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The Best Protein Bars

It’s everyone’s dilemma. You’re looking for something healthy you can grab on-the-go that tastes great and doesn’t have a million ingredients. In our previous post, The Best Snack Bars Under 150 Calories, I reviewed bars that are best for a snack between meals or for a quick source of energy before a workout. To find the best protein bars, I looked for more complete bars with at least 10 grams of protein that can be used as a post-workout recovery food or even as a part of lunch in a pinch if you’re out on the trail or stuck in your car.

It’s important to rely on packaged foods as little as possible and you don’t need to start incorporating protein bars into your daily routine, but it is great to have some healthier options on hand in times in need. The problem with protein bars is that they often have loads of artificial ingredients and are really no better for you than a Snickers bar.

I’ve rated the following bars based on taste, ingredients, nutrients, and price. This is a popular post that I keep updated and some companies have sent me bars to sample but I have not been paid by any of these companies to review these products. All opinions are my own. Some links provided are affiliate links. 

I skipped over all the bars with a million sketchy ingredients like Power Bar, ZonePerfect, Met-RX, Adkins, Muscle Milk, Detour, Myoplex, EAS, Probar and Balance Bar— do NOT eat this crap. They all get automatic F’s.

Oatmega Bar
the best protein barsOatmega made it to the top of the list because each bar has 250 mg of EPA and DHA (healthy fatty acids).
They are organic and use New Zealand grass-fed whey with around 200 calories, 5 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fiber, 14 grams of protein and NO fake sweeteners. My favorite flavor is Chocolate Mint, but I like the Lemon Chia and White Chocolate Raspberry options too (because they’re not your typical chocolate peanut butter flavor that every brand has). Out of all of the bars on this list, Oatmega is the one that my clients say tastes the best. Oatmega bars are on the cheap end too at about $2 per single bar or $6 for a 4 pack. They are easy to find in singles and 4 packs in most grocery stores including Target, Publix, HEB, and Walmart (usually in nutrition aisle where the supplements are).

KIND Protein Athe best protein bars, kind protein bar review
Not all Kind bars fit my 10g of protein– skip the breakfast bars and look for ones that say PROTEIN. Some stores stock them by the rest of the breakfast barsand others have them in the “nutrition” aisle. KINDs line tend to be one of the cheaper options when it comes to good bars and you can often find them in the airport snack bar and gas stations. 

KIND Sweet & Spicy A
Sometimes you’re just not in the mood for a sweet or chocolatey bar. Enter KIND’s Sweet & Spicy line. Bold, savory flavors like roasted jalapeño almond are made with whole foods, non-GMO ingredients, and 10 grams of protein per bar. 

Good2Go Protein Bar A
Good2Go (or G2G) is perfect for fueling athletes. No refined sugars, no preservatives and high in protein from whey, nut butters and oats. These bars are super filling, made from real food, and at 300 calories per bar are good on their own as a meal-on-the-go. If you like peanut butter or almond butter, you’ll love these bars. G2G offers 20% off any order using the code “NUTRI”. 

RXBARRXBAR review, the best protein bars A
Only 8 ingredients? Sold. I love RxBar’s no nonsense packaging and simple message. They have no gluten, soy, dairy, or added sugar and get most of their protein from egg whites. A bar made from real food that provides real fuel. They don’t have the intense sweetness or bitter aftertaste like some protein bars on the market that use sucralose but they do have a chewy consistency that some people don’t enjoy. RXBARs can be found in singles at most grocery stores, including Trader Joes. The Coffee Chocolate is my favorite flavor.

NuGo Slim A
Brownie Crunch 
This bar was pretty perfect for me- 190 calories with 16 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber and only 2 grams of sugar.
I loved the dark chocolate taste of the Brownie Crunch and that they used no artificial sweeteners. The Crunchy Peanut Butter was too dry and not as satisfying. It’s harder to find, but NuGo tends to be cheaper than RXbars, Oatmega or Good2Go. Keep in mind that all the lines of NuGo bars are created equal- in taste or nutrition. They do offer vegan flavors of the Slim line as well.

the bar shack, the best protein bars, protein bar reviewsThe Bar Shack A
Custom-Made Protein Bars
Want a bar that perfectly fits your needs? Make your own! The Bar Shack lets you pick your base, add in your favorite type of protein, and throw in the superfoods of your choice. You choose each and every ingredient, name your bar, and even customize the label. Perfect for anyone with dietary restrictions or allergies.

