Whether you’re trying to lose weight, gain weight or just looking to be healthier overall, you’re probably eating anywhere from 4-6 small meals a day. In other words, you’re eating every few hours.
Life can get pretty busy though and grabbing a fresh, healthy meal or snack is not always possible or convenient. In those times, a protein bar is the perfect solution. I always always have protein bars (and protein powder for shakes) at home or in my purse.
Choosing the right protein bar can be a bit daunting though. There are SO many to pick from and most have just as much sugar as a candy bar.
What to look for in a protein bar . . .
♡ Quality ingredients you can pronounce! If there are too many ingredients and you don’t even know what they are… no good. Avoid anything with high fructose corn syrup, sugar alcohols or hydrogenated oils.
♡ Look at the bar itself. Can you actually SEE the ingredients? That’s a good indication the bar is more whole and less processed.
♡ Next, check the calories. Most people eat 1500 calories a day. If you choose a protein bar that has 400-500 calories, there goes your entire workout in a few bites. The 150-300 calorie range is a good place to be.
♡ Protein-carb-fat ratio. Make sure the protein is the most abundant, with an equal amount of carbs (or slightly higher carbs) to fat. Never choose a bar with more carbs than protein.
♡ No GMO’s, added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Make sure the bar is organic, sweetened naturally, is gluten-free, etc or you will end up adding a ton of inflammation to your digestive tract!
If you choose a protein bar with good ingredients and the right amount of calories, it has all the parts of a healthy and nutritious snack!