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As a health coach, I am all for getting your vitamins and nutrients from real, whole foods. But as a busy human being, I am also about convenience. Therefore it’s not uncommon to see me grabbing a protein bar out of my bag between appointments. I have tried hundreds of protein bars over the years. Some delicious and some so disgusting that they got thrown out after one bite. Some super healthy, and some that were more like a protein packed candy bar. With all of these different bars on the market, I realize just how confusing it can be. So I decided to make a list of my top five healthy protein bars:
Quest protein bars are probably one of the most popular bars on the market. There’s no doubt that they are delicious. I mean they come in flavors like chocolate chip cookie dough, cookies & cream, and apple pie. Each bar has around 20g of protein and is less than 200 calories. You can also find them in many of your local grocery stores.
These 22 Days Nutrition protein bars are something that I accidentally stumbled upon recently. I found them at my local Target and was instantly intrigued by the fact that they are organic and plant based. Each bar is about 150 calories and has 15g of protein. These bars are also surprisingly low fat at less than 4.5g per bar. They come in delicious flavors like chunky peanut butter, fudge brownie, salted caramel, and peanut butter chocolate chip.
#3 Go Macro Bars
Go Macro Bars are one of the most underrated bar on the market. I first heard of them on Instagram, but am now seeing them pop up in local stores like Wegmans. According to their website, the bars are “cold-pressed, nut-butter based nutrition bars that offer a chewy and filling experience. Made from simple, clean ingredients, all MacroBars™ are certified vegan, gluten-free, organic, R.A.W., C.L.E.A.N., kosher and non-GMO project verified”. These bars are also extremely delicious! The peanut butter chocolate chip flavor is my favorite!
#2 Oatmega bars
Oatmega bars are another bar that I first found at Target (I’m sensing a trend here…). I really loved the fact that they contain omega-3’s, which is an essential fatty acid that is seriously lacking in most people’s diets. Plus they are made from grass-fed whey and are non-GMO. Therefore these bars are something you can feel good about eating. The chocolate peanut butter flavor is my favorite, but I actually haven’t found one that I haven’t liked.
#1 RX Bar
RX bars have become my favorite protein bar lately. No other bar out there has an ingredient list that short. These bars are a whole food protein bar made with real ingredients. They use things like almonds, egg whites, and dates. They come in a variety of delicious flavors, but the chocolate sea salt flavor will always have my heart.
There you have it! Don’t let the protein bar aisle confuse you. You can select one of the 5 bars above and snack happy knowing that you’ve made a nutritious and delicious choice!