Protein bars have made a home at the checkout counter of every grocery store, gas station, and drugstore. They seem like the perfect on-the-go snack if you're trying your best to avoid the abundance of unhealthy snacks conveniently shelved right next to them. However, most options are just plain awful for your body. They usually contain more artificial sweetener than protein, and the protein is normally low-quality and over-processed. Not to mention additives like artificial flavors and preservatives.
So yes, consuming high-protein snacks can help preserve and build muscle, increase feelings of fullness, reduce feelings of hunger, and encourage weight loss. We just need to make sure all of the other ingredients are clean so that we can reap the full benefits. This is exactly why our top picks are all made with healthy sources of protein and the additional ingredients are real, clean food, not fillers!
Per bar: 220 calories, 10 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 260 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (5 g fiber, 14 g sugar), 12 g protein
Per bar: 230 calories, 16 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 125 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (3 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 10 g protein
Per bar: 260 calories, 9 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 50 mg sodium, 37 g carbs (4 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 10 g protein
Per bar: 260 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 60 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (2 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 12 g protein
Per bar: 200 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 120 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (7 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 14 g protein