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Favorite Protein Bars


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Hi all!

I was just wondering what your go-to protein bars are. I personally am looking for ones with a good carb to protein ratio (higher than 3:1), no gelatin (I'm vegetarian), and nothing excessively high in sugar or sodium. Calorie count doesn't matter as much; I use some as a snack and others as a small meal on the go. Ratio is much more important.

Here are my faves:

1. Power Crunch Creme Filled Wafer Bars. About 200 calories, 12-14g of fat, 10g of carbs, 13g of protein, 5g suagr.

Love love love these! I've only had the Vanilla and Chocolate-Peanut Butter flavors, but both are delicious (I love wafers, and Power Crunch turned them into a protein bar, YES!), and they have the best protein carb ratio.

2. Promax. About 275 cals, 4-7g fat, 35-40g carbs, 20g protein, 27-30g sugar.

Higher calorie, but this works when I have 6 straight hours of class. There's also a lower sugar variety, but I've been having trouble finding them. That's the only bad thing about the regular Promax.

3. Luna Protein. 180 cals, 9g fat, 20g carbs, 12g protein, 12g sugar.

These seriously taste like a choclate bar, so satisfying! Probably thanks to the slightly higher amount of fat, but still tons better than a Snickers.

All of the above have less than 250mg sodium

Honorable mentions: ThinkThin (not too crazy about the taste, but great ratio), Balance (hard to find good ones without gelatin), Pria (110 calories aren't enough for a full-time student dancing 20+ hours a week)

 

Any other suggestions? I've been trying others, but the diet isle of the grocery store can be quite intimidating.....

Thanks!

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Aren't promax bars awesome? :)

They're the ones I use the most. I go for their lean diet ones, slightly lower calorie count, but I'm not doing as much exercise as you are!

When I was back in the states I used to have Kashi Golean bars for breakfast a lot - they tasted very good, and I seem to remember they had a decent amount of protein. You have to be careful which ones you pick, but as long as you go for the right flavors, they're like nutritious candy bars. I used to get them at Wegman's and they had tons of flavors, have a look around.

I've gotten a couple of other kinds to try along with my last shipment of promax bars, I'll let you know if there are any good ones! :)

I love Cliff Bars!!! any flavor!

I have a recipe

 

Homemade Protein Bars

 

1 cup soy protein powder
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup oat bran
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. salt
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts and/or sunflower seeds
11/2 cups plain or vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup canola oil or 1/2 cup peanut or almond butter (softened in a microwave)
2 tsps. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350° F or 325° F if using a glass pan. Lightly oil a 9 x 13-inch baking pan and a baking tray.

Mix together the soy protein powder, flour, oats, oat bran, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Crumble in the brown sugar, rubbing it with your fingers to break up any clumps. Stir in the chocolate chips, nuts.

Measure the yogurt, oil and vanilla into a second bowl, stirring until well combined. Add the wet mixture to the dry and patiently mix until thoroughly blended. (You may have to use your hands -- it will be a thick batter.)

Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, patting it evenly into place with your hands. Bake in the centre of the oven 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and cut into bars of any size or shape. Place bars on the prepared baking tray and bake another 15 minutes, or until golden around the edges. (For extra-crunchy bars, turn off the oven and leave them in there for up to 45 minutes longer.) Remove bars from the oven and place on a rack to cool.

Eat within a few hours or seal in a heavy plastic freezer bag and store in freezer. For maximum crispness, "refresh" them in a toaster oven after defrosting. Makes about 20

 

they are pretty good!

The questbar is the absolute best I've ever tasted. High in protein and low in sugar. So many other protein bars are like eating candy. The chocolate brownie quest bar weighs in at 170 calories, 6g fat, 24g carbs, 19g fiber (oh yeah, I said 19g fiber!), & 20g protein.

Check out their website to get a free sample: http://www.questproteinbar.com/

Since I am lactose intolerant, I have to watch the ingredients closely.  I like NuGo Organic bars -- especially Dark Chocolate Almond.    10 g protein, Vegan, real dark chocolate (antioxidants.)  No artificial sweeteners.  http://www.nugonutrition.com/ 

I am curious why you want I carb to protein ratio of 3:1.  I would rather the opposite ratio.  I am looking at protein shakes and protein bars to increase my daily protein intake so the less carbs the better for me.

What I see many companies do is use sugar alcohols to sweeten them and then not count them as sugar in the front of the packaging but still there in the small print on the back.

Looking at the fat/carb/protien splits and total calories of the bars you listed, I wonder if a big glass of 1% milk [or a soy milk or an almond milk] might be match what you are looking for.

Certainly a cheaper solution.

Good topic, that's for posting it.

I hate protein bars because of the quantity of sodium and sugar and fat.

I buy a big bag of Ghirardelli 60% cacao chips, natural almonds, bag of dried fruit, then mix and separate into snack baggies (.5 C or 3.0 g) for nominal calories and sweetness...but a great serving of protein, since there are usually more nuts than anything!

