The 9 Best Protein Bars: Coach Picks
Apr 14, 2022 8:34:00 AM
On some days, there just aren’t enough hours to feed yourself three square meals AND get to everything on your to-do list. While the Yes Health coaches are big fans of eating whole foods and balanced meals, they also understand the need for grabbing what you can on the go to keep your blood sugar levels balanced, energy up, and cravings under control.
Enter the magical and ubiquitous protein bar. Just keep in mind, these super-concentrated snacks pack a lot of calories into a small wrapper, so it’s best to reserve them for when you’re in a pinch, as opposed to making them your lunch of choice.
The nine best protein bars (in the YH coaches' humble opinion) are:
- Epic Bars
- Primal Kitchen
- Orgain Organic Protein
- Health Warrior Pumpkin Seed Bars
- Raw Rev Glo
- Bulletproof Bars
- Buff Bake Bars
Before getting into the details of each bar, let's take a moment to learn what to look for when choosing the best bar for your nutritional needs and preferences.
Best Protein Bars: How to Choose
Protein bars promise the moon in terms of nutrition and supplementation, but they don’t come close to eating whole foods, which have a much healthier balance of fiber, macro and micronutrients, and water. Fruits, veggies, nuts and cheese are nourishing and satisfying, as well as highly portable. (Just sayin’.)
But when a protein bar is your best option, it's key to read labels carefully.
- Steer clear of long ingredients lists
- Avoid artificial sweeteners, colors, and preservatives
- Best to skip bars with ingredient names you can’t pronounce
- Fruit-sweetened options (less than 6 grams of added sugar)
- Bars that are high in protein (ideally at least 10 grams).
- Non-caloric sweeteners are a slippery slope, and monk fruit and stevia are your best bets
Nine Best Protein Bars: Coach Picks
Without further ado, let's talk about the Yes Health Coaching team's favorite bars, and what each has to offer.
Savory Epic bars are a very high-protein and zero-sugar choice for the omnivores in the house. (Think meat jerky in bar form–we promise it’s not as weird as it sounds.) Made from grass-fed and organic meats, they offer keto-friendly and whole30-approved bars. They also sell nourishing bone broth and snack strips. An excellent choice for conscious meat eaters looking for a low-carb bar.
Primal Kitchen Bars
Also low-carb and paleo-approved and made from natural ingredients, Primal Kitchen bars have fifteen grams of protein and just three grams of sugar, plus as much collagen as a cup of bone broth. They are free from gluten, grain, dairy, and soy. Flavors vary, but their main ingredients include whole foods like eggs, coconut oil, nuts, and seeds.
The RXBAR uses egg whites for protein, dates to bind, and nuts for texture. The handful of ingredients in each bar are printed right on the front of the label for easy scanning, and come with about ten grams of protein per bar. They have an impressive list of flavors to choose from and seem to be a hands-down kid favorite.
Relatively low in sugar (about four grams per bar), REDD bars come with about ten grams of protein per bar, and bonus superfoods like maca root (great for hormone balance), turmeric (great for a healthy inflammatory response), açaí powder, and more. They are sweetened with monk fruit, a natural and non-caloric sweetener, and offer a small number of probiotics for a healthy gut microbiome.
Orgain Organic Protein bars can help keep you energized. With ten grams of organic, plant-based protein, six grams of fiber, and only 150 calories (or less) a bar, they serve up clean, delicious nourishment wherever you go. Their ingredients are mostly organic, non-GMO, and free of artificial flavorings, colorings, or preservatives. They also offer protein bars for kids, along with protein powders, shakes, and even a pancake mix!
Health Warrior Pumpkin Seed Bars
The health warrior pumpkin seeds bars pack a lower punch with protein at seven grams per bar but is rich in the immune-boosting mineral zinc. Low in calories and low in sugar, these bars can be a nice once-in-awhile choice. Best to keep your go-to bars as some of the other options that are higher in protein.
Raw Rev Glo Bars
Low in sugar and offering about eleven grams of protein per bar, these are a good choice to also get in some health-promoting superfoods. Depending on which flavor you enjoy, raw rev glo bars come with health promoters like sprouted chia and flax seeds, and are also 100% raw and vegan.
The delicious bulletproof bars offer eleven grams of protein from grass-fed collagen, and only around two grams of sugar with no added sugars. Collagen is great for healthy joints and skin, and these include MCT (medium chain triglycerides), which are an energy-boosting healthy fat.
Buff Bake Bars
These plant-based buff bake bars are very low in sugar, use monk fruit as a sweetener, and come in tasty flavors like peanut butter and cacao.
These bars aren't our top picks, as they are either higher in sugar or lower in protein. But in a pinch, they are still better than many other options out there.
- Cascadian Farms Organic Plant Protein Bar
- Rise Bars
- Kashi Go Protein Bar
- Beach Body Bar
- Best Bar Ever
- Garden of Life Protein Bar
- Zing Bars
The bottom line is that you should strive to keep protein bars to an occasional meal replacement or snack, but not depend on them for your daily nutrition. These protein bars certainly aren't the only healthy options out there, so reach out to your coaches in-app if you're curious about another brand!