Pottentia Protein Bar A
Simple, super filling bars with all the right stuff. Only 7 ingredients: prebiotic fiber, grass fed whey protein, organic almond butter, organic dates, almonds, organic coconut, and organic vanilla extract. They are gluten free, have no artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols or syrups, and provide 22 grams of protein per bar. Pottentia is a small company and you can only find them on Amazon (for now). These bars are perfect for athletes or as a meal on the go. I can eat half of one for a snack and save the other half for later. They cost about $2 per bar.

thinkThin Lean Protein and Fiber Bar A-
The macros are great: 150 calories, 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of sugar. They taste almost as good eating a candy bar. The flavor and texture of the Salted Caramel reminds me of a Tagalong Girlscout Cookie. The Cinnamon Bun White Chocolate and Birthday Cake hit the spot too. Don’t get me wrong here, these bars are not exactly real food. The ingredients are non-GMO, but the list is long (and includes things like “natural” flavors). There are no artificial sweeteners or fiber though, so I choose these over Quest bars—for taste, texture, price AND ingredients. They run between $1.50 and $1.75 per bar so they don’t break the bank, plus they are easy to find. I stock up on them for when I’m in the mood for something sweet. I’m a sucker for their seasonal flavors like Pumpkin Spice and Dark Chocolate Peppermint too.  

Keep in mind that thinkThin’s Lean Protein and Fiber bar is different from the thinkThin High Protein (B) bar. The high protein version packs 20 grams of protein in the 230-240 calorie bar but they have a dry texture and semi-bitter flavor.

Good Greens Wellness Barthe best protein bars, protein bar reviews A-
Good Greens bars have soft texture and are vegan, gluten, dairy, and preservative-free. They have added probiotics and superfood ingredients, 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in 190 calories. The Pumpkin Spice flavor was my favorite (basic, I know). They have a few less favorable ingredients like evaporated cane juice, palm kernel oil, and agave syrup but you also get an added bonus from superfoods like maca and camu powder, mangosteen, acai, and chorella.

Zing Nutrition Bar A-
Zing bars were made by registered dietitians who couldn’t find an adequate snack to recommend to their clients on the go.
 They get major bonus points for covering 15% of daily iron needs in one bar. They’re non-GMO and get most of their protein from a nut blend, rice protein concentrate, and pea protein. The downside is that you probably have to go to a specialty store like Whole Foods to find them and they cost between $2.50 and $3.50 per bar.

Perfect Bar, Carob Chip B
There’s nothing wrong with this bar– it’s very similar in texture and taste to the Good2Go bars just with a teeny bit more calories and sugar and less protein.
The predominant flavor was honey which was a little too sweet for me. I prefer the Good2Go Bars over the Perfect Bar because the size of the Good2Go bar fills me up a lot more, but I’m willing to give another flavor of the Perfect Bars a shot before I write them off. They are usually found in the refrigerated section of healthier grocery stores like Fresh Market, Lucky’s and Whole Foods.

square organics barSquare Organics B
You want something that tastes like a decadent dark chocolate candy bar or truffle? Square Organics is your bar. I couldn’t believe how delicious these things are, given that I don’t love a lot of plant-based protein bars. You can find them at Whole Foods, Lucky’s Market, and some of the bigger, nicer Publix. The sugars are a little higher than some of the other bars on this list (11-13g), but like I said, they taste like candy. The Chocolate Coated Cherry Coconut is my favorite. Square offers 20% off any order on their website with the discount code “MEGAN20”.

Vega Sport Protein Bar B
Vega bars are higher on the calorie end at 260 calories per bar and are designed for people with an active lifestyle.
They get their protein from organic sprouted whole grain brown rice protein and pea protein and have bonus nutrients from alfalfa and SaviSeed. They  are perfect for post-workout recovery. Unfortunately, they also have 16-19 grams of sugar per bar and cost around $3-4, both of which are a little too high for me. For those needing the extra calories and carbs, and have the cash, go for it.

