When a craving hits and you need a snack that’s quick, convenient and healthy, a good Best protein bar on the market can be just the thing. On average, they have between 15g and 30g of protein — an important macronutrient that can help fuel your body and muscles post-workout or keep you feeling full between meals. But not all protein bars are created equal — you’ll want to look for ones that use nutrient-dense whole foods, have low sugar and are free of artificial sweeteners or GMOs.
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With that in mind, we consulted nutrition experts including a registered dietitian and an athletic trainer who also happens to be a former competitive athlete to round up the best protein bars on the market, based on their nutritional content and taste. Read on to find out which ones are worth your hard-earned cash.
One of our favorites, this vegan protein bar is soft and chewy with a flavor that’s really close to cookie dough (and it even comes in a Birthday Cake version). It gets its high-quality plant-based proteins from peas and brown rice, plus adds kale, spinach, alfalfa and kelp for extra vitamins and minerals.
If you’re aiming for muscle building, look for bars with protein sources that have a high biological value, like the whey protein found in Legion bars. The bars have zero to one gram of sugar and come in six flavors, from chocolate and peanut butter to Yogurt and Berry.