Protein bar or Candy bar?
For those working hard to get into better shape and lose body fat percentage, a protein bar is a quick, convenient, and tasty option for a post workout snack. There are some things you should take the time to look for on the nutrition label before selecting. You might have said, “This is so good. It tastes just like a candy bar.” This might be because that is exactly what you are eating.
You want to try and find a bar with the lowest number of grams of fat as possible. If your goal is to lower your body fat, eating a high fat bar immediately after your work out will counteract your efforts. While most protein bars will have some fat, try to find one that does not have trans fat and a low count of saturated fat. Look for protein bars that contain polyunsaturated and monounsaturated if possible.
Carbohydrates to Protein Ratio
My guess is if you are buying a protein bar, you’re goal is to fulfill your protein intake needs. Look at the number of carbs and make sure it isn’t higher than double of what the protein is. This would be a 2:1 ratio. If you can find a 1:1 ratio, even better!
The number and type of carbs in your bar matter. If you are using the protein bar post workout, you can afford some extra carbs. It is actually beneficial to intake your carbs for the day right after a workout. The main thing you want to look at is the sugar. If you find a bar over 10 grams of sugar, and that may be pushing it, put the bar back. You are holding a candy bar at that point.
I know the protein bar aisle is a mile long, so I did the healthy protein bar hunt for you! Here are a couple of my absolute favorites and abide by the above guidelines.
Fat- 9g (Saturated Fat- 2.5g)
Carbs- 20 (Sugar- <1)
*Honestly, you can’t really go wrong with Quest Bars (Smores is amazing too)
Mission 1 Protein Bars- Cookies and Cream
Fat- 7g (Saturated Fat- 2.5g)
Carbs- 22g (Sugar- 1g)
Share below what YOUR favorite protein bar and flavor is!