Raising the Bar
Being back in the student-athlete lifestyle, I've been on the hunt for convenient snacks to grab and go. As much as I wish I had the time (and energy) to always make homemade snacks, sometimes you need to use your resources and pick up some things to make your life a little easier. Which brings me to the protein bar. Companies have begun to step up their game by using whole ingredients, ditching the chemicals and actually making a substantial and filling snack option.
I recently reached out to a couple companies that I found via social media to explore some different options that I can share with you all. What I look for is ingredients I can pronounce, adequate amount of protein, and actually feeling satisfied after eating.
Here are some I have tried and would recommend to those of you on-the-go and are looking for a healthier and filling option you can grab at your local grocery store.
(1) Quest Bars
Quest does a great job at flavour profiles and packing lots of protein in to make you feel fuller for longer. To be honest, this is one of the few bars that legitimately fill me up! Be mindful of some of the sweeteners used (sucralose/ erythritol) and how they make your stomach feel, but these are a great option on-the-go every once in a while. My personal favourite flavours are Double Chocolate Chunk, Blueberry Muffin, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, and S'mores.
Quick Tip: These are great to kill a sweet tooth, especially if you pop them in the microwave for 15-30s to warm them up (think of a warm, gooey cookie).
(2) Square Organics
Great nutritional profile with simple ingredients and AWESOME flavours. Great source of protein, fibre and chocolate. You can use TRAINING2XL at check-out to get 20% off your purchase of a box!
Quick Tip: These are great on their own or crushed up on top of a smoothie bowl or protein ice cream!
Simple, simple, simple! They even say on the package NO B.S. - short ingredient profile, lots of nutrients, protein and healthy fat sources. My personal favourites are Maple Sea Salt (tastes like Canada), Chocolate Sea Salt, and Apple Spice.
Quick Tip: You can order directly from their website or on Amazon!
(4) Lara Bar
Another SIMPLE bar with easy to understand ingredients (there is literally all of 4 ingredients). These are nutrient-dense, meaning that there are a lot of calories but a lot of good nutrients as well! My favourite picks are Apple Pie, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Key Lime Pie.
(5) D's Naturals No Cow Bar (https://www.dnaturals.com/collections/no-cow-bars)
These bars are filling, tasty and vegan. They use a plant based protein made from a brown rice and pea protein blend. Not to mention, D's Natural's have a wicked line of fluff butters that are also worth a try!
(6) The Best Bar Ever (https://www.bestbarever.com)
Real ingredients, made fresh to order, at least 15g of protein and a balance of carbs and fats - what more could you really want from a protein bar? I was sent a couple to sample and was thoroughly impressed with the quality and taste. Definitely worth a try!
Protein bars are not meant to replace meals all day every day, but they are a great snack option when you're on-the-go and need a quick source of protein! My best piece of advice ... read ingredients, know what you're putting in your body, and how your body responds to it.