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Top Protein Bars
Protein bars have a variety of uses, including weight loss, appetite suppression, and supplementing protein for individuals who don't consume enough meat. There is a long list of popular brands that can be found at your local grocery store, health store, and even some convenience stores. They have become popular among athletes and people who lead busy lives.
Protein bars can be a great, quick breakfast with enough protein, vitamins, and minerals to get you through until lunch. Other people choose to eat them as snacks or even post workout to promote muscle growth and repair.
One common complaint among consumers is that protein bars taste bland and have an unappealing texture. This is true with some bars, and if you are looking for a healthy snack that will taste good, this list of the seven best protein bars for weight loss is just what you need.
The benefits of these bars are amazing, but it is a good idea to have a clear understanding of which bar is right for you and what to look for in a protein bar.
7. Kind Fruit and Nut Bars
These are sweet, salty protein bars with under 200 calories. They are made from all-natural ingredients and contain a healthy serving of monounsaturated fats. Honey is the secret to these delectable treats and is drizzled on their Fruit and Nut bars. The downfall of this particular bar is that it does not contain a large amount of protein, at only five grams. However, it still makes a great pre-workout snack that contains low glycemic carbs for energy.
Some of their delightful flavors include:
- Blueberry Vanilla and Cashew
- Almond and Apricot
- Cranberry Almond +Antioxidants
- Fruits and Nuts in Yogurt
Kind also creates Grain Clusters that are a delicious addition to Greek yogurt or oatmeal. They include flavors like Oats and Honey with Toasted Coconut, Maple Quinoa Clusters with Chia Seeds, and Cinnamon Oat Clusters with Toasted Coconut.
6. Smart for Life Protein Bar
These bars are packed full of protein and are completely gluten free. They can be used as a meal replacement and they are all natural. This is another bar that comes in at just under 200 calories, 4 grams of fat, and a whopping 18 grams of protein. These do contain 22 grams of carbs, but if you use them as a meal replacement or for a post-workout snack, this should not be a concern.
Their flavor list is as follows:
- Green Tea
- Peanut Butter Chocolate
- Caramel Almond
Don't fear the common flavors like chocolate and chocolate peanut butter. This brand hits the flavors on the nose and will deliver the sweet and salty you are craving without the guilt.
What to Look for in a Protein Bar
- At least 10 grams of protein (although some exceptions can be made)
- Less than 4 grams of fat
- No trans fat
- Low sugar
5. Fiber One Meal Bars
Fiber One has put out some great products throughout the years, including delicious, fiber-filled cereal, 90-calorie snack bars, and meal bars. Each bar packs 9 grams of fiber, 10 grams of protein and less sugar than other leading meal replacement bars. These babies hit in at 190 calories, making them guilt free.
They only carry three flavors, but each of them has been perfected to satisfy your taste buds:
- Chocolate Peanut Butter
- Strawberry Greek Yogurt
- Dark Chocolate Almond
These are fairly easy to find and should be available at your local grocery store or supermarket. Unlike some specialty bars, this one won't hurt the checkbook, and is convenient to pick up on the way home from the gym or on the way to work.
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4. thinkThin Protein Bars
These gluten-free bars are packed full of energizing protein, but they do come in a little higher on the calorie count. One high protein bar has 240 calories, but this is still adequate and low enough to keep you from feeling guilty. They pack 20 grams of protein and 24 grams of low glycemic carbs into one tasty bar.
They have an extensive list of flavors. Here are a few:
- Chunky Peanut Butter
- Creamy Peanut Butter
- Chocolate Fudge
- Caramel Fudge
- White Chocolate
- Cookies and Cream
Aside from its high protein bars, thinkThin also creates Crunch Mixed Nuts bars, High Protein +Fiber bars, and divine bars that will satisfy any sweet tooth without the high fat and sugars. The divine flavors include Dark Chocolate Coconut, Mint Chocolate Coconut, and German Chocolate Coconut.
3. Designer Whey Protein Bars
These do not contain as much protein as other brands, but they rank at the top because they have low calories, offering anyone, on any diet, the chance to eat and enjoy these. They have 0 grams of protein and only 160 calories per bar. They also contain excellent amounts of calcium, vitamin C, and B-vitamins.
There are only three flavors available:
- Peanut Butter Crunch
- Triple Chocolate Crunch
- Chocolate Caramel Crunch
Designer Whey also makes protein powder if you are looking for an extra boost of protein pre or post workout.
2. Pure Protein Bars
Pure Protein makes protein bars with insane amounts of protein packed in a crunchy, delicious, guilt-free bar. Because of the high protein count, they are also heavier in calories, coming in just under 300. But, 31 grams of protein make up for that. It does make bars ranging between 20 and 30 grams of protein and as little as 200 calories for those who are strictly watching calorie intake.
The bars come in a long list of tasty flavors. Here are a few:
- Greek Yogurt Strawberry
- Chewy Chocolate Chip
- Chocolate Deluxe
- Chocolate Peanut Butter
- Chocolate Peanut Caramel
Pure Protein also makes protein powders and prepackaged protein shakes that contain 35 grams of protein in only 160 calories. There are some mouth-watering flavors worth trying, including Mint Chocolate and Cookies and Cream.
1. Quest Bars
On to my favorite and most highly recommended protein bar on the list. Quest bars are all-natural, "cheat clean" bars that are high in protein without the harsh kick of calories or carbs. With only 3 active carbs, no sugar added, and 21 grams of protein, these bad boys kick the competitors' butts. These by far have the absolute best flavor of any protein bar I have tried. They seriously make you feel like you are having a cheat meal, without the guilt. They deliver with under 200 calories and 17 grams of fiber!
My favorite flavors:
- Cookies and Cream
- White Chocolate Raspberry
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
- Chocolate Brownie
You can heat them up in the oven, make cookies with them, or even make a pastry-type dough with them and then fill them with sugar-free jam. The chocolate flavors go excellent with peanut butter on top.
Go Out and Get Yourself Some Protein Bars
Now that you have a list and a wide variety of flavors to choose from, go out and pick up some protein bars. Get that extra boost of energy, fight off hunger, and succeed in your weight loss journey. Protein bars make it easier by giving you a clean treat to look forward to without having to regret anything.
Shop online or at stores like Costco or Sam's Club for the best prices. Also check your local health stores and GNC.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Erin Nichols (author) from Montana on May 15, 2014:
Thank you virazoza!
Nilesh oza from Mumbai on May 15, 2014:
Good to read very Nice........ all the best......... Thank you!
Erin Nichols (author) from Montana on May 13, 2014:
No problem! Thank you for stopping by and best of luck! I have had a lot of luck with protein bars.
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on May 13, 2014:
This is a good idea I have never given serious thought to. I buy these and just have them sitting around and they would be good to replace meals and maybe drop a few pounds; thank you!