It’s 3:30 PM and you are hungry after eating lunch 3 hours earlier. But the problem is you forgot to grab your snacks before you left the house this morning. But then you remember the stash of protein bars in your desk. Yay! Just the thing to keep you going until you get off work at 5:00 PM. Hopefully scenarios like this one don’t happen very often, and you have plenty of unprocessed/less processed snacks with you at all times so you don’t become overly hungry.
Since protein bars are processed and often have added sugar, it is better to try and eat real, unprocessed foods more often. But there may be times when you need to grab a quick snack. Protein bars can be a convenient, ready-to-eat snack to help fuel your body before a workout or to eat after exercising to help with muscle repair. Protein bars come in a variety of flavors and often have a shelf life of 6-12 months; therefore, they can be convenient to have on hand.
If you go down the grocery store aisle that has the protein bars, you will likely see dozens of bars to choose from. So how do you decide which are the better bars to choose? On the Health Plus program you are trying to decrease your fat and added sugar intake while making sure you are consuming enough protein. These principles have helped guide my list of protein bar options.
Here’s what to look for in a protein bar:
Here are some good choices for protein bars (note the specific flavors listed since some of the flavors have more fat and added sugar than other flavors). There are likely other protein bars that will meet the criteria listed above, but checking out some of the bars listed here may be a good place to start.
|Name of Bar||Total Fat (g)||Saturated Fat (g)||Protein (g)||Added Sugar (g)|
|RX Bar Vanilla Almond||8||1||12||0|
|RX Bar Blueberry||7||1||12||0|
|RX Bar Mixed Berry||7||1||12||0|
|RX Bar Peanut Butter||7||1||12||0|
|RX Bar Chocolate Chip||8||1.5||12||0|
|RX Bar Plant Chocolate Chip||8||2||10||0|
|Skout Organic Matcha Almond||6||0||10||0|
|Skout Organic Chocolate Cherry||4.5||1||10||0|
|Skout Organic Salted Chocolate||6||3||10||0|
|Skout Organic Peanut Butter||8||1||10||0|
|Organic Prairie Mighty Beef Bar, Cranberry and Sunflower||3.5||1.5||8||3|
|Luna Blueberry Bliss||6||2.5||7||9|
|Luna Chocolate Peppermint Stick||6||2.5||8||7|
|Luna Chocolate Cupcake||6||2.5||8||8|
|Luna Lemon Zest||6||2.5||8||9|
|KIND Breakfast Protein Dark Chocolate Cocoa||8||1.5||8||9|
|KIND Energy Chocolate Chunk||7||2||10||10|
Information compiled from:
Nutrition Action Newsletter September 2022