Dr. Mercola’s Pro Puff Protein Bar, Vanilla Almond B
The calories and macronutrients in this bar are great (only 1 gram of sugar). They’re non-GMO and have no artificial sweeteners. They have a really strong vanilla flavor and a chewy, almost sticky consistency with seeds scattered throughout. I definitely didn’t mind it but I just couldn’t wrap my head around paying $4 for a single bar. I’ve only seen them available online and if you really loved them, you could buy them by the box (12) for$3 a bar or in bulk from Dr. Mercola’s website and end up paying around $2.80 a bar (plus shipping). They’re also gluten and soy free. 

Health Warrior Superfood Protein Bar
Dark Chocolate Coconut Sea Salt, B
This bar is made mostly of an organic ancient grain blend of chia, oats, and quinoa. The taste is just OK, very similar to the Coconut Chocolate RX bar with with the consistency of chia added. I just didn’t find it worth the 200 calories for only 10 grams of protein. The good part is that you get the extra benefit of omega 3s from the chia that you don’t get from most bars. It’s not bad, but Oatmega bars are better.

Luna Protein Bar C
They taste decent and definitely curb my sweet craving but they are about half the size of other protein bars at 1.6 ounces. Lunas are on the high end for saturated fat at 3.5 grams and sugar at 14 grams. The upside is that they have 12 grams of protein and added calcium, iron, folic acid and vitamin D. They contain some organic ingredients but are not 100% organic. Luna’s website states that they use no hydrogenated oils and source non-genetically modified ingredients but they are not non-GMO certified. I wish these bars had a little less sugar than 14 grams and were less pricey considering there’s not a whole lot of “whole foods” ingredients. 

Quest Bar C
quest.bar.graded.by.nutritionistThe body building and figure competitor communities are absolutely obsessed with Quest.
They come in about a million different flavors and the macronutrients are pretty incredible– all are under 200 calories, over 15 grams of fiber, 1 gram or less of sugar and 20 grams of protein. They’re big in size and have lots of bulk to fill you up so I can see why competitors love them.

The first flavor I tried felt was grainy and felt like I was just chewing on protein powder. It left a weird taste in my mouth– probably from the 6 grams of erythritol and the overpowering taste of sugar alcohols. I personally made the decision to cut artificial sweeteners out of my diet so I won’t be making them a staple. Cookies & Cream was probably the best flavor I tried but the Lemon Cream Pie was completely inedible. They’re not cheap at $2.50 per bar but it is better than hitting the vending machine. 

Clif Bar B or F, depending on your activity
coconut.chocolate.chip.clif.barThere are about 20 different flavors of Clif bars. Depending on the flavor they can run between 230 and 250 calories per bar and are geared toward someone needing a meal on the go, not just a snack. The 22-25 grams of sugar is high, but if you’re out trekking, climbing or mountain biking all day (which is what these bars were made for) you need the extra carbs for energy.

Clif bars are 70% organic and use ingredients that are not genetically engineered. They’ve got lots of added vitamins and minerals and 10 grams of protein per bar. My favorites are the Peanut Toffee Buzz (with caffeine) and Carrot Cake. They fill you up and and are probably the cheapest bars on this list at about 99 cents a piece.

I give them a for an on-the-trail breakfast or during a long day of serious physical activity, but I’d still love for you to add more protein (like a hard-boiled egg) if you’re having it as a meal. F if you’re not active (like going to sit at a desk all day) and don’t need the extra carbs/sugar.

LARABAR ALT protein barsLarabar ALT, Lemon Pound Cake Fruit and Nut Bar, C
This one was just OK. I’ve got to give them points for having only 9 ingredients, all of which I can pronounce. They are non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. Ten grams of protein is pretty good for this little bar and it tasted alright, but at 210 calories it wasn’t as good as something called Lemon Pound Cake should taste. I still wanted a cookie afterward. I also tried Chocolate Peanut Butter. The flavor was better but the texture wasn’t. The hard chunks and soft bar didn’t mesh well. It wasn’t worth it. 

The Larabar ALT is the only Larabar with 10 or more grams of protein, so I did not include other Lara bars in this list.

Power Crunch Protein Energy Bar C
If you’re really craving a vanilla wafer or a Kit-Kat but need some extra protein, buy one of these. Otherwise, I’d pick something else on the list. They’re not terrible as far as ingredients but they’re not the best either (palm oil, enriched flour, palm kernel oil, canola oil). All the flavors are decent and at least there’s no artificial sweeteners. 

