These Protein Bars taste so good that you’ll never need a cheat meal again

Wed, 05 Sep 2018

These Protein Bars taste so good that you’ll never need a cheat meal again

Remember that snicker bar you had last night that tasted so good? Great. What about that feeling of guilt you felt right after, along with that “I still feel hungry” feeling? Not so good now huh?

Being human, while we want to stay fit for all the right reasons, we also don’t want to steer too far away from our favourite treats. This is even more challenging when we’re trying to lose weight, because there’s only so many calories we can consume, and we really, REALLY want to make sure they are spent on the right nutrients. After all, if it’s not worth it, why eat it, right?

Enter the protein bar. One of the many solutions to our weight challenging epidemic. Not only are protein bars convenient, they are also packed with proteins (duh!). Aside from all the muscle growth and recovery benefits you can get from eating protein after a great work out, you are also kept full for a longer period. Compared to their macronutrient counterparts, protein has a higher thermic effect. This means that digesting protein causes your body to burn more calories in your body compared to carbohydrates and fats. Say what?! With that said, we only have one problem left:

Which protein bar should I buy? 


Setting the Criteria


When buying snack bars of any sort, setting up a few criteria may be a good idea. The last thing you would want is a protein bar that causes you to gain the pounds you don’t want, have too little of the essential nutrients you’re looking for or have an ingredient that can cause allergies on you.

As a rule of thumb, an average individual needs a minimum of 20g protein per meal to receive a significant amount of resources to support the growth and recovery of the body.

For individuals trying to lose or maintain weight and are looking at protein bars as a quick snack, setting a calorie limit to 200 kcal would make sense as it will still leave you with ample room for your main meals. For individuals trying to gain weight, increasing the calorie limit of your protein bar might help you gain weight a little faster.

Finally, the most important criteria would be to ensure that your protein bar tastes good. As a sports nutritionist, I’ve heard varied comments like how their protein bar tastes like cardboard or too cloyingly sweet. Don’t be the next victim.

So to take the guesswork out of the nutrition, I’ve worked with Fitlion to introduce some of the best tasting protein bars to bring you this report:


Snack-Based Protein Bars

These protein bars belong to the snack size of 200-250 kcal and have a minimum amount of 20g protein. These bars serve as an awesome replacement to your typical snack bar, can be used as a pre or post workout snack to aid in recovery, a replacement from your usual chocolate bar or just a mid-day dessert to keep you full for a while longer. 



BSN Protein Crisp looks bigger compared to the usual protein bars. If you’re a quantity over quality person, this is your go-to. The visuals really help to give you an impression that you’re eating a lot, but only for the price of 230kcal
Taste-wise, protein crisp literally tasted like rice krispies and I felt like I had a blast from the past moment, relieving my childhood. The taste was so good, my first bite made me go “Oh my god”. No kidding. Ratings: 5/5


BSN Protein Crisp looks bigger compared to the usual protein bars. If you’re a quantity over quality person, this is your go-to. The visuals really help to give you an impression that you’re eating a lot, but only for the price of 230kcal
Taste-wise, protein crisp literally tasted like rice krispies and I felt like I had a blast from the past moment, relieving my childhood. The taste was so good, my first bite made me go “Oh my god”. No kidding. Ratings: 5/5


If chocolate is your nemesis, King Whey is your salvation. Coated with chocolate all over the bar, this protein bar tasted as close to what a snicker bar would taste like. It also has an added advantage of not having any caramel stuck in your teeth, which to me, can be annoying. This is a secret between you and me, but I licked the wrapper even after I finished the bar. For the gut conscious, King Whey is gluten free. Goodbye gassy tummy. Ratings: 5/5


Meal Based Protein Bars

These are protein bars within the 400kcal range and have a minimum amount of 20g protein. For the weight gainers, this would be an awesome add to your diet. However, if you’re looking to lose or maintain weight, treating this protein bar as a meal would be more appropriate. That said, it’s my personal obligation to always encourage a whole-food-first approach.


Hands down, the best protein bar I’ve tasted. Not only was this protein bar chocolate coated, they had a chewy caramel texture without the annoying stickiness and they had whole peanuts in their protein bar. Chef Robert Irvine's FitElite Whey Protein Baked bar also had 30g of protein in their protein bar, which will be able to provide you a more growth and recovery compared to your usual 20g protein bar. This protein bar is gluten free too, so knock yourself out! Ratings: 5/5


Whether you’re looking to gain, lose or maintain your body weight, adjusting your calorie count would be the first rule of thumb. But after that, making smart choices to help you achieve your goals would be next. Which protein bar will you choose to help you meet your goals today?


About James


Sports Nutritionist James Yeo (Bsc, PN2)

It was during his final year when James was doing his Sports and Exercise Science Degree at Edinburgh Napier, that his interest for sports nutrition grew. His curiosity got the better of him as he soon enrolled himself into the International Society of Sports Nutrition Post-Graduate Diploma program. Amassing over eight years of experience and multiple credentials in personal training and sports nutrition, James has helped many of his clients to better manage their health, fitness and nutrition through his customized coaching programs.


This review originally appeared in a blog article by Sports Nutritionist James Yeo (Bsc, PN2) on www.sportsnutritionistjames.com.

Image Credit: Sports Nutritionist James Yeo ; Grenade Official

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