Protein Bars - How to choose the right one

by Camila Griffin 1968 views Nutrition

Protein Bars - How to choose the right one

Choosing the right protein bar can be a hassle. So many flavours, so many ingredients, and then getting the right amount of protein, fat and carbohydrates in a bar can be tricky. The options are endless. But worry no more! We are here to help you choose the right protein bar for your goals and needs.

When it comes to protein bars taking a close look at the nutritional facts is crucial. You will find the amount of each ingredient per serving. Depending on your goal you will look for different amounts of protein, fats or carbs per serving. 

Usually, a protein shake will give you around that mark of 20 to 30g of protein per serving, so when looking for a protein bar look for the same. Protein is crucial for muscle building and recovery after a workout, as well as before your workout. You want to give your body the nutrients needed to get through a session. Whether you are a bodybuilder or just a regular gym goer, protein plays an essential part of your nutrition.

Most people will go to protein bars so they can reach their macros for the day a little easier. They are convenient for the fact that you can eat one and then go - no need to cook or prepare or carry bulky shakers. All you have to do is open the wrapper, eat and go, easy as that.

Choosing the right one

So, how do you know which protein bar to choose from? The options out there are endless from regular chocolate to the more out-there flavours such as Quests Bars Birthday Cake, Rocky Road, and Cinnamon Bun. From whey protein blends and soy protein to vegan protein bars and paleo bars, there’s a bar to suit everyone’s taste and diet.

The right bar for you will depend on your individual goal, but the standard answer is always to look for protein bars that are high in protein, low in fat and low in carbs. This will help you to stay on track of your fitness goals without blowing out your macronutrients for the day. Plus, protein tends to give you that fuller state compared to high carb snacks.

If you are allergic to gluten, soy or lactose, there are options to suit you. Clean Bar by Body Science BSC has a range of clean protein bars that are gluten and dairy free, vegan and no GMO, Paleo Bars by Blue Dinosaur also has a variety of gluten-free bars. 

Nutritional values

Now, we crunch the numbers so you can work out what will work and fit into your plan. Below are just some of the bars Nutrition Warehouse has in stock.

Protein Bar Protein Carbs Fat Sugar Calories Serving Size
Burn Thermogenic Protein Bars 14g 3.5g 3.5g 1.5g 125 40g
Protein Stix 22g 2g 5g 3.5g 130 35g
Quest Bars 20g 6g 7g 2g 188 60g
SuperShred Bars 22g 5.3g 5.2g 2.3g 185 60g
So-Yum Bars 15g 2g 5.6g 1.9g 175 50g
Paleo Bars 4.4g 11g 20g 10g 250 45g
Clean Bar 10g 23g 6.6g 18g 190 50g

Final Notes

Many protein bars in the market today are healthy and good for you and your hips. It really comes down to what you want to achieve when you have one. Whether it’s a pre-workout, post-workout or a quick snack in between meals, choosing the right amount of protein, fats, carbs, calories and sugar plays an important role.

Protein bars are super convenient for when you are on-the-go but choose it, and you will only get the benefits from it. Browse through our protein bar and cookies category for our full range of bars and snacks. And remember that look at the nutritional value to get the most out of your protein snack.



Camila Griffin

Health & Fitness Writer

I am a journalist/writer who loves the health and fitness industry. I graduated from the University of Queensland in 2008, and I have been involved in the fitness and health industry for many years. I have taught Body Pump in the past and competed at WBFF. I love writing and researching about nutrition and supplements. In my spare time, you'll find me at the beach.

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