Perfectly Simple by Zone Perfect Cperfectly.simple.bars
These bars have only 8 ingredients and 10 grams of protein but the first ingredient is invert dried cane syrup (sugar).
I snagged this bar for a breakfast on the go in the airport, along with some strawberries I brought along. It’s not the worst thing I could eat, but it’s not the best either.

Chapul Aztec Bar D
the best protein barsAt least I can say I tried it. This bar is made with cricket protein powder. Crickets are an environmentally sustainable complete protein source and high in iron and B-12. Crickets require little resources and some say it’s the “protein source of the future.” Cricket protein and protein bars have been gaining popularity lately so I figured it was time to bite the bullet and give it a try. The Dark Chocolate, Coffee, and Cayenne was bad enough that I couldn’t bring myself to eat more than 2 bites. I give them points for innovation, but the flavor and macros (only 5 grams of protein and 25 grams of sugar) need significant improvement before I start eating bugs.

GreensPlusBarGREENS PLUS Plus Bar F
I stopped in Whole Foods after a workout to try to find a new bar I hadn’t tried and landed on this.
It was disgusting. It tasted like algae mixed with syrup and peanut butter and had the consistency of old chewing gum. Sure, the ingredients are ideal but there’s way too many options there to gag these down.

If you need help losing weight, improving your performance, or increasing your energy, contact me at megan@orlandodietitian.com or schedule your appointment here. Not in Orlando but still need some nutrition tips? We also do online or over the phone consultations.



72 responses to “The Best Protein Bars”

  1. jcannatti says:

    Thank you so much for this! I’m constantly in need of something quick but I don’t have the time, energy or knowledge to check out every bar out there!

  2. Renee says:

    I have to know why Kind bars didn’t make the cut??
    What am I missing?? Everyone talks like they are so natural and healthy. Are they not? Or is it just that you think the others are better??

    I loved this article though! So helpful!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  3. Kevin says:

    Wow, great article. Glad I came across it. Very helpful indeed.

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  5. this is just wonderful!! I have only tried KIND and Lara bars so far…i dont know the obsession with QUEST Bar…I will have to share this on my page NOW!

  6. Kayla says:

    You should try the B-Up bars.

  7. What to Eat After a Workout | Storehouse says:

    […] Be careful of ready-to-drink shakes on the market– they are often full of sodium and additives. Many protein powders and bars also have artificial ingredients that aren’t good for your body and aren’t made from real food. Read the label! If your brain doesn’t recognize an ingredient as food, neither will your body! Read my post on the best and worst protein bars here. […]

  8. Storehouse / What to Eat After a Workout says:

    […] Be careful of ready-to-drink shakes on the market– they are often full of sodium and additives. Many protein powders and bars also have artificial ingredients that aren’t good for your body and aren’t made from real food. Read the label! If your brain doesn’t recognize an ingredient as food, neither will your body! Read my post on the best and worst protein bars here. […]

  9. Lindsay says:

    Hello. I just landed on your website while doing a search for “protein bars that do NOT have the terrible after taste”. This comprehensive list was a great find. I’ve tried almost all of these bars and agree with your points on just about every single one. I just recently found Quest bars at my local grocery store and gave them a go. And so began my aforementioned search for not horribly tasting, but still high in protein snack bars.

    One question for you: Have you ever tried http://www.youbars.com/ ? A while ago, after much frustration, I decided to try customizing my own bar. It was delish, albeit expensive. :/ I guess I’ll go back to a mix of nuts for my snacking/protein before a workout fix.

    Thanks for your helpful reviews!

    • MeganWareRD says:

      Love that this article came up for that search, haha! I have not tried youbars. Have you tried making your own bars in your kitchen? I bet that would be much cheaper and you could probably make them similar to what you’re getting. Let me know if you want some recipes and I can point you to some good links!

  10. Autumn says:

    How are the NuGo protein bar brand compre to others on the list for an in the morning breakfast or a mid-day snack?

