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Top Ten Protein Bars for Healthy Snacking

Snacks and quick bites are arguably the hardest part of eating healthy. You can plan all your meals—breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and even meal prep to cut down on stopping for fast food after a long day. However, we all know that life happens, and there are times when we’re on the go and hunger strikes.

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Protein bars are the solution for many people. A quick, convenient bite with some good nutrients and a decent serving of protein? What’s not to like! It’s all great until you see the sugar content. Many bars claim to be healthy, but one look at the nutrition facts reveals they’ve got well over 10g of sugar. At that rate, you might as well trade in your “healthy” protein bar for a Snickers. At least then, it would taste good enough to justify the sugar content.

It’s not all bad, though. Some protein bars truly are a healthy, convenient snack—and they taste great, too! It just takes a little planning and knowing what to look for.

What are Protein Bars?

Protein bars are portable, individually wrapped snacks with a high protein to carbohydrate and fat content. They can range in calories from a light snack to a meal replacement, and they come in hundreds of flavours from oats, nuts, and fruit, to candy and cookie dough.

The flavours can taste indulgent and reduce cravings without completely derailing your diet plan. However, as with all supplements and functional foods, you must be aware of:

  • added sugar
  • artificial colours and flavours
  • excessive sodium
  • empty calories

Are Healthy Protein Bars Really Healthy?

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It’s important to get your nutrition from whole foods, and protein is no exception. If you can, the healthiest option is to get your on-the-go protein from some Greek yogurt or nut butter, but that’s not always an option.

Protein bars are like other functional foods and supplements. They can be healthy snacks. However, companies often make confusing and unfounded claims, as the bars are often full of added ingredients, empty calories, and excessive sugar and sodium. Learning to read nutrition labels can help you make a healthy selection when choosing a protein bar.

How to Choose Healthy Protein Bars

To ensure you’re getting a healthy protein bar, make sure that you pick one that has roughly:

Other things to consider include:

  • calories appropriate for your needs
  • whole foods as the first ingredient
  • some fibre

For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of the ten best-selling healthy protein bars. These bars have fewer than 300 calories and meet our other requirements to be deemed healthy (with a few exceptions). Some of our best-selling protein bars are a sweet-treat alternative, and another is a keto-friendly option that contains more fat than it does protein. There are options to fit every diet and lifestyle!

Our Favourite Healthy Protein Bars

1. Carb Killa High Protein Bar

This healthy protein bar by Grenade has multiple reviews raving about the taste. What’s better is that each bar weighs in with:

Carb Killa Protein Bars in a Box
  • 220 calories
  • 4.5 grams of fat
  • 23 grams of carbs
  • 2 grams of sugar
  • 20 grams of protein

These protein bars are Informed-Sport Approved, free of genetically modified organisms, and comes in incredibly indulgent flavours like chocolate chip cookie dough, cookies and cream, fudge brownie, peanut nutter, white chocolate salted peanut, caramel chaos, chocolate chip salted caramel, white chocolate cookie, dark chocolate mint, jaffa quake, and birthday cake.

While these rank as healthy protein bars, you could also consider them your daily sweet treat, as the taste is sure to crush any craving while keeping your diet in check.

2. Quest Protein Bar

The Quest brand is incredibly popular with fitness professionals thanks to its innovative products and delicious flavours achieved with so little sugar content. If you’re looking for a gluten or soy-free option that still tastes like a snack, reach for Quest protein bars. Each flavour contains around:

Protein Bar Quest Nutrition Supplement Superstore

 

  • 200 calories
  • 8 grams of fat
  • 21 grams of carbs
  • 1 gram of sugar
  • 21 grams of protein 

Quest is dedicated to changing and reframing the “clean eating” conversations and ending metabolic diseases like diabetes and high blood sugar. When you taste the rich, diverse flavours you’d never know they contain such low amounts of sugar. These healthy protein bars are available in cookies and cream, chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate brownie, double chocolate chunk, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut, mint chocolate chunk, oatmeal chocolate chip, caramel chocolate chunk, smores, white chocolate raspberry, lemon cake, cinnamon roll, birthday cake, chocolate sprinkled donut, and maple waffle.

These bars have a traditional protein bar texture, but the taste is far from ordinary.

3. ON Protein Cake Bites

You probably recognize Optimum Nutrition as the trusted supplement brand with gold standard products, from creatine to whey protein and more. Their lesser-known, but equally impressive, functional foods are popular with our customers, and the nutrition facts earn the protein bites a place on our list. These cake bites are more an indulgent sweet treat than protein bar, but you wouldn’t know that from the label. Three delicious cakes per pack contain

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  • 220 calories
  • 7 grams of fat
  • 27 grams of carbs
  • 2 grams of sugar
  • 20 grams of protein

Choose from chocolate frosted donut and birthday cake flavours and thank us later. 

4. ONE Bar

ONE brand’s bar is loaded with fibre to keep you feeling full, and the delicious flavours are achieved with only 1 gram of sugar. They’ve got

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  • 220 calories
  • 8 grams of fat
  • 23 grams of carbs
  • 1 gram of sugar
  • 20 grams of protein

These healthy protein bars also include real, whole food ingredients like sunflower seed butter and cocoa powder and a high-quality protein blend. They’re available in chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate brownie, peanut butter pie, peanut butter cup, butter pecan, dark chocolate sea salt, almond bliss, blueberry cobbler, and cinnamon roll.

The fibre content is what makes this bar an excellent choice if you’re looking for a meal replacement bar. Add a piece of fruit, and you’ve got a convenient, balanced meal on the go.

