How to Choose a Healthy Protein Bar

How to Choose a Healthy Protein Bar

Posted by Bridget on Sep 4th 2020

What makes a "healthy" protein bar?

We could go on a rant about how everyone has a completely different definition of what's "healthy"... But here are the things that we suggest you look for when purchasing protein bars. PRO TIP: you can't automatically trust the label just because it says the word "protein"!

  1. Make sure it actually has enough protein: Some bars are labeled as protein bars and contain less than 10 grams of protein (sometimes less than 5!). So if you want a PROTEIN bar, not a carb or sugar bar, you probably want at least 10 g protein, and up to 25 g.
  2. Sugar content: Sugar isn't the enemy. Our bodies need carbs/sugar, especially if you're more active. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your protein bar has more grams of protein than grams of sugar, to keep your blood sugar balanced and to help you stay full.
  3. Artificial sweeteners/other fillers: Just like with anything else, less ingredients and more natural ingredients is typically better for your body. Some sweeteners are ok in moderation, but we want to make sure we aren't consuming tons of them from different sources all day, every day.
  4. Does it taste good? Guess what... protein bar technology has improved so much that you don't need to taste bars that taste like cardboard! Here are our favorite options that pass all of these rules!

ZenEvo protein peanut butter cups: Made by the man Eddie himself, of course these pass all of his personal requirements. Eddie designed these to function as a true meal replacement, so 1-2 cups works as a smaller snack, 3 for a meal. These are as delicious as they sound; peanut butter cups with protein. If you haven't tried these yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Shop now:

Outright bars: Another big favorite at the Shoppe. Like the ZenEvo cups, these have a bit of natural sugar, but we consider that a huge positive because they also have no artificial sweeteners. We'll take some sugar from honey over sucralose or aspartame any day. They also taste AMAZING, with flavors like cookie dough, white chocolate raspberry, banana nut, and about 10 more. Check them out:

B Yup bars: These will be your friend if you're looking for a low sugar, low calorie, high fiber option. They are similar to the Quest bars in macros but without sucralose and (in our opinion) a better texture.

Happy protein bar shopping! Let us know if you give these a shot!