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Protein Bars Can Be Healthy!
Many protein bars get a bad rap for masquerading as healthy nutrition bars when they're actually just glorified candy. In fact, the popular Gatorade Recover Protein Bars each contain a whopping 29 grams of sugar and you know that protein bars are almost always consumed in one sitting. At that point, you might be better off just eating a Snickers, which has less sugar, a decent amount of protein, and probably tastes better too.
I've compiled a list of three protein bars that tick the boxes for nutrition, taste, and price. These aren't just disguised candy, they're healthy snacks that won't destroy your diet either.
You can't talk about protein bars without bringing up Quest Bars. Fitness fanatics rave about these for having not only great nutritional value but also fantastic taste. Each bar packs 20-21 grams of protein and 14-17 grams of fiber, and are very low carb and low sugar to boot. Also, they're only 170-190 calories!
While I wouldn't say that Quest Bars taste better than candy, they are very good for the nutrition that you're getting. My favorite flavor is the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, which is one of the most popular flavors out of Quest Nutrition's lineup of 19 flavors. Other flavors that are very popular are S'mores, Cookies and Cream, Double Chocolate Chunk, and Cinnamon Roll. A tip for eating them if you don't like the normal texture is to microwave an unwrapped bar for 8-10 seconds until the texture softens and becomes gooey.
The price isn't too bad; while they're definitely not the cheapest bars, they aren't the most expensive either. You can pick up a box of 12 for $24.99, which amounts to about $2 each.
OhYeah! ONE Bars
OhYeah! ONE Bars are my favorite. The taste is incredible, and they're full of nutrients. Each bar only packs one gram of sugar, as the name suggests. The protein bars are made with similar ingredients to Quest Bars, but manage to have a much softer and in my opinion, more pleasing texture. They also don't have the artificial sweetener taste that I can detect sometimes in Quest Bars.
The calories are a little higher, around 220 calories, but the taste for me is worth it. They also have 21 grams of protein, and only 3 net carbs, for people who watch their carbs.
My favorite flavor of the bunch is the Birthday Cake, which comes with sprinkles. Yes, each bar is smattered with a load of rainbow sprinkles, which never fails to brighten my day. The lineup includes 11 flavors, like Peanut Butter Pie, Chocolate Birthday Cake, and Almond Bliss.
The price is pretty normal for a bar of this caliber: a box of 12 bars is $24.99.
Review of the Birthday Cake OhYeah! ONE Bar
MusclePharm Combat Crunch Bars
Combat Crunch Protein Bars are a welcome change from the soft and chewy consistency of most protein bars; each one is made up of layers of crunchy cookie, then enrobed in a chocolate coating. Sounds like a candy bar, right? Well, you're not far off. The bars have been said to taste more like candy than a typical protein bar.
All this talk about tasting like candy doesn't have an effect on the stellar nutrition of these bars! Each bar is 210 calories, has 20 grams of protein, and is low in sugar and carbs.
Surprisingly, I've never tried a Combat Crunch Bar, but they're next on my list after I go through the pile of ONE Bars and Quest Bars I have yet to consume. Some flavors that fitness gurus say are amazing are the Cinnamon Twist and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup.
MusclePharm Combat Crunch Bars will run you about $25 per box of 12 bars, just like Quest Bars and ONE Bars. Of course, you can always find sales running on these bars too. Bodybuilding.com sometimes has Buy 2, Get 1 Free promotions.
So, there it is! My top three protein bars, that rise above the pack because of their stellar nutrition, amazing taste, and great price.
While there are other protein bars that may compete with the three I have chosen, I firmly believe that these bars should be your 1st choice when choosing which protein bars to buy.
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