Demystifying the Protein Bar

There are a multitude of protein bar options on the market today.  It’s almost overwhelming to shop for them.  They seem to come in every flavor, texture, and price point.  Which one is right for you?

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Bars are commonly used as a meal replacement, post-workout fuel, or a low-energy pick-me-up.

When using as a meal replacement or post-workout replenisher, look for bars HIGH in protein (10 grams or more, ideally) and LOW in sugars.  So many of these bars are absolutely LOADED with sugar, which causes your energy level to plummet.  What’s the point of that??  You may as well be eating a candy bar.

What to look for on the label?  Fiber is a plus, and many look for bars that are low-glycemic, non-GMO, and gluten free.  Low sodium is another plus, as is low sugar alcohols.

Some office favorites?  Here they are:

Think Thin High Protein Bar

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This one wins by a landslide.  The main reasons being that they have low sugar, and they FILL YOU UP!  Eat one for breakfast, and you won’t feel nary a hunger pang until well into the afternoon.  (Try the Creamy Peanut Butter).

FitJoy Nutrition Protein Bar

These come in a close second.  A major pro of these: they are not chalky or dry.  Gluten and GMO free, and no artificial preservatives, sweeteners, or flavors.  Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is delicious (DUH!) and not too sweet.

Zing Bars

These just taste healthy – in a good way.  Absent are the weird aftertastes that can sometimes accompany protein bars.  Present are natural flavors and textures.  Try Almond Blueberry – you won’t be disappointed!