5. Outright Bar

Are you a cookie lover but have had to cut back on the habit since you started getting serious about your health and fitness goals? We have good news for you. You can have your cookies and eat them too with the healthy Outright bar. It has a soft, cookie-like texture with delicious, rich flavours and real whole food ingredients. Each bar has:

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  • 280 calories
  • 13 grams of fat
  • 25 grams of carbs
  • 16 grams of sugar
  • 16 grams of protein

While this option has a significantly higher sugar content than our other options, it’s also a functional food replacement for a sweet treat. It can double as a meal replacement, but it’s mostly a guilt-free choice when you’re craving cookies. This healthy protein bar is free from sugar alcohols that can lead to uncomfortable gas and bloating for some people.

Outright bars come in the following flavours: chocolate chip peanut butter, cookie dough peanut butter, cookies and cream peanut butter, mint cookies and cream peanut butter, peppermint cookies and cream peanut butter, s’mores peanut butter, butterscotch peanut butter, oatmeal raisin peanut butter, banana walnut peanut butter, apple cinnamon peanut butter, white chocolate cranberry peanut butter, mochaccino white chocolate peanut butter, double chocolate chip peanut butter crisp, white chocolate chip peanut butter crisp, and chocolate chip almond butter.

6. Snickers Protein Bar

Remember when we said with so much sugar, you might as well eat a Snickers bar? Well, now you can trade your protein bar in for a Snickers bar—but keep the protein! This is the same delicious, gooey Snickers bar from the grocery store, but with 18 grams of protein! Each bar has:Single Snickers Protein Bar on White Background

  • 199 calories
  • 7 grams of fat
  • 18 grams of carbs
  • 9.5 grams of sugar
  • 18 grams of protein

This surprisingly healthy protein bar has lower sugar, carb, and fat content than some of the other options on our list, and it tastes like the classic candy bar you know and love. This is the healthy protein bar option for candy lovers!

7. Built Bar

If you’re reading through this list of healthy protein bars and feeling like it’s geared towards people looking for a meal replacement bar more than a little snack to help you make it until dinner, look no further than the Built bar. This option has fewer calories with all the amazing taste you’re looking for. Each bar contains

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  • 130 calories
  • 2.5 grams of fat
  • 18 grams of carbs
  • 4 grams of sugar
  • 17 grams of protein 

Real dark chocolate and a high-quality protein blend make up these ingredients. Choose from classic flavours like double chocolate, peanut butter, salted caramel, mint brownie, coconut, orange, coconut almond, or toffee almond.

 8. Snickers Hi-Protein Peanut Butter Protein Bar

The candy aisle was blessed with a peanut butter twist on the classic Snickers bar, but so was the protein bar aisle. Enjoy your Snickers with gooey peanut butter and a hefty 19 gram serving of protein. Each candy bar contains:

Snickers Peanut Butter Protein Bar Functional Food Why Supplement Superstore
  • 230 calories
  • 9.2 grams of fat
  • 21 grams of carbs
  • 10 grams of sugar
  • 19 grams of protein

Candy lovers that are looking for healthier options now have two Snickers choices!

9. Keto Wow Snack Bar

Following the keto diet means giving up your carbs, but it doesn’t have to mean giving up the convenience of a healthy protein bar. The Keto Wow snack bar is for those on the keto diet or anyone looking to add more fat to their nutrition. It has:ANS Keto Wow Snack Bar in a Box

  • 170 calories
  • 9 grams of fat
  • 14 grams of carbs
  • 8 grams of protein

MCT oils, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and sunflower butter give this healthy protein bar its fat content. Other whole food ingredients provide the real nutrients you’re looking for in a delicious flavour that makes you forget all about real cake. The Wow bar is available in triple chocolate cake, peanut butter chocolate, lemon strawberry cheesecake, mint chocolate chunk, and salted caramel chocolate.

10. Eat Me Guilt Free Brownie

Most of our healthy protein bars that double as sweet treat alternatives come in a little high on the sugar content. With the Eat Me Guilt Free brownie, you get the best of both worlds—a delicious brownie that tastes like homemade brownies and just 4 grams of sugar. What’s more, this delicious snack has the most protein! Each serving has

Eat me Gluten Free Brownie Protein Low Carb Supplement Superstore
  • 190 calories
  • 7 grams of fat
  • 9 grams of carbs
  • 4 grams of sugar
  • 22 grams of protein 

This healthy protein bar will help satisfy your sweet tooth and make diet adherence easier because you can indulge without ruining your day of eating. Eat Me Guilt Free brownies are available in chocolate, peanut butter bliss, pistachio, galaxy, tuxedo, red velvet, blondie, birthday cake, cinnamon toast breakfast cake, pumpkin spice, pina colada, and hazelnut.

BONUS FAVOURITE BAR: Quest Peanut Butter Cups

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention Quest’s Peanut Butter Cups on our list of healthy protein bars. The Snicker’s bar is incredible for most candy lovers, but what about those who can’t kick their Reese’s habit? Quest has your solution

Quest Peanut Butter Cups Supplement Superstore
  • 190 calories
  • 15 grams of fat
  • 13 grams of carbs
  • 0 added sugar
  • 11 grams of protein 

This snack is keto-friendly, and the taste rivals the original. 

How to Use Healthy Protein Bars

Obviously, you can unwrap and eat your bar as you shuffle from one place to another. That’s the convenient part of individually-wrapped healthy snacks. However, consider combining your bar with a serving of fruits or vegetables if you have a bit more time to eat. A simple apple or banana in addition to your bar creates a balanced meal that will keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer.

One of the downfalls of protein bars is their sugar content, but with careful selection and our list of healthy protein bars, you’re sure to find an option that tastes delicious and works for your diet. From sweet treats and candy to keto options and more, there’s a bar option that truly is healthy.

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