss process. It’s no wonder that protein bars have become so popular in the fitness world. It is important to pay attention to the nutritional content and not just the fact that it says “protein bar” on the label. To help you decide which on is the best for you, we have listed what we feel are the top ten protein bars (in no specific order).

Top Ten Protein Bars

 

1. Smart For Life Green Tea Protein Bar:

180 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated), 18g carbs, 10g sugar, 160mg sodium, 2g fiber, 18g protein 

One of the problems with protein bars is that usually,the more protein a bar has, the higher the calories are. This one packs a protein punch, but still comes in at just 180 calories, making it perfect for a quick snack before your workout. It also contains green-tea extract, which has been shown to kick your metabolism into high gear by increasing the amount of calories you burn.

Top Ten Protein Bars

2. Kind Almond Walnut Macadamia with Peanuts + Protein:

200 calories, 14g fat (2g saturated), 13g carbs, 7g sugar, 65mg sodium, 2.5g fiber, 10g protein

This bar is a bit lower in protein than the other bars on the list. We recommend using this as a snack to help you control your appetite and give you energy throughout the day. It is made with all naturalingredients that will make your heart just as happy as they make your mouth! The sugar content is also lower than other bars with similar ingredients.

Top Ten Protein Bars

3. Zing Almond Blueberry Bar:

220 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated), 23g carbs, 11g sugar, 115mg sodium, 6g fiber, 11g protein

This bar is gluten-free, soy-freem and wheat-free. It’s made with 100% organic indredients. It is made with whey protein isolate, something that most protein powders contain because of their associationwith muscle building and post-workout success. If you are an almond lover, this is the protein bar for you. Coming in at 220 calories, use it as a meal replacement or after an intense workout.

Top Ten Protein Bars

4. Health Warrior Mango Chia Bar:

100 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated), 14g carbs, 5g sugar, 34mg sodium, 4g fiber, 3g protein

The protein content in Health Warrior bars is quite a bit lower than the other bars. For this reason, and the fact that it’s only 100 calories, we recommend eating it as a snack.  The main reason we love theseis the fact that they contain chia seeds. In recent years, chia seeds have blown up in popularity because of their variety of health benefits. They are filled with omega-3 fatty acids, which help to improve blood health, brain health, and overall mood.

Top Ten Protein Bars

5. Quest Cookies and Cream Bar:

180 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated), 22g carbs, 1g sugar, 310mg sodium, 17g fiber, 21g protein 

Does your sweet tooth cause you to have cravings forthings you shouldn’t be eating? Satisfy your love of Oreos by switching the real thing out for one of these babies. At just 180 calories it delivers 21 grams of protein, making it excellent for athletes. Although a bit higher in fat content and sodium then the other bars on the list, it’s a great way to kick your habit of indulging in sweets while still getting serious nutritional value.

Top Ten Protein Bars

6. Power Crunch French Vanilla Bar:

200 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated), 8g carbs, 5g sugar, 100mg sodium, 1g fiber, 14g protein

It’s easy to get sick of the thick, sometimes heavy texture of many protein bars out there. If you want to switch it up with something different, go for a Power Crunch bar. They have crunchy, lighttexture, and they taste like a cookie. Not to mention the fact that it packs more protein than carbs, which is pretty rare in the category of protein bars.

Top Ten Protein Bars

7. Honey Stinger Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Protein Bar:

180 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated), 19g carbs, 16g sugar, 26mg sodium, 2g fiber, 10g protein

Although not the lowest bar in terms of sugar content,the honey stinger bar is packed with vitamins and minerals. It contains everything from calcium to magnesium to manganese. All that while still delivering 10 grams of protein. This is another great bar for people who love a delicious dessert. The bar has a rich, sweet flavor that is unmatched by most other protein bars on the market.

Top Ten Protein Bars

8. Luna Protein Mint Chocolate Chip Bar:

 170 calories, 5g fat (3.5 saturated), 20g carbs, 13g sugar, 250mg sodium, 3g fiber, 12g protein

Although the regular Luna bars aren’t best when it comes to nutritional content, the protein variety is worth mentioning. Coming in at only 170 calories, it still packs a protein punch of 12 grams. Themint chocolate chip is our favorite flavor. If it’s not your thing, choose from one of their other 5 flavors. It also has almost as much calcium as a glass of milk, which sets it apart from many other health bars.

Top Ten Protein Bars

9. MetRX Creamy Peanut Butter Crisp Bar:

310 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated), 33g carbs, 3g sugar, 560mg sodium, 2g fiber, 30g protein

The higher caloric content in this bar makes it bestfor a meal replacement bar. It is perfect for when are heading out the door to work in the morning. The fact that it is 310 calories is countered by the 30 grams of protein each bar delivers.  They also make a bar smaller in size. At just 200 calories, it still offers 19 grams of protein. We recommend eating the smaller bar before your workout. It will help keep energy levels up without feeling heavy in your stomach.

Top Ten Protein Bars

 

10. Nature Valley Coconut Almond Protein Bar:

190 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated), 14g carbs, 7g sugar, 190mg sodium, 5g fiber, 10g protein

We included this on our list because it is less expensive than the majority of other bars on the list. They are also easy to find. They can be found at any major grocery store, so you don’t have to travel to ahealth food location just for your protein bars! Nature Valley protein bars come in a variety of flavors, but this one is by far our favorite. You can’t beat the combo of almonds and coconut!

Top Ten Protein Bars

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