One of the biggest markets, besides protein powders, is nutrition bars. There are protein bars, diet bars, energy bars, meal replacement bars, and so much more. That can get really confusing especially to athletes who just want something they don’t have to think about. Bars are a great option for on the go! Nutrition bars were actually designed for athletes and soldiers since they require a great deal of nutrition, but don’t have the time to sit down to eat all their required calories.
Nutrition bars used to be just filled with sugar and maltodextrin. Since more research has come out about different types of fuel sources for performance, nutrition bars have adapted to follow the trends. Changes include nuts, chia seeds, and dates. So here are some of my favorite bars to choose.
GoMacro bars are one of my favorite. The ingredients list for each bar isn’t that long and all of the ingredients are easily pronounced and known foods, which makes it a bar that isn’t heavily processed. It packs 12 g protein, 3 g dietary fiber, and it is 290 calories. This bar is a great post-workout snack to have along with a glass of chocolate skim milk in order to get the recovery athletes need. The taste is also pretty great compared to a lot of bars. These things come in a ton of flavors like peanut butter chocolate chip, banana and almond butter, or cashew caramel.
The RXBAR is a new product that I discovered at my local cafe. I was very intrigued by the substantial amount of protein and small list of ingredients on the front of the label. I ended up buying one of these to test out for the blog, and I have to say I’m pretty pleased with the product. The bars brand states that they focus on whole foods, and each bar has egg whites, fruit, and nuts. This is the first time I’ve seen eggs utilized in the making of a protein bar. These bars have 12 g protein, 3 g dietary fiber, and only 210 calories. The flavors include mint chocolate, blueberry, chocolate sea salt, pumpkin spice, and more. If you are looking for an alternate protein source and unique flavors this is the bar for you!
The Pure Organic bar is very similar to Larabars, which I’m also a big fan of as a snack for athletes. These pack a punch of good carbohydrates, a small amount of protein, and some fiber at around 190 calories. The ingredients list is small and the product is nonGMO for those that are looking for a product that is organic and GMO free. This is a great bar to have along with a yogurt or a piece of fruit for a healthy snack during the day.
The Rise Bar is perfect for Vegan athletes and athletes that want to pack in a lot of protein from a bar source. The protein varies per bar from around 17-20 g protein, which is an insane amount for a nutrition bar. The two products I would recommend to athletes are the protein bars for post workout and the energy bars for preworkouts and snacks. The ingredient lists are short and filled with simple whole foods like nuts and dates. I would definitely recommend keeping a few of these around.
A few other popular bars that I recommend for athletes and exercising individuals for more of a snack use are Larabars, Kind bars, and Thats-It. Bars are a great option to have in the bag in order to be able to fuel yourself before or after a workout. Plus nutrition bars are usually shelf stable for a long time, so you can throw it in your bag and forget about it for quite a significant amount of time and it will still be good.