I carry them everywhere and eat about 1-2 bags a day...Omega 3 and potassium (sour cherries and cranberries are my fruit), plus antioxidants in the cacao!

Original Post by bestephens:

I hate protein bars because of the quantity of sodium and sugar and fat.

I buy a big bag of Ghirardelli 60% cacao chips, natural almonds, bag of dried fruit, then mix and separate into snack baggies (.5 C or 3.0 g) for nominal calories and sweetness...but a great serving of protein, since there are usually more nuts than anything!

I carry them everywhere and eat about 1-2 bags a day...Omega 3 and potassium (sour cherries and cranberries are my fruit), plus antioxidants in the cacao!

Thanks that's pretty good.

Can you give us an idea of the proportions of each?

I assume you go pretty light on the dried fruit; I was stunned when I learned how many calories raisins have.

 

 

Original Post by tom_murphy:

Original Post by bestephens:

I hate protein bars because of the quantity of sodium and sugar and fat.

I buy a big bag of Ghirardelli 60% cacao chips, natural almonds, bag of dried fruit, then mix and separate into snack baggies (.5 C or 3.0 g) for nominal calories and sweetness...but a great serving of protein, since there are usually more nuts than anything!

I carry them everywhere and eat about 1-2 bags a day...Omega 3 and potassium (sour cherries and cranberries are my fruit), plus antioxidants in the cacao!

Thanks that's pretty good.

Can you give us an idea of the proportions of each?

I assume you go pretty light on the dried fruit; I was stunned when I learned how many calories raisins have.

 

 

 Here is my recipe and the link where you can find it...

 

170 g  dried cranberries
142 g  dried cherries
544 g  almonds, natural
566 g  GHIRADELLI 60% CACAO


Read more: http://caloriecount.about.com/sweet-antioxida nt-blend-cherries-recipe-r774344#ixzz1bQDttqQ y

This recipe used a big container of almonds and two bags of chocolate chips...plus 1 bag each of dried cherries and cranberries (5 oz and 6 oz, respectively).  I love it and it lasts me two weeks. 

One 1/2 C scoop is equal to about 2.5-3 g, according to my scale at home and that gives me about 11 calories/baggie.

Does anyone know of any good protein bars without soy?

 

170 g  dried cranberries
142 g  dried cherries
544 g  almonds, natural
566 g  GHIRADELLI 60% CACAO


Read more: http://caloriecount.about.com/sweet-antioxida nt-blend-cherries-recipe-r774344#ixzz1bQDttqQ y

This recipe used a big container of almonds and two bags of chocolate chips...plus 1 bag each of dried cherries and cranberries (5 oz and 6 oz, respectively).  I love it and it lasts me two weeks. 

One 1/2 C scoop is equal to about 2.5-3 g, according to my scale at home and that gives me about 11 calories/baggie.

I think you made a mistake somewhere in your measurements - there is no way 1/2 cup of this is only 3 grams or 11 calories.  An aspirin tablet is about 5g and 1/2 cup of this would be around 200+ calories.  I'm not saying it isn't healthy, and it sounds delicious, but in case it is messing up your calorie counting I thought you should know.  I love eating trail mixes like these too.

Original Post by g0dzilli:

 

170 g  dried cranberries
142 g  dried cherries
544 g  almonds, natural
566 g  GHIRADELLI 60% CACAO


Read more: http://caloriecount.about.com/sweet-antioxida nt-blend-cherries-recipe-r774344#ixzz1bQDttqQ y

This recipe used a big container of almonds and two bags of chocolate chips...plus 1 bag each of dried cherries and cranberries (5 oz and 6 oz, respectively).  I love it and it lasts me two weeks. 

One 1/2 C scoop is equal to about 2.5-3 g, according to my scale at home and that gives me about 11 calories/baggie.

I think you made a mistake somewhere in your measurements - there is no way 1/2 cup of this is only 3 grams or 11 calories.  An aspirin tablet is about 5g and 1/2 cup of this would be around 200+ calories.  I'm not saying it isn't healthy, and it sounds delicious, but in case it is messing up your calorie counting I thought you should know.  I love eating trail mixes like these too.

 On my food scale at home (supposedly approved by the Biggest Loser show), I zero it out for the bag, and then put a baggie full (half cup) on the scale, and that is what it tells me.  Unless I have it set wrong...which I will check tonight to make sure!  I agree that it seems way too low...so I will check again!

Thanks for the heads up!

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Lara Bars do not have anything but mostly RAW nuts and fruit/dates.  They are very tasty and have about 200 calories per bar, about 7 gm of protein and 4 gms of fiber, it varies with each bar, but NO soy or any grain at all.  The peanut butter cookie bar says it has 3 ingredients, Dates, Peanuts and Salt.  I buy them at Ralph's when they are on sale for $10 for 10 bars - otherwise they can be pricey.  Trader Joe's usually has them for about $1.40.  They are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Non GMO, plus being Vegan and Kosher.  And they taste pretty good with a cup of coffee!