    • MeganWareRD says:

      I honestly haven’t tried the NuGo bars. I don’t think they look appetizing. They’re made mostly of rice crisps and that’s just not my thing– seems like a total waste of calories (just like rice cakes!). At first glance, the bar I’m looking at of theirs has 14 grams of sugar from 3 sources: cane sugar, agave syrup and tapioca syrup. I think you could do better!

      • Autumn says:

        Well they have a line of bars what they call Smarte Carb. They have 5g of fiber, 16-20g of protein and 0g of sugar and only about 150 calories for there chocolate black cherry which I haven’t tried yet but my friend recommended to me cause they’re low fat and kosher. And if you look on there website they aren’t made with any high fructose corn syrup. Would those be a good option?

        • admin says:

          The things I don’t like about it is that the first ingredient is soy but it’s not organic (which means it’s likely genetically modified) and it’s got maltitol and sucralose (sugar substitutes) to make it taste good AKA tricking your taste buds. If neither of those things are a concern of yours, go for it!

        • I tried and reviewed the Nugo Slim bars and updated the post!

  11. Ana says:

    Hi, I’ve really been wanting to try oatmega but I hear mixed reviews on the taste. I can only buy them online because I live in CO. I was wondering if you tried the chocolate pb flavor?

  12. sandra says:

    What about the herbalife proteien bar.cost per bar please.

    • MeganWareRD says:

      I have not tried the Herbalife protein bar and don’t plan on it. The first 2 ingredients are fractionated palm kernel oil and maltitol. The fourth is dextrose (sugar) then there’s polydextrose, oligofructose, and more palm kernel oil. No thank you!

  13. Carol-Ann says:

    Have you tried making your own Quest bars? I’ve been making mine for over 1 month.
    They taste exactly like the store bought and have only 4 ingredients in them. I make them in batches of 12.

    Vita Fiber syrup
    protein powder(vanilla or chocolate)
    almond flour
    a few crushed oreo cookies


    • Megan says:

      No! I’ve never even heard of VitaFiber. Do they list the ingredients on the label? They list the nutrition facts but I can’t find the actual ingredient list on their website.

  14. Thanks for this! We’re headed to Europe on vacation soon and we learned that it’s helpful for us to bring a good stash of bars for times we’re on the run and can’t find something healthy in a pinch. We were often famished because we didn’t stop all day, sometimes not even for lunch. We went through a good 20+ bars on our last 2 week trip and I’m looking for something even healthier this time.

  15. Carol-Ann says:

    Have you “Googled” Vita-Fiber? It should bring up the information you’re looking for.

    I actually get a generic brand on eBay that’s cheaper and offers free shipping. IMO Syrup. If you go into eBay and plug in Vita-Fiber as a search it should bring it up.

  16. alanna says:


    I love your article, I have a question about the Quest bars. how do you know how much artificial sweetener is in the quest bars?


  17. alanna says:

    how do you know how much artificial sweetener is in the quest bars?


    (repost so I can check off the “notify me of follow up comments” box)

  18. alanna says:

    RXBAR and Risebar seem great, I am trying to find them in Canada

  19. this article is very helpful !!! there are so many options like different flavors, low sugar etc. Seems yumm and delicious. Thanks for sharing it… one must also visit : Protidiet Protein Bars

  20. SM says:

    You’ve gotta try the Raw Rev Glo bars! They’re like Quest but vegan, with superfoods, no soy, low sugar, no stevia/sucralose. Mint is my FAVE!!! Link: http://www.rawrev.com

  21. Tiffany says:

    Juice Plus Complete bars are always my choice! Nothing like whole food nutrition! Non Gmo, gluten and dairy free, vegan protein! http://tsullivan.juiceplus.com/

  22. Sarah Hammel Bakula says:

    Where do you get 8g sugar? I’very never found one with more than 5g?

    • Are you referring to the Oatmega bars? They’ve changed their labeling in the past year so I would assume that they tweaked their ingredients/formulation as well. The labels now list “under 5 grams of sugar” on each bar, but when I tried them that wasn’t the case. I’ll update the post to reflect that. Thanks for the heads up!

