There’s no question that protein is an essential part of a healthy diet: Research suggests that it keeps you feeling full, helps muscle recover after a workout, contributes to weight loss, and maybe even lowers blood pressure.
All these benefits help explain why protein bars have become a diet staple. The only problem is that not all protein bars are created equal — many brands are so loaded with sugar, they’re more like candy bars than diet supplements. The key, is selecting a bar with the right building blocks — protein should be at least half the amount of the bar’s carbohydrates. For instance, if the bar has 24 grams of carbohydrates, I would want it to have at least 12 grams of protein, I also like the sugars to be below 7 grams, and the fat to be below 12 grams.
For a snack, look for bars with 200 calories or less. For an on-the-go meal replacement, look for bars that have 200 calories or more. Serious athletes who want a post-workout recovery protein bar should look for bars with about 20 grams of protein. It’s also a good idea to look for a short ingredients list to ensure your bar is minimally processed.
Below are a few of the protein bars I would recommend.