Top 10 Best Protein Bars That Taste Great!

​How exactly are you supposed to choose from the best protein bars when there are hundreds, if not thousands, available at every grocery store and nutrition center?

Easy​.

We've done all of the work for you!

​​We've tried ​numerous different protein bars and have gone through mounds of nutritional information, all with ​one goal - providing you with a list of the best protein bars on the market ​and the nutritional information to back them up!

​Thankfully,​ these protein packed nutrition bars don't taste like chalk or cardboard anymore, and in a pinch, can serve you well when nutritious calories and protein are needed.

​Most of these protein bars ​taste downright amazing!

​What ​to ​look for in a good protein bar

​​Unfortunately, there isn't a generic "one size fits all" when it comes to ​protein ​bars.

If ​there was, ​selecting the best ​protein packed bar that fits your needs would be an easy task.

​Your nutritional and dietary needs needs may be different than the next person reading this list.

But don't worry, there​'s a protein bar out there for everyone!

​​I know, some people would say the idea of protein​ bars goes against ​popular recommendations to eat only naturally occurring food.

​But remember – ​we​ like to be realistic.

And while eating nothing but unprocessed, whole foods everyday, for each meal sounds great on paper, it’s not always possible.

​In those situations, having a ​healthy protein bar in your pocket can be a lifesaver.

So here’s ​our ​list of what we believe to be the ​best ​protein bars available – in no particular order:

​Tried and True - Best Protein Bars and Their Nutritional Breakdown

​ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars

zone perfect protein bars

Calories

​180

Total Fat

​5g

Carbs

​24g

Sugars

​18g

Protein

​10g

​ZonePerfect Calorie Breakdown

  • ​40 calories from protein
  • ​45 calories from fat
  • ​​96 calories from ​carbs

​I remember when these first came out​...

​They were and still are a hit!

Based on the 40-30-30 ration of the Zone Diet, these all-natural treats come in a wide variety of flavors from dark chocolate, to fruit flavors, and even amazing cookie dough!

I just love the texture, as they are soft and a little crunchy.​

Each bar has around 210 calories, 16 grams of protein and 7 grams of fat.

​M​ET-Rx Protein Plus

met rx protein plus bar

Calories

​300

Total Fat

10g

Carbs

​29g

Sugars

​1g

Protein

​31g

​MET-Rx Protein Plus Calorie Breakdown

  • ​124 calories from protein
  • ​40 calories from fat
  • ​116 calories from carbs

I use two of the Met-RX brand bars.

First up is the 300-calorie Protein Plus, which as the name implies is a high protein, moderate carbohydrate fat bar used as a meal, or prior to a workout.

It’s a bit chewy, tricking you a bit into thinking it’s a candy bar.

​M​ET-Rx Colossal Bar

colossal cookie crunch bar

Calories

​410

Total Fat

13g

Carbs

46g

Sugars

​28g

Protein

​31g

​MET-Rx Colossal Bar Calorie Breakdown

  • ​1​24 calories from ​protein
  • ​117 calories from fat
  • 184 calories from carbs

​Then there’s the COLOSSAL bar​.​

I use this bar as a post workout meal due to the higher calorie content.​

It has about 400 calories with 30 grams of protein, 40 grams of carbohydrates and 12 grams of fat.​

Both bars have Met-Rx patented Metamyosyn protein, are fortified with vitamins and minerals, and taste great.​

My favorite the Colossal Super Cookie Crunch!

​Pure Protein

pure protein bars

Calories

​300

Total Fat

​7g

Carbs

​26g

Sugars

​5g

Protein

32g

​​Pure Protein Calorie Breakdown

  • ​128 calories from protein
  • ​63 calories from fat
  • ​104 calories from carbs

​These are one of the original protein bars and have evolved over the years.​

Now they taste real good and come in great flavors too – although the taste and texture are still a bit chalky compared to some others.​

Each bar has about 300 calories, 32 grams of protein, 26 grams of carbs and 7 grams of fat.

