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TOP 15 PROTEIN BARS

Protein Bar Reviews, Which should I choose?

Confused? Let us give you an unbiased review on the Top 25 Bars. We rate each bar on nutritional profile, taste and overall satisfaction.

Reviewed by SixPackNow's Matt Shaw

We're always receiving new products from various nutritional supplement companies and this week we have 15 new protein/energy bars to try.

Protein Bars are a great nutritional snack if you've got a busy schedule and no time to prepare food, but you have to be very careful as not all these bars have the best nutrients and in some cases you'd be better off to eat a Candy Bar! We've looked over the 15 Bars we have on review here and scored them on both their nutritional content and taste, so check out our findings below.

What makes a good bar?    What are net carbs?    When to have a bar?

BAR NAME

Protein (g)

-Fat-  (g)

Saturated Fat

Calories per bar

Overall Score

Pure Protein Bar

28

10

6

300

9/10

Oat-Rageous

22

11

3.5

340

9/10

Promax

20

8

6

290

9/10

Pure Omega 3 Bar

20

4

0

200

8/10

Tri-o-Plex

30

17

2

440

8/10

Labrada Lean Body Fruit Crunch

20

9

7

315

8/10

Zone Perfect

15

6

4

210

8/10

Doctor Carbrite

20

4

1.5

190

8/10

Myloplex Lite

15

4

2.5

190

8/10

ON Complete Protein Diet

20

4

2

190

7/10

Atkins Advantage Caramel

11

7

3.5

150

7/10

Eat Well Be Well Bar

5

5

2

120

7/10

Lean Body Gold Bar

30

10

6

325

6/10

ISS Oh Yeah! Natural

15

7

1.5

200

6/10

Power Bar Performance

10

3

1

240

4/10

1) Pure Protein Bar – 28g protein, 6g sat fat, 300 cals

A large size bar that would be suitable as a meal replacement, pre or post weight training snack.  It has a soft caramel and chewy nougat center, and for a peanut butter flavored bar, had a very pleasant taste, packed with nutrients!! With the high protein content this bar comes highly recommended. [Choc Peanut Butter & Choc Peanut Caramel Tested]

2)  Oat-Rageous – 22g protein, 3.5g sat fat, 340 cals

A bigger sized bar that would be suitable as a meal replacement, pre or post weight training snack. We tasted the peanut butter flavored bar which proved very tasty, packed with oats too, gave a real nice texture and flavor. Nutritionally, this is a sound bar, great choice. Highly Recommended. [Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Raisin Tested]  

3) Promax Bar - 20g protein,6g sat fat, 290 cals

An average sized bar that would be suitable as a pre-post workout snack for those who weight train or engage in intense physical activity.  This bar is full of flavor and very chewy. I had this thirty minutes before my weights workout and noticed a good boost in energy levels. Another great choice. [Cinnamon Raisin & Caramel Peanut Tested] 

4) Pure Omega 3 Protein Bar – 20g protein, 4g fat, 200 cals

Make sure you keep this one refrigerated or you’ll never get it out the wrapper! It’s very sticky unless kept chilled. Despite this, the Pure Protein Bar is a good all-rounder, especially in terms of its nutritional content, full of healthy fat, zero saturated fat! And has plenty of fiber. Ok, it’s not the most tasty bar on offer, but the Peanut Butter taste does still come through. Good Choice. [Peanut Butter Bar Tested]

5)  Chef Jay's Tri-o-plex – 30g protein, 2g sat fat, 440 cals

A very large bar!! that would be suitable as a meal replacement for those looking to gain muscle mass.  It’s a very densely packed bar and if you ate the whole thing you might want to have lay down for a while!!  Not the best tasting bar, but the high protein content keeps this bar near the top of the list. [Peanut Butter Banana, Cinnamon Raisin Roll Tested] 

6) Labrada Lean Body Fruit Crunch – 20g protein, 7g sat fat, 315 cals

A bigger size bar that would be suitable a meal replacement, pre-post workout meal. It has a crunchy layer topped with a layer of very strong tasting fruit jam.  The fruit layer has an overpowering although not unpleasant taste and the bar will have you picking bits out of your teeth.  Not the best bar tested but still recommended. [Raspberry Bar Tested]

7) Zone Perfect – 15g protein, 4g sat fat, 210 cals

An average sized bar with reasonable taste, if with a slightly sickly aftertaste, that would be suitable as a post workout snack, for those on a weight/fat loss plan. [Peanut Toffee & Chocolate Coconut Crunch Tested]

8) Doctors Carbrite Diet (sugar free) – 20g protein, 1.5g sat fat, 190 cals

We’ve always been big fans of the CarbRite Bars and they continue to be a good all round choice, with No added Sugar, 20g of protein and 4g carbs, what more could you want. Recommended. [Lemon Meringue, Cinnamon Bun & Banana Nut Tested] 

9) Myoplex Lite – 15g protein, 2.5g sat fat, 190 cals

An average sized chewy bar that would be suitable as a post workout snack for those on a weight/fat loss plan.  It has a pleasant cinnamon taste although the taste is a little bit too strong and you will still be able to taste it some time after eating the bar.  Very similar to a cereal bar. [Peanut Butter Caramel Crisp & Cinnamon Roll Tested]

10) ISS Oh Yeah! Natural – 15g protein, 1.5g sat fat, 200 cals

An average sized bar with a good crunch that would be suitable as a post or pre workout snack for those on a weight/fat loss plan.  The crunchy peanut taste is very pleasing and overall a nice little snack bar that delivers some protein. [Peanut Butter Tested]

11) Eat Well Be Well (Sugar Free) – 5g protein, 2g sat fat, 120 cals

A very small bar, but great as a quick snack or to add with a meal.  Although the low protein value is disappointing, it does offer some clean carbs and fiber and it’s low calorie!  A very chewy bar, but even with the choc chips some would find this a little bland, but there is something we really liked about this bar, it tastes and is very healthy and you can have one or two of these and not feel guilty! Recommended. [Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Tested]

12) Atkins Advantage Caramel 11g protein, 3.5g sat fat, 150 cals

An average sized bar with a low protein content, that would be suitable as a post workout snack for those on a weight loss plan.  It is a nougat centered bar with a quite bland taste and a slightly bitter after taste. [Caramel Bar Tested]

13) Labrada Lean Body Gold – 30g protein, 6g sat fat, 325 cals

Caramel Almond Fudge - A bigger size bar, that would be suitable as a meal replacement, for hard weight training individuals or as a treat for dieters.  It is a chewy nougat bar with an initially bland taste, but still quite satisfying. Also available is the Caramel Peanut, which really is a delight, the taste is gorgeous, maybe a little sticky and stodgy, but you’re not going to want to put this one down. Only 7g net carbs in these bars which does make them a good choice. Although we were not too keen on the Caramel Almond Fudge, the Caramel Peanut is a real winner and rate it 8/10, well worth a try! Note: Keep this one refrigerated!!

14) Optimum Nutrition Complete Protein Diet (sugar free) 20g protein, 2g sat fat, 190 cals

An average sized bar with a very chewy nougat center that would be suitable as a post workout snack for those on the program.  Taste wise it’s not a high scorer, but as a quick and easy protein replacement it’s a good choice. It’s got a good amount of protein and low carbs for the size of the bar. Recommended. [Peanut Butter Bar Tested] 

15) PowerBar Performance – 10g protein, 1g sat fat, 240 cals

As with the Omega 3 Bar that came in 4th, it’s a very sticky bar if you don’t keep it refrigerated. This bar is only ideal as a workout snack and not good as a general protein bar. [Peanut Butter Bar Tested] 

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