Let’s talk protein bars!
Before I even start, I truly believe focusing on making nutrient dense foods should be a top priority but let’s be real, life gets hectic & sometimes (prob majority of the time) grabbing something quick to eat is the easiest thing to do
Whenever that happens, a high protein snack is definitely one of the better choices & will help keep you fuller for longer!
Because of that, protein bars are my go-to (srsly if you know me, I literally ALWAYS have one in my purse or back pocket🙃)
BUT with the dozens of different types of protein bars in stores that all have the intent* of coming off as healthy, what’s the best option? ••
Personally, I make that decision based off of three main things:
1️⃣ Type of protein: I always choose plant based, or egg white protein bars over anything with whey considering whey protein can cause a lot of inflammation/bloating/digestion issues and more (whey has done all of this to me)
2️⃣ Ingredient list: If the ingredient list to a simple protein bar is a mile long, I can pretty much guarantee it is filled with lots of chemicals, artificial sweeteners, inflammatory ingredients, and a million fancy names for “sugar” (tip: if it ends in “-ose” its sugar! Think fructose & sucralose). I look for the shortest list of ingredients, but filled with the most nutrient dense items to ensure that my body can actually digest it normally, and still make me feel good
3️⃣ Amount of Sugar: Speaking of sugar, sure it’s okay to have higher amounts of it in moderation but when a protein bar is clocking in at a solid 17-20g that’s no bueno to me🙅🏼♀️ ••
What are my top choices?
@nocow (mint cacao & carrot cake are my fave)
@squareorganics (Chocolate cherry coconut is the bomb)
@rxbar (love chocolate chip & choc sea salt)
Allll of these align with the type of protein I consume & contain quality sources, their ingredients not only are short lists, but they’re also very pure, and even though for some the sugar content is a tad high, it’s from natural sources like dates!
Sooo if you’re looking for some options, I recommend any of these!
What do you look for in high protein snacks/bars?