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Our Top 10 Protein Bars

Zone-Cashew-PretzelThe sea of protein bar options is vast. So instead of giving you another review of yet another one, we thought it would be more helpful to round up the top 10 protein bars we’ve tried past, present…and well…that’s it. We obviously can’t read the best-protein-bar future—we’re good but not that good! A few of them you probably know, but I bet some of them you don’t!

Best Protein Bars

1.Luna Protein. When it comes to chocolate in a protein bar, Luna Protein bars are our favorite. Hands down. Filling and tasty, they won a Noshie this year!

2. Vega Vibrancy. If you’re a true foodie or prefer foods of a raw nature, Vega Vibrancy bars should totally be in your bag of protein-bar tricks. Delicious, tricksy.

3. Larabar. Okay, so Larabars aren’t high in protein, but it wouldn’t be a “bar” list of any kind without Larabar. I mean, have you had the peanut butter cookie flavor? We rest our case.

small world beauty4. SmallWorld Beauty’s Coconut Coco Cream. If sometimes you feel like a (coco)nut, you just have to try SmallWorld Beauty’s low-carb bar, which is all natural and all delicious.

5. Zone Perfect Sweet & Salty. We recently sunk our teeth into these new Zone Perfect bars and have to say that they’re just the right mix of sweet and salty. We preferred the Cashew Pretzel variety to the Trail Mix, but both have 200 calories and 10 grams of protein, making them a fabulous post-workout snack!

6. Clif Mojo. Sure, we like this bar because it’s fun to say “Hey, pass me the Mojo!” But we really give the Clif Mojo high marks for being a crunchy yet smooth and savory yet sweet bar that never disappoints. Whether you’re scaling a mountain or running errands, they’re always tasty.

7. Fullbar Fit. We love the Fullbar Fit protein bar because it does what it says—it fills you up! And with 15 grams of protein and 180 calories, it’s one of the best weight-loss protein bars on the market.

8. Gnu Flavor and Fiber. It doesn’t get much better than these flavor and fiber bars!

9. KIND Plus. These protein bars are kind to your taste buds and your body!

10. Kardea. A protein bar that has less than 200 cals a bar, is high in fiber and has 7 grams of protein? Plus it tastes like a real banana-nut muffin? We dig these Kardea bars.

Alrighty, what best protein bars did we forget? Tell us what your favorite protein bar is in the comment, ladies! —Jenn

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  1. Ellen McCarthy says:

    Think Thin. 20 gms protein, no sugar, gluten free. Many of the selections you mention have WAY too much sugar. Try the crunchy peanut butter!

  2. Rachel Bierly says:

    My hubby and I love the Fit & Active Protein Bars from Aldi. The Caramel Nut have 200cals, 7g fat, 5mg Chol, 130mg sodium, 125mg potassium, 22g carbs (1g dietary fiber & 14g sugar), and 15g protein.
    The flavor is good, the consistency is not chalky at all and we find that it curbs the hunger in between meals. For just 79cents they are a steal!!!!

  3. LaJean says:

    I can’t believe you did not include the CLIF Builder Bar!! 20 g protein, the chocolate mint and vanilla almond are divine!

  4. Kimmy says:

    I agree, Ellen – Think Thin. Crunchy PB is the BEST!

  5. Jessica D says:

    LaJean I can’t believe they forgot Clif Builder either. I can’t live w/o the chocolate one on hikes or long car trips.

  6. Niamh says:

    Trek Bars and Protein balls/bars from Bounce.

  7. Brooke says:

    The simply bar!

  8. Amber K says:

    Think Thin bars are absolutely disgusting! Glad they didn’t make the list. Although I am partial to Zing bars, because they are gluten-free and delicious! I just wish they were cheaper!

  9. Louann W says:

    Think Thin and Builder bars are pretty awesome! Yes, I love the TT crunchy peanut butter and all the Clif Buiders.

  10. Mindy says:

    I love Power Crunch bars. 13g protein, 5g sugar, not dense like a lot of other protein bars. Taste like Nutty Bars!

  11. Shred says:

    I love Luna. Think thin bars ive seen have alot of sugar. I wanna try full bar

  12. Julie says:

    Think Thin all the way!!! White chocolate chip is awesome second is brownie crunch and chocolate fudge!! yum!

  13. Julie says:

    Oh and You Bars…you design your own bar and pick your ingredients then they make and ship your bars to you!! Awesome!!

  14. Kristin says:

    Zone Perfect is not endorsed by Dr. Barry Sears nor are they actually “zoned”. His real Zone Bars can be found on his website http://www.zonediet.com.

    P.S. The “PR Bars” were created by copying the original Zone Bars back in the 90’s.

  15. Scott says:

    I’ll be honest, I’ve never come across any of these protein bar brands. Are they mainly US brands? Although I have come to learn protein bars can be expensive regardless and have started making my own twice a week. They not only taste great and are cheaper to make, BUT you know exactly what is in them!

  16. Taylor says:

    Like my previous comment, I do not believe Luna bars deserve to be included on this list (or many of the others, for that matter). We are truly fooling ourselves into thinking these things are healthy, viable snack options when they are essentially glorified candy bars. Luna bars contain either palm kernel oil (bad), brown rice syrup (fancy word for sugar), dried cane syrup and cane syrup (sugar). I am a big believer that it isn’t necessarily the amount of calories that counts but the ingredients you are eating. As I stated before, I’ve seen being mindful of this work in my own personal weight loss quest and I lost additional weight/made it to my DREAM weight by being mindful of ingredient list/avoiding processed food almost entirely. I’ve lost 42 lbs over the course of 3 years and doing this was what got me over the final plateau.

  17. juanita says:

    Designer Whey – Peanut Butter My son likes Chocolate Caramel Crunch

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