If you’re a busy mom trying to lose weight, get fit and stay healthy, it can feel like an uphill battle. It’s super easy to run out of time for breakfast, forget to eat lunch or find yourself starving while playing taxi driver all day. Many women look to protein or energy bars to provide nutrients and skip larger meals, but did you know that many of them are actually UNhealthy? That’s right, those little bars that tie you over can actually be loaded with sugars, be low in fiber and pack tons of calories without the added bonus of fiber. We’ve done our research and found some healthy options for grabbing that bar and heading out the door.
As a rule of thumb, always check your protein or energy bars and make sure they have 13 grams or less of sugar, 7 grams of protein (or more), 3+ grams of fiber and between 150-250 calories. Avoid products that have tons of processed foods, opting for whole ingredients (that you can pronounce. Now, on to the list!
1. Health Warrior Superfood Protein Bar- Mint Chocolate
Protein: 11g (plant-based)
Enjoying this mint chocolate bar will feel more a treat than fueling your body with organic quinoa, chia seeds and oats. Dark chocolate and mint make this protein bar go down easy, all while giving you 20% of your fiber intake for the day.
2. RxBar- Chocolate Sea Salt
Protein: 12g (egg-white protein)
Egg white proteins, dates and nuts really add up the protein in this coffee and chocolate combo bar. This gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free bar is to the point, with “no B.S..”
3. Oatmega Omega-3 Protein Bar – Chocolate Peanut Crisp
Protein: 14g (grass-fed whey protein)
This gluten-free and NON-GMO protein bar packs a lot of punch with some of the smallest amount of sugar. Despite being low in added sugar, the bar is flavored with monkfruit extract, so you won’t miss the sweet taste that’s more wholesome than refined sugars.
4. Kirkland Protein Bars- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Protein: 21g (whey & milk protein)
In a shocking turn of events, Costco’s signature brand, Kirkland powers to the top of protein bars. Made with no artificial flavors, gluten-free and packing 21 grams of protein makes this an affordable, tasty AND healthy option for packing protein. Did we mentioned there’s only ONE gram of sugar, too? Oh, and you can actually read the list of ingredients that include real chocolate.
5. Kind Madagascar Vanilla
There are tons of Kind bar flavors so it’s really up to you to decide which is your fave, but be forewarned that not are all created equal when it comes to nutrition. While the Madagascar Vanilla definitely isn’t one low in fat, it does pack a lot of protein while avoiding sugars.
6. Luna Protein- Mint Chocolate Chip
Protein: 12g (soy & whey protein)
You may have been eating Luna bars for years (hello, Nutz Over Chocolate) but the newer protein style is a better option around. While you’ll get a protein boost for sure, make sure you watch what else you eat during the day because the 13g of sugar is nothing to scoff at.