15 Best Protein Bars for Men 2018


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Protein bars seem like the miracle snack: They promise the protein you need to feed your muscles, while boasting flavors so delicious you’ll want to sub them for dessert.

But the sad truth is, many of these protein bars are just candy bars in disguise. They’re chock-full of sugar and empty calories, and they’re actually shoddy sources of protein. Finding a bar out there that stands out from the gut-busting crowd can be difficult — and discovering one that tastes good while doing so can be even harder.

Aim for bars with at least 20 grams of protein from a dairy-based source (whey, casein, or a combination of both), 300 calories or fewer, 15 grams of fat or below, and around 5 grams of fiber. Although most will naturally look at the amount of protein first, Kris Sollid, R.D. and Senior Director at at the International Food Information Council Foundation, says you shouldn’t overlook fiber. “While most younger men tend to eat enough protein, fiber is a different story,” she explains to MensHealth.com. “Men only eat about half of the fiber recommended each day, so it’s important to incorporate it whenever possible.”

Read on to find the best protein bars for men—and stash one or two in your gym bag for the next time hunger strikes.

1

Rise Bar Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Real Whole Food, Whey Protein Bar (20g), No Added Sugar, Almond Honey High Protein Bar with Fiber, Potassium, Natural Vitamins & Nutrients 2.1oz, (12 Count)

RiseBar
amazon.com
$20.89

“Having a straight-forward, simple ingredient bar like Rise in your back pocket makes it easy to avoid the impulse grab of junk food,” says Christina Meyer-Jax, MS, RDN, a professor of nutrition at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, Minnesota. “I like that they are a little higher in monounsaturated fats from the nuts, along with being high in protein. This is an ideal combo to help us feel fuller longer.” The 280-calorie bar has 20 grams of protein and four grams of fiber.

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2

PROBAR – BASE 2.46 Oz Protein Bar, Cookie Dough, 12 Count – Organic, Gluten-Free, Plant-Based Whole Food Ingredients

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3

Quest Nutrition Protein Bar, Apple Pie, 2.12 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Quest Nutrition
amazon.com
$24.99

Quest’s Apple Pie is one of the few great tasty fruity bars. You’ll even find small chunks of actual apples, as well as the subtle taste of cinnamon throughout the bar. This bar hits the 20 grams of protein, but also provides a whopping 16 grams of fiber, all for 190 calories. One drawback: The bar contains erythritol, a sweetener that some people report leads to gastric distress.

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4

Mint Chocolate Chunk

questnutrition.com
$24.99

This 200-calorie bar gets the highest compliment you could hope for in a mint/chocolate combo: it’s reminiscent of the famous Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie. Real peppermint oil gave the bar a refreshing feel that really pops from the rich, smooth chocolate taste. It houses 2o grams of protein and 16 grams of fiber, but there’s that erythritol again.

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5

Source Bar Naturally Sweetened (Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough)

sourcewellnutrition.com
$28.00

This bar offers 20 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber for 230-calories of cookie dough glory. Just watch the strange sweeteners here too.

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6

Grenade Carb Killa Protein Bar, Great Tasting High Protein and Low Carb Snack, Chocolate Cream, (Pack of 12) 2.12 oz each

Grenade
amazon.com
$29.48

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7

Salted Caramel Cookie Dough

detourbar.com
$20.99

Cookie dough is a stacked flavor category for protein bars, but the salted caramel adds an interesting jolt to regular old sweetness. You’ll net 20 grams of protein and six grams of fiber for 230 calories. This is the protein bar for people who don’t like the flavor of protein bars.

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8

OATMEGA Protein Bar, White Chocolate Raspberry, Energy Bars Made with Omega-3 & Grass-Fed Whey Protein, Healthy Snack, Gluten Free Protein Bars, Whey Protein Bars, Nutrition Bars, 1.8 ounce (12 Count)

Oatmega
amazon.com
$18.35

Most protein bars come in some variation of milk or dark chocolate and peanut butter. These Oatmega bars really stand out with its unique combination of tart raspberry and creamy white chocolate. Although they’re a bit lower in protein–14 grams for one bar–they are also lower in sugar and calories, making it a good snack instead of meal replacement, says Jessica Bachman, R.D. and nutrition coach at Stronger U.

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9

FitJoy Protein Bar, Gluten Free, Low Sugar, High Protein Snack, Grandma’s Lemon Square, Pack of 12 Bars

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10

Premier Protein Nutrition Bar, Chocolate Peanut Butter, 30g Protein, 2.53 Ounce Bars (6 count in 1 Box)

Premier Protein
amazon.com
$8.31

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11

NuGo Nutrition – Slim Bar Brownie Crunch – 1.59 oz.

NuGo
amazon.com
$22.54

This bar is proof that a low calorie bar can legitimately satisfy your chocolate craving. “I’m actually a fan of this bar,” says Shaw. “ I like the taste {one of the most important things IMHO when choosing a bar). Plus, you’ll get 16 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber and only two grams of sugar for only 190 calories.

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12

Perfect Bar Whole Food Organic Protein Bar, Gluten Free Peanut Butter, 2.5 Oz Bar (Pack of 24)

Perfect Bar
amazon.com
$64.56

“With a decent amount of protein and fairly easy to read ingredient panel, the Perfect Bar has easily become a fan favorite,” says Shaw. But it packs 330 calories, so it’s better as a meal replacement for guys looking to bulk up, says Bachman.

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13

Quest Nutrition Protein Bar, Cookies & Cream, 21g Protein, 4g Net Carbs, 200 Cals, High Protein Bars, Low Carb Bars, Gluten Free, Soy Free, 2.1 oz Bar, 12 Count [Cookies & Cream]

Quest Nutrition
amazon.com
$21.49

Somehow, these bars are able to deliver a tasty cookies and cream flavor with only one gram of sugar. Factor in 20 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber and  you’ve got yourself a solid post workout snack.

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14

thinkThin High Protein Bars, Brownie Crunch, 2.1 oz Bar (10 Count)

thinkThin
amazon.com
$11.98

This bar is another go-to for Bachman because it’s high in protein, has zero sugar and only 230 calories. “It’s an excellent snack for people wanting high protein intake during weight loss or to support muscle gain,” she says. 

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15

MuscleTech Mission1 Clean Protein Bar, High Protein, Low Fat, Delicious, Chocolate Brownie, 12 Count, Net Wt. 1.59 lbs. (720 g)

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amazon.com
$49.95

These gluten-free bars are loaded with 15 grams of fiber and 21 grams of protein for only 200 calories. Plus, the chocolate chunks are a nice touch to make it seem like you’re legitimately eating a brownie.  

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