Top 7 Best Tasting Protein Bars
Protein bars have gained a lot of popularity recently, and it may be for the wrong reasons. A lot of people eat protein bars one as a meal regularly as a replacement.
My roommate, for example, eats a bar every morning instead of breakfast, and there are a lot of people out there just like him.
Even if you are not trying to fully replace a meal, many people eat protein bars as a snack between errands.
However, either of these uses is not what protein bars were designed for.
They are, by nature, high in sugar, calories, and, of course, protein, which is fantastic if they are used as they are meant to be used – by serious athletes who are performing serious workouts regularly.
But if you’re not working out consistently at a high intensity, eating protein bars to fill up and soothe your sweet tooth is not healthy.
In general, you should try to keep your snacks limited to whole fruits and veggies instead.
Not all workouts require a protein bar. To understand this, you just need to think about the amount of energy you’re expanding in your workouts.
For example, if I go for a short bike ride, which is anything under 15 miles. I won’t eat a protein bar, a candy bar, or an energy drink. I’ll stick to water and a banana with peanut butter.
But when rides hit 20+ miles, that’s when I whip out the energy drinks and protein bars, because, at that level, the energy I am expending requires replenishment.
Protein bars and protein shakes are designed to replenish that.
When looking for a protein bar, you should be looking for:
- High protein levels, low sugars (maximum of 14 grams per serving)
- Lower calories (up to 200 grams per serving)
- High levels of fiber, which allows for slower digestion and a more even release of energy, according to nutritionist Jennifer Silverman.
Protein bars can also easily be homemade.
There are tons of recipes out there for healthy, homemade protein bars, but they will contain a few ingredients; rolled oats, nut butter, seeds, and dried fruit if you want, and maybe a few chocolate chips or honey.
But if making your own bars isn’t something you’re interested in, that’s fine.
There are plenty of healthy, tasty options ready-made protein bars out there! Here are our best picks for the best protein bars in the market!
PS! I have a new favorite protein bar – called the BuiltBar. The taste is a 10/10 for me and it’s got 17g of protein and only 130kcals per bar.
#4: GoMacro Macro Bar
Just because you’re using protein powder doesn’t mean you should skip on a protein bar and vice versa.
The benefits of protein powder, if you organize yourself properly, are a constant supply of amino acids into your bloodstream.
Studies have also found that liquid sources of protein deliver these amino acids better than solid forms.
The best method for a serious athlete is a combination of Casein protein powder, which is slow digesting and so sits in your stomach, releasing a constant stream of protein, combined with healthy protein bars during or after workouts, to keep your muscles immediately satiated and constantly regenerating.
I’m a personal trainer based in Denver (Matrix Gym) and a true fitness nerd. If I’m not training clients or working out at my home gym, I’m probably skiing, cycling or hiking with my dog Rufus.
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