Protein Bar Showdown–My Top Favs!

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Sometimes is it nice to have a protein bar at hand when you are in a hurry.  Just like yesterday, I had FIVE kids for the morning (it was a piece of cake Smile ) and by the time I got them all packed in the van right on time, I realized that will be hungry soon.  I threw in a protein bar and mug of coffee in the van and off we went!  In times of desperation, a protein bar can really come in handy! It may help prevent you from going through the drive-thru and ordering something you probably should not.

As I look at the protein/energy bar section in the grocery store, I think wow, there are so many . . . but they all seem the same, ugh!  I found a couple of my favs that I wanted to share with you today!

What am I looking for when I chose a protein bar?

1) Less than 250 calories

2) No artificial sweeteners, aka, splenda (sucralose), etc.  Natural sweeteners are fine.  I  have a problem with digesting artificial sweeteners, so this is my personal preference.

3) At least 10 grams of protein – keeps you full longer!

4) 10 grams of sugar or less

 

I found my favorite!

power crunch

PowerCrunch Peanut Butter Fudge

First off, this bar is DEEE-LIICIOUS! Nutrition facts: 200 calories; 12 g fat; 5 g saturated; 100 mg sodium; 10 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 5 g sugars; 13 g protein.

Remember this is peanut butter fudge flavor, results in the amount of fat grams.  The bar is sweetened with sugar and stevia leaf extract.  I was actually surprised it only contained only 5 grams of sugar! I also love that it contains 13 grams of protein!

 

My second favorite is . . . .

mojo

Clif Mojo Peanut Butter Pretzel

Nutritional facts: 200 calories; 9 g fat; 2 g saturated fat; 230 mg sodium; 21 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 9 g sugar; 10 g protein.  This bar is a little higher in sugar and lower in protein but this bar is soooooo gooooood!  I don’t want to have to choke down a bar with perfect nutrition but tastes horrible!

 

My third choice is . . .

promax

Promax Lower Sugar Energy Bar

Nutrition facts: 230 calories; 6 g fat; 5 g saturated; 240 mg sodium; 34 g carbohydrates; 11 g fiber; 9 g sugar; 18 g protein. A very filling bar with 18 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber, wow! The nutrition breakdown looks good but I didn’t think it tasted as good as the others. It was a bit too chewy for me and at times I felt like I was going to bite down on a piece of paper or something – the chocolate was just too hard.   This bar is also sweetened with stevia. Overall it was still good and it sure did fill me up!

 

Maybe I will find some new bars on my next shopping trip!  So much fun! Smile

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