It’s snack time! What are you reaching for? While whole, natural foods should always be your number one pick, supplements and meal replacement bars and shakes can really help us fill in the gaps where our nutrition lacks. But not all protein bars and shakes are created equally. Many are just glorified candy bars. Here are my top 5 picks with their full nutritional breakdown.
Top 5 Protein Bar Picks
- RX Bar Nutrition facts vary slightly by flavor but on average you get about 210 Calories, 7 G Fat, 26 G Carbs and 12 G Protein. These do not have an outer coating which makes them easy to pack for any occasion. They are made of whole ingredients and are a pretty clean snack. The blueberry and coconut are my favorite flavors. My only complaint – they can be a little tough to chew if they get cold
2. Power Crunch I actually didn’t try these until last week. These are really tasty. Have you ever had those colorful wafer cookies? That is what these taste like. Again, the nutrition info varies slightly by flavor. I tried the vanilla and cookies and cream flavors and both are really good. On average they provide 205 Calories, 13 G Fat, 8 G Carbs (1 G Fiber), and 14 G of Protein. They are a bit higher in fat but I mostly eat leaner meats so it fits my macros. My only complaint – they melt quickly and fall apart very easily. I’d recommend keeping them chilled and eating them quickly.
3. Oh Yeah! One Bars These are one of my favorites. I’ve tried the blueberry, maple donut, pumpkin pie, almond bliss, cinnamon roll and salted caramel flavors and they are all good. They are nice and soft unlike a lot of protein bars and they also pack a lot of flavor. On average you’re looking at roughly 230 Calories, 9 G Fat, 22 G Carbs and 21 G Protein. These have an excellent carb to protein ratio and are a protein powerhouse. I love packing these on Disneyland days. My only complaint – the price. These babies on average will cost about $2.50 each BUT with 21 G of protein, it should keep you full for a few hours.
4. ON Cake Bites These are pretty similar to the Oh Yeah! One Bars in terms of texture and consistency. These are a little lighter (less dense) however. You get 3 “bites” per package. These will average about 240 Calories, 7 G Fat, 25 G Carbs and 20 G Protein. Not quite as nutritious as the Oh Yeah! bars but they are still a good option. These would be a great late night treat. My only complaints – again are the price and availability. They’re a little pricy and hard to find.
5. Quest Beyond Cereal Protein Bars Seriously all 3 flavors of these are AMAZING! These also do not have an outer coating so they can be packed and toted anywhere without fear of a melted sticky disaster. Each only have 110 Calories 4.5 G Fat, 17 G Carbs and 12 G Protein per bar. They’re an excellent grab and go snack. They are sweet and slightly crunchy with a Rice Krispy Treat like texture and they are also gluten free (if you’re into that). My only complaint – I can’t keep them in the house long enough. Everyone in our family LOVES these.
What are your favorite protein bars? Let me know below!