If I was stranded on a deserted island and had to choose 3 foods to get by with, a protein bar would definitely be first on the list. These bars make for an easy-to-grab, healthy and satisfying snack and/or meal replacement and can help keep you on track with your nutritional goals.
There are so many different brands and types to choose from; it can get overwhelming. And I personally like to look for low-carb, high-protein bars that also aren’t too caloric. It is a tall order to fill, so I asked the diabetes online community what their favorites were, and here is what they had to say:
1. Built Bars
Containing between 4-6 grams of carbs in each bar, these tasty treats can easily be used as a meal replacement thanks to their generous amount of protein, ranging between 17-19 grams per bar, which will keep you full for hours. The best part for me is that each bar only contains between 130-140 calories, which is significantly less than a lot of other high-protein bars on the market. There is also a great variety of flavors to chose from, making this a new staple in my pantry.
I had never heard of these bars until I reached out to the community for their suggestions. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor and nutritional information on this product. Munk Pack bars are plant-based and gluten-free and come in a wide variety of flavors. The bars contain natural ingredients such as almonds, flax, plant protein, pumpkin seeds, coconut oil, peanut butter, and allulose, which is a natural sweetener that leaves no aftertaste. Keto Granola Bars and Keto Fruit and Nut Bars all contain a small amount of protein but come in at 2-3 grams net carbs and don’t contain a ton of calories.
This is a great choice that won’t spike your blood sugars, and you can find a flavor for every palate. The consistency is chewy and delicious, and it packs in a ton of protein with bars averaging around 20 grams of protein and 5 grams net carbs or less. Thanks to our community, I also learned about Quest Hero bars, which is a new take on the old favorite, and instead of a chewy bite, it is packed with a tasty crunch. It’s around the same macros as the original, so you can’t go wrong either way.
I was excited to learn about this brand as I had never seen it before. Thankfully, I looked and it is offered in a few locations near me. I look forward to trying their protein bars with 12 grams of protein and 2 gram net carbs each! They also offer Greek yogurt in some enticing flavors, and I will definitely be purchasing soon.
5. Kind Bars
In recent years, Kind has really upped their game. Offering many different bars, including thins (which contain a lot fewer calories with a crunchier texture), protein bars, and my favorite- their nut bars, to name a few. The nut bars have 5-6 grams net carbs and 6-7 grams of protein per bar. Also, look out for their latest, Kind Clusters, which is my new favorite bite-sized snack. Mix this with Greek yogurt for a great high-protein snack.
This is my favorite protein bar and has been for years. I love the French Vanilla bar with coffee in the morning, and the peanut butter chocolate bar is a perfect sweet treat to end the day. Power Crunch bars average around 14 grams of protein and 5 grams net carbs per bar. The consistency can’t be beaten and is reminiscent of Kit Kat bars with their wafer-like crunch. Look out for some of their newest products, including bars just for kids and their Proto Whey Protein Powder; I am certainly going to give that a try!
7. Pure Protein
Best known for their protein powder and nutritious shakes, their bars also do not disappoint. With 200 calories or less, this is a delicious treat that contains around 20 grams of protein and 3 grams net carbs or less. Be sure to also check out their newest bars, which stay chilled, and Pure Protein Puffs (a healthy take on cheesedoodles), and Pure Protein Cookie Sandwiches.
8. NRG Bites
These protein bites will be sure to keep you satisfied without elevating your blood sugars. This low-carb, high-protein snack was developed by chef Paul Kahan, who lives with type 1 diabetes himself. I use these bars for a quick breakfast or a snack on the go or before the gym, and I never have to worry about a blood sugar spike. I was glad to see so many others in our community enjoying them, too, as they were quick to recommend. I recently wrote a review on this company where you can learn more about their offerings.
Once again, I am so glad I reached out for the community’s help on this because I had completely forgotten about this bar. I used to enjoy this years ago and will be sure to add them back on my grocery list since they only contain around 7 grams net carbs and 10 grams of protein… and they also happen to be absolutely delicious.
10. Perfect Bar
I first tried Perfect Bar’s original refrigerated protein bars a few years back and gave it rave reviews. I have watched this company grow so much in the past few years and am happy to see so many new products coming out. If I am watching my carb intake, these are a little high for me, ranging between 19 and 29 grams of carbs, but with some fiber to lower the total net carbs. They have a great flavor and taste like real, rich and creamy peanut butter. They also offer mini-bars, dark chocolate peanut butter cups (my favorite), and kid bars too!
Protein bars are healthy, tasty, and versatile, depending on your nutrition goals. These bars are a great choice for someone looking to get in more protein, less carbs, and enjoy a tasty treat!
Do you take advantage of the benefits of protein bars? Which is your favorite? Share and comment below!