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June 22, 2012 7:31 AM

I was wondering if anyone can tell me the best protein bars as far as calories/protein ratio.

I really like the PHD diet bars - Ive only tried the Cookie Dough ones and they are 180 calories with 20g of Protein. For a lower calorie snack the Bio Synergy Skinny bars are also ok. They are around 90 calories for 8g of protein (approx - I cant remember)

Does anyone know any other protein bars which are relatively low calorie but a big protein hit?

Id prefer bars to shakes as I often have them to snack on while I am out and about or at work and making up a shake at 3pm is not always easy.

Many thanks

June 22, 2012 7:35 AM
I haven't seen any that aren't chock full o' sugar. If anyone knows of some good ones please let us know
June 22, 2012 8:43 PM
Quest bars are great. They actually don't taste like card board.
When you look at the carbs, don't freak out. You have to take the fiber grams away from the carbs. For instance most of them have about 24 carbs and 17 fiber which gives you 7 net carbs. High protein value and low fat.
Best I've found.
Also look at Ostrim beef and ostrich jerkey. High protein and low fat snacks. Also very good in my opinion.
June 22, 2012 8:44 PM
Pure Protein.
June 22, 2012 9:47 PM
I'd second the quest bars. They are the real deal. Very few ingredients compared to most other protein bars.
June 22, 2012 9:54 PM
~ Detour has a low sugar bar ... pretty darn good if I say so myself ! 15 g Protein at 180 cals. But I regularly choose the " Premier " bar that gives me 30 grams of Protein at 280 cals.

Those calories are worth that protein ... at least for me they are !
June 22, 2012 9:58 PM
#1 in terms of nutritional value



Pure Protein Meal Replacement Bars
Edited by Anayalata On June 22, 2012 9:58 PM
June 22, 2012 10:00 PM
i know this was already said...but QUEST bars so just AMAZINGLY awesome and delish! i talk about them allll the time to my friends (= once you buy them, microwave for 8 seconds, like the fudge brownie bar...or cinnamon are in for a very awesome treat
June 22, 2012 10:01 PM
Maybe you could look into some homemade protein bars if you don't like shakes? :) That way you can control what goes into them. I've seen a couple of recipes here on MFP, including no bake ones! :D
June 22, 2012 10:05 PM
The best I've found are the Pure Protein bars. They do have sugar alchohol's in them and I can taste that in certain flavors, but really, really like them othewise. 20 grams of protein and I think around 180-200 cals per full size bar.
June 22, 2012 10:24 PM
QUEST BARS _ But...just realize they are great for dieting...but have lots and lots of fiber.....not something you want "PRE" 2 hours before - workout......but several of the bars are really good...some especially so when you put them in the microwave for 13 seconds (Chocolate Brownie bar, Cinnimon Roll, Apple Pie) to name a few. Strawberry Cheesecake and Cocconut Almond I eat right out of the wrapper. Just FYI: They average 160-170 cals with Protein 20 grams and Fiber 17 to 19 grams and 2 to 6 net carbs. They use Stevia, or sucralose, or sugar alcohol depending on the bar.

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Edited by texastango On June 22, 2012 10:29 PM
June 22, 2012 11:39 PM
The Kroger here has the Pure Protein bars 10 for 10 all the time. It's a no-brainer for me.
June 23, 2012 4:39 AM
Awesome Quest or Pure Protein I will try and hunt these down today.
Edited by McBully4 On June 23, 2012 4:40 AM
June 23, 2012 4:42 AM
I recently discovered Muscle Milk Light Bars. They're around 170 calories a bar I think with 15g of protein. They're super filling and really good :)
June 23, 2012 4:51 AM
bumping for later.....

The only one I've tried so far is the Snackwell's peanut butter...140 calories, 5g fat, 8g protein, 17g of carb and they use 6 of sugar and 3g of sugar alcohol.
June 23, 2012 4:58 AM

I'm interested to hear peoples suggestions, especially if it's a product I can buy here in the UK.

Funily enough I was just doing a spreadsheet on protein/calories for my favourite bars. I won't bother trying to paste it all but here is a selection. Fist number is calories per bar, 2nd is protein, third is calories per gram of protein. The Maximuscle Promax meal bar was best

Maximuscle - Promax Meal Bar - Dark Chocolate (S), 60 g
208 22 9

Powerbar Proteinplus - Protein Bar Chocolate 55g, 1 bar 55g
189 17 11

Powerbar Protein Plus - Vanilla-Coconut Flavour, 55 g
190 17 11

Multipower Body - Strawberry-Yoghurt L-Carnitine Bar, 35 g
113 9 13

Weider - 32% Protein Bar - Banana - 60g, 1 Barr
239 19 13

Biggest Loser - Choc Mint Fudge Flavour Meal Replacement Bar
206 16 13

Multipower Muscle - Banana Protein Bar, 42 grams
165 11 15

Slimfast 321 Plan - Meal Bar Chocolate Peanut, 60 g
210 13 16

I'm from UK by the way and you can get these at GNC, Tesco, Asda
Edited by Wonderob On June 23, 2012 5:04 AM
June 23, 2012 5:04 AM
I love the think thin bars and cliff bars
June 23, 2012 5:10 AM

Coconut Cashew. Srsly.

They're also like 2-6g active carbs only, if you care about that.
November 9, 2012 8:03 AM
I really like Luna Protein Bars....gluten free (a plus for me!) , around 170-180 calories, and 12g of protein. They are have a healthy dose of Iron, which I like since I am anemic!
June 27, 2013 11:32 AM
The Simply bar if you can find it. It's Canadian.
Barely has any sugar in it at all. They have a soy variety and a Whey one. I love it but too pricy for me.
FYI do not confuse it with Simple. It is called The Simply Bar (with a Y at the end). I make a point because they look a lot alike but their nutrition is nothing alike!!!
February 5, 2014 4:58 PM
Atkins Day Break Bars - Chocolate Chip Crisp Bar, Cranberry Almond Bar, Peanut Butter Fudge Crisp Bar
all have at least 10g of protein, 150 calories or less, 0-1g of sugar
February 5, 2014 6:33 PM
Quest. I like the chocolate brownie. They're the only bars my kid will eat because the have the most protein for the least calories.
February 6, 2014 11:45 AM
I make my own and love them (260cal, 35g Protn)::

Protein Powder: 14oz (I have started using the Body Fortress Peanut Butter and using less actual peanut butter)
Oats: 7oz
Cocoa Powder: 1oz
Peanut Butter: 3oz
Honey: 3oz
Skim Milk: up to 3/4cup
Ground Flax seed: rolled as reqd (absorbs the stickiness and is good)
Craisins scattered as needed.

Hard to mix - sticky - great to eat and BETTER than what you buy (I think)! Experiment and change things up!

(Forgot to mention...Thanks to Scooby's Workshop for the original recipe)
Edited by japar On February 6, 2014 11:47 AM
February 6, 2014 11:56 AM
What do folks think about Elizabeth Hasselbeck's nogil no gluten high protein bars?
February 6, 2014 11:57 AM
Im a Quest believer too! Tried them all and stuck with Quest. The Atkins made me sick from all the sugar alcohols they use. You can actually contact Quest and they will send you a sample of your choice. They are just that good!


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