I am in a constant struggle to get more protein each day. I am a carb-a-holic so when I want a snack, I usually reach for or have a craving for something loaded with carbs and not protein. Not the best choice. I know that you should have a balance of protein, fat and carbs in whatever you eat so I decided to do a little research on protein bars. I have been eating them for years. I have searched high and low for a lower carb option of protein bars, but I haven’t found a low carb bar that tastes good to me. Most of the bars in this taste test have quite a few carbs, but they are high in protein. It’s a trade off.
These are my absolute favorite hands down. They taste like a decadent, yummy brownie. One bar is 390 calories…yikes…but I usually break it in half for a snack. They are filling and have 20g of protein in half a bar. The sugars are 18g, but they are equivalent to most protein bars I have tried. Colossal Brownies are 3.52 oz. I don’t think I’ve ever ate a whole one at once, but I assume they could be part of a meal replacement plan.
These are a strong runner-up in my review. I actually eat these more often than the Colossal Brownies because they are available in more mainstream stores. Balance Bars have all sorts of flavor choices: caramel nut blast, cookie dough, PB chocolate, chocolate mint and the list goes on. I currently eat the peanut butter flavor and I love it. These bars have 200 calories and 15g of protein. They have 17g of sugar, which is on the high side too. I have tried a lot of the flavors that they offer and have liked most of them. Balance Bars are 1.76 oz.
These bars are definitely my least favorite here. They have a very protein powdery taste to them if you know what I mean. I find that most protein powders, no matter the flavor, have a distinct odor and taste to them. This bar also has that taste. The sugars are extremely low…1g…but the taste, I feel, suffers because of that. The protein is 19g and the calories are 190. If the proteiny taste doesn’t bother you, these may be the bars for you. I had the dark chocolate coconut for the taste test and didn’t really like it. I have the double chocolate before and liked those a little better. Pure Protein bars are 1.76 oz.Protein...Get Your Protein Here! A review of protein bars Click To Tweet
My son eats these and they are his favorite. He says they taste just like a candy bar…so who wouldn’t love them, right? They are 2.8 oz with 360 calories…20g of protein and 29g of sugars. Those sugars and calories are REALLY high, I know. I would say that this is more of a meal replacement bar OR for someone who is working out at a very high intensity many times a week. Like I said, he LOVES them. I had him try the Pure Protein chocolate flavor and he didn’t like those. (Sorry that the nutrition facts are sideways. When I saved the graphic, it was left to right:(
**I wasn’t given products by any company. I just wanted to share my nutritional experience with others. The links that I included above connect to the cheapest prices I have seen for each type of bar.**
Have you found a low sugar, high protein bar that you love? Please tell me about it:)