​Detour Lean Muscle Bar

detour protein bar

Calories

​370

Total Fat

12g

Carbs

​33g

Sugars

​3g

Protein

​32g

​​​Detour Calorie Breakdown

  • ​128 calories from protein
  • ​108 calories from fat
  • ​132 calories from carbs

​These came on the scene a few years ago tasting almost too good.​

It really was like eating a Snickers bar.​

Now the company has added many lines to expand the range including original, low sugar, and lean muscle varieties.​

They all taste great and pack a protein punch upward of 30+grams.​

The lower carb versions obviously have less sugar, and some varieties have fewer calories. This is one detour you’ll be happy you took.

​Clif Builder's Bar

clif builder's protein bar

Calories

​270

Total Fat

​9g

Carbs

​30g

Sugars

​22g

Protein

20g

​​​Clif Builder's Bar Calorie Breakdown

  • ​80 calories from protein
  • 81 calories from fat
  • 120 calories from carbs

​Made by the same company that produces Clif bars, these follow suit with minimal ingredients, great taste and jacked up protein levels.​

I like them because they’re a little smaller and have fewer calories than many options on the market – about 270.​

They still have more carbs (30 grams) than protein (20 grams) like their cousin does, but they taste great and fit right in with a Zone type diet.​

My favorite?​

​Cinnamon Swirl of course!

​​Muscle Milk Protein Bar

muscle milk bar

Calories

​250

Total Fat

​9g

Carbs

​27g

Sugars

​2g

Protein

20g

​Muscle Milk Calorie Breakdown

  • 80 calories from protein
  • ​81 calories from fat
  • ​108 calories from carbs

These bars have a good nutrition profile, each bar is 300 calories and is about equal parts protein, carbohydrates and fat.​

It’s similar to the Zone, just with a few less carbohydrates.​

The protein comes by way of several different sources to ensure you get great muscle building ingredients, and the flavors are also terrific.​

Chocolate Peanut Caramel is my favorite.

​Clif Bar

clif protein bar

Calories

260

Total Fat

​7g

Carbs

​42g

Sugars

​21g

Protein

​9g

​​Clif Bar Calorie Breakdown

  • ​36 calories from protein
  • 63 calories from fat
  • ​168 calories from carbs

I love these bars, especially the Carrot Cake flavor.​

They’re super chewy, have awesome taste and are good and cheap!​

They’re classified as an “energy” bar because they have higher amounts of carbs (42 grams) and lower amounts of protein (​9 grams).​

Either way, you could still use it a snack or a meal replacement.​

Half the carbohydrates are complex and they also have 5 grams of fiber.​

All in all, with 260 calories, it’s a very healthy, less processed and refined bar that’s great as a pick me up. Go for it!

​​OhYeah! Original Protein Bar

ohyeah protein bars

Calories

​380

Total Fat

19g

Carbs

​31g

Sugars

​8g

Protein

26g

​​OhYeah! Calorie Breakdown

  • ​​104 calories from protein
  • ​171 calories from fat
  • ​124 calories from carbs

Okay, I can’t lie​...

​These are loaded with fat!

I know, I know, but they taste so good!​

I buy them and eat half at a time as a snack.​

Here’s the breakdown – 380 calories, 26 grams of protein, 31 grams of carbohydrates and 4 grams of fiber.​

But what about the fat you say?​

How about 19 grams, or 1​71 calories!​

That makes these bars a little over 40% fat, but they’re loaded with real peanuts, have low saturated fat and they just taste great!​

I consider them a fitness version of a Snickers bar – and they do really satisfy!

​​​Balance Protein Bar

balance protein bar

Calories

​210

Total Fat

​7g

Carbs

​23g

Sugars

​14g

Protein

​15g

​​​Balance Calorie Breakdown

  • ​60 calories from protein
  • 63 calories from fat
  • ​92 calories from carbs

​These are extremely similar to the Zone bars nutritionally, just with a few ​more calories - about ​30 more.

Otherwise, everything else is virtually the same.​

However the texture is very different, with the Balance protein bar being denser and having more substance with each bite.​

Plus the flavors are slightly different so it just becomes a matter of preference.

​So there you have my picks – but what do you think of my list?

Do you have other bars to add​?

​Let me know!

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