Protein is one of the big three macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate, and fat) required by your body. It’s a crucial energy source and serves as a major building block to help strengthen and repair muscle.
With protein focused diets on the rise, like the paleo diet, large food companies are expanding product lines and reformulating existing products to meet the consumer demand for foods with a little more healthy substance.
Let’s start with how much protein your body needs – the calculation is simple: take your body weight in kilograms (divide pounds by 2.2 to get kilograms or use this calculator) and multiple by 0.8 to get the recommended daily allowance of protein per day.
Now the challenge begins: where do you find good, clean sources of protein? Well, leans meats or poultry and nuts are excellent sources of high quality protein, but if you’re looking something quick and convenient, consider a protein bar!
We’ve done our research on some of the most delicious protein bars on the market (thank you consumer reports) along with a couple protein packed delights you can make at home. So get snacking and let us know what you think!
1. Clif Builder’s
A whopping 20 grams of protein per bar—need we say more?
3. Nature Valley Protein
A delightful combination of chewy and crunchy with 10 grams of protein.
4. Fiber One Protein
A bar with a little extra oomph! Both fiber and protein leave you feeling satiated.
An excellent alternative to the ever-popular chocolatey or peanut buttery protein bar. It’s time to mix it up with a fruity protein bar made from scratch!
Look to Larabar for a quick pick that packs a protein punch. The Larabars with the most protein are: Cashew Cookie, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Peanut Butter Cookie. Made primarily of nuts and dates, many of the flavors are paleo friendy!