My dad just showed me the atkins advantage protein bars. The caramel nut roll tastes JUST like a snickers. It has 8g protein 2 g sugar, 170 calories, and only 3 g carbs. So good.  I ditto the luna bar recommendation too. The chocolate chip cookie dough one is so good!

Original Post by bestephens:

Original Post by g0dzilli:

 

170 g  dried cranberries
142 g  dried cherries
544 g  almonds, natural
566 g  GHIRADELLI 60% CACAO


Read more: http://caloriecount.about.com/sweet-antioxida nt-blend-cherries-recipe-r774344#ixzz1bQDttqQ y

This recipe used a big container of almonds and two bags of chocolate chips...plus 1 bag each of dried cherries and cranberries (5 oz and 6 oz, respectively).  I love it and it lasts me two weeks. 

One 1/2 C scoop is equal to about 2.5-3 g, according to my scale at home and that gives me about 11 calories/baggie.

I think you made a mistake somewhere in your measurements - there is no way 1/2 cup of this is only 3 grams or 11 calories.  An aspirin tablet is about 5g and 1/2 cup of this would be around 200+ calories.  I'm not saying it isn't healthy, and it sounds delicious, but in case it is messing up your calorie counting I thought you should know.  I love eating trail mixes like these too.

 On my food scale at home (supposedly approved by the Biggest Loser show), I zero it out for the bag, and then put a baggie full (half cup) on the scale, and that is what it tells me.  Unless I have it set wrong...which I will check tonight to make sure!  I agree that it seems way too low...so I will check again!

Thanks for the heads up!

 It appears as though, when compared to the average protein bar...my grams are way off (I must have had it set for oz, instead of g) and it is 300 calories, instead!

No wonder i am not losing weight!  2 bags a day...and counting it as 22 calories may be the issue! Time to cut back...or at least account for!

SORRY!

170 g  dried cranberries
142 g  dried cherries
544 g  almonds, natural
566GHIBELLINE 60% CACAO

 

170 g  dried cranberries = = 85 cal

142 g  dried cherries = 179 cal

544 g  almonds, natural = 3213 cal

566 g  GHIBELLINE 60% CACAO = 3022 cal

85 + 179 + 3213 + 3022 = 6499. cal [?]

 

For reference:

I typically have a snack of one (1) ounce of unsalted peanuts for late afternoons.

This is about 30 peanuts and about 180 cal.

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I like Classic Zone Perfect Bars. Especially Chocolate Almond Raisin Bar http://zoneperfect.com/products/ZonePerfect-C lassic-Chocolate-Almond-Raisin.

Most of the CLASSIC ZONE BAR family are about 200 Calories, 15 g Protein and 250 mg sodium.

I also like ATKINS ADVANTAGE CARAMEL CHOCOLATE NUT ROLL; 170 Calories, 8 g Protein, 8 g Fiber and 130 mg Sodium http://www.atkins.com/Products/ProductDetail3 9/Caramel-Chocolate-Nut-Roll.aspx

And ATKINS ENDULGE PEANUT CARAMEL CLUSTER BAR; 140 Calories, 8 g Protein, 5 g Fiber and 50 mg Sodium http://www.atkins.com/Products/ProductDetail7 /Peanut-Caramel-Cluster-Bar.aspx

These bars are very satisfying for me

 

Original Post by tom_murphy:

170 g  dried cranberries
142 g  dried cherries
544 g  almonds, natural
566GHIBELLINE 60% CACAO

 

170 g  dried cranberries = = 85 cal

142 g  dried cherries = 179 cal

544 g  almonds, natural = 3213 cal

566 g  GHIBELLINE 60% CACAO = 3022 cal

85 + 179 + 3213 + 3022 = 6499. cal

 So divide that by approximately 30 (how many snack bags I get out of each recipe)...that would be about 100 calories.

Original Post by pennybiz:

Lara Bars do not have anything but mostly RAW nuts and fruit/dates.  They are very tasty and have about 200 calories per bar, about 7 gm of protein and 4 gms of fiber, it varies with each bar, but NO soy or any grain at all.  The peanut butter cookie bar says it has 3 ingredients, Dates, Peanuts and Salt.  I buy them at Ralph's when they are on sale for $10 for 10 bars - otherwise they can be pricey.  Trader Joe's usually has them for about $1.40.  They are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Non GMO, plus being Vegan and Kosher.  And they taste pretty good with a cup of coffee!

Thanks Penny, I will look for them!

I'm obessed with Think Thin bars.  The Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Chip are my favorite.  Gluten Free, 0g sugar, 20g protein.  They really help to keep my hunger at bay.

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