The Best Tasting Protein Bars

Best Protein BarSo – you’re on a trip. You’re starving and there is no food in sight… except here comes a gas station. There MUST be something in there you can eat, right?? Before your zombie status sets in, you pick up the first protein bar you see and eat it before even reaching the cash register. Remorse starts to set in moments later after reading the label. What!? 300 calories in that small cardboard tasting bar!?

Yeah… I’ve been there! I did a protein bar nutrition review a little while back taking nutrition and taste completely in consideration. Since “what is the best protein bar” question pops up all the time, I figured I would refresh my taste buds and pick up about a dozen bars to review. This time around, I focused more on TASTE than on nutrition. I will briefly summarize my findings below – but for the full thing check out my video I posted on YouTube.

As a quick mention – I am not in love with protein bars. In the words of my bikini competition coach “You might as well have a slice of pizza, at least you’ll love it” – and that is true for a LOT of bars out there. Some of the bars I tasted this time had up to 22 grams of sugar in ONE small serving. That is ridiculous! Heck, forget pizza… give me ice cream with those sugar stats. I will say that if you are in a pinch and you are starving, I think that is when protein bars can come in handy.

For this review, I tried to keep the flavors consistent with all the bars, choosing cookie dough. With that said – here are my top 3 favorite TASTING protein bars:

  1. Muscle Pharm Combat Crunch // Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  2. Clif Bar // Chocolate Chip
  3. Luna Protein Bar // Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

My top 3 favorite tasting AND nutritious protein bars:

  1. Muscle Pharm Combat Crunch // Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
    Calories: 210
    Protein: 20 G
    Carbs: 25 G
    Fats: 7 G
    Sugars: 5 G
  2. Think Thin Bar // Cookies & Cream
    Calories: 230
    Protein: 20 G
    Carbs: 25 G
    Fats: 7 G
    Sugars: 0 G
  3. Quest Bar // Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
    Calories: 190
    Protein: 21 G
    Carbs: 20 G
    Fats: 9 G
    Sugars: 0 G

What do you think about protein bars? Do you eat them and do you have a favorite brand? Sound off below! Happy Eating!

-DBB