  23. sagefire says:

    “I skipped over all the bars with a million ingredients”—That whole philosophy of assuming food with a lot of ingredients is bad for you is just willful ignorance. The important thing is what is actually in the food, not the number of ingredients. Ever heard of Perfect Bars? The ingredients list on a perfect bar is longer than some of those bars you’ve black-listed but if you actually take 5-10 seconds to read the ingredients, it’s all just simple, organic food stuff (mostly Peanut Butter, Honey, Dried egg powder and dried fruit/vegetable powders + a bunch of different plant oils). Personally I really like the Perfect Bars as a meal replacement, especially because they lack exactly some of the ingredients you’re afraid of in the other bars with many increments (hydrogenated oils, preservatives, etc.).

    I don’t think Balance Bars deserve the bad rap you’re giving them either. They have a few undesirable ingredients (mainly the Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil) most of them are innocuous and the price (about $0.99 per bar) blows most other bars out of the water considering it provides 14-15g of Protein. It’s extremely difficult to get more than 8g of protein from one of these bars for under $2. As long as you’re not scarfing them down on a regular basis in unreasonable quantities, the cost savings is easily worth a couple of bad ingredients, especially in the light of a fairly good macro ratio and lots of vitamins (which are easy to miss out if you’re not a fruit fiend or naively assume you actually absorb all the minerals and nutrients from leafy vegetables, or even worse if you cook them!).

  24. Chris says:

    Just found your article. Was delighted that you liked Zing bars!! Discovered them at whole foods three years ago and love them. Just bought two boxes of Zing bars at Wegmans in MD. I figured four dietitians can’t go wrong. Thanks for the ratings!!!

    • I met one of the RDs behind Zing bars last year at the national Food and Nutrition Conference and he was awesome! I feel great buying them because I know they were created by the pros. Unfortunately they are a little hard to find here in Florida!

  25. […] questions about what type of protein to use or bars to eat, read The Best Protein Powder and The Best Protein Bars. Do you NEED to use either of these things? No. You can get 20-30 grams of protein from real food […]

  26. JJ says:

    Have you checked out the NuGo Slim bars? I would love to hear your take on the ingredient list for those bars, especially they vegan cruncy peanut flavor. And also their other gluten free vegan bars. Thanks!!

    • I tasted samples of a few of the NuGo Fiber d’Lish bars at a conference and wasn’t a huge fan, so I haven’t tried any of their other lines. I’ll have to give them another chance!

      • JJ says:

        I tried the d’Lish bars and didn’t like them at all. The NuGo Slim and NuGo Dark bars are completely different. They taste incredible. Without a doubt the best bars I’ve had. I just worry that they are too good to be true. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

        Another brand you should check out is Simply Protein bars and snacks. I just found them and would be curious to hear what you think about them as well.

  27. bobbyg says:

    I’ve gotten a few boxes of the NuGo Slim bars. They do taste ok, and at 16g have a lot more protein than some of the others (especially considering the low calories).

    But I have found that they are literally hard to swallow. Not sure what’s in them that causes that, but I have to have a drink nearby or I fear I might choke to death!

  28. Sam Ghaderyan says:

    I used to be a fan of Quest bars but they have too many artificial stuff in it. Now I use NuGo Slim bars.

  29. Karen says:

    TBH I love the Aztec Chapul (cricket) bars. I guess it depends on how adventurous an eater you are.

    • Good to know other people enjoy them! I’m super adventurous when it comes to food, I just did not enjoy the taste or texture. Maybe I’d have better luck with another flavor.

    • Thomas Ktwentyone says:

      These only have 5 grams of protein per bar – and a whopping 25 grams of sugar? They don’t qualify as protein bars. You yourself said bars have to have at least 10 grams of protein to be considered. Do you work for the sugar lobby?

  30. Alex Gordon says:

    Bought my first box of the Oatmega chocolate mint and it is amazing. Tastes better than the Clif one. So glad I stumbled across this site. Also bought the ThinkThin ones too. Any chance for a protein drink article?

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  32. Thomas Ktwentyone says:

    Try the “Pure Protein” brand – sold at many large food stores, I buy mine at Kroger. About $1.25 to $1.50 each depending on sales campaign.
    I switched to them from Quest when Quest reformulated their bars. The new Quest bars give me immense amounts of gas, horrible. Anyway, the “Pure Protein” bars pack about 20gr of protein per 200 calories, which to me is a great ratio. Many of the bars you have chosen in your list are too much candy for me – I’m a fairly serious lifter and always look to limit my carb intake. My bodyfat is below 13% as a result.

    • I respectfully disagree. The Pure Protein brand tastes like fake food and is full of erythritol and fiber fillers. The bars I prefer are made from real food, which may make them higher in natural sugars from things like fruit or honey, not the refined processed sugar you would find in “candy.”

      • Thomas Ktwentyone says:

        Note that this is supposed to be about PROTEIN bars, not general mixed-use snack bars.
        I run a diet which is very high in protein and low in (esp refined) carbs. As a result I have quite low bodyfat levels (<13%) – what is your BF%?
        If you like sugary products, go ahead – it's a free country, but they're not optimal for someone wanting to lose weight and build a lean body. There are no fiber fillers in Pure Protein that I'm aware of – the Quest bars do, and that's why I stopped using them, they gave me so much gas. Embarrassing.
        The sweetener used is sucralose (aka Splenda) which some people have intense feelings about (along the lines of folks who dislike microwave ovens and WiFi equipment, i.e. the slightly unhinged). In any case, it's only 4gr of sucralose in one bar, so I think the body can handle it.
        Regarding taste, well, I think some bars are rather tasty- the purest (chocolate deluxe – 21gr of protein and only 180 cal) is not so tasty (in a way that 85-90% chocolate bars stop being tasty.

        • Each bar reviewed here must have at least 10 grams of protein or more to even be considered. I do not measure my body fat regularly but feel free to click my programs and rates page for a full-length photo if you feel the need to judge my body rather than my education or professional experience.
          Pure Protein bars contain soluble corn fiber as well as chicory root fiber.
          Pure Protein bars do not even contain sucralose (which I have many reasons for avoiding that have nothing to do with microwaves or wifi). They use erythritol and stevia as sweeteners instead.
          To each his own- you enjoy the taste of the Pure Protein bars and they serve a purpose for you. Great! You’ve found something that works for you. The purpose of this post is to help others find tasty, high protein options on the go that closely resemble real food as much as possible.

          • Thomas Ktwentyone says:

            Ha ha ha, you can’t even read product labels….
            Pure Protein bars absolutely contain Sucralose – it says so on the labels, or do you think they intentionally violate product labelling rules? You must be confusing them with some other brand – or just confused?
            There is no Chicory root mentioned on the label, so I don’t know where you’re getting that from. Any even if there were Chicory root in there – that’s good for you.
            Regarding “soluble fibers” – when did that turn into something bad? Those are healthy!!! The Pure Protein bars have peanut and almond butter in them, that’s my guess as to where the 2 grams of dietary fibers per bar comes from.
            You’ve now officially demonstrated that you are clueless.

  33. PJ says:

    how about this one? the nutrition information is pretty good. http://www.primalkitchen.com/products/almond-dark-chocolate-bars/

  34. Tammy says:

    What about Empact Bars? Are they chewy, not chalky!? Im needing somethingwith no added sugars all natural and chewy not crunchy

  35. […] never know when hanger will strike, which is why I always have a bar in my purse for on-the-go snacking. My favorite snack of late requires a little prep work, but it […]

  36. For those who like chocolate in their protein, please try Rine Bars – saw them pop up as a suggestion and bought a box. They are so good for pre and post workout. And they taste SO good. Finally found a protein bar that tastes good and makes a difference to my workouts.

    • MeganWareRD says:

      I couldn’t find a list of ingredients for Rine bars on their website. Are there any artificial sweeteners?

  37. Katherine Heaney says:

    How do you feel about Complete Cookies?

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  38. Have been looking for good granola and protein bars and have tried almost all brands and FINALLY found the best by a brand called Rine Bars. They came up as an Amazon ad and I bought an Assorted box to test how good they are. Really great taste and so cheap, esp compared to Yoga, HYP etc. Just 60 bucks and HUGE bars that keep you full for long. They are very handy while traveling or if I need a quick bite during work hours.

  39. Kirsten says:

    Thanks for the recommendations. I tried the Oatmega bar, and really liked it, except it gave me terrible gastrointestinal pain (I have UC). Looked it up, and it’s the Chicory Root in the bar. Shame, because it fit all my protein-bar needs otherwise!

  40. […] For a bar with more than 150 calories to serve as a more substantial snack, check out my post The Best Protein